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Jessica D. Patient Expert

Trail Runner, outdoor junkee, traveler, Indie Filmmaker, Writer, Lover of life and people and open heart surgery veteran.
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"Surgery" Day by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Thursday morning I woke up early in order to get to the hospital at 6:45AM for my scheduled 8:15AM ACL surgery.  The morning went along pretty well but I was a ... Read on »
24 hours to surgery! by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running My knee surgery is fast approaching and I'm excited to get it over with and start rehab.  When I first injured my knee I tore my MCL and ACL which help support ... Read on »
Harding Hustle 30K Recap by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running This is the email I sent to all Harding Hustle runners: Thank you so much for coming out and making Harding Hustle Version 1 a huge success!  The weather coope ... Read on »
Put the Trail back in Trail Races by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Did anyone see the article on the last page of the Trail Runner Trophy Series magazine?  It's an interesting article about how trail races aren't exactly "trail ... Read on »
Catching Up... by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I've been super busy and definitely need to some catching up in my blog! Christina and I went to Minnesota about a week ago for 4 days.  It was a pretty good ... Read on »
Blog Moved by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running If you get my blog via subscription service then please ignore :)  Otherwise - if you are arriving directly at this blog via:  http://socalrunnergirl.typepad. ... Read on »
Progress... by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I injured my knee almost 5 weeks ago.  It has felt VERY unstable since then but I'm in a brace 24/7 so don't always notice.  The doctor who initially treated me ... Read on »
A New Team by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I've officially joined another team!  This one, is not sports related.  Duh :)  But it is film related.  I've joined the " My Run " crew as PR/Marketing Consult ... Read on »
Recovery Timeline by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running So, my insurance approved my knee surgery.  However, since they only pay 80% I'm waiting to find out the cost to see how much damage it will do to my pocketbook ... Read on »
Knee Update by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Not too much going on lately.  I did change my blog around a bit and plan to keep it this way until I start running again some day :)  Hope you like the changes ... Read on »
Every Day One More by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Who hasn't messed up their knee at some point?  Well, okay, probably a lot of you.  BUT every day I run into someone new who messed up their ACL or knee in gene ... Read on »
Portland Weather Really Really Sucks by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running You always hear about it.  Especially from me. Lest I just sound like a whiner - I give you data from the last 8 months here in Portland.  It's really  more tha ... Read on »
Sunshine, Knee bends, and Wins by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running We finally had some good weather here in Portland!  Yay!  We'll, there have a been a few nice days here and there but nothing like Saturday.  The past month has ... Read on »
PT Pt. 2 by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running With a likely surgery on the horizon (penciled in for July 15th), I have some new goals in PT.  Well, they aren't really that new per se.  The focus is to get f ... Read on »
ACL/MCL Injury Recap by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I added a link at the top of my blog about how my injury happened - with pictures!   Check it out .  This blog is going to be an ACL recovery blog for quite a w ... Read on »
Opinion #3 by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Well..  Doctor opinion #3 comes from an Orthopedic Surgery who has been specializing in knees since 1986.  He taught knee anatomy at Stanford and is the team do ... Read on »
Arm Bike by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running And I thought the treadmill was boring... :)  Actually it wasn't too bad - but not the most exciting thing I've done in my life.  Yes - for  cardio exercise I'm ... Read on »
Fun with MRI images by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I've recently learned how to spot a torn ACL from a normal one on an MRI.  Fun party trick huh?  I'm no expert though so don't send me your MRI images :) A c ... Read on »
RICE or MEAT? by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I find the debate between RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and MEAT (Movement, Exercise, Analgesia,  Treatment) very interesting.  Chinese Medicine also ... Read on »
The Gambler by Jessica D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Did you know that ACLs can heal?  Sort of.  Modern medicine tells you that tears NEVER heal.  That's not completely true.  Depending on how severe the tear is, ... Read on »