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So glad that my issues have never been that bad!!

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Shoulders are just the worst, aren't they? I just found out that I need another surgery to repair mistakes during the first one -- 2 years ago. We all know the drill -- surgery, PT, and hopefully we'll be back to "normal" in 6 months or so.

Hang in there everyone.

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An update: In November I had a shot for my left shoulder to reduce inflammation--and pain, of course. It has been a godsend! I had some physical therapy and was sent home with exercises. I continued my water aerobics classes and was now able to do all the upper body things with both arms. Alas , it is now 3 months later and the pain is coming back. I don't know if I can get another shot--now--or ever. I need to call about that. Only a shoulder replacement will fix my problem, changes form arthritis. I can hear and feel "clunking " when I move that arm in certain ways. Raising the arm is very difficult. Even raising a cup to my lips is very difficult with the left arm. To make surgery successful I need to strengthen the shoulder muscles first. I hope I am making progress with that. At the pool several people had shoulder replacements and are doing well.

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I just wanted to say, that I think I've finally gotten back to "normal."

I've been doing a simplified barbell lifting program (described here)
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and I've finally been making reasonable gains on the upper body lifts, which have always been very weak after the surgery...

On Saturday I lifted a new personal record of 80 lbs on the inclined bench press and I'm up to 85 lbs on the overhead press.

YAY!

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Eventually I will need a shoulder replacement. emoticon For now I was given a cortisone shot. It has eliminated pain pretty much. I was told to use the arm because I had not been using it and the muscles in the rotator cuff atrophied. A shoulder replacement now would result in me not being able to get back strength . So I was given exercises to increase strength. And I do water aerobics regularly, too. I am so happy to be out of pain. I wonder how long that will last? emoticon


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I'm 7 months out of a bicept tendon repair, and now have a frozen shoulder. I have less pain, which is definitely a positive! My range of motion is still quite limited.

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Upped the PT challenge a bit --- using 3 pound weights for those tiny rotator cuff muscles. I'm noticing a little soreness which I take as a good thing, but I'm watching to be sure I don't over tax these developing muscles and their developing recoordination with each other.

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Congrats! That is great news!

I remember how excited I was to finally put on a bra the 'normal' way... LOL

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15 weeks into rehab from surgery to repair a torn supraspinatus tendon I surprised myself by being able to reach everywhere I usually would soaping up in the shower. It feels like full range of motion, finally. Reaching across to the back of the uninjured shoulder is now possible! Need better strength to make the joint pain free, but PT is progressing.
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OK, 11 months later I decided to return to the scene and get over my fear from the accident.
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I didn't take any risks and went super carefully. I seem to remember how to turn, which is nice.

Tomorrow I might go to a different place with an actual Spark Person. That's another reason I took it easy - I wanted to save some strength! LOL

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Thanks!

Seriously, I DON'T think I would have done a trip like that in other circumstances. I'm not really a "group tour" vacation type of person, and it wouldn't have occurred to me to go on a trip like that normally. So I'm not sure I was turning it into a positive, but rather just trying to keep my spirits up, given that I was finally cleared to kayak, at the bitter, cold end of the season!
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I still get little tiny twinges now and then but they're rare and not associated with weakness, or anything. So far just shrugging them off seems to work. LOL

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Great blog post!!! And beautiful photos, too. Costa Rica looks incredible! I like how you say you wouldn't have taken the trip if not for the surgery -- way to make it a positive!

I'm still in PT and experiencing some twinges in my shoulder that I haven't felt in a Very long time. I'm worried I might have hurt it at PT.. they did ultrasound , stim, and ice this morning but it aches hours later. Did any of you have these twinges while recovering? Was it a setback?

I'm now 5 months out of surgery, and just completing 4 months of PT.

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Proof positive that you can come back from a rotator cuff injury and have a shoulder you can enjoy.

Here's my blog post with a report from my recent trip kayaking in Costa Rica. With pictures!
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If I hadn't injured my shoulder I probably would never have gone on that trip in the first place. It was a reward to myself for having weathered this long, looooong rehab process instead of being able to kayak this summer and not giving up on my food and fitness. Rawr.

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Take it easy at first.

I found it really frustrating when I started working out again and discovered how much fitness I'd lost. I had to remind myself frequently to be patient about that.... LOL

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First time posting and had to share. Today I was released from the Sling of Doom.

I injured my shoulder (SLAP tear--not rotator cuff but shoulder still) September 8th on the job. Workmen Comp docs thought for three months that it was a shoulder strain/minor tear and treated it with anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. October 31st they finally did an MRI w/ contrast dye and got a proper diagnosis. Surgery was December 5th, started PT on the 7th, and am finally free of the sling.

Doc says that I'm progressing well and that he's pleased. The next couple of weeks will be to stretch everything back out and then we can start strength training.

PT approved me getting back on my Gazelle today also, so hopefully these pounds will start falling back off.

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Congrats!

I remember the first time I actually sat on a spin bike with my arm OUT of the sling. Happy Day!

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I was only on my bicycle mounted on the indoor training thing for 10 minutes... but this is the first time having both hands on the handlebars since August when I road 20 miles. I'm going to guess I only got 1-1.5 miles in, but... I got back on that horse. Finally! So far, no shoulder pain. I even mopped my floor this morning with an old fashioned mop and a bucket.

I'm coming back. Strength in the left arm still has a long way to go... but it's coming along.

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Thank you 4A-HEALTHY-BMI and LYNNING! It helps so much to hear of your experiences. And 4A- that body fat % change is staggering!! I love your graphs. I checked them all out & the moving average is much more organic than a flat line. But 6 months PT! That is a very long haul! For some reason I thought I would be done in 2 months :) Have no idea where I got that number - probably from the internet. Anyway, thank you for reminding me it's better to go at their pace than to push too fast or too far. I so want to get back to my favorite activities like all of you - be it around the house or out in nature! But, more than that I definitely DON'T want to repeat any of these post-op months again either! They were hard enough the first time!







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I had PT for 6 months. So get ready for a long haul on that one. By the end he had me doing actual weight lifting. LOL But it worked. I'm back in my kayak, paddling rivers and my shoulder is holding up just fine.

The other thing I'm happy about is not just my weight, but my body fat. Take a look at the graph I posted recently in my blog:
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Because at this point in my range body composition is actually more important than weight...
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Do what they say, and do your homework too. And don't do stuff they tell you not to - some folks here have had to go back and repair stuff they re-tore after surgery...

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Sounds like you're doing fabulously!!

I'm having some set backs... potentially reinjured my arm when I fell on the wet dining room floor last week. Ugh!

Our adoption was postponed due to circumstances beyond our control.

My kids are passing around a stomach virus (the vomit variety). Not fun... but explains the wet floor.

This month is not one that I will want to repeatk... ever.

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Wow - that's fantastic! And how great you've been able to reduce body weight as well - a huge bonus!

My update: I'm now about 14 weeks post-op. My PT has been raving about my progress, and my first appt with the surgeon at 8 weeks post-op was very encouraging! I thought I was doing very well - getting to the 2nd highest band strength, and lifting about 8 lbs in my curls.

But, I went for another appointment last week, and this time the surgeon examined me very quickly, and then prescribed me 6 - 8 more weeks PT! I'm a little confused, it seems like more PT than I need right now. And, it's definitely more than I expected.

I have to work on my external rotation, so this is finally motivating me to get it done. I'm having my husband help me at home with it on my off-days. Before, I was doing it all myself and it was tough to get the right angle. I hope that does the trick and I can get it done in 6 weeks instead of 8 !

I want to graduate back to my normal routine so badly!

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Went back to the PT for some strength measurements today because I feel pretty strong and I wanted to find out where I'm at relative to my baseline back in March.

Here re the specific measurements:
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Both arms are stronger than when I was discharged in September, with the exception of extension in my right arm (the one that was injured).

