Although I accepted the fact that the cycling part of my trip was over, I wasn’t ready to give up my backpacking trip quite yet. I knew that if I had severe ligament damage in the knee, I would have to cancel this part of the trip also. I kept putting off the MRI scan because I was afraid to face this outcome. Also because I didn’t have health insurance and I didn’t want to cough up the money.
I had several sessions with an acupuncturist as well as my physical therapist friend in order to increase my knee’s range of motion. About two weeks prior to my flight, I finally bit the bullet, and got the MRI. The results? I had a “strained” ACL. I was told that I should rest for 3-6 months before doing anything rigorous. I simply rejoiced to find that it wasn’t torn. However, my PT friend said that after running his tests on me, I came up positive for meniscus tear. Although it’s not detrimental, it was something I was recommended to address sooner than later.
After considering my condition, I decided to screw it and just go! I was far from being 100% but I decided to go and travel within my ability. Maybe I should have rested as much as possible before flying out to Shanghai, but there were opportunities to rock out with two bands I love as well as a trip up to Sequoia National Park with some college friends.