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Thursday, December 06, 2012

And they're not good.

MRI report says:

1. Findings highly suggestive of a tear of the superior glenoid labrum.
2. Infraspinatus tendinosis with possible partial thickness undersurface tear.
3. Supraspinatus tendinosis.
4. Mild acromioclavicular joint osteoarthritis.

Short Translation From PCP: Torn Rotator Cuff

Action Needed: Eval by an Orthopedic Surgeon

What that means: no more ST for awhile and possible surgery

I am determined that this will be a minor, very temporary setback. Once I hear what the doc says, I will make my plan to stay on track, based on what I have to do to get my shoulder back in shape.

No matter what:

I will NOT allow this to be a reason to backslide. I don't walk or ride my bike with my shoulder, so I see no reason not to keep moving.

I will NOT allow this to be a reason to quit ST. I've only been doing it a few months and have worked hard at making this a regular part of my fitness routine and I've learned to really like it! So, I will continue my ST with my legs.

I will NOT allow this to be a reason to fall into a series of junk food binges just because I feel sorry for myself. If I want to heal quickly and completely, the way I nourish my body is more important than ever.

I am grateful that I've been taking care of my body for these past five-plus months because I'm in a lot better shape now. That means the surgery, recovery, and positive outcomes will be easier for me than if I'd not been taking care of myself leading up to this injury.

I want to get whatever is ahead of me over with so I can get back to my "regular" routine. I'm not one to hide from problems; never have been. I much prefer to face a problem head-on, understand the worst that can happen, develop a plan of attack, and get on with the business of "fixing" it. I find that the longer you avoid a problem, the bigger it gets (even if it's only in your own mind). That's not for me.

So, bring it on!

Let's get this party started!

I've got a life to live!

And I plan to do it "lightly"!

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  • JENNY160
    Nothing will keep you down. Not YOU. Prayers are going out there for you.
    2365 days ago
    My Aunt went through this, and she was like you. She didn't sit around, she kept herself busy. I know that hurts though, so do be careful. I hope everything goes well for you!
    2407 days ago
    You can do it! Been there myself and your plan will work.
    2415 days ago
    Sending you get well wishes! (And you can still walk or exercise bike, right?)
    2416 days ago
  • LANA2520
    hey sorry to hear what your going through but hey keep your motivation comeing your being a role model and leting other know that just because u hear one bad news about your self does not mean u need to back down on every thing i really look up to u
    2416 days ago
    So Sorry to hear about your shoulder. Great attitude about it though! Stay positive and you'll push through this.
    2416 days ago
    I love your attitude about this. I hope you will be able to hold on to positivity. The worst thing to do is to give up on your health and fitness goals. Like you say, there are other things you can do.
    2416 days ago
    Don't worry we are here for ya. Be strong, keep pushing and all will be okay

    Love ya more

    2416 days ago
    Hey you, it's going to be okay! See ya soon.

    Love ya
    2416 days ago
    Oh, my, Kathy, that's rough! Is your dr considering surgery to correct the tear? My bil had it done and it has healed nicely! Be very careful not to injure it worse!!!

    Hang Tough!!!
    2416 days ago
  • SANDYB223
    So sorry to hear of your injury! I am so impressed and inspired by your positive outlook! You have what it takes to make it through this! I wish you well.


    2416 days ago
    Oh no!!!!! Love your attitude!! Hang in there! emoticon
    2416 days ago

    You absolutely will do fine! One body part does not fitness make. Love your "bring it on" spirit.

    And, the flip side is that when you get to PT you'll get to mine their knowledge (which is considerably more than trainers) on exercises, and stretching, etc. (My SIL is an excellent PT and has talked me out of a few strength moves with dumbells that she explained, with more detail than I could, why they were hurting more than helping my joints and muscles).
    2416 days ago
    Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of your health injury. This can be a set back if you let it and listening to you I see you will not let that happen. I know there is pain and there will be more but we will be here with you to support you while healing. Yes you are right, this does not affect your lower body and I know you will make a great plan of attack that will wow your doctors. Keep your chin up this is not an end to anything, it is just a little turn in the road that will give you more depth in your journey.

    I was so encouraged to read someones story on here started with weight loss journey in the 500's and the only exercise she could do was chair exercise and she lost 75 lbs before she could even get up from the chair. Then she started her own work out team and she lost another 75 lbs. Now she is out of the chair and a great example to so many that nothing can stop you if you don't let it. Her first 5K was with a walker. So I know there is no obstacle that can stop you or me from meeting our goals and obtaining our dreams. You will be in my prayers and thoughts for fast recovery.

