Thanks Kat! no plans to head to the states in the near future, but you never know. I'll definitely get in touch if i ever make it to florida!
I'm sure I'd be able to help you out if you ever make it to aus too
The dollar would definitely work in your favour if you came now!
I had dramas trying to put muscle bulk back on when i got fitted for my brace too - fortunately nothing that I haven't been able to fix by messing around with the padding since.
I never really got my full quad size back
I hope your clean-up goes well Kat. I had an arthroscopy 6 months after my original acl reco, and the arthroscopy hardly hurt at all in comparison. the recovery was a touch longer than the optimistic 2 weeks the surgeon told me, but definitely not too long. Unfortunately I lost all my muscle bulk overnight (yet again) when i got it done, so beware! It'll be worth it though.