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Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:02 AM

Well, it looks like I'm heading back to my orthopedic surgeon again.

After my left shoulder got replaced back in January, my progress was pretty good, if slow.

PT really turned me into a pretzel on a regular basis!

We had planned that I would continue with outpatient PT till the end of May. But a few weeks before that, I noticed that my shoulder was doing something odd...it was slipping in and out a bit.

Turns out it was trying to dislocate itself.

I wore a sling in the hopes that this would fix it, but it didn't. So today I saw my doc and we talked about our options. Mainly, day surgery to fix the joint and stop it from slipping around.

It seems that my chest muscles are tight and they push the joint backwards. And of course, the back muscles are loose.......and they allow the joint to move backwards! Wonderful.

But my doc can fix it.

We don't have a surgery date yet, but we will...

Just thought you all might want to know...

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Reply Well, it looks like I'm heading back to my orthopedic surgeon again. (Original post)
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 OP
NYC_SKP Jul 2014 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #2
Kali Jul 2014 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #4
femmocrat Jul 2014 #8
TexasTowelie Jul 2014 #5
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #6
csziggy Jul 2014 #7
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #10
femmocrat Jul 2014 #9
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #11
Phentex Jul 2014 #12
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #13
LiberalEsto Jul 2014 #14
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #15
ailsagirl Jul 2014 #16
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #18
ailsagirl Jul 2014 #22
denbot Jul 2014 #17
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #19
elleng Jul 2014 #20
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #21
Prisoner_Number_Six Jul 2014 #23
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #25
mokawanis Jul 2014 #24
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #26
Crewleader Jul 2014 #27
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #28
alarimer Jul 2014 #29
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #30
Agschmid Jul 2014 #31
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #32
Agschmid Jul 2014 #33
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #34
malthaussen Jul 2014 #35
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #36
Coventina Jul 2014 #37
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2014 #38

Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:12 AM

1. Oh dear, Peggy!

 

This must have been quite an annoying condition, but I hope not too painful!

And I hope you get a date for surgery soon and that it is 100% successful!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:15 AM

2. Thank you, my dear NYC_SKP...

It HAS been annoying, but not too painful, thank goodness!

I asked my doc about the chances of success/failure, and he said the chances for success are about 60-70%. Hey, I'll take it!

It will be soon, due to other constraints.

I appreciate your very good wishes!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:36 AM

3. oh man,

I'm feeling for ya!

I'm still at TMC, going to get released tomorrow, but they thwarted my plan to loaf around in a hotel right away. Gotta go to some freaking nursing home for a week first to finish my IV antibiotics. I am not real happy about this, but what can I do???

Sorry you have to get worked on again, but best wishes for full success this time.

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Response to Kali (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:42 AM

4. Oh, my dear Kali...

This is what happens when you get old!

It's just day surgery, anyway. We're doing it in a local hospital because I like and trust the staff, and as my doc said, if anything happens (!) I can be admitted. God forbid! Day surgeries are normally easy for me.

It should be OK, and thanks!

You should be OK in the nursing home. IV antibiotics are easy for the staff. You might have more freedom than you expect...

I hope it all goes very smoothly and you get home pronto!

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Response to Kali (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 10:23 AM

8. Oh god, Kali.

I called the rehab facility that I was in, "Hellhole Manor". You have my sympathy. While I was there, I kept a journal. It would make a great TV script -- that is what kept me sane while I was there.

Good luck to you. Hope you survive the meals!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:46 AM

5. Peggy,

Sorry to hear about the news--the uncertainty about how things are going to turn out in the end is probably the hardest part. However, if you provide us enough of a heads up as to when the surgery will occur maybe we can arrange for some bikini-brief cabana boys to be there for the sponge baths. You're still young enough to one-up MFM after all!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:50 AM

6. My dear TexasTowelie!

You are too funny!

But you're right...the uncertainty about how things will turn out is the hardest part. Still, I trust my doctor. He's replaced three of my joints and has done a superb job of all of them. The fact that this joint is being troublesome is not his fault. Things happen.

But........I won't be in the hospital overnight, so I won't be eligible for any sponge baths! I'm tempted, though........

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 02:02 AM

7. My dear CaliforniaPeggy