Just a quick update post surgery.
According to my surgeon all went well. The severed ligament was reattached and anchored firmly. The tears in the other ligaments were repaired and my rotator cuff is as smooth as a really fine piece of fabric. My surgeon’s wife is a quilter so he knew what to say to make me feel better.
DH got me home and tucked in to my recliner where I will be living for a while. Orders were to keep the tensor on my arm and shoulder for 2 weeks and to not even think of moving my shoulder for at least 2 months. Unfortunately the next morning I woke up to this:
My hand was 4 times normal size, purple and numb! An hours trip to town to the Emergency Department and a wonderful ER doctor later, the tensor was loosened and Shot given for pain. After 3 hours the hand started to recover feeling and swelling was found down. The doctor sent me home. Thursday morning at 7:30 the doctor called me to make sure I had The tensor put back on. I got a friend to help since DH can’t use his right hand.
Stayed calm and quiet through the boredom and trying to adjust to sound nothing. DH fed me frozen pizza and KFC until yesterday.
Went to town yesterday and had my dressing changed and saw my physiotherapist. I now have a clearer idea of my prognosis and treatment plan. For the first 2 weeks I am not allowed to do anything. Then every week my therapist will remove my arm from the sling and move my arm. I am not allowed to move it. After 12 weeks I will start doing excercises to learn how to move the shoulder and arm. After 6 months if all goes well I should have good range of motion. Yesterday I met a young woman who had the same surgery a year ago. She was finally cleared to start driving again and can now use her left hand to brush her hair.
If it counts, I was able to cast on a row of knitting today and hand stitched one hexie today! My therapists wife is also a quilter (one of my students) so he knows me well enough to know I can not sit and watch tv all day 🤪
I have promised that I will not move the shoulder but have permission to keep using my hands as much as possible and keep a squishy exercise ball in my left hand.
So there’s my news in a quick post. Thanks for stopping by and the cheery notes. 😉 Carol