Preparing for surgery

Marianna

Dedicated Member
I'm scheduled to have my bone-on-bone arthritic left shoulder joint replaced on May 28th. Barring the unexpected, I should be back home on the 29th, but might be incommunicado for a while after that, depending on how uncomfortable typing is. In addition, I'll be having frequent physical therapy, first with the therapist moving the joint for me to restore range of motion, then with me putting some muscle into it to rebuild strength. When that second phase starts, I'll be assigned quite a lot of homework in addition to the time spent at appointments.

Before the joint got so bad, I scheduled a trip starting on October 12th to the Yorkshire Dales, Holmfirth, Manchester and the Southern Lakes District. If I couldn't have gotten an almost immediate surgery date, there wouldn't have been enough time for healing and sufficient rehab, and I would have had to cancel the trip. Anyway, the sooner the surgery is over, the sooner I can relax about it. I've known that it was in my future for quite a while, so it will be good to have it off my mind.

Between now and the 28th, I'll be kind of occupied with the meet & greet appointment with the surgeon, who practices at a hospital 40 miles away from my home, and with at least three hours of pre-op testing at the same hospital. That's a lot of time on the road as well as at the hospital. I'll need to do some cooking, as well, to fill the freezer with ready-meals. Bottom line, don't be thinking that I've abandoned y'all if I go quieter than usual.
 

maltrab

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Staff member
Yes a speedy recovery and hope it all goes well for you Marianna, so well stocked up with losw to watch
 

RickAns

Dedicated Member
Wishing you the best through this. Hope all goes well. Please do all the therapy as much as it may be trying. It is worth it in the long run to heal properly.

You can always type with the other hand, we won't hold typos against you ;). Take care.
 

Peripheral

Dedicated Member
Hello Marianna. I have a rotator cuff in my right shoulder for which I am having physiotherapy. It is very painful and I cannot lay down to sleep. Typing is rather difficult but my left hand is slowly doing the jobs that my right hand should be doing. I wish you well with your coming surgery and look forward to hearing how you cope afterwards. Good luck my friend and keep smiling.
Peri.
 

Marianna

Dedicated Member
I have a rotator cuff in my right shoulder for which I am having physiotherapy.
Fortunately, my rotator cuff is intact, so the surgery will be just a straightforward replacement, not a reverse replacement. Recovery of full range of motion and strength from the latter isn't usually as quick or complete as from the former. Most of my current pain is referred from the joint into the upper arm. The surgeon told me on Monday that it should be gone immediately, so I'll notice its absence as soon as the nerve block wears off about 12 hours after it has been withdrawn. Instead, I'll have new pain from the incision and from having the bones disturbed. That kind of pain is much easier to tolerate because it's temporary, so just follow the maxim, "Be still and let time pass". Also keep a supply of reusable ice packs in the freezer. and take acetaminophin (a.k.a. paracetamol) every six hours.
 

Peripheral

Dedicated Member
Between Foggy and Seymour's training,maybe they can fix it for you
OH, how I wish they could fix it. Somedays it is not so bad and I can do little jobs. Somedays it is too painful to move. I had a bad night last night, very little sleep and my arm and shoulder are very painful today. That means that I am going to have a left-handed day today. I can only type very slow with my left hand so if you are a fast reader you will get to the end of this letter before I do. :25:
The main drawback, of course, is the limitation imposed upon my semaphore signalling. As you can see from this little video I can only wave with my left arm...:17:... I will have to buy some homing pigeons to send messages to my local friends until I can semaphore again. Have a nice day.
Peri.
 

maltrab

Administrator
Staff member
OH, how I wish they could fix it. Somedays it is not so bad and I can do little jobs. Somedays it is too painful to move. I had a bad night last night, very little sleep and my arm and shoulder are very painful today. That means that I am going to have a left-handed day today. I can only type very slow with my left hand so if you are a fast reader you will get to the end of this letter before I do. :25:
The main drawback, of course, is the limitation imposed upon my semaphore signalling. As you can see from this little video I can only wave with my left arm...:17:... I will have to buy some homing pigeons to send messages to my local friends until I can semaphore again. Have a nice day.
Peri.
Have a word with Foggy, he has some used portable radio's for sale
 

billyd601

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Best of luck Marianna I have seen the inside of a few hospitals over the years but wish I hadnt had to but at the end of the day they did mend my problems
 

billyd601

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Some were peri, heart related but quite a few niggly ones like skin cancer and I dont class any of them big problems nowadays, but having a heart attack at 38 wasnt good but nowadays you are in and out for such things as stents, my problem is the last stent was the biggest they make the next one up will be a piece of hosepipe!
 

Peripheral

Dedicated Member
I've had my bellyful of heart complaints Billy, well chestful. Four heart attacks, two angiograms, two MRI scans and a quad by-pass. I was told that the by-pass would give me another ten years of life. That was 16 years ago. I wonder if I will get a bill for the extra six years I've had. :confused:
 

billyd601

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Sorry for the delay peri I dont come online like I used to do....well you have certainly had some problems, makes me feel as fit as a butchers dog! Its getting on for 33 years since I had a byepass no one told me how long it will last so might be ok for a few more years! Angiograms are nothing nowadays compared to what it was all those years ago I think the fear of the unknown didnt help too. It certainly stopped me smoking like a chimney.
 

Peripheral

Dedicated Member
Somehow I can't imagine you smoking like a chimney Billy. Do you have a chimney pot on the top of your head?
 
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