Both of them are still weaker than baseline measurements taken on the uninjured arm back in March for flexion and extension.

They're doing pretty well for abduction, internal rotation, and external rotation.

I haven't been doing the shoulder specific PT exercises but just went back to my previous routine of tae kardio and body pump for shoulder strength. (along with kayaking every chance I get)

I think I'm going to start doing the extension and flexion exercises again on a regular basis, and add internal and external rotation into the mix somehow, maybe before or after class.

I can do tricep dips again (which took the longest to come back) and my push ups are looking pretty good too. (they took a while to return but not as long as the tricep dips)

It helps I'm back at goal weight, also. Makes those bodyweight exercises a LOT easier LOL (and yeah maybe that's cheating but I'll take it, hahaha)

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Lynn, that's fabulous news!

(and sorry about your friend. hang in there)

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GREAT NEWS! I was discharged from PT at 11 weeks post-op. Yes, I still have some pain (achy type). Yes, I still need to be careful. But because of my "real life" my surgeon didn't feel more PT was really going to do anything except cause me undue financial stress. I have almost 100% ROM in all directions - with the exception of external rotation (65%) but that is where most of the damage was. He feels that by doing my exercises at home and slowly resuming my "real life" I will get that back to 90% or better by spring.

It no longer hurts to lift a 16oz. glass of water to my mouth with my left hand! That's HUGE! I can reach for it, lift it, drink out of it, and put it back down - pain free! Two weeks ago, that still caused some achy feelings in the muscles.

I was able to put my thirty pound three year old on the changing table - with only a slight ache.

My surgeon honestly thinks that giving my dogs those baths early on may have helped me. He said it's unconventional and it was WAY ahead of schedule - however, everything about my recovery has been remarkable.

Other good news - we go to court on Monday December 12 to finalize the adoption of our little girl!!!!

More good news - we're next on the list for the next foster care placement of a little girl under age 3 that comes to the agency we work with.

All of this tempered by the fact that a dear friend of our family passed away very suddenly on Sunday - his funeral is on Friday. We told his wife at church about the adoption - when she got home, she found him. He and Katharine (our new daughter) had a very special bond since she was placed in our home for foster care almost 4 years ago. She is going to miss him terribly.

Ok... that was a novel.

Talk to you all again soon.

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OK, this is beyond awesome.

Not only can I roll a kayak with a paddle again, but now I can even roll one WITHOUT a paddle. I have never managed that in one of my own boats before this week.
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That arm in the water, doing most of the bracing at the end of the roll? THAT is the one that was chopped in May.

Good job, Drs. Maloney (surgeon) and Huson (PT).
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Hey, right back atcha. Great you're OK to run again, albeit carefully...

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And a major WOO- HOO for being back on the water!! Resuming normal life again is the Best Milestone!!

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Congrats on the discharge, HEALTHY-4_BMI! Sorry, this congrats is so late-- guess I'm a bit late to the party!

I'm psyched because I was allowed to go without the sling 2 weeks ago, and after just 3 PT sessions, my surgeon was very pleased & OK'd me to start running again. I'm going very slow, of course, but already my mood has improved so much! Starting on active exercises now - using resistance bands at home and starting weights. I'm up to 155 degrees overhead ROM. Side to side is still so much harder, I'm still at 45 degrees pushing to 50....

It feels so good to be getting somewhere!

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Congrats on the ROM!

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Had my first post-op PT evaluation today. Believe it or not - I already have better ROM than I had pre-surgery!! Today is exactly 3 weeks since surgery. I'm so happy. Yep, hurting like crazy right now - but I also had an unfortunate "Oops! Probably shouldn't have done that..." moment a little bit ago. It will all be ok. It will all be ok. It will all be ok! :D Trying to convince myself...

Anyway... I hope everyone is well!

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Congratulations on being discharged from PT!! I see my surgeon on 10/4 for my 2 week post-op check and to get my stitches removed. I expect I'll be leaving that appointment with a script for PT.

