At the end of April last winter, I blew out my right knee, again. When I went to the ER and they did an x-ray, I found out there was a screw connecting my tibia with my fibula. You know it's bad when the x-ray tech pulls the x-ray up and says "oh s**t". Luckily, my doctor got me in for surgery three days later.
I am now 8 months post-op, and ready to send it. I've had so many friends who have had the same ACL and meniscus injuries. It's hard to know when the right time to come back is. The doctor says 6 months for skiing. At 6 months, I wasn't comfortable. Our kind of skiing, isn't the same as most skiing. Park and big mountain is not easy on your body, no matter how healthy you are. I knew to wait. As hard as it is, I had to wait. I usually just make the "ski bum" decision, rather than the smart- "maybe I shouldn't do this" decision.
2 days ago, I started hitting boxes and rails. By the end of the day I was doing 270s on, off switch ups, etc. I'm STOKED to be back. I'm glad I listened to my body, and made the right decision to hold off. I'm strong and ready now. I'm looking forward to an amazing year here in Tahoe.
My advice to those coming back from an injury: be patient, listen to your body and get strong.
I wish all of you a happy and healthy season filled with lots of blue-bird powder days.