Today, I’m officially three weeks post arm/shoulder surgery.
I’m now halfway through my “confined to a sling” period.
I can’t wait to be sling-free!
• I’ve been AMAZED at how little pain I had during the first two weeks after surgery.
• I’ve been relieved “THAT PAIN” I’ve lived with for nine and a half years is gone.
• I’ve been startled back to reality when the “very easiest” physical therapy hurt like hell. (After two weeks of being almost pain free, I was secretly hoping I could skate through physical therapy with no pain at all. Delusional, I know!!)
• I’ve been insulted by people who know nothing about the damage in my arm, but make comments to the effect I’m crazy for undergoing another surgery and/or act like I wanted to go through this again. Here’s a hint: If you don’t have a medical license, and access to a person’s full medical records, you should NOT be judging.
• I’ve been told, by my son, my biggest of 4 new scars makes me look like “a bad ass mom!”
The mark of a Bad Ass Mom?
• I spent last weekend very discouraged due to pain. I thought long walks would be good for me, but I think my arm is getting jostled around a lot when I walk which increases my pain level. I might be walking too far, too soon? Is five miles in a day too much? My legs don’t think so, but my arm, apparently, does. I’m going to try shorter walks!
• The two words which keep repeating themselves in my head are “FRUSTRATED” and “PATIENCE.” I have too much of one, and not enough of the other.
• As of today, I’m allowed to take my sling off if I need to drive – but, I have to put it back on when I get to my destination.
• I’ve taken two or three photos with a point and shoot camera, shooting RAW, with the settings on “automatic.” It’s not much, but it’s enough to help my sanity.
Fred The Newf loves peanut butter!
• I’ve been discovering new music on Spotify. Ice packs accompanied by music … is there any other way?
• I’m considering attempting some left handed art-play to break-up the boredom of Arm-In-Sling-Can’t-Do-Much-Itis. I’m pretty sure anything I make will look like preschool finger painting. But, hey, I need to keep myself amused, right? Maybe I’ll get brave and try working in a coloring book?
• I’m ecstatic and thrilled when various friends and family take me out and about. It makes the whole recovery process so much more bearable.
** This week I’ll be publishing a “favorite things” post! **