I can talk! I can really talk. Since I’ve had surgery I had to do things with my left hand. Doing things with the hunt and peck typing system of my left hand kind of sucks, so I got this cheap version, very cheap version, of, Dragon. The voice to text software that they were advertising on TV a while back. So I am using that program right now to try and make a posting.
It’s been approximately 5 1/2 weeks since my surgery and according to the therapist I’m doing well I have a good range of motion. They wanted to wait approximately 6 weeks after surgery to start strength training because, it takes about six weeks for the soft tissue to repair and mend itself. With that being said, the therapist gave me permission to drive short distances from home on side streets but no heavy traffic areas.
I won’t post pictures of the surgical scars like a lot of people like to do I feel it is just to boring and gross. However, I can tell you that the surgery and the scar is not where I will would expect it to be. I thought they would cut me in the arm and shoulder area but they cut more on the side of my body away from the shoulder. And I would say the scar is about a foot long. My surgery took approximately an hour and a half a little longer than what the doctor expected but as he explained to my wife quote he’s a big guy”.
The surgery was done at seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal River Florida. The staff there were really really great. Especially the anesthetist that gave me the anesthesia. What really surprised me was that in the beginning a doctor gave me a shot and said it was a blocker. They asked me if I knew what a blocker was and I said, it will make my right arm basically useless for the next 24 to 48 hours. And he said thats about right. The next thing I knew he was putting a mask over my nose and said breathe, and would seem to me a few seconds later I was waking up. The nurses that were putting a sling on my arm and all you other after surgery stuff told me that I was finished and I was surprised. It didn’t seem like I was even asleep this was seem so fast.. So for that day after surgery they got me to a private room. After a while they brought me food which I threw up. Later on in the day they tried to get me up to walk around. They sent two therapist to help me walk around and it didn’t quite work I got two steps and they said no I don’t think you’re ready. They sat me down in the recliner and then I watched the pre inauguration because surgery was on January 19. The doctors sent me home on Friday, January 20 so I missed a lot of the inauguration festivities on TV.
I started my therapy approximately 2 1/2 weeks after surgery and is expected to continue for about 10 weeks. Right now I have a good movement flexibility but I have very little strength I can’t even pick up a couple coffee with my right hand.
Oh well the adventure continues. I guess I how right moreover should I say talk more later hugs and kisses.