Okay so I'm a little over 24 hours out since impact and surprisingly, the knee hasn't swelled up at all and there is no bruising yet (odd, cuz other body parts have bruised since yesterday). I'm hoping it is just a deep bone bruise/contusion but I'm gonna give it another few days before I see a doctor to see if it starts healing on it's own. It is obviously still incredibly painful to bend down but other than that there is no static pain. It is tender to the touch above the kneecap and actually causes a burning sensation which I've never really felt before.
That aside, does anyone here wear hockey knee pads? I'm kind of kicking myself for not wearing them now because I'm going on 26 in March and don't bounce right up like I used to, and honestly, maybe I'm a pussy, but I don't see anything wrong with loading up on the pads/armor if you are going to be hucking shit with reckless abandon. I think they will give me some more added confidence to throw things without worrying about terrible consequences.
These are the pads I have. I'm pretty sure if I had these on yesterday I would have just skiied away without even feeling much more than a dull impact. Only question is if they will fit under my ski boots.