Only two weeks after my operation and I am already fed up with being unable to do a lot of things that I was able to do before!
To be honest, it was only a couple of days after the op that I realised: me and this neutral positioned block-sling were not going to get along!
I keep on reaching for things and realise that I cannot move my arm, wanting to pick something up with two hands then finding out that it is impossible and have to ask for help, and wanting to jump and pull my jeans up and not being able to (ladies, you understand me!)
My training has been almost impossible, try leaning forward on a TT bike on the turbo with one arm – gets very tiring and very unstable (hats off to those Paratriathletes who manage it?!) and I have had to resort to walking on an incline on the treadmill as running ‘jolts’ and ‘vibrates’ the 4 metal pins that have been inserted which is something my Consultant has specifically asked me not to do as the bone has to be allowed to grow around the pins.
But also with the weather getting colder and my coat only over my shoulder on the left side, I have had to endure having my coat open (brrrrr), then when the wind gets up it blows it off of my shoulder and Im left struggling and twisting trying to grab the flailing arm of the jacket!
One consolation though, even though Ive been allowed by my work to arrive after rush-hour (they have been brilliant!), I have had several people get up from their seats on the train to allow me to sit down (thankyou so much for that if you have ever done that for someone. Its not like its my legs, but trying to hold myself upright with one arm and not fall over on a jolting train is very difficult and tiring so please think about this when you see someone struggling).
But I think its fair to say, I am SO ready to get out of this sling!
Thankfully, I have a review this weekend with my Consultant to see how it is all going and hopefully I will be able to change to a smaller ‘normal’ internally rotated sling. I may even be able to get back to training! I'm hoping to get back to running soon as I am missing it (obviously tape my arm to my side to keep it from moving) and maybe to take a dip in the pool (again, tape my arm to my side).
My shoulder is already feeling better and is moving easier with help from my left arm, it can hold itself up for a couple of seconds on its own - but I try to avoid that as much as possible - and my stitches are nearly healed (I took the dressings off ages ago as they were irritating my skin so it helped to get the air to them).
So, all going well, I should be more active and be in a different sling by this time next week, then it's onto the rehabilitation stage. I have my first rehabilitation physio appointment this week so I will keep you updated on the progress of that, but I am feeling positive about my recovery and determined to get the strength back into the shoulder that I haven’t had for nearly 2 years!
Thank you so much for all of you kind words and support since this operation. It all helps to keep me motivated.