9/30/2011 - 9 days post op: I got dressed all by myself today without even the safety net of having hubby nearby in case I ran into trouble! In fact I was home alone, took a shower and got dressed all by myself! Managed to get my sports bra on also!! WOOT!!

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I paddled in violent water for the first time since surgery this weekend.

Went out to Nantucket and played in the surf in our kayaks. I was super timid. But I did it. And now I'm Sore All Over (including my shoulder). But I'm hoping that is a good sore, in the sense that I'm building my muscles back again.

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I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I'm done!

(Well, discharged from PT, anyway, with instructions to continue the exercises on my own.)

Phew that was getting expen$ive. I estimate I've spent $800-$900 in co-pays on this. DEFINITELY claiming medical expenses on my taxes next year!

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I still remember how to roll my kayak!

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PT routine last Tuesday. Finally I'm starting to get to lift some halfway respectable weights, again!


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ball plank 4 5 kg 20
90-90 internal rotation 1 0 lb 10 blue
90-90 internal rotation 2 0 lb 10 blue
90-90 internal rotation 3 0 lb 10 blue
bodyblade d2 1 0 lb 0
bodyblade d2 2 0 lb 10
bodyblade d2 3 0 lb 10
optometric irer 1 2 kg 30
optometric irer 2 2 kg 30
optometric irer 3 2 kg 30
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rotator cuff - internal 2 0 lb 10
rotator cuff - internal 3 0 lb 10
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prone extension 2 6 lb 10
prone extension 3 6 lb 10
side lying external rotation 1 6. lb 10
side lying external rotation 2 6. lb 10
side lying external rotation 3 6. lb 10
prone ts 1 5 lb 10
prone ts 2 5 lb 10
prone ts 3 5 lb 10
prone y's 1 5 lb 10
prone y's 2 5 lb 10
prone y's 3 5 lb 10
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resisted scaption 2 5 lb 10
resisted scaption 3 5 lb 10
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bodyblade irer 2 0 lb 0
bodyblade irer 3 0 lb 0
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blackburn 2 3 lb 10
blackburn 3 3 lb 10
d2 flexion 1 0 lb 10 black
d2 flexion 2 0 lb 10 black
d2 flexion 3 0 lb 10 black
prone internal rotation 1 6 lb 10
prone internal rotation 2 6 lb 10
prone internal rotation 3 6 lb 10
rotator cuff - external 1 0 lb 10 2 blue
rotator cuff - external 2 0 lb 10 2 blue
rotator cuff - external 3 0 lb 10 2 blue
resistance band extension 1 0 lb 10 2 blue
resistance band extension 2 0 lb 10 2 blue
resistance band extension 3 0 lb 10 2 blue
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dumbbell front raise 2 6 lb 10
dumbbell front raise 3 6 lb 10
weight bearing ball rolls 1 2 kg 30
weight bearing ball rolls 2 2 kg 30
weight bearing ball rolls 3 2 kg 30
weight bearing ball rolls 4 2 kg 30
weight bearing ball rolls 5 2 kg 30
prone is 1 3 lb 10
prone is 2 3 lb 10
prone is 3 3 lb 10
plyometric horizontal adduction 1 2 kg 10
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Oh Lordy. Don't even get me started on the weakness I have in my arms.

And even worse, I can actually see the difference in how skinny they are, now.

I have a weight training app on my iPod that I use for strength training and also for tracking what I do at PT. (He finds it convenient that I can just email him a record of what I've done and I find it convenient to have a record of what I'm doing in case I want to add a session over the weekend at home.)

Anyway, the app lets you add custom exercises and take a picture to remind you of what it is you're supposed to be doing. I have pictures in there from all the way back before surgery, in some cases. And my arms are really skinny and flabby now in comparison. It's really sad.
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This is part of the reason it's a relief to be strength training again...

