4 Down.....5 to Go.....in my shoulder rehab recovery. According to the calendar, I'm not even half way there, but according to my body, I'm feeling like I'm at a turning around point......finally!
If you've been keeping up, you know that I was DREADING with a capital "D", the manual manipulation that I had on April 2nd. However, I have to say, it wasn't as bad as I had expected, and in reality, I am way better for having had it!
I had felt so DEFEATED, because I had worked and worked HARD to make this thing move, and it just wouldn't do it. I made me feel like I had failed, but I'm telling you that I couldn't have done one thing differently, it just wouldn't move!!!
When I woke up in the recovery room, the first thing I did was to see if I could put a hair clip in my hair.....and I could reach it! Keep in mind, that I am laying on my back, and that I'm under the influence of the meds. Then I raise my arms up in the arm, and it will go further than it has in months! So I start doing YMCA with my arms, and I think I'm healed!!!! The PA said, I had all of them rolling in the recovery room...LOL!!!!!
I never forgot that my Doctor said, he will get me full range of motion, but it will be up to me to keep it. So he's done his thing, now it's up to me. I went to PT that very same day, and being under the influence of all the meds, it wasn't too bad.
BUT THE NEXT DAY.....was a different story. I had already started to stiffen up, even by the time I went to pt on the first day, and I was going to therapy every day right after the procedure. By the second and third day, my therapist, is going to make sure I keep this, and she "CRUNCHES ME DOWN". And yes, I SCREAMED. The tears, that hadn't come since this whole thing started, finally started to fall, and they came and wouldn’t stop for 2 days.
I ordered some water weights, so I can work out in the pool. They are amazing, and I have really enjoyed using them. I float on my back and put my arms out at 9 and 3 o’clock; and then stretch them up to the 12 o’clock position, and then I float like that for as long as I can. I think that has really helped me a lot! Another thing that seems to be helping is getting in the hot tub and clasping my fingers together behind my neck and stretching my elbows out and back in the hot water. I try to hold that for at least 10 minutes, and that seems to be helping a lot. I’ve been doing some treading water, T backstroke, dog paddling, and have finally been able to do the crawl stroke (somewhat) across the pool. This requires a lot more practice and work, but it’s something that is going to help me.
I’m trying to be as normal as I can, and I don’t have any restrictions from my Doctor. I’m only restricted by what my body will allow me to do. I’ve been doing a little chipping and putting with golf, and have actually been able to get a bigger swing, so I am starting to hit the ball off the tee. This doesn’t hurt, and I’ve been doing OK, and will continue to work more with my golf swing.
The hardest thing is tennis. There is more rotation involved, but I’ve started with just some forehand warm-up moves, and have progressed to where I can get the serve movement, I just can’t do it from the service line (yet); since I’ve lost so much strength. But I’m working on that too!
I’m doing better with styling my hair, and was able to use the round brush more effectively; especially at the top and back of my hair. It’s not perfect, by any means, and it still hurts, but I can do more than I’ve been able to do with it.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that I can reach into my microwave (over the stove) and can get things in and out with my right arm. I can also reach things on the second shelf now in my kitchen cupboards. I haven’t been able to reach this one in a long time.
My physical therapist says, that I’ve pretty much got everything back; except for the internal and external rotation, and my right shoulder blade is winging out. But she has cut me down to 2 days a week. She mostly is doing the manual things that I can’t do on my own, and she “Crunched me down” again on Thursday. Yes, it hurt like crazy, but I didn’t scream, but I did get some tears in my eyes. It didn’t really “crunch” this time, so she said that means a lot of those adhesions are gone, and we are going to get this. I think that means, she’s going to crunch me again, but I think I can take it.
At any rate, I’m really feeling good about my progress now. Things are coming back more and more every day, and it is just so nice to SEE AND FEEL PROGRESS!!!! I’m starting to regain some strength, and I am planning to join the Y and hire a Personal Trainer to help me with that. I want to be careful, but I want to be able to do all I can do as well.
This has been a very difficult process for me. I know the Doctor tried to prepare me for the long recovery period, but until you are living it, YOU HAVE NO IDEA! It has certainly challenged my perseverance and my patience, and there have been plenty of times when I could see how a person could just give up. Plus I’ve probably challenged my husband’s patience and many of my friends patience as well. But thank God, I didn’t quit, and I knew I wanted to get through this so I could get back to tennis and golf. I didn’t know for sure about tennis before, but I’m starting to see that it’s going to be able to happen.
I do know I’m not done yet, and according to my Doctor, just about half-way there. I go back to see him on May 13th, and I’m sure well re-evaluate and determine how much more PT I will need. My therapist thinks I’m getting close to the end, so we shall see. I’m a very dedicated and hard working exerciser, so I know I can keep this going. Especially, now that I see improvement. I know I have to be careful too; and I am.
Thanks for all the ears, and the support ya’ll have given me. This has been one of the best ways for me to share my feelings about this process!
Until next time!