It’s 4.30am and in 3 hours’ time I will be admitted once again for surgery to my shoulder. This time I won’t be staying awake as its classed as emergency surgery so will be performed under general anaesthetic. The surgeon knows of our plans to travel tomorrow morning (4 hour drive) to visit Steve’s dad for Christmas Day/Boxing Day and will hopefully get me first on the list. He can’t promise to get me out today as it depends on what happens during the surgery – which will depend on how badly the tendon has been torn. The operation needs to be performed within a very small window of time, so if it doesn’t go ahead as soon as possible then I may lose full function of my left arm. This is serious and means that I am going back to ‘Day One’ and this time my sling will be on for SIX WEEKS full-time, instead of the two weeks previously.
I’ve been lying awake thinking of last time I was in this position – but at least I had time to plan ahead. The freezer was full and I’d sorted out my medication for a month. This time – well it just hasn’t happened so once I get home Steve and I will just have to muddle along. Writing this blog will now prove its use to me as I will be reading it back from the beginning to remind myself of what comes next. Although the thought of having to start all over again is unbearable, to go back to not being able to dress myself, put in my contact lenses or cut up my own food after coming so far, is just awful…. and don’t even get me started on these bloody awful socks! Another SIX WEEKS of these bloody things ……… I was planning to burn them when they were due off on New Year’s Eve. I think I will make my new countdown to sock burning day 🙂
If it comes to the worst and I don’t get home before Santa arrives – then I will see if I can just stay in hospital over the weekend so that Steve can at least go to see his dad. If I’m going to be in hospital then no point in him being at home on his own so I would prefer he carried on with our plans so that everyone doesn’t miss out on their Christmas Lunch. Steve and I can sort out something for ourselves once the real Christmas is over.
So until my next update – keep your fingers crossed for me, and thank you for your support so far on this rollercoaster of a journey.
Tracy G said:
I hope everything goes ok today xxx. I know it’s a setback & not what you hoped & although I wished this hadn’t happened to you I just want them to fix it so you can recover & get to where you need to be so your fully recovered & able to use your new shoulder as intended . Don’t worry about this Christmas Hun you can make up for it next year big style & the most important thing is that they sort this out now & get you home to recuperate ASAP ….
Onwards & Upwards Sweetheart it’s a setback but hopefully this will be sorted & your recovery will go from strength to strength now with no other problems ….
I’m thinking of you & will look forward to hearing it’s fixed & your out of surgery . Take care Hun xxx
Deanna Van Der Velde said:
Hope the blog helps to get rid of your frustrations and that things go according to plan
If you let me know where you live I’m happy to cook something for you both (it’s called the Jewish mother syndrome!) Best of luck and thinking of you xx
I had TSR 8 weeks ago and have torn my subscapularis. I am having revision surgery next week.
Can you tell me if this is the tendon you tore?
Thank you for sharing your story
Yes that’s the one……. You have my sympathy 😥 How did you manage to do that? It’s so easily done, contact me if you have any further questions. Best wishes