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Infraspinatus info

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I'm collecting information on the muscle I tore. I'll keep the links here.

How to Deal with Shoulder Injuries: The Infraspinatus




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.

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

Starting to use the nice Tao Way of Life* app to calm me down.

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!


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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.

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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    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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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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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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    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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    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...! :-)


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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.


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!


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