Also because I'm looking forward to functional abilities again, of course. LOL

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The material that anchors the tendon to the bone, is really interesting, it melds into the bone becoming part of it. I'm a little amazed, myself. So, when I hear rotator cuff surgery, I know this is just a wee bit different. The pain level was extreme, when it happened. My head was telling me the whole 10 days, 'gotta get this repaired'. Now, my arm is basically weak, so I want to begin strength training. But, that is not what quite needs to be done at this time. I just need to do all the exercises that keep it moving and stretched. Okay by me. I'm slightly anxious to move on. I can put plates up on the second shelf without making a face emoticon

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It took a while for them to get around to diagnosing and repairing my shoulder. I hurt it at the end of March and the surgery wasn't until the beginning of May. They waited two weeks just to schedule the MRI. The first surgeon I went to said, "OK, you can wait until the end of the season to repair it, as long as you can handle the pain."

There was no pain.

The second surgeon I went to (this time a real sports medicine guy) said, "do not wait." I was in there getting cut 2 business days later.

Wow, though. 14 anchors. Oof. I'm surprised they could do a job that big arthroscopically. Glad you're recovering well.

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No, they did this arthroscopic. My friend and I counted them, twice, to make sure we got the right number (from the MRI photos). Then, when I went back to the Dr., I said, I counted 14, is that correct? Yes, about that many.
When he first came in the room to see me, he was very sad and told me that I had really damaged my shoulder. My friend, a long time RN was sitting with me. Then he said, I needed surgery. I told him, my bag was packed since I injured it, for 10 days, so how soon. He said, the next day and was kind of shocked that I just jumped to it. One thing I knew, is you don't wait on an injury like this my dad was an orthopedic surgeon, and once a patient was injured, it was quick to repair as tissues begin repairing on their own. I was concerned due to 10 days had passed since they got back with me, with a surgeon to see me! So prognosis is to do what I'm told and realize I'm in this for the long haul of repair. So far, so good!

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Holy carp. 14 ANCHORS?! 14 staples punched into your bone?

(Not 14 sutures, but 14 ANCHORS?!)

Ouch.

Did they have to open your shoulder all the way up to reattach everything?

I might try a road ride on Sunday.

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That explains the weight training, you get to do. I'm 2 months out with14 anchors, as the supraspinatus tendon was torn completely off the bone. Stuff happens when you go over mountain bike handlebars and slam into the side of hill! They seem to be real pleased with the progress my shoulder is making. I don't even beg to be on the bike, now, knowing the Dr. and PT will give me a green light, when I'm ready. My road bike will be loaned out to my daughter (no temptation for me), this week for the next couple of months. I can use the trainer (my hybrid bike is set-up on that). And I keep hiking, daily, and do the shoulder exercises. I'm in this for the long haul. My trouble is getting back on track to where I was, and noting it with calorie counting.

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Um, yeah. Knowing me, I bet the same thing.

Is that like being pre-busted? LOL

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emoticon Got bumped up to 10 pound weight on a diagonal pull down I do on the machine. I thought she was nuts but I did it.



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October is right around the corner. Heck I can't believe it's almost the 4th of July already. However, if I know you I am sure you will sneak in a try sometime in September. Need an emoticon here shaking my finger at you. emoticon



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I have a feeling the difference is mostly due to different PT philosophies and protocols.

My PT doesn't mind pushing us a little sooner than others. It annoys the surgeon, though, because he's worried about re-injury.

I happened to be discussing my rehab progress with the PT this morning at my session and he reminded me that arthroscopy meant a faster recovery (and a lighter injury in the first place) than folks who are so hurt they had to be opened up. He says one of his patients who got opened up required three anchors for reattachment and the muscle was pulled 2 inches away from where it was supposed to be. (Mine only required 2 anchors and the muscle was only 1 inch away from normal.)

He did say that eating right really speeds up recovery and that my recovery has been pretty smooth, in the scheme of things. I'm apparently one of the lucky ones.

