Ski Magazine

My Left Knee

My knee brace has six stiff Velcro straps that have to be fastened in a particular order. The first, with my knee slightly bent, is cinched over the lower calf. The second and third are manacled around the back of my thigh, followed by the fourth, lashed to the upper shin below the knee, and then the fifth, trussed firmly around my upper calf. Finally, I shackle the sixth strap over the front of my thigh and yank tightly.

On a good day, the brace is uncomfortable,

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