So… I needed to get to Chicago – last minute trip. (Family issues) I flew United to LAX and then ORD. I have not flown this route for quite some time and I was pleased to see that United is using terminal 7 at LAX and that my commuter gate was only several gates away from my flight to Chicago. I had a less than 40 minute connection and this gave me time (on the commuter RJ’s from SLO you need to leave your carry-on at the stairs to the plane as the on-board space is not adequate for all but about 5% of anyone’s carry-on luggage) to stand in line once in LA to retrieve my carry-on and get to the connecting flight with ease.
Until the commuter from SLO was delayed. But – Good News! Much of the delay was made up during the flight so now I had 30 mins. to make my connection. That’s ok. Until… They taxied, they parked, they taxied, they parked, they taxied… etc. By the time the plane door opened I had 8 minutes. 8 minutes to deplane, wait at the door for my carry-on to come up, then run like crazy 4 gates down.
They were announcing the door was closing as I exited the jetway from the commuter flight. I was running flat out (in cowboy boots, dragging a wobbling carryon) and waving my bright colored winter coat hoping they would see me and take pity. They did. I made it. No real issues.
I got to ORD and saw my rental car bus pulling up so I ran for that too… across the roads and curbs… Stepped up on the bus and my left knee collapsed. It was sore during that week – no doubt. Worse at night. The flight home was crowded but otherwise uneventful. Several days after my return home I could barely walk. I have a torn MCL (inside-side of the knee) and torn meniscus. It’s a giant swollen knob of a knee and it’s about the most painful injury I’ve ever had. I wear a hinged brace 100% of the time (other than shower). I take the stairs one at a time. This sucks.