I'm scheduled to have surgery on Monday morning here in Montgomery. Since I will be in a cast and otherwise unable to cover Auburn as I normally would, I'll instead give you all a blow-by-blow account of this surgery.
I'll break in with scouting reports, too.
I just wanted to show folks what this is like. Oh, and I'll be able to l ook back on this in a few months and enjoy it. I'm really not enjoying it right now.
Basics: Pick-up basketball game in 9/04, I backpedal and land on the foot of Columbus Ledger-Enquirer beat writer Christa Turner's foot. I feel a pop. X-rays show now break. Twenty months later, pain still an issue. MRI shows full thickness tear of my peroneus brevis tendon, which is a very rare injury. The MRI also showed evidence of possible injury to the longus tendon. We won't know specifics until Dr. Mattox opens it up and counts tendons. Here's the basic layout:
Here's what my ankle looks like on Sunday the 11th, 18 hours before surgery. It will not look like this much longer. All those hours on the arc trainer and treadmill -- for naught.
I'll keep you updated about what happens next. I predict there will be an issue with the ligament (peroneal retinaculum) that holds the two tendons below the lateral malleolus. I keep feeling a "pop" sensation when I walk, and I think it's the tendons flipping around on that bone. It's what Curt Schilling had during the Bloody Sock ALDS and World Series.
Just a guess.