The Latest & Greatest

I’m anxiously waiting for April The Giraffe to have her baby.

She might have HAD her baby by the time you read this.

I’ve seen a giraffe give birth before and I have to say it’s not a pretty sight.

(Also, the baby drops about six feet when born – ouch!)

And yet?

I keep waiting for April’s calf anyway.

My son left on Saturday afternoon and I’m now trying to catch-up on everything I’ve ignored over the last few weeks.

Sunset in Newport Beach

Yesterday, I spent my morning with Paul Newman and my afternoon in Los Angeles with my surgeon.

I’m eleven (11!!!) weeks post-op.

The good news is very good …

The worst of my pain-causing injuries are gone/repaired/removed …

Which means I’m in a LOT less pain.


If nothing else ever happens, I’ll be forever grateful just for that.

The bad news …?

After nearly eleven YEARS of not being able to use my arm and/or use it normally ….

I still can’t.

I get SO frustrated!

(I have a logical understanding about my Arm Situation, and an emotional tantrum about it happening simultaneously.)

Since the teeth-clenching pain is gone I feel like I should be progressing very quickly.

But, even the simplest, very-beginning, post surgery PT exercises are still defeating me.

Paul Newman is encouraging …

He tells me he sees progress even though I don’t.

My surgeon explained to me it will be harder for me to see day-to-day progress than it is for Paul Newman.

“It’s like you’re watching paint dry,” he said.

“You don’t see it changing, but other people do.”

I’m allowed to do some light shooting if I’m careful and if I don’t carry my equipment (extra cameras/lenses/lighting).

That means I have to leave my gear at home or hire someone else to carry it.

And, my surgeon also told me he expects it will take a year of strengthening work until I’m done.

I wasn’t expecting that, and it made me SAD.

And “done” is also an unknown …

No one really knows exactly what my arm will be like a year from now.

I was thinking I’d be finished with arm rehab by the beginning of summer, so BUMMER!

But, hell – what’s another year after nearly eleven years, right?

I’m focusing on the positive …

I can start taking my camera out and about now, even if I can’t haul a ton of gear with me.

Just the thought makes me very happy.

So, that’s what I’ll try to stay focused on.

Even if I have to start with just a few photos a day …

It’s a start.

And that …?

Is a very good thing!

6 Responses to “The Latest & Greatest”

  1. Michelle

    I love that you can take a real camera out now. And not haul a ton of gear …. ummm isn’t that why you have Fred? 🙂

    A year of strengthening seems a long time, but knowing how long it has taken my hubby’s arm to come good after his snapped bicep tendon, that sounds about right. He has about 95% strength back after 16 months, and is able to go back to the gym and do weights. There were times he felt he wasn’t improving though, quite often during the first six months. So there is hope for you in the dark times of not seeing an improvement.

    I look forward to seeing your more ‘professional’, as opposed to phone, photos.

    • Suzanne

      Yes it is why I have Fred!
      And, I’m sure Fred will go out with me as I can do a bit more.
      Right now, I don’t think I can do enough to make it worth Fred’s while.
      I think it will be a gradual process of me starting with just my camera and a light lens, then maybe having a friend with me to help with a second lens and then, eventually, when I can actually shoot for a prolonged time, taking Fred.

      I REALLY appreciate you sharing your husband’s experience with me. It made me feel much better. I think I’ve been focused on the fact that most shoulder surgical patients can do a lot just four weeks post surgery that I can’t do. But, I had over three inches of bicep tendon removed AND an elbow tendon repaired AND a zillion other things done in the last decade. So, I’m sure my hopes and expectations were not in line with what my arm has been through. You helped me see this, so thank you!

  2. Missy Stalcup

    Wait I was going to ask exactly what Michelle asked regarding Fred. I am so excited that your “teeth clenching” pain is gone! What an improvement that is alone. The rehab will progress. Patience!

    • Suzanne

      Yes, patience is not my strength. lol

      Please see my above comment to Michelle regarding Fred!

  3. Tiziana

    So happy to read your pain level is much lower now. That’s great news. I guess seeing progress in your arm is they same as a child’s growth. You don’t notice it until someone who hasn’t seen them in a few weeks remark how taller/abler they’ve become. Hang in there xx

    • Suzanne

      I think you’re right –
      And, thank you for the encouragement!


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