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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.
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    I'm so sorry to hear about your arm! (Your blog is one of the ones that got dropped froy my subscriptions.) I hope it is getting better each day. That is really strange about never needing a cast. I guess that was the silver lining in having surgery and pins instead to fix the breaks.
    2218 days ago
    Leslie! I'm so glad that you commented on my blog or it would have been even longer before I knew about your arm! I guess I got unsubscribed to your blogs. Eventually, I would have come looking for you, though -- as you know. I'm glad to hear that your surgery went well and will be praying for those "unknowns" - sometimes the hardest part of such an injury. Gentle emoticon today!
    2246 days ago
    Oh, my, I'll give you an air hug! I hope you heal up without further complications.

    Please consider that multi-tasking might be overrated. As we get older, it becomes even more important to be fully aware of our surroundings and focus on getting from Point A to Point B. The shoulder may be the part that needs the most patience and consistent rehab.

    I hope you are able to resume your normal activities very soon.

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    Continuing to pray for complete & speedy recovery.
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    I feel for you. I too am recovering but my foot is in a cast. I broke my ankle, foot and heel many years ago but had to have some work done on my joint. This is the fourth and hopefully last surgery I will ever have on it. I will be getting the cast of Wednesday (I hope) if all goes well. Hopefully you won't have an lingering problems. Be sure to do the PT and whatever else needed for a complete recovery. I know I had soft tissue damage in my shoulder and nothing seemed to help until I began to do tai chi. What ever you decide listen to what your doctors say.
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    emoticon emoticon So sorry you are going through all this
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    As I said, been there done that. I know how hard it was for me and I can tell you it was a big pain not to use it, of course I can tell you I forgot and used it alot more than I should have but that was just me being impatient to get back to full use of that arm.
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