Interview with Allison Bleakley

By Kelly Bleakley 

 

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a crucial tissue that connects the thighbone to the shinbone.  ACL injuries have become more prevalent in athletes as the years have gone on. On average there are over 200,000 injuries a year. Surgery being the number one treatment used to repair this surgery also means a longer recovery time. The average recovery time is 6 months.  My sister, Allison Bleakley, a BHS student  was one of the many athletes that have this injury that you will see crutching around the halls for the next couple months.

 

Q: When did your injury occur?

A: Sunday morning, Aug 21st. It was an 8:00 game and there were 19 minutes left in the first half when I went down.

 

Q: How did the injury happen?

A: I was running from the other side of the field at full speed attempting to win the ball over to our possession again. I turned my body the wrong and the other girl turned my body and my leg twisted and i was down.

 

Q: What was the situation after you got injured?

A: It was a very emotional car ride to the ER because I knew something wasn’t right and my knee was in a lot of pain at the time.

 

Q: Were you ever scared or nervous?

A: I was very nervous because it was only our third game of the season and I didn’t want anything to be torn or broken.

I was scared when we got to the hospital and when I got x-rays because it was my first injury and all I knew was that I was in a lot of pain and that my knee had swelled so much that I couldn’t see the bone outline anymore.

 

Q: What was your first reaction when the doctor told you your diagnosis?

A: I was very confused because I didn’t think the injury was as drastic as it was.

 

Q: How was the pain on a scale from 1-10?

A: When the injury first occurred the pain was well over the scale.

 

Q: What classes are you taking this semester?

A: English 2, World History, Geometry, Art Fundamentals, all classes being very far apart from one another.

Q: How difficult do you find it to get through the halls with your injury?

A: I leave five minutes early so I have the advantage. It’s just very hard to crutch around. When there’s other kids in the hall I have to go very slowly because they’re not watching for me so it’s very easy to get tripped.

 

Q: Is it harder to focus with the injury/pain in class?

A: Not often but sometimes it can be distracting because I have to focus on my injury and class.

 

Q: Is it more stressful dealing with an injury and school? ( makeup work)

A: Yes, because it’s hard to catch up, it’s hard to get so much homework from each class, and it adds more stress.

 

Q: Are your teachers easier on you?

A: Some, they’re nicer with moving around the class and they’re easy going because they understand the injury.

 

Q: Are kids mean in the hall?

A; No, only when people don’t pay attention and bump against me or something.

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