September 7, 2010

Shoulder surgery

So, I had scope surgery on Friday to repair a torn labrum. The labrum is a piece of tissue between the ball and socket of the shoulder joint. All went well, but I didn't really think much about the fact that there would be some recovery involved. I just figured, "Oh, it's same-day surgery. I'll have to wear the stabilizer again but I've done that before when it's been dislocated." Well, I'm also on pain medication, have to sleep in the recliner for a week, and CANNOT lift my arm above waist level or move my are away from my side at all. And yes, this is the right shoulder and I'm right handed.

Basically, it's an inconvenience to me and to all those around me. I will be fine, and I'm SO grateful to my in-laws and my parents for pitching in and helping us with kids.

Things I can't do right now:
lift or carry Hope
style my hair
put on clothing like a normal person
sleep flat in my own bed

Things I'm getting pretty good at:
Eating with my left hand
brushing my teeth left-handed
pulling my pants up with one hand

Funny story...when the nurse was helping me get dressed and ready to go home, I had to use the bathroom. So I went, and guess what I got? Yep. Monthly Martha. I literally moaned out loud, "Are you kidding me?" So that's something else I can now do left-handed.


TBRKO said...

Good lord! Only you would get your period during surgery.
Hang in there (no pun intended) and if you need ANYTHING, give a shout. Olivia was thrilled to "call my aunt" tonight.

Emily said...

YIKES! I am so not coordinated with my left hand! Praying for you!

Be the change... said...

Hang in there mama!

ABCDH said...

Monthly Martha!! Funniest thing I've ever heard...hahaha!!!

Erin said...

And I've NEVER called it that just popped into my head as I was typing!

Emily said...

Hey! I forgot to tell you, I switched the name of my blog. You'll have to follow my new one!