I will be going in for my second shoulder replacement next week. I am heading into this with mixed feelings.
Good I will be so happy to have this shoulder/arm pain go away. My right arm has slowly become useless in the past several weeks. It has flared up my thoracic area, so I am dealing with the stabbing/burning pain and numbness in both arms. Still my left shoulder, the one that was worse to start with is feeling good. (minus the numbness from the T-discs) I have more range of motion than I have had in over 5 years. So, when the surgery is done and recovery is complete, I should be in good shape.
Not Thrilled about
The actual surgery is ok, but I never do good in the recovery room. I start vomiting about 2 hours after surgery and that lasts right through my dry heaves about 3 hours later. My stomach has always had problems with anesthesia.
The hospital stay is fine, the hospital I am going to is great, no problems there.
But then............... the first 6 weeks at home doing
the arm stretching to move my shoulder is NOT FUN. I remember back in April, I would dread those exercises and find any way to get out of the 3 times a day torture.
But overall, I am ready, I know the success I had with my left shoulder so, in about 9 months, I should be as good as I am going to get, which will make me very happy.
During my recovery time, I will be very limited to the amount of time online. Having the one shoulder/arm strapped to my body, sort of makes it hard to be on the computer.
You know, that as soon as I am able , I will be back online.
While I am away, Tam will continue to be the system administrator. She proved how valuable she was as administrator when I was out last time. Her decision making and effective actions were more than enough to show the owners of this site that she should be a permanent system administrator. She is super!
Also, Dave, will be upgraded to a System Administrator while I am gone. He has been a solid asset since coming on board to this team.
As always, I know that the Spine-Health member community will continue to be the best, helping each other out and when needed helping my team.
Thank you, seen you as soon as I can
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences