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Um, OK the nerve block is wearing off...

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

As of 3:15 am can grip with the right hand now. Joint is beginning to ache a little, deep inside.

Took a second oxycodone (the first was around midnight when I was going to bed - they told me to do that so I wouldn't wake up in pain).

5:15 am update: it's starting to throb. Hurts no matter what position I'm in. ow. took another oxy. House feels cold at 60F. Cranked it up to 70F.

I'm logging meds with the TimeJot app.
itunes.apple.com/us/app/timejot-a-ti
me-log-journal/id308149119?mt=8

iThings. They're not just for food tracking! LOL

Starting to use the nice Tao Way of Life* app to calm me down.
itunes.apple.com/us/app/tao-way-of-l
ife/id393777309?mt=8


Here is one that seems apropos.


*I feel compelled to point out that this app name is internally redundant.

  
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TRAVELNISTA 5/5/2011 7:56PM

    emoticon emoticon I know what you are going through!

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DMGABBETT 5/4/2011 10:54AM

    I hope your pain recedes quickly, and you have a speedy recovery.

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JENNSWIMS 5/4/2011 9:18AM

    Your pain will be at its worst about 48 hours post procedure, it will start to recede at about 72 hours IF you baby it the way you are supposed to.

You don't have to take the heavy hitter meds around the clock if you don't think your pain is severe enough, you can supplement and get 8 hour anti-inflammatory relief from Aleve, or 4 hour relief from Advil. Just don't combine two drugs with Tylenol (Acetaminophen).

Best wishes for a fast recovery and much kayaking.

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DDOORN 5/4/2011 9:13AM

    Hang in there...hoping the pain starts backing off soon!

Don

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Pictures - don't look at these while eating!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

What it looked like inside my shoulder:


The hole in my infraspinatus. Muscle at top should be down next to the bone at the bottom of the pic. for scale, the pink muscle at the top is approx 2 cm away from where it should be.

Apparently the whole time he was fixing it he was telling everyone in the room he couldn't believe i'd been kayaking without any pain for the past 2 weeks (9.5 hrs last fri-sun, 1 hr weds, 8.5 hrs this past fri-sun) on class III and III+


Pretty sure that ain't right.


Or this

But it does have a happy ending...

All sewn back together!
(They hammered a couple of staples into the top of my humerus and laced some permanent sutures through them.)

Now I just have to heal it up.
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i think the drugs interact with seretonin. The incessant meowing has been driving me nuts and i just finished a one-armed kitchen cleaning rampage.

At one point i bent over to pick something up and this big pink rubber thing fell down in my way. It took a few sec to realize it was my right arm!

I angrily stuffed it back into the sling and tightened the velcro beween my palm and thumb - and continued what I was doing. I can't feel anything except a little in my fingers, which can move a little. Just in case I took an extra prozac to help counteract the rage and potential felicide.

And finally, something less unappealing - dinner!

Shrimp on a bed of leftover salad. Who sez you can't cook with one left arm??? emoticon

Now I'm curled up in bed with my 'puter and a mug of Good Earth tea, listening to the rain outside, with felines sacked out (and QUIET) next to me. I am a content Cat Sandwich.

  
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TRAVELNISTA 5/5/2011 7:54PM

    emoticon You are doing way too much my friend. You shouldn't be doing any of that for the 1st couple of days. Exercising, I don't know! I did not try it. emoticon Feel better! emoticon

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NINJA_SMOO 5/4/2011 12:58PM

  I hope you heal up quickly :) You made me giggle with some of your comments :)

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DMGABBETT 5/4/2011 11:01AM

    How long is the projected recovery time?

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MRPLATSON 5/4/2011 9:57AM

    So THAT's what a 2cm 'separation' looks like!
Glad you got all your questions answered.

and that doctor said "if you can put up with the pain you can keep going...". I mean, I'd like to think even doctors have a sense of humor, but on that kind of professional you should really answer questions straight - because not everyone understand sarcasm.

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TENACIOUSTIGER 5/4/2011 9:35AM

    looks like a great job arent drugs wonderful?

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JOSOP2009 5/4/2011 9:27AM

    Those pic's are awesome! Good luck in your recovery. (Can you kayak w/one arm?)

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CATTIANN 5/4/2011 7:44AM

    Glad you're on the mend..the pictures are awesome, just like your attitude! emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 5/4/2011 1:53AM

    Do you have to go back to have the tie things removed, or do they dissolve, or are they permanent?

