Glad you're back riding, about to engage in PT, and that your skin graft took (15mm x 25mm can be managed I'm sure, hopefully stretched skin and sutures?). Anyhow, I hope PT really further's your healing. It can be miraculous.As for my own repairs, my skin graft took for the most part, but I'm currently left with a hole about 15mm wide and 25mm long. It won't be as "pretty" as the rest of my knee, but I should still recover. I'm looking forward to PT this week. I took one of my bikes out for a little ride today. It was the first time since the crash. It is still fun.
This is a Zombie thread worth reviving! Glad you're OK and have recovered. It could have been much worse.I realized I never really closed this story out. Other hobbies and interests took over when I was able to get back to a normal life.
I have recovered with full range of motion and strength, though kneeling can still make me a little sore, and as promised by the doctors, it is easy to reinjure the knee. I had a bad step off a small ladder that sent me limping and wincing for a few days, and I had a fall down some stairs (landed upright believe it or not) where I skinned me knee without tearing my jeans. Now that's something. That relatively small wound took 3 weeks to heal!
As for the watch, I got it back from the watchmaker, and it was great. However, running the chronograph for a long period of time caused problems in resetting it. Turns out the hand on the hour register was not seated properly and it was making contact with the dial. This only showed up after running the watch for a while - an interesting fault. Recently the start/stop pusher has started to spin in its socket like the crown does. It does not come out and shows no other functional or cosmetic fault. I suppose I could take it back to the watchmaker, but I will probably just leave it be.
The dial cleaned up nicer than I thought it would. There are a couple of telltale marks on the 10, 11, and 12 o'clock indices, but otherwise you wouldn't recognize its trauma.
As for how the watch runs, it runs like a champ - back to its original accuracy of within a couple seconds a day.
All in all, I am very glad to have made the decision to repair it. I don't miss the money, and I probably wouldn't value a new Speedmaster the same way I value this one anyway. I haven't given up riding completely, but I do a lot less of it now. I no longer ride to work (actually I don't even drive to work thanks to COVID) but I might start riding to work again once things are more back to normal.