June 2013

Post-Op

Today is the three week “anniversary” if you will, of my shoulder surgery. I have been restricted to a sling for most of the past three weeks, and I’ve been unable to type. Now that I’m beginnning to get much (and more) of my range of motion, I figured it was time for an update.

The surgery went very well (cliche). I’ve been pleased with the recovery process so far as well. Having been through a shoulder surgery once already, I was more than prepared for the struggles that arise from it. Learning to do everyone one handed, having your wife drive you everywhere while you ride in the back seat so that the seat belt doesn’t cross over your right shoulder, showering (or lack thereof), and going into public prepared to answer the inevitable “what happened to your arm” questions. 

PT has been going well so far too. The unavoidable battle between patient and therapist has been in full force as of late, with much of it regarding the “I don’t want my arm to bend that way” and the “I realize that but I’m going to make it bend that way.” It is sore, I’m still in a sling a lot of the time, and I still can’t drive, but the progress has been noticeable. 

After 3 weeks of range of motion exercises, I’ve begun to incorporate the strengthening phase of my rehab. This raises a question. Why are the light (1 lb) weights pink or purple? I mean, c’mon. I’m already down. Don’t kick me too, dumbbell. All joking aside, it’s nice to see progress.

Thank you all for the constant encouragement and kind words throughout this process. It’s nice to know that I’m not traveling this road to recovery alone, and I appreciate each and every one of you. 

The Day Before

A quick update for you: today is my pre-op appointment, because my shoulder surgery is tomorrow morning. I thank you for all the encouragement and support you’ve shown me. I’ll continue to update this process and my progress on Twitter (@michael_schlact), Facebook, and here.

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