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?