Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Accidents - They Do Tend To Happen At The Most Inconvenient Time...

right before the holidays.

Last Friday I tripped outside over a low fence that keeps Chico out of the backyard.  My left shoulder took the impact when I hit the ground.  The force was so hard it was like I'd been shot in the shoulder or something - meaning how far my shoulder shot back.  I will never forget that feeling.

I was taken to the ER by ambulance with a posterior dislocated shoulder  (which I later learned about only 3% are - most are anterior).  And it is true, a dislocated shoulder hurts like hell!!!  It was excruciating pain!!!  At one point, hubby told me I had 7 young guys around me helping, too bad I wasn't younger and/or not in so much pain - I would have enjoyed that...He said he didn't see why there had to be that many...  :op  I don't know if this is everywhere, but when you call 911 here both the first responders and firetruck arrive to help.  As you always hear - A great group of dedicated guys...

Once the x-rays came back, in the ER, I learned that I had also fractured one of the bones in my shoulder.  A trip to a specialist/surgeon yesterday revealed just how bad it was.  Unfortunately, I need rotator cuff surgery and the repair of the fracture using screws.  Then, 6 more weeks in a sling and another 4 months before the doctor could call it complete recovery (hopefully).  That would also include physical therapy.

Regarding range of motion - the doctor said he thinks he can get me back to raising my arm to at least shoulder level.  Let's hope with a determined will and extra attention to physical therapy I can get it further.

It was a lot to take in and accept...At least it's my left shoulder and I'm right handed.  And, of course other things could have been worse.

The surgery is set for next Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

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