Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I had a full day today. It started out with an 8a.m. appointment for physical therapy. My therapist poked, prodded and stretched as he prepared a report for my orthopedic surgeon. I made a big mistake and didn't ask for any ice on my shoulder before heading out. I won't do that again.
Next, I drove to my 5 week check up with my orthopedic surgeon. The radio warned that there were big traffic delays, so I allowed about 2 hours to get there. The trip is 55 miles each way. As luck would have it, I ran into no traffic and made the trip in a record time of 35 minutes! Since I was so early, I took my book and went to the deli in the orthopedic building. It was refreshing to have healthy choices offered at a little deli. I had an egg white omelet with sautéed veggies and a glass of water. I relaxed and slowly ate and read a book. When I was finished, I stayed and sipped water and continued reading. I'm reading a good book, so it was lovely to have uninterrupted "me time" before my appointment.
During my appointment the nurse practitioner went over the pictures that my doctor took during my surgery and he explained what was done. I always find that part of my appointment fascinating. The nurse tried to test my range of motion but he didn't know what he was doing and my shoulder just throbbed. That was when I asked if I could get the doctor to stop by to answer questions for me. I was scheduled to see the doctor but both doctors were slammed with emergencies and post-op patients. I just dug my heals in (in a very nice way) and patiently waited until he was free.
The good news is that I saw both doctors because both of them were interested to see how my shoulder was healing. The way the first doctor moved my arm told me that he knew exactly where I was in the recovery process and he did the same movements as my physical therapist. He was very careful to support my arm and thus avoided hurting me. He said that I was moving extremely well, with very little pain in the movements that I'm allowed to do. He said with progress like that, the prognosis for a full recovery were excellent! That brought a big smile to my face. He recommended 2 more months of physical therapy, three times a week. I still have to wear a sling on my arm whenever I'm not in the car or at home. The use of the sling will most likely continue until I see him again at my next appointment in June. I hate wearing the sling because it gets so hot but it does help when my arm gets tired.
After I left my doctors appointment, I drove to the gym and rode the recumbent cycle for 65 minutes. Today I rode 10.15 miles at a resistance of 5 and an average speed of 10. That was a big improvement over the past 2 weeks and I'm pleased with my progress. I'm not quite where I would like to be but I'm confident that I'll get there in a few weeks.
My last stop on my way home, was at Wally World (Walmart) for groceries and a few other items. Here, I walked up and down as many isles as I could without feeling any discomfort. By the time I got home, I was totally exhausted. I put an ice pack on my shoulder and parked my body on the bed. My shoulder was still smarting badly from the way the nurse manipulated it so I had to take some medicine to relieve the pain. Having to do this irritated me since I haven't had to take anything for several weeks. At my next appointment, I will insist on seeing my doctor instead of the nurse!