"In the end it is up to you to see better results. So be patient, ask questions, cry, and laugh because all those things are okay."

Alexandria Parisian

In this interview Alexandria Parisian from Hawaii speaks out about her ACL injury from the moment it happened, the surgery, the rehabilitation, comeback… and thereafter.

Alexandria Parisian suffered an ACL injury in her left knee in 2021. Parisian tore her ACL in the middle of her senior season playing in a collegiate volleyball game at the University of Hawaii. 

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I HEARD A VERY BAD SOUND AND INSTANTLY WENT TO THE FLOOR KNOWING SOMETHING WAS WRONG.

VOLLEYBALL GAME

“I tore my acl in the middle of my senior season playing in a collegiate volleyball game. On October 6th, I went to hit a ball and landed wrong on my left leg. I heard a very bad sound and instantly went to the floor knowing something was wrong. My athletic trainer, Kensei, mentioned I was resisting/fighting him for him to evaluate what was wrong with my knee. He diagnosed it was my ACL and possibly meniscus. After scans, MRI’s, and seeing doctors, it was confirmed that I tore my ACL and had some damage in my lateral meniscus.”

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THE HARDEST PART WAS ACCEPTING

“I scheduled to have a surgery on November 16th to try and strengthen my leg as much as I could before then. The hardest part was accepting that I could no longer play and I would have to watch. You never realize how much you care about something till it’s gone. I went through countless nights crying and sobbing, not because of my pain, but because I could no longer play the sport I loved. Until the date of my surgery, I would do leg raises, quad sets, and heel slides. We had some home games where I learned and saw the game from the sidelines. I was lucky enough to have my family with me when I got the surgery since I had my senior night game coming up. Even though I wasn’t playing, it was a very special night.”

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YOU NEVER REALIZE HOW MUCH YOU CARE ABOUT SOMETHING TILL IT’S GONE.

OAHU – HILO – HAWAII

“After getting the surgery, I had no idea how much responsibility it was to take care of your knee. Once you leave that hospital, it’s all up to you to move that leg (depending on the extent of your injury and rules you were given).  I had to get surgery on Oahu which is on another island. My Dad and I spent the night in Oahu, but hopped on a flight the day after surgery to Hilo! It was one of the roughest experiences ever. I was in so much pain and even though it was only a 45 minute flight… It felt like hours. 4 days after my surgery on November 20th, I got up and went to my senior night game where I was mentioned.”

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ONE WEEK POST OP APPOINTMENT

“I was balancing school, recovering, and coping with my injury still. I tried to do minimal exercises, but wasn’t aware that I should’ve taken the dressings off on my own after a certain point. My leg was insanely swollen and sore all the time. On November 22nd, I had my one week post op appointment. That’s where I found out that so was supposed to take the dressings out which had a fat white piece that was super thick. That’s why when I iced my leg, I could barely even feel it due to the dressings. I hated walking, moving, showering, and my back was always hurting. But with the support of family and friends, it made the early stages easier.”

PHYSICAL THERAPY

“After started physical therapy on December 6th, it was rough. I was in pain every session because her approach was to get that leg to bend.  Then I went home for Christmas and kept up with physical therapy there. I just was so frustrated and sad that my leg wasn’t progressing. It was so hard to bend and I just couldn’t get it past 80 degrees. I was upset because I also had no guidance as to where I should be at my stage of recovery. Simple things like, “should i still be using crutches?” “should my