Social meida can be a great tool in bringing people together. People who live in the same country or in different countries are able to stay in contact with one another. In my persoanl life social media has helped me keep in touch with my teamates in North Carolina. My tennis team consist of people from Columbia, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Paraguay, United States, Uzbekistan and myself Canada. When we are not spending time together as a team we do not always hang out with one another or when we go off on break. We use social media to keep us in touch whether that is using Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and even WhatsApp. In fact my school used Facebook groups for a long time as a form of communication when our International coordinator needs to contact us for important issues. However, latley social media has had a negative effect on me when it comes to my team. In order to understand why you need to know what has happened in the past year and a half.
I was supposed to start my senior year this past August, but do to another injury and Covid I was unable to return. On September Friday the 13th 2019, I injured my Knee playing tennis for my school against Christopher Newport (CNU). I fell on the court giving myself a huge bone contusion where I couldn’t put any weight on it. I was on crutches for about a week and a half. Once I was able to bend my knee and had the strength back I tried playing tennis again, So I went to practice with my team. My knee held up alright during practice however, two hours later I was in a lot of pain to the point where I was in tears in the school library. I called my trainer telling him what had happened and he had no idea what was going on. We decided to take the next day off since we had an important tournament that weekend. My coach wanted me to take the rest of the week off up until the point where my first match. I did not want to jump into a match if I was going to have that same pain. I decided I was going to try and practice again. The next few practices went really well where my trainer and I made the decision that I will be able to play in the individual regional tournament against other colleges/ universities. my first match was against someone from Emory University and I could have won if i was at a hundred percent. Unfortunately, I had to pull out do to having pain again. I got looked at by the athletic trainer at the cite, he told me that I should have not played since my knee as tender to touch. They wanted me to get checked out by a doctor and get x-rayed.
I ended up seeing three different doctors, two in the States and one in Canada. The first doctor I saw thought I ruptured a disc in my back and potentially torn my medial meniscus so he ordered me two MRI, one for my knee, one for my back. when I got my results back both came back normal. He diagnosed me with a patella (knee cap) subluxation. I came home during Christmas 2019 and slowly was able to start play tennis again. When I returned to the United States in January 2020 I was doing really well but was still in discomfort. I was then sent to go see a different doctor who diagnosed me with Pes Anserine Bursitis. He gave me a cortisone injection ( which by the way hurt). That seemed to help the pain tremendously up until March. After playing 3 important matches in three consecutive days in New York I was in a lot of pain. I went back to the same doctor where he then injected me with a stem cell injection which is supposed to help the healing process. For me, it did not do much. When the Covid-19 outbreak first happened sending my school to move fully online in late March I returned home, finishing the school year back home. Months past and my knee still was hurting so I saw my third and recent doctor in August. He was not quite sure what was going on with my knee and wanted me to do more rehab to correct my patella subluxation. By late November he decided to go ahead with surgery for December 1st. On Surgery day he planned on doing a medial imbrication and a lateral lengthening, however, during surgery he saw nothing wrong with my patella but found my lateral meniscus was lose by 50% due to my fall. He stitched it up to tighten it and should have full recovery 3-4 months after. After I had surgery my doctor told me what happened and that he is not sure if this will fix my problem since it does not correspond with my symptoms of having pain on the medial side of my knee. Since I am back home in Canada the United States government denied me access to take online classes since I am not physically in the States. That is why I am taking this course along side 3 others to use as transfer credits.
You may be asking yourself why am I telling you my personal story? As mentioned at the beginning of this blog social media can be used to bring others together, and that my team and other international student at my school have been using different platforms to keep in touch on whats going on in our lives. Recently, looking at my teammates social media pages and seeing them practicing, traveling for matches and still receiving group messages has made me feel sad, angry, depressed that I am stuck here unable to be with my fellow teammates and finish my senior year with the people I started with. I just stay at home everyday doing online classes, looking after my puppy and doing rehab for my knee. As you can see, I have not been the same while looking at my teammates social media pages but I know things will get better eventually.
Below is the video I posted to TikTok explaining my story. As you can see it totally flopped lol. I guess it was my way of coping from not being able to enjoy my senior year and missing my teammates. I know I have gone through multiple injures for a reason which I still am searching for. However, maybe going through two injuries is giving me the opportunity to have two more years of eligibility when I decided to do my masters and help others who are going through similar situations.
Have you ever felt left out or alone when looking at other peoples social media pages?
Over coming emotions! https://bit.ly/2MeZBMh
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