Thursday, March 7, 2013

Rotator Cuff Surgery

I met with my orthopedic surgeon yesterday after having an MRI w/contrast last week. The MRI shows I have a small tear in my rotator cuff that will require surgery. I was hoping he'd say, "You're fine, quit your whining." But sadly he did not.

I will be off of work for a couple of weeks--up to four--and then I will have limited mobility for the next three months.

Not wanting to hurt my co-workers too much I will tentatively plan to do this surgery in June. Fingers are crossed that our great nation will hold together until then.

What I plan to do prior to my surgery is actually PRACTICE doing things with my left hand and arm. Brushing my teeth, eating, shaving, cleaning, you know...all the things you do with your 'good' arm. I'm lucky(?) that I have this time-span to practice. If I were to break my arm in a car accident or something I wouldn't have the luxury to actually try to practice. I'd be immediately thrown into it.

I may have to put a cork on the end of my fork like Steve Martin did in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' but we shall see.

If you knew you had three months to practice doing something before an event like this happened....would you?

I plan to start today.

1 comment:

  1. That's a great movie... 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. One of the best lines of the whole movie was done at the fork/dinner scene...
    "'scuse me. May I go to the bathroom first?"... ... ... "Thank you." Crude, but hilarious.

    OK, on topic, getting stuff done with the supporting arm instead of the primary arm is probably a good idea anyway. Just for that in case car accident or winter fall that will eventually happen.

    I should probably do that myself. Pass the cork, please.