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:
- 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.
- 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. 🙂
- Sleep. I’ve heard sleeping is really difficult and I LOVE sleep. I suppose will get me acclimated to child #2 when he arrives.
- 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?