Friday, July 20, 2012

Woe is me...

This was the look on my face yesterday after I had an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon.  Here I am trudging along in physical therapy, thinking that I'm well on my rode to recovery.   It's getting easier to use my arm, and my shoulder feels more natural when it moves.  Well, it seems that the doctor was far less impressed with my progress, which lead me to looking like 

THIS!

I am having a very hard time lifting my arm straight up, and I should be doing that by now.  I have what they call a frozen shoulder.  I can raise my arm up just so far, and then it's like hitting a brick wall.  On Monday morning, I'm going back in for this lovely procedure:

" A manipulation is performed with the patient sedated under anesthesia, and the doctor moves the arm to break up adhesions caused by frozen shoulder. " 

All I can think of is scar tissue tearing.  There are YouTube videos which show how it's done.  Nope, I'm too chicken to watch them.  So, I've been doing whole lot of

THIS!

Wish me luck!

38 comments:

pj said...

Tanya, wishing you the best! Good luck and I think this will work...have heard of it before from others. Thinking of you...pam in iowa

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Oh, my! I'd be doing THAT, too! You have all my good positive thoughts and wishes. You'll be right as rain in no time. Be well.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

So sorry to hear about this set back. I'm sending good thoughts your way.
Linda

Faye said...

Good gracious!!! I will hear you hollering all the way to the Carolinas~~~ ouch.... sorry... he's just going to buff you up so you'll be good as gold...~~

Faye

Margaret said...

You know I'll be thinking of you. Hang in there -- lots of good thoughts and prayers for you.

Jeanne said...

I'm SO sorry to hear this Tanya. My phys therapist during my shoulder rehab was telling me that's where I was headed if they couldn't get my arm moving better but fortunately for me, she worked hard and got things progressing. (not without tears on my part though - it can be very painful as they stretch and pull as you know)

I agree - don't view the video - orthopedic procedures can be a bit shocking. You'll be under anesthesia fortunately. Let us know how you're doing when you can.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that bad news! Hope all goes well after this procedure. :(

Gayle said...

I experienced frozen shoulder several years after breaking my collarbone. FOrtunately, the therapy did the trick to loosen it up and I didn't have to endure what you're looking at - hope things go well for you!

Melissa said...

OMG, Tanya, I had a frozen shoulder for months and months. Not as a result of surgery but an injury. Anyway, many months later my physio did this same "procedure" and warned me it would be painful. Yeah, childbirth was nothing. (I'm exaggerating...a bit)

At least you get some anesthesia! I didn't but then I didn't have surgery. The procedure did help after. I'm sorry to say it but I understand why it has to be done.

Just think about the end result of a healthy shoulder! I'll be thinking of you with positive thoughts!

Deb said...

Definitely wishing you luck Tanya!! I've heard of this happening, but you're going to be so happy after the procedure. I'll be thinking about you!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Tanya,

I think about you often, and keep up with you on your blog. Thank-you so much for the lovely samplers that you are reproducing for us to enjoy. I will be thinking of you. Wishing you all the best, with Love Julia in England (a little ort!)

Kaisievic said...

Good luck with the procedure, I hope that it goes smoothly.

valerie said...

Oh no! Best of luck on the procedure. I hope it goes well and recovery doesn't take too long.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Oh my goodness, Tanya! I'll be thinking of you and sending prayers, too. I hope this will help you feel better!

samplerlover said...

You know that I am thinking of you. I hope that everything will be ok. - Sandra

Koala said...

Good luck and all the best!!! Don't watch the videos and think positive - that's the only way to recover :-)

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Oh Tanya...thinking of you. DON'T watch the videos. . . ! ! !
If it makes you feel any better...today I had to "train" a student at work. What I do there isn't the best. We were plating a sputum...and she puked...everywhere...all down my leg. Nice. Yuck. Made my day.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

So...don't watch the video... :)

marly said...

Well you still have your sense of humor and it's a hoot! You'll be sleeping peacefully through it all so no sense having to view it before hand. Best wishes to you!

Cheri said...

Tanya - we are so sorry to hear you have to have more surgery!!! We wish you nothing but the best and a very speedy recovery. We truly enjoyed meeting you at the Attic last Sunday.
Cheri and Glenda

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

good luck with the repair job - and I mean this in the nicest possible way :)

Penny said...

Tanya, I am so sorry to hear this. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Penny

Cindy said...

Oh no. So sorry to hear this. Give me a call if I can do anything. Thinking of you..

moosecraft said...

Oh my... no Youtube videos... I think you'll be better off not knowing what's going on... maybe Youtube after you've had the procedure done is ok... but not before... lol!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Hope this goes well for you and that your shoulder "thaws"! Sending good thoughts your way!
Robyn

Laura said...

Wishing you well and hope everything goes smoothly without any discomfort!

I love your vintage illustrations on this post!

Loraine said...

Oh so sorry to hear about your setback! I do hope that this works, and that you get full movement in your arm soon.
On a bright note, your pictures are so cute!
Good luck!

Nancy in WI said...

Good luck Tanya! I'll be thinking about you and prayers are sent your way too!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your stitching community will be with you in spirit!

Bette said...

Good luck Tanya. I was facing the same procedure last year, but saw a manipulative physio instead. He manipulated my should to the point where I was ready to pass out, but as a result, he started on the adhesions. I am not sure which would be worse - undr the general, but over all at once, or the way I did it.

Karoline said...

Good luck Tanya, I hope it goes well

Anna van Schurman said...

My husband had frozen shoulder recently. But his resulted from we know not what--just froze on its own. He worked it out in physical therapy. Good luck!

barbara said...

Wishing you the best!

Katrina said...

I am so, so sorry that you have to go through this but praying that the procedure is what you need to make a full recovery :-).

Sherry :o) said...

Good luck, Tanya. Therapy, pain, etc is not fun in the least. Although your pics in your post are quite cute...

charlene said...

With the advent of those adorable pictures you chose, it shows you are still hanging in there! My boss had this issue and also went through this procedure. Today it is like nothing ever happened to his shoulder. Remarkable recovery. Will send good thoughts and prayers your way for the same for you!

Brigitte said...

Sorry to hear about that. It doesn't sound very funny, does it? I hope everything went well last Monday and that you are already on the way of recovery.

Jane in Wisconsin said...

Tanya. Hope your procedure went well and you didn't shoot your doctor! Thank you for your newest sampler I am anxious to start on it. Jane