Shoulder Surgery

In a little over a week I will have shoulder surgery to repair a a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff.  I’ve been having several pre-op appointments this week and am already weary of coming here.  I suppose I should get used to it.  They tell me that I’ll have my arm in a sling for 6 weeks with no active motion.  I suppose I’ll have to learn how to do things left handed for a while.  I will also be wearing the same 4 or 5 button up shirts for that entire time so please don’t judge me.  In about 3 months I should be able to lift some stuff again and hopefully by 6 months I’ll be about 90% there.  I’ve had a few knee surgeries but both of those were fairly easy in terms of recovery.  I’ve heard shoulder surgery is quite a bit more difficult.  I made the huge mistake of reading other people’s experiences with this surgery online as there is a website devoted to it.  Not encouraging at all.  I should have known better.

However, I will say that while there is no convenient time for surgery, this is the best window I could hope for.  Kelli’s parents will be back in town starting December 14th, I’ll have a good amount of time to recover before our second child is born in March, and because of Evergreen combining for a season there is a lot of extra help in terms of speaking and logistics.  I’m hoping to be back working within a week but I won’t be moving tables for a while!  Honestly, that doesn’t sound so bad.  🙂

In terms of difficulties I can think of four that concern me:

  1. How do I explain to Gram that we can’t wrestle around on the floor for 6-8 weeks? This in my mind will be the most difficult part of this surgery.  I will have to find a new way to play and interact with Gram.
  2. I will be recovering during the time Kelli is “most” pregnant and will not have the energy to do all that needs done.  This is probably #1 in Kelli’s mind.  🙂
  3. Sleep.  I’ve heard sleeping is really difficult and I LOVE sleep.   I suppose will get me acclimated to child #2 when he arrives.
  4. I will have to figure out how to drive, eat, dress, shower, etc. with my left hand which as Alex aptly said is like trying to use a lobster claw.

Another bummer in this is that I will not be able to brew beer for a while.  O’Bagby Brewery will be temporarily shutting down operations.  My #1 customer (me) is disappointed in this news.

In any case, I think this is going to be a really challenging time for us.  I’m trying to keep a positive attitude about it.  I’m thankful that such a surgery exists as I’ve been in pain for the last 7 or 8 months.  I’m looking forward to a time when I’m not in pain and can sleep without waking up every time I move.

Further, to keep things in perspective I also understand that I’ve got friends who are inspirationally and bravely dealing with MUCH more difficult health problems with constant tests, treatments and setbacks.  This is only a matter of time and six weeks in a sling isn’t the end of the world.  By mid-January I should be wearing normal clothes again and not button-up shirts with sweatpants.  Or maybe that fashion statement will catch on.  Who knows?

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