Back to the winning ways

Thursday night hockey was brutal last week.  We were outplayed from the start and lost 6-4.  It was a game we should have won, but instead we looked horrible out there.  What’s worse is the fact that we lost to a team with only 4 guys who cycled the puck around us for the entire game.  What a miserable game.

After Thursday’s debacle, I really was feeling pretty low.  So with my teams help on Monday in ice hockey, I pitched a shutout.  I played decent, but my team really worked hard out there.  Without them it never would have been possible.

My teams are doing very well this season overall.  My Monday team is 2-0.  Who Cares has only lost once in OT.  Marketlab is in a firm playoff position.  The Kodiaks are playing decent considering the competition they are playing against is very stiff.  I may be playing my final game for them this season on Friday since the Griffins final home game is next week Friday.

Back to my blogging roots

When I started this blog, I was planning on blogging about my hockey escapades.  Then, after I was given some crappy news about my knees, I got away from that.  Maybe I have been overly nervous about how my hockey future will be affected.  Either way, its time to get back to my roots and start talking about hockey.

I had a pretty nasty shot go off my glove, where my fingertips are at on Friday.  Normally, I get a few of these stingers every now and again.  This time, it was pretty painful.  Friday night was the worst, but thanks to Ibuprofen, it is getting better.  I was just fine on Monday except for some discoloration and I couldn’t flex it all the way.  So I played on Monday and as Murphy’s Law would have it, I took my first shot off the same finger.  It still hurts today, but I should be ok to play tonight.

I started playing ice hockey on a new team on Monday for the next eight weeks.  Since Friday nights aren’t working for me schedule wise, I thought this would be a good way to get some goaltending in.  I played a very good game in a 3-2 victory on Monday.  In this short 8 game season, I will be happy if we finish 5-3.  I am one win closer to that 5 win goal.

Who Cares continues to roll on and same with Marketlab.  With 4 games remaining for each team, I have high hopes we will do very well come playoff time.  I am very much looking forward to finishing strong for both teams.

Laying low and holding my breath

After I got that recommendation from my doctor to stop playing hockey, I sought out a second opinion from a specialist.  In the meantime, the last few weeks have been a long hard road needless to say.  I have had more than a few sleepless nights just waiting to get in to see him.  The day finally came on Friday when I walked in to get the news I had been searching for.

I have a degenerative condition in my knees which is causing my cartilage to break down.  A lot of it has to do with the fact that I am double jointed in my knees and the years of hockey I have been playing has taken its toll.  Some of it has to do with age.  After dealing with a grinding feeling in my knees for the last year, I decided to have them looked at and do something about it.

The specialist said that this kind of condition is really not reversible, but there are options besides what the last doctor recommended.  His recommendation was to stop playing hockey and opt for Viscosupplementation which is injections of gel into the knees. 

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/viscosupplementation/hic_what_is_viscosupplementation.aspx

The whole idea of stopping playing goalie was to halt the degenerative condition.  The gel injections would cushion the knee and then I would be good to go for an extended period of time.  I could still skate, but bending my knees in the same way would be causing more harm than good.

My current specialist has indicated that the injections would be suitable for me to keep playing for a long time to come IF they have a positive effect.  The whole procedure is still controversial.  Some people experience total relief and continue to exercise and operate at a high level.  Others feel nothing different and have to go onto other means of treatment.  Another thing I will be doing is going to the doctors office more often.  Each treatment is 3 injections.  If I am still playing, thats 3 injections that I could be having per month.  Just based on how much gel remains in my knees from one week to the next.

So, start with the gel injection, see how my knees react and then make adjustments from there.  I can handle that.  Its a heck of a lot better than, “Stop playing and do something else.”

First appointment is in about a month.