I’m exactly one week post-operation and things seem to be going well. A lot has gone on in the past 7 days, and a lot of quick improves were made, some funny stuff happened, but it’s still a long haul.
ENTRY FOUR: December 27, 2013
I’m able to completely use my hand, type, and bend my elbow without any pain. I do have a dull pain from time to time, and a sharp pain if I move it too quickly. The first couple days I was taking pain pills every 4 hours, and I slowly weaned away to every 6, then 8, now it’s usually only one per day if I really need it. I did this over a course of 3-4 days. I think I tried to stop too soon, but I hated taking the damn things. You can’t go to the bathroom… Terrible.
First session of rehab was on the Monday after surgery, getting stretched out killed, but at the same time it felt really good. My therapist was very impressed with the range of motion. I also had a follow up appointment with the doctor on Friday, he was also impressed with the range of motion of how I looked and felt.
However, it did turn out that the tear was a bit more extensive than originally thought. The doc told me I actually have 6 sutures around the shoulder, and it was progressively getting worse. All of the muscle mass I had surrounding the joint was essentially masking the pain and allowing me to push harder and harder without me knowing I was worsening the injury. Deadlifts, for example, never hurt me to do them, but it was putting tons of strain on the bicep tendon that’s attached to the labrum.
I filled out some milestones today. Added running to my list at about 4-5 weeks.
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