[Almost] 4 weeks post op and things are really getting better, as well as easier to do. The good thing... I’m able to come out of the sling a few times a day for 30-60 minutes. I have to work on keeping my arm down and bringing my shoulder back. After being in the sling this long, my arm is stiff and my shoulder is rolling forward.
Another good thing... I slept in my bed for the last two nights! I can’t tell you how good it feels (even with that bulky sling on)! The recliner is comfortable but not for 4 weeks!
I am gaining some strength and muscle back in my forearm and have some pen control when writing. I’m able to put SOME makeup on with my right hand. I’m able to brush my teeth with my right hand. And I’m able to somehow manage to get my hair in a slightly messy pony tail and bun, by holding my head between my knees and propping my elbow on my knee. Hurts like hell but I won’t have anyone to do it for me for the next 4 weeks.
Therapy has been good and I’m really starting to see the benefits this week. My shoulder isn’t as tight (trust me, it’s still very tight), but range of motion is improving and the pain is subsiding. Some exercises are harder than others, and some movements the therapist does is painful. But it’s all forward progress!
Two more weeks before I can “officially” ditch the sling... but that’s even if I’m comfortable without it. If the doc said today I didn’t have to wear it, I’d be lost. I know I’ll likely miss a week of therapy due to my deployment, but I have some things to work on at home/hotel and just hope that doesn’t set me back any.
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