Uhhuhuh.. happy ending.

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ELYMWX 5/4/2011 12:21AM

    Wow, what a tear. Cool pictures!

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GRACEFULIFE 5/3/2011 11:27PM

    Wow, thanks for posting these. It's super cool to actually see inside the body. If only we didn't have this pesky skin.

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ANNE7X7 5/3/2011 11:03PM

    Those are some cool looking pictures! Happy healing!!

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SPARKYWATSON 5/3/2011 10:37PM

    Good looking knots you got there.

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TJHIERS 5/3/2011 9:31PM

    T M I ! GOODNESS YOU WERE RIGHT , DON'T LOOK EATING OR NOT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN'T LOOK AT PICS LIKE THIS..
I SHOULD HAVE HEEDED YOUR WARNING...
I THINK I NEED AN ALKA-SELTZER....LOL emoticon

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JENNSWIMS 5/3/2011 9:26PM

    I'm glad your surgery was a success and completely uneventful. Now get well soon!

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Home!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Here I am, waking up from surgery:


Here I am, just after getting home:


No pain, thanx to the nerve block - which i made them wait until AFTER to give me.

The tear was 'massive.'. Will be in this sling for 6 weeks, supposedly.

Mostly right now I'm just thirsty...

  
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PONYFARMER 9/20/2011 7:24PM

    Man you looked cheery!!! I did not look this good after mine and I had the ice machine already attched to my shoulder when I came out. I was up later but slept a bit when I got home. Needed pain meds.

When you say you got the nerve bloc after? After what? I am confused. I missed out on that bonus.

No matter you look amazing.

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TRAVELNISTA 5/5/2011 8:00PM

    emoticon and emoticon I guess I was luckier than you, since my tear was small. I am only wearing the sling now if i will be out of the house for a long period of time. Had to go back to the Doctor on Tuesday because the stitch the doctor removed on Friday opened up slightly.

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TENACIOUSTIGER 5/4/2011 9:32AM

    great to see you on the better side of surgery, its great to have it done and on way to recovery, all the best

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GRACEFULIFE 5/3/2011 11:28PM

    Wait I thought it was your RIGHT arm that was messed up! emoticon

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ELYMWX 5/3/2011 10:22PM

    That is quite the sling! Keep on smiling...

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JLPEASE 5/3/2011 8:52PM

    Welcome home! Good think you are in such good shape. It would probably take someone else a lot longer to rebound from this.


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BREWMASTERBILL 5/3/2011 6:26PM

    Welcome home. Take it easy. No viagra.

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250STRONG 5/3/2011 3:37PM

    Amazement! You would never known you had been under! THAT'S what being in great shape does for you! :)

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DDOORN 5/3/2011 3:35PM

    Sounds like you made a wise choice to take care of business ASAP!

Glad to hear that everything seems to have gone well so far!

My bet is that with your fitness levels you will be bouncing back FAR more speedily than the average person...! :-)

Don

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Thanx you guys!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Thanks you all for the knd words and wishes! I'll be reading 'em over and responding this week while recovering. It'll give me something to do.

It's time to get up, change the litterboxes, fill the birdfeeders, put out the trash & recycling, and do all the last minute things that are easier to accomplish with TWO arms...

Then it'll be off to Rochester.

Seeya on the flip side with an update...

  
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BUNPOH 5/3/2011 1:41PM

    Multiple litterboxes!

I hope you have some help coming for that chore next week.

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Best wishes and speedy recovery!

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/3/2011 12:57PM

    Best Wishes! Can't wait to hear about your recovery!

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JENNSWIMS 5/3/2011 11:10AM

    Good luck with your surgery. If you need any help with surgical questions, like changing bandages or random stuff like that, I might know an SICU nurse who can help with some words of support in a pinch ;)

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CARRIE1948 5/3/2011 10:54AM

    Let me know when you're up to company. I can bring very healthy food

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TJHIERS 5/3/2011 9:37AM

    wishing you the best, stay in touch ! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 5/3/2011 8:19AM

    Good luck although I know you will be fine. Just please follow doctor's instructions. emoticonand emoticon

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DDOORN 5/3/2011 7:20AM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a smooth, SMOOTH day today!

Don

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Surgery tomorrow.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Well, here goes.

