to go, or not to go

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.

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SWITCHFOOT!! YESSS!
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Jon Foreman…up close and personal.
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Epic Jimmy Eat World concert! It was their Futures 10 year anniversary tour. Yes, I’m old.
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Group picture in front of the Sentinel at Sequoia National Park. Thanks for planning this trip Eumi!
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Splitting some wood with the good ol’ hatchet. I had to keep on the wrist guard for weeks to come.
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Some of us at the top of Moro Rock! Surprised I made it. Just had to pace myself. Thanks for all the pics Jono!
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My sister yelled for me to turn around for a picture right before entering the security gate for Shanghai. I had to work very hard to walk without a limp so that I don’t leave my mom worried sick…if she wasn’t already…hahah…
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5 thoughts on “to go, or not to go

  1. Sounds like you had a great time and you made the right decision to continue having fun despite your injury. Worth it?

    1. Phoenix, I’m going back to write about my travels, and I can say with confidence that it was COMPLETELY worth it! It was more a matter of being careful enough to know my limits but not too afraid to flirt with that line a bit.

      1. It seems like you were able to find the perfect balance between enjoying yourself and not overdoing it. Good for you!

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