Then I asked when I could get back in my kayak and he smiled and said, "October, at the earliest." Bah. That's not soon enough. Oh well.

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Blue resistance bands and 5LB weights. That is terrific! emoticon
I'll look forward to more weight than 1 LB for the right shoulder. My pestering for more strength training is getting me no where, as that doesn't seem to be where I am, yet, at 9 weeks. I'll just keep up with other exercise. Keep up the good work!

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YAY.

Not only now am I on the blue resistance bands in PT, but he bumped me up to the 5-lb weights.

Now we're *finally* starting to get somewhere...

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yay! hooking bras the normal way! woo hoo!!!

I have a trick where I kind of hold the part in my right hand where it's comfortable, pressing my arm against my body so it's supported and make my left hand reach the rest of the way to meet it. That way I am less likely to strain my right shoulder too far. Maybe you could try something like that and get the pain to drop a little...

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emoticon 2 days in a row I hooked my bra the normal way - in the back. I told my therapist yesterday that I was running late for my appointment so instead of taking the slower
route and pulling it around the front hook it and then slide it around back again soIi just did it. Hurt a little but the pin went away in a minute or so.

Therapist said she was surprised because it is still a little to soon to do that. I asked if I could try it again and she said OK but to go slow. She asked me what the pain level was and i said about a 7 so she said it the level goes higher the next time or lasts longer to cease and desist and give it some more time before trying again.



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Thank-you for the emoticons! That made me feel special. When I started going to the P.T. here, the day after surgery, he went through the exercises I would be doing. I told him, that I wanted to be the "Poster Child (Woman)" for Physical Therapy and would do the exercises diligently. I do them, now, as needed. I learned after the visit to the Dr.'s P.T. place that over an hour in the a.m. and p.m. was just over-kill on the shoulder, as my regular exercise from local was down to about 40 minutes 2x's a day. That, and I walk, hike, get on the trainer, do ballet (as they said whatever I can do from my waist down), lift weights with my good arm and ab exercises. Seriously, the weight has crept up due to over eating crackers, cheese, etc. I'm going to post on Spark People today, as I'm back to measuring and counting calories. You all are such an inspiration emoticon ! But the P.T. exercises are done between sessions, unless it is a grueling session, then I skip that next day as my shoulder stays emoticon , like this last one. I'm beginning week # 9 since surgery and just want to encourage others, keep on as it does get better, even if it seems like we'll be doing therapy forever!

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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Wow you are doing very good to have your PT dropped down to once a week. Keep up the great job!



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Thursday, I received a good report from the Dr. on the strength of the shoulder and a prescription of reducing the Physical Therapy to once a week, from three times. Not Bad. I can only hold up to one pound with the shoulder injury as they don't want me to do any weights above that. I'll comply with that. I can hike, walk, etc. Quite an overemphasis on 'you must not fall down', as one P.T. or another said that 3x's. Okay, I'll not fall. Just for fun, I tried my mountain bike out in my yard. I can see why I won't be riding for awhile, as jolting is not good for the shoulder. My yard is not silky smooth. So onto the trainer to continue exercise. And I really need to do ab work. I don't want to go backwards on my losing weight and I have climbed up a little bit.

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Yeah, I remember you saying that you wrenched something, doing that.
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I was extra careful, thinking about you, when I tried it.

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emoticon to you!

I did that last week without thinking and I paid dearly for it. I was not ready to do that yet. It took me days to recover. I thought I ripped something.


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Well to be honest, after my first shoulder surgery, I gave up the old behind the back hooks and/or hooking it. I keep it hooked all the time, even when washing it and pull it on over my head. I just was so twitchy thinking about hurting that shoulder and now I am used to it.

But for you, that is a big kudos because it means that you have come a long way baby!!!

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I did something exciting today! I put on a bra the normal way for the first time since surgery, 6 weeks ago exactly.

I'm still detaching bras with one hand, but this was so cool I just had to share.

And then I thought, holy carp, who would even get it?

You guys, that's who. LOL

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