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A Long Walk and A New Shoulder

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Today I didn't go to church.....and I should have. I was bored to tears by 11;00. Fortunately my daughter came home from her overnight and agreed to go for a walk with me. The day was truly beautiful. 80 degrees....sunny with a gentle breeze. We walked further than we ever had before and found a new lake (new to us). We found a road leading straight down to the water, so we stood at the shore side looking out at the water for a while. Granted, we sat and rested three times but we walked for over an hour so all in all I was pleased. my legs are a bit tired but no excruciating pain anywhere. Honestly, my biggest problem was breathing and getting hot. We were really not thinking and did not bring a water bottle with us so I was REALLY thirsty when we got home. That mint/lemon balm iced tea I made this morning was just the ticket. I'm enjoying it right now.

Otherwise the only news is that I decided today to have my first shoulder replacement this coming September. It gives me plenty of time to plan and get ready and yet it will not wreck my summer. Not only that but we've met our family out of pocket expenditures for our insurance company so the surgery will be free. And I will have the 12 week recovery period during which I will need PT this calendar year as well. All in all, I think it is a great idea. My shoulder is getting worse daily and it needed to be replaced over two years ago. By now you can imagine how bad it is. It will be good to get it done. I just wish I had time to get both of them done this year, but that would NOT work out. My arm would not be fully recovered enough to be my only arm during my second recovery period....even if I had it done now there would not be enough time for that.

I am nervous about the shoulder replacement. I've heard such horror stories about how painful a surgery that is and about how painful the rehab is. Plus I've heard nightmare tales about surgeries gone bad. I'm more scared about this surgery than I was about any other.

Not only that but now I will have to rethink going onto medications for the arthritis. Those drugs lessen the efficacy of the immune system and slow healing. If I were to start with those meds now, then I could jeopardize my shoulder. This is quite a blow. I was looking forward to starting those meds and getting some relief...Now I will have to wait again. Nothing is ever straight forward and easy is it?
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    I take arthritis meds, and haven't had any problems with surgery. They will have you stop them a week before surgery (which is the worst time for me), but then you can start right back up with them afterwards.
    I've only had a minor shoulder surgery, which went really well. I waited almost a year to get it done, and was sorry I waited that long to do it. The worst shoulder pain I ever had was after having my shoulder immobilized for 6 weeks (dislocation and I tore everything). PT was horribly painful. But I got through it. Right now I'm almost 2 weeks post op from knee surgery. Sure it hurts, but would I do it again? You bet. In the scheme of things, a few weeks of pain is worth getting a good quality of life back.
    Best of luck!
    2657 days ago
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    Glad you got a lovely walk in with your daughter.
    Surgery has got better over the years and so has the anaesthetic.

    I have every faith that you will come through it really well Cynthia.
    You are one gutsy lady and I know you will do your very best to be at a good weight for the surgery.,
    As for needing the meds,perhaps the doctor can recommend drugs that do not interfere with your immune system.
    Sending love and healing vibes your way my friend .. Sus emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2657 days ago
    HUGS and I hope and pray that all goes well. Glad your insurnance will cover it! We can't just say when we want surg. I am on a 1.5 year waiting list to get my knee done and will have it done when they say so.... which may mean I have no physio left iwth my insurance so i allready asked at the hosp what happens in such an instance and she said we put you on the top of our list. good thing !LOL
    HUGs and glad you got a nice walk in and hope you sleep well this eve.

    2658 days ago
    Bless your heart about the shoulder surgery! And you are SO right about the fact that you can't take the arthritis meds since you're having a surgery.

    I NEED cataract surgery desperately, but I'll have to be off Enbrel first. After discontinuing the Enbrel, I don't know how long I have to wait before having an invasive procedure.

    Very well said - "Nothing is ever straight forward and easy."

    2658 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Different surgeries do different things to different people. Not everyone is alike. As it turns out, I recovered quickly and had no lasting effects from my knee surgeries when everyone said they are the toughest surgery to recover from, whereas hips, which are supposed to be 'easy' is still giving me grief a year later. Sure, the first three months of recovery from the knee replacements were pure hell and pain, much harder then the first three months of my hip replacement, but once I got past that, is was smooth sailing. I am still have pain and difficulty with my muscles in the hip replacement area. The muscles flare quickly and can't seem to recover completely.
    I can only hope it will be easier for you, but I have heard it both ways...
    So glad you could enjoy such a lovely walk with your daughter!
    2658 days ago
    Be sure you discuss everything thoroughly with your surgical team - everyone from the nurse on staff who checks you in right through to the surgeon who will do the operation. When I had knee surgery last year, I was worried about the anesthesia above everything else, almost to the point of being phobic. They listened, they all paid attention - and it went really well. The only way they can address your concerns is if you explain your concerns.

    I agree with you, Cynthia, that the time is right - and I also believe the timing is working out for a reason.
    2658 days ago
  • THOMS1
    I think once you have the replacement done and the healing and therapy is out of the way you will be glad you did. I wish you success with it. emoticon
    2658 days ago
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