Shoulder Update: 4-6 With No Parole
Went to the surgeon on Wednesday for my post-op follow up. Everything is looking good. Stitches were removed & they are healing nicely. Will still be in sling for another 4-6 weeks. As doc says, it’s more to remind me that I shouldn’t reach out, lift etc with that arm. It’s also to warn others … WARNING DANGER WILL ROBINSON! The arm is not totally unusable … just has significant limits until the SLAP (superior labrum anterior to posterior) tear that was “flappin’ in the wind” as he described it, has had a chance to grow back to the bone it was torn from & now sewn to. TMI?
These stitches look like nylon rope, they are magnified so large. They are only a few millimeters in size. Wow!
Started PT today. Ouch! But my PT Becky, said she was surprised at the amount of mobility I had, and how little pain. She said, she could fix the latter. “Tomorrow you will probably be swearing at me, from the exercises we will do today.” I must say I did “feel it” afterwards. So I just ate my über ibuprofen & some hillbilly heroin add ice and stirred … around the house.
So 4-6 weeks of no guitar playing either. : / it’s a mega-bad position for my arm and shoulder. But that’s what PT is for … so I can get full use back.
Becky also asked me if I was “massaging” my incisions. Huh? It seems doing light friction massage on the healing incisions will help break up scar tissue & decrease any scar tissue pain. Who’d-a-thunk!