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Blog about the studio, life and travels of visual artist Carly Drew.

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ACL Surgery

Carly Drew


Over the past few months I haven't been posting much here or on social media. There are times when you need a break from the crazy that comes from keeping up with both real and online life. At the beginning of March I tore my ACL doing a mud run in Charleston. The doctor thought it was a sprained patella tendon, so I went on with life thinking it would be better in a week or two. Three weeks later I was stepping out of my truck bed when my leg collapsed completely. Realizing it was probably more serious than a sprained patella, I went to an orthopedist who sent me for an MRI that confirmed my ACL was completely torn. He had me in reconstructive surgery by the second week of April, where I had an autograph using my own patella tendon to repair the non-existent ligament. 

The surgery went great and I was home resting by lunch, but the recovery process would take much longer. I learned quickly that an injury of that magnitude takes a great deal of time, energy and patience. After four months of physical therapy, long hours of working on my own and pushing myself as much as I could, I was finally released from PT at the end of August feeling 110%. There is still some scar tissue and a little stiffness every now and then, but thats to be expected six months after a major knee surgery. More importantly by slowing down and taking time to focus on recovery, I was able to come back even stronger. It gave me a challenge that I haven't had before and sometimes thats all you need to push yourself forward.  

In the spirit of replacing one challenge with another, I've decided to come back to blogging. Writing has never been something that I've been fond of, but I hope putting renewed energy into it will push me in a different way than my ACL recovery has. It's already been an exciting few weeks getting ready to share all the new projects I've been working on and I look forward to sharing them with you soon!