RX for recovery: Positive outcomes
Monday, January 16, 2012
Today I saw my orthopedic spine doctor about the results of the EMG I had last month for my right hand/elbow/arm and the cubital tunnel syndrome, also he gave me check up on my back. I waited for over two hours to see him, but he gives patients full attention and great explanations of treatment, etc.
I need to get an elbow splint for cubital tunnel syndrome to wear at night and other times. The office was out of them, so I will check with my physical therapist tomorrow. I also have an appointment with another doctor to further check the cubital tunnel syndrome right elbow next week.
We discussed a great many things, including how lifting 10 lbs is still impossible. Doc said it is still early and may take a while. I am allowed 5 lbs at the moment. I told him it was tough looking up to higher book shelves to read taller shelves, and I cannot climb anything to see it face on.
I told him the job possibilities I spoke with him last appointment pretty much fell through, and that I was creating opportunities to find how my body will react to working by volunteering at two different places. He commended me, and called it "physical therapy." I told him how my body was reacting to the different kinds of volunteer work, and about some other job possibilities I am hoping for. He believes I will probably need to work just part time for a while, that it may take time before I can work up to full time, if I can ever. My doctor was glad I had taken the initiative to find actual library work that I can do volunteer work since I haven't gotten an actual job yet to see what my body can tolerate and handle.
Regarding physical therapy, I only have 3 more sessions. So my doctor is recommending a 6 month gym membership for me. I will see what my nurse liaison can do about that. I am psyched about that possibility. I think I will go to the gym that was going to hire me, lol. (If worker's comp approves and lets me).
Regarding the pain I get when I do my stretches, my doctor said it was because it is breaking up the scar tissue and it is important to keep doing it. That actually encouraged me because it gave me a logical explanation for the pain after I do my morning home PT stretches.
Generally, I am pretty encouraged. Despite the pain, and my griping. Improvement will be slow, but there is improvement.