Four Weeks Post Op!!

Time is flying crawling by!

I’m four weeks post arm/shoulder surgery today.

I’m beginning to sneak a few fun things into my daily life.

About a week ago, I spent a great evening up in L.A., visiting with my daughter and some out of town friends.

I also went out and about with a few (local) friends for a few hours one night last weekend.

Fred and I went to a “Newfapalooza” – a Dog Party for about thirty (30!!!) Southern California Newfies on Sunday.

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A picture of *some* of the Newfoundland Dogs – at Newfapalooza April 2016.

Do you remember the Dog Party in the book Go Dog Go?

I loved that book as a child and the Newfapalooza reminded me of the book.

Fred’s brain nearly exploded (in a good way!) at the sight of so many other giant dogs.

(He was the biggest Newfie there, and he’s not done growing yet!  Fred is a very big boy!)

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Fred The Newf is in front of the gentleman in the red sweatshirt. Happy dogs!

Fred had a great time at Newfapalooza, and then he came home and slept like the giant, loudly snoring, baby he is.

I had to be exceptionally careful with my arm around all those giant dogs, but I was

And, it worked out great.

I’m permitted to take my sling off when I’m watching TV/reading/relaxing on the couch at home.

I wear it whenever I “do” anything and/or leave the house.

I’m allowed to drive … sling off for driving, and back on when I get to my destination.

Some things are very difficult and/or impossible – like grocery shopping and cooking.

I’m still wearing legging-type pants so I can get them on and off with one hand.

Physical therapy hurts some, but it’s not bad.

My arm is already able to move more than it has for ten years.

(So ok, Paul Newman is moving it more than I am, but still …!)

It’s very exciting, and amazing, all at the same time.

I watch Paul Newman move my arm and I think, “Wow! Look at THAT!”

I’m pretty sure (since PT doesn’t hurt HIM)  Paul Newman is even more excited than I am.

My brain no longer fully understands how to control my arm …

It’s a re-learning process, but that’s to be expected after so many years.

The only time I seem to need pain meds is after PT which is very normal this early on.

I admit, I get frustrated because I want to do so much more than I can do.

I’ve waited for ten years to do many things.

And yes, I’d given up hope of ever doing most of them.

But now that some of those things *might* become a reality, I can’t seem to stand waiting one more minute.

I know I need patience …!

The hardest thing in the world right now is not being able to use my camera.

But, I keep telling myself, I will (hopefully) be able to use it so much more than I ever have once I heal.

Baby steps …!!

6 Responses to “Four Weeks Post Op!!”

  1. Michelle

    All the puppies!!! It looks like it was a great day and time with the Newfies.

    And so happy for you that you (or Paul Newman) are able to move your arm so much more, and so much less pain than before. Relearning how to use your arm…well, you’re a pretty clever person, and dedicated to finding a way to do what you want (photography) easier, I’m sure you will have the patience and the ability to retrain your arm to move properly. And like you, I can’t wait to see what you achieve! 😀

    • Suzanne

      Thank you!
      The hardest thing is having patience!
      : )

  2. gina

    This is such wonderful news! I can’t even imagine the joy and anticipation you’re feeling!!! As you said, baby steps for now…..giant leaps in a relatively short time:)

    One day at a time, girl. In the meantime, you could be working on submitting paperwork to nominate Paul Newman and your surgeon for sainthood. Kidding. But seriously, these men have literally made you what you are today. What a success story!

    The Newfapalooza event had to make you and Fred feel SO wonderful!! I know nothing of this breed of dog (except what you’ve written), but I’m so very impressed and enamored with Fred.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you!
      Paul Newman and my surgeon do deserve sainthood.

      The Newfapalooza was fun … so many gigantic, goofy, dogs all in one place!

      : )


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