How hard can it be?: Driving with a knee injury
As I was sitting in the waiting room, for the scan on my damaged knee, a thought came to me: is it safe to drive with a damaged knee?
I have had issues with my knee in the past 5 years, sadly my doctors aren't sure if its hereditary or something strange like a xenomorph who wants to kill people from the thighs down. Either way, it had been tricky from day to day, not knowing when the next thing will happen. Over the past year, my right knee has been taking the brunt of the action: Driving, skiing, hiking, running...
Bloody running. October the 2nd, I go out for a run around the park near my house. Everything as normal, until the pathway had a hole in it... and jarred my leg. The impact and elegant fall I had left some bruising for a week. The bruising left but the swelling didn't, leaving me with a nasty lump behind my kneecap. Sounds gross, I know but it's not that bad. The scans I had today show that the cartilage sitting between the femur and tibia, had ruptured in the impact.
My knee has exploded.
Driving with it is hell. As you could imagine, the repetitive movement of pushing pedals will do damage to any joint in the human body. Add long distances, changing of speeds and the biggest pain to all suffers - cold weather. Cold and damp weather is bad enough for driving in general but for me, it is the seventh circle of hell.
So, how hard can it be to drive with a knee injury?
Not very hard... but very, very painful.