My ACL Repair – Post Op Update

If you’ve been a SewThankful eNews subscriber for a little while you know that I tore my left ACL (ligament in the knee) in early January this year. After several weeks of strength training and stabilization of the muscles surrounding the knee, I was scheduled for surgery to repair/replace the ACL with an allograft.  My surgery was this last Wednesday (March 3rd) and I am very pleased to tell you it was a success. I was able to have same day/out patient surgery and sleep in my own bed that night.

As was expected, the first few days were the most challenging for the body to adjusts and recover from the surgical trauma (the new graft & screws), anesthesia,  pain medications and regaining strength.

I am very thankful for Jeff (my wonderful husband), our sons and our fantastic employees.  Jeff, Jared & Jacob have taken such great care of me. They make sure I have everything I need every day and they are patient when the pain becomes difficult.  Jeff and our amazing employees, Cindy and Heather, continue to keep SewThankful running smoothly while I’ve been confined to the bed and limited to working on the laptop.

My mobility and strength increase more every day and I am looking forward to returning to full function (business wise) next week.  I have an appointment early in the week to have the incision clips removed and set up my rehab plan.

In the meantime, I am focused on recovery, recovery, recovery.  I’m having fun using my crutches dressed in Quilted Crutch Coats and  I have come up with a new FREE project idea to share with you (no, it’s not the quilted crutch coats–it’s something else but it is very practical and virtually everybody can use it)If all goes well, I will have the pattern/instructions finalized by the next eNews, so be sure to stay tuned! If you’re not an eNews subscriber, be sure you sign up to receive the link to the free project.  Click here for the sign up page.


27 Responses to “My ACL Repair – Post Op Update”

  1. Betty says:

    Hi Tracy,

    So glad to hear that you are past the surgery and now on the road to recovery. Follow your doctor’s and p.t.’s instructsions religiously.

    Tracy, you are one of the most upbeat people I know and you certainly are a day brightener!

    Take care.

  2. Sandy says:


    So glad your surgery went well! I’m saying prayers for a speedy recovery for you. Sincerely, Sandy

  3. Janell Baxter says:

    Be sure to follow any Physical therapy directions.Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  4. re: Quilted Crutch Coat

    Glad to hear you are recovering & that everything is going well. You are very blessed to have such a loving support team.

    I think the crutch coat or variations on the theme could be very popular. I know what you mean about the cold feeling of crutches.

    When I’ve been casted, I found the surface very scratchy and just uncomfortable. I took some microfiber polar fleece from my stash and made a cover for my foot cast. I used a pattern for a Christmas stocking as my starting point & it fit the purpose very well. I just tucked the top into the top of the cast (just below my knee). The cast was large enough to accommodate the fabric without impeding circulation. I would have added something to the sole to keep from slipping but I think there was a surgical shoe involved.

    Continued good wishes,

  5. Sandi Dumesnil says:

    OUCH!!! Hope you’re up and about soon!!! 🙂

  6. Eloise Clark says:

    So happy you are doing well since your ACL surgery. I had a total knee about eight years ago and doctor wouldn’t send me to rehab which made recovery much longer since I had to do it all at home. Keep up exercises and whatever and you will be good as new we hope. Helps you are a bit younger also. Best wishes.

  7. Rita J says:

    Tracy, sorry to hear about the knee, but happy that the surgery went well. Keep up the good work with the rehab and you’ll be out running soon!! Glad your “guys” are there to help, family is EVERYTHING. Get well!
    Best Wishes,

  8. Lenor in Colorado says:

    Tracy, I am so glad to hear you are on the road to recovery!! Rehab is so important, be faithful. Hope you are back on track very soon!!

  9. Becky Ensminger says:

    Hopefully you will continue on with your rehab and to a successful & healthy outcome with your knee. I have worked in orthopedics for 20 years and know that your recovery & rehab is very important. I look forward each week to your e-news.
    Warming up in Pennsylvania-Becky

  10. Lita Glenn says:

    Tracy, I’m glad to hear that your surgery is over & you’re on the mend! With your positive attitude it will make it a whole lot easier. Thanks for the crutch cover idea. (I wish I’d had that when I had my knee surgery!) You are such a blessing & amazing woman.

  11. Vaughn says:

    You have lifted my spirits on many occasions with your wonderful thoughts in your e-news. I pray for a speady recovery and for you to once again be 100%.
    God Bless,

  12. Sharon Laney says:

    I enjoy your site, enews and sewing. Thankful you are recovering so well. I appreciate the way you honor God in your business and share your faith. May God continue blessing you and your family.

  13. Sue Raabe says:

    Keep up the good work .. glad you’re on the mend! I emjoy your e-news and browsing your site. Sue

  14. Sue Raabe says:

    Keep up the good work! I enjoy getting your e-news and browsing your site! Sue

  15. Marcia says:

    Glad to know that your “Repair” has been successful. These are the times that we are thankful and appreciate our family, friends and staff.
    I always enjoy your Enews and your site is full of interesting things and resources in addition to your store.
    Best wishes from “cold” Florida.

  16. Sheila Perl says:

    Tracey, I am so glad your surgery went well. My best wishes for a speedy recovery. Take care.

  17. judi0044 says:

    Wishing you a speedy and uneventful recovery. Hoping to see Rich and Amy at our annual Live Steamers luncheon in about three weeks.

  18. Cindy says:

    Good to hear that your surgery went well. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery! Take care.

  19. Sandy Lawrence says:

    So glad to hear your surgery went well. I hope you recover quickly — it sounds like you’re keeping busy. Would love to see a picture of your quilted crutch covers. I, too, love to receive your newsletters with all of your information. Get well soon from neighboring Arizona.

  20. Barbara says:

    My prayers for a full recovery. Take care.

  21. Karen Samples says:

    Hope your recovery is speedy. Love the quilted crutch cover.. You are amasing.
    Take good care of yourself and do not rush things. Hugs from East Texas

  22. Glenda Brownlee says:

    Had been wondering about your knee, glad to hear the surgery is behind you and can now look ahead to recovering. Take care.

  23. Carol says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovry. Glad to hear your surgery went well and you have such wonderful care.

  24. sandy says:

    Tracey glad to hear that your surgery went so well…..sounds like it’s not slowed your creativity down… know, the crutch cushion pattern sounds like a good idea to me. Wouldn’t that be a nice gift for someone as they recover from surgery……!

  25. Judy says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery. How nice that your family is so supportive. That and a positive attitude can speed the recovery process. I enjoy your newsletter and I am a happy customer and frequent user of your freebies. Especially found your video of the flower yo-yo maker helpful—mine are so much better after your help. Get well soon. Judy

  26. Sue says:

    I am praying for a smooth and speedy recovery for you, Tracy!

  27. BettySue Antonetti says:

    I am glad all is proceeding well. Enjoy your comments each week and follow your adventures also. Work hard at rehab and all will be ok soon.

    Warm regards,

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