Ignoring your aches and pains have consequences

In My Own Words

In this installment of In My Own Words, Dylan Reading talks about a knee injury that dashes this season's baseball hopes. 

I love baseball! I have been playing baseball since I was a little boy joining my first team when I was nine. It all started when I saw Albert Pujols in the home run derby. When I hit it smack that ball I knew I wanted to play baseball too.
Reading's hero, Albert Pujols.
My injury happened last fall during football. I didn't realize that my injury was serious at first. In the beginning I had trouble bending my knee a certain way. The backside of my leg was often tight too. 

I didn't tell my parents at the time because I thought that my legs were just tired from football practice. 
Reading pitching.
This winter I wrestled. I started to expect that my knee was getting worse. To hide the pain I asked my grandmother to buy me a knee pad. Despite the injury and pain, I had a relatively successful season making varsity as a freshman.When the season was almost over I went to the trainer and had my knee drained. 

The trainer said if it keeps swelling up you need to get an X-ray. It did so I got an X-ray. The pain in my knee is actually a rare disease called Synovial Chondromatosis. I wasn't sure if that was a good or bad thing. 
X-ray of an elbow being affected by synovial chondromatosis. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Later, I read about the disease. It said it was where the synovium grows abnormally and produces nodules made of cartilage.These nodules cans sometimes break off from the synovium and become loose inside the joint.

I know what you're thinking. What does that mean? I know because I asked my mother. She said she didn't know either just that the doctor said you have to get a MRI. 

I got an MRI and the doctor said that whats in your knee needs to come out. My biggest fear was suddenly not being able to play baseball. The doctor said that I would first need to strength my knee after the surgery that that would take at least 4 to 6 weeks.

All the sudden I look down at the ground heartbroken knowing that my season was over before it had even began. 

My surgery was scheduled was earlier today. Wish me luck!

--By Dylan Reading, LS News reporter

In My Own Words is a first person written series that highlights Lampeter-Strasburg High School students activities.

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