Update on My Arm
Monday, May 25, 2015
It is now two weeks out. Two weeks ago at this time I think I it was beginning to hit me that the arm would not heal on its own and that I would need surgery.
All in all, I think it has gone very well. I had the stitches removed on Thursday and was told I could shower (thank goodness). I still have the sling, of course, but I have been told to try not to use it. So at this point I am only using it if I really feel I need the support or if I am going into a crowded situation. There is no doubt that others will be more careful about bumping into me if I am wearing a sling. I am trying to keep my arm down as opposed to across my chest.
The pain is quite tolerable for the most part. Of course there are ups and downs. You know, two steps forward and one step backward. Saturday I thought I had a great day. Then Saturday night I had a hard time sleeping, and yesterday I was kind of miserable until I took a long nap later in the day. After that I felt pretty good.
I have not started physical therapy yet, and I have been told not to drive (though I will start when I feel comfortable). Yesterday my arm felt sort of dead, and I could not tell if it was because of the swelling (which may be starting to subside) or nerve damage (which I sure hope is not the case). A lot of knowns yet. That makes it scary.
Thanks to everyone for your support.