It seems like I’ve been down this road before. Too many times. This makes five surgeries in the last eight years.

Nothing comes close to the cancer surgery two and a half years ago at Johns Hopkins. For that I could only tell Ashley “this sucks” when she called. Yesterday I was able to tell her a lot more. And “sucks” wasn’t part of it.

I had the same knee surgery in 2006 to remove the torn portion of my meniscus. For that I was on crutches for two weeks. By the second week I had returned to work, on crutches, but went to the fitness center at lunch time to pedal a stationary bike.

When I got home from the surgery yesterday I walked very gingerly to the front door and into the house. I balanced myself against the wall as necessary but never picked up a crutch. Or a pain pill.

Today I got the bike out. I put on tennis shoes, not the clip ins, and wanted to see if I could pedal.

I could!

I didn’t go far, maybe 200-300 yards. But I went.

Pedaling is easier than walking. Unless I’m standing out of the saddle, it’s not supporting my body weight.

I’m not ready for a long ride. But I’m ready to begin recovery. Let the healing begin.

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