Surgery Day: (yesterday)
The easy day. All the stress of prepping for surgery behind me now someone else has to do all the work. They did a nerve block combined w/general anesthesia & I knew nothing after the 1st injection to my IV.
Surgery took about 1.5 hours & the tendon was completely torn & had to be re-attached with anchors, plus bone spur removed that had been sawing away on my tendon over time.
Only hitch yesterday: I'd done all that prep work before surgery so I could function almost completely independently, But they failed to warn me that the tubes that had to be attached to the compressor/cooling unit would be hooked to the back of my shoulder where I can't possibly reach. GRRRRRRR!!!!!!!! Clearly you want to prevent blood clots & keep your shoulder iced to reduce pain & inflammation, but that also means you're trapped in your chair all day until someone comes home to unhook you. Not cool.
LESSONS LEARNED 1ST NIGHT AFTER SURGERY:
* Do not accidentally list to the left & bump your operative shoulder. Not fun.
* Jerking awake & accidentally twitching or shrugging your shoulder is also not fun,
* Sleep is elusive & comes in snatches---harder to deal with when you are ordinarily the kind of person who sleeps like a rock.
FIRST DAY POST-OP:
Unfortunately, you become quite well aware the nerve block has worn off, Do as the doctors say & stay on top of your pain med. And be sure & keep a little food near your recliner to eat prior to taking the pain med. Everything takes longer to do, too.
I want to move my shoulder so much but that would be a very, very bad idea right now. It's also very hard not to tense up my shoulder. I have to keep forcing myself to relax.
Boredom is enemy #1. I want to go for a walk, or go lift weights w/my good arm. Can't for 2 reasons--I can't dress properly for outside, and since it's summer in AZ & I can't take a real shower for several days, I'm stuck. That leaves pacing thru the apartment during the little bit of time I'm not hooked up to the machines. 8-)
I think it's going to be a long day....