They're cutting my shoulder tomorrow to reattach the infraspinatus to where it should be. (apparently the humerus end of it is about an inch from its original location)

I've been reading TRAVELNISTA's blogs with particular interest because she had something similar done 3 weeks ago.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_summary.asp?id=TRAVELNISTA


I've arranged to take the rest of the week off from work. I've stocked up on frozen veggies and apples and frozen protein of various kinds. I have a few frozen entrees available for the first couple of days when I might not feel like cooking at all.

I figure if I can handle it I'll be working out on the elliptical in the basement a couple of times a day and walking in the state park next door to get some outside time.

Next Monday I'll probably still have my arm in a sling so I've arranged for the vanpool to pick me up on a corner about half a mile from my house. (My car is a manual and it's my right shoulder we're doing.)

I hope I recover swiftly. He seemed to think that I had a lot of strength considering what the MRI looked like and he said the fact that I have almost no pain and no mobility impairment are both good signs.

I picked up a couple of 1.5 lb weights at Walmart in case they let me start doing some PT at home at some point. (I have heavier weights I can graduate to if/when necessary. I also have the resistance bands they already gave me for PT.)

They wanted me to have someone stay overnight in my house tomorrow "just in case you don't feel good." I was like, "why? how would having someone in my house make me feel better? I'm not used to it. Is there some kind of fatal risk?"

They said it was because I might feel off or nauseated due to the pain meds. I'm sorry, but why would I put another human through that? I have spent plenty of horrible nights alone suffering from reflux or the stomach flu and survived OK. I'll survive this too. And if I'm really afraid I'm going to die, I have neighbors I can call, like the friend who is driving me to the appointment tomorrow.

Apparently there's no risk of dying from something - if there were, they told me they wouldn't send me home in the first place.

I'll let you know how it goes. Maybe the next blog entry will say, "Holy carp, I feel awful. I sure wish there were someone staying in my house with me!" Or not.

One thing I can guarantee is that the next post won't be so long, because I don't type so well one-handed. Yet. LOL

  
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JOSOP2009 5/3/2011 10:44AM

    Good Luck.

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KAYOTIC 5/3/2011 9:57AM

    Best of luck, you have planned well....speedy recovery!

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BOOMAC1961 5/3/2011 9:23AM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery on your shoulder!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 5/3/2011 4:41AM

    wishing you all the luck and best wishes for surgery, with everything going smoothly and also a speedy recovery at the other end. having surgery is a step closer to a fully recovered and stronger, active hard core paddling arm.good luck

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ELYMWX 5/3/2011 1:30AM

    I hope everything goes well tomorrow!

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BUNPOH 5/3/2011 1:25AM

    My fingers are crossed for you! Hope it all goes smoothly, and your recovery is quick and smooth. Glad to hear you have plans in place in case of difficulty. Take care and let us know how it goes when you are up to it.

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GRACEFULIFE 5/3/2011 12:04AM

    Mmmm, protein.

Hope everything goes well, and you can break your new shoulder at winter pool practice. Progressive resistance works wonders, and I'm sure they can rebuild you. You'll come out better, stronger, faster on the other side. Or the other end.... whichever.

break IN your new shoulder.... IN.... sheesh, what's with me and the poor writing lately.

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/2/2011 10:41PM

    Best wishes for your surgery tomorrow and for a speedy recovery! I'm impressed with how organized you are and hope all goes as planned!

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REYVE01 5/2/2011 10:36PM

    I had surgery last month and was shocked by the 7 pounds I gained from the fluid (IV drip)... don't get alarmed... It took about a week to pee it all out. Take care.. emoticon

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BBNWTEX 5/2/2011 9:51PM

    Good luck with your surgery. Sending you positive thoughts and wishes!!!

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JLPEASE 5/2/2011 9:36PM

    Good luck and make sure you follow doctor's orders!
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LADYGWEN25 5/2/2011 9:13PM

    good luck tomorrow!

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FRECKS96 5/2/2011 9:10PM

    Good Luck tomorrow!

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DDOORN 5/2/2011 8:58PM

    Wishing you the absolute VERY BEST with your surgery with everything done *just right* and the speediest of recoveries!!

Don

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MAXIE56 5/2/2011 8:21PM

    Good luck with your surgery

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250STRONG 5/2/2011 8:12PM

    sending positive healing thoughts your way!

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MOM5INFL 5/2/2011 7:38PM

    Good luck with surgery tomorrow! I know how important being active is to you so you need to take care of it! I know you will recover quickly...gotta feeling! Birdie

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VELVETCATT 5/2/2011 7:27PM

    I hope and pray all goes well!

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