I've noticed I have a tendency toward no patience and a short temper since the procedure yesterday. It gets worse when I'm in pain. Ice doesn't help much because the dressing is so thick and puffy almost no cold gets in. I get to take the dressing off tomorrow.
I've been warned about constipation from the meds. So early this morning I snuck out in the car and went to the local Amish store and got some wheat bran. Shifting with my left hand worked sort of OK but it probably isn't a good idea to drive much until the sling is off.
I also picked up some packets of my secret weapon against constipation - sugar free jelly belly beans. 20 or so of those will set you right up and clean you right out. Gotta love those sugar alcohols! LOL
A few hours after I got home the pain and my temper got so bad that I took two oxycodones (they were due) and got on the elliptical for an hour and burned around 400 cal. While on there I felt great. Much more like myself.
Afterward I slid off the sling, took a quick rinse in the shower, and changed into fresh sweats, and re-slung the arm.
I feel much calmer now. The cats seem relieved.
I got a shock on the scale this morning - good thing REYVE01 warned me about temporary water gain from the IV...
Tomorrow I'll have to convince someone to help me cut the external sutures before my PT appointment. It involves wiping the area with alcohol and then snipping them with nail scissors.
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.
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.
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???
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.