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UP-DATE ON RECOVERY FROM SURGERY

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I had rotator cuff surgery on October 31, 2014. I can't believe I am still having such a difficult time with my arm. I am going for physio every week, but I still have a lot of problems doing the exercises, especially the one where I have to reach my arm behind my back.

I have had home care helping me get dressed each morning and then get ready for bed each night. I stopped the home care last week, as I thought I would be able to handle things on my own. The lady in charge called me this morning and asked how I was doing on my own. I asked if I could have home care for another couple of weeks as I am still having a lot of trouble with the pain in my shoulder. It is especially difficult getting a bra on and having to do it up in the back. I have the same problem getting undressed. i thought that by now I would be back to where I was before the surgery, but unfortunately, I'm not. I am healing well, though, and my strength is returning.

I am seeing my doctor at the end of the month, and I will see what he has to say. He did tell me that it could take up to a year or more to heal. I guess because I am older, I don't heal as quickly as someone younger would.

Hopefully things will improve and I will be able to do things on my own again. I am planning on getting a cleaning lady to help me wash my floors, etc. I have a hard time wringing out the mop, etc. I know things will get better, but it is just aggravating to have to wait so long.

All I can do is take one day at a time and see how things go.

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  • UBERCOMMUTER
    I just had rotator cuff surgery this past Wednesday. I was hoping to be back at work in a couple weeks but now am just getting a "Let's wait and see" from everyone. From what I'm learning on Sparkpeople I'm surprised they all didn't just burst out laughing. Damage was a bit worse than they thought. Mine was all done scopically through 3 cuts so no stitches. I had damage and pain quite a while before surgery ans so I had switched to cheap sports bras from Walmart, the ones that come 3 to a pack and are more pliable than real spots bras. I get a rash from the hooks anyway. For months I have been putting them and t-shirts on the same way. Slip sleeve or strap over bad arm and then over head or good arm in whichever order works best for you and slip the thing down into place. Not sure what size you are but I was able to get some 44s and I get enough support for daily stuff. I would NOT jog in them. I may never go back to regular bras as they're so comfy. Good luck, and set some small goals. And have patience. This site mentions long recovery times. I've been in PT for other things before and not until I look back a few months later do I realize just how much progress has been made.
    1929 days ago
  • CAROLFAITHWALKR
    I'm so sorry to hear this, Darlene. Yes our expectations often are more than reality. Up to a year, huh? Sigh. I can relate to the bra thing from a rotator injury when I was on crutches - I refused to buy new bras. So I just put it on backwards, so I could fasten it in front, then rotated it to the back, then put the straps over my shoulders. Ai yi yi. So glad you are getting homecare!
    1929 days ago
  • BEESPARKLE
    Sitting looking at blogs. I came across yours.

    I read all your blogs.

    I am happy you get home care. I prayed for you just now.


    I will ad you.

    I live in Canada and I joined many,years ago.

    I got ill myself. Then I was sort-of not being on as much. I was in pain and I had suffer diarrhea. I was house bound. I had tests and all. Yet they never gave me a real name as what I had. After many years. I got a name of my disease. Microscopic Colitis.
    So I have to figure out which food agrees with me. So I have been writing things down and doing the Nutrition track. Doing exercise finally. So getting old and you have problems it is hard mentally and physically at times. You were blessed to have a real wonderful friend to be with you. I am a christian also so I believe he sent me to your blogs to-day. I read and prayed for you on the spot.

    Now I am back myself. I joined a group. It was hard to know which one.

    I am 73 and the young ones are much younger. .

    I read last night on the elderly. Was I surprised to see what the aged like myself should exercise like. Wow did I get an opener. Things you never think of. To get your balance
    in the making. Plus exercise that is for every day living. To walk, get dressed, comb hair. Just like you say. To even dress yourself. Then when you get ill. How we are so blessed to know that the every day things we do was daily living. We need to have help. In your circumstances. And you have an organization who can help. And you realize you are grateful for care givers. That healing takes time. It is time we must smell the roses of life more when we have to sit and be patient. And sit at the Lords feet. He wanted us to do that even when we were busy but did we really. We did to a certain point. Oh my. I have written a book on your comment. Please feel you can delete it. I added you anyhow. emoticon


    1934 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Dearest Darlene, I'm so sorry I missed this latest blog and am so sorry you are still having such problems with your shoulder, happy you are able to get help from "home care" Take it slow my friend, I know you were hoping things would be better by now and totally understand the frustration when it is taking so long...My prayers continue for you for a full and speedy recovery...God's Blessings, LOVE & HUGS... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1964 days ago
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