    I also want to thank you for your kind spark goodie for the weight loss last week. I have been a bit behind with all the Christmas stuff added to my list. You Rock gir.

    Hugs Susan

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    2416 days ago
  • POPSY190
    I'm sorry you've such a bad injury. But you are right - being healthier and fitter than before can only help you to weather this temporary setback. emoticon
    2416 days ago
    What crappy news, Kathy, I'm so sorry. But I love your attitude and you're right, the changes you made in your life and health will only aid you in getting through the surgery and recovery. As you said, this doesn't mean you can't still be active or live healthy, simply means taking it easy with your upper body for a bit of time. You know we're all here for you, you got this!
    2416 days ago
    Sorry to hear the news, Kathy. You're so right though that this is no reason to give up on the exercise. With your positive attitude about this you should stay on track. Just be realistic about making a few goal adjustments so you don't frustrate yourself and keep the goals you can realistically continue with. You can do this. Take care of the shoulder in the meantime.
    2416 days ago
    so sorry about the diagnosis! on the positive side, the body burns a lot of calories when it is trying to heal itself, so that should help keep the pounds from creeping back on. You have such a great attitude I'm sure you won't let this keep you down!
    2416 days ago
    I am so sorry about your shoulder but your attitude is WONDERFUL. Please keep going and keep pushing where you are able. I will keep you in my prayers.
    2416 days ago
    I'm so sorry you got those results! But I'm proud of you for not letting this sidetrack you from the things you CAN control! You are awesome!
    2416 days ago
    Ach! That sucks! BUT, you have a plan and you know what you need to do and what you want to do! Think of all of the professional atheletes who had to go through the same procedure. They had to have surgery and PT too. Many of them are right back doing whatever it was they were doing before. YOU can do it too!!
    2416 days ago
    So sorry, Kathy, but it sounds like you have your attitude under control. If you do have to have surgery they will have you doing exercises in such a short time after surgery. So this is just a one step back for a short time. Hope you aren't in too much pain.
    2416 days ago
    Sounds like you know the score. Even if you can't work out a lot, it's always possible to eat less than you burn. I lost 30 pounds without regular workouts. But hopefully you won't have any restriction from being on your feet.
    2416 days ago
    Great attitude! Shows all the reasons that you're a winner and

    And more good news . . . . along with a dose of reality. Having spent the majority of the past 10 years with pain from shoulder injuries, I can tell you that you will need every bit of resolve. The continual ache will drag you down. But KEEP moving what you can because what you don't use you will lose. And that will only make matters worse

    you can do it!
    2416 days ago
  • no profile photo LOVINSHERRY78
    such a great personality and attitude! we all know your determination and that this is just a small pebble for you compared to a huge boulder for others. your super strong and i know you'll get through this :) i'm wishing you the best!
    2416 days ago
    I absolutely love your attitude keep it up


    2416 days ago
    You have an amazing attitude and outlook. I, too, like to deal with life head on. You are absolutely right, that all the hard work you've done thus far will aid you in the healing process. My husband had the surgery and if you take the precautions, you should be able to stay fairly active, just not using that hand, arm and shoulder. You are made of strong stuff, so though I'm sorry you have to deal with this, you'll come back stronger and better than ever!!!
    2416 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Sorry to hear about the torn rortator cuff; but love your attitude---how soon can you see a Orthopedic sergeon? Of course if it needs surgery then have to be worked into the surgery schedule.
    2416 days ago
    Sorry to hear this Kathy! One good thing about shoulder surgery is that your doctor will want you to start moving your shoulder within a few days of actual surgery. Then PT starts and THAT'S a little bit of strength training in itself. As soon as I was able, I was out in the swimming pool. Best thing ever! Compared to two friends of mine who had shoulder surgery at the same time as I did, I have full mobility because I combined swimming with PT and they had only PT and still do not have full mobility.
    You'll make it through this fine and it WON'T keep you down for long!

    Sorry that you were injured and I hope that you get surgery soon and heal quickly!

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    2416 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Torn rotator cuff...thats a tough break. I am confident with your positive attitude you will fare well...just do not skimp on the physical therapy when all is said and done...maintaining full mobility is important!
    2416 days ago
    Awesome attitude! Its up to you and you seem to know what you want and are going to do it to get where you want to - well done!!

    2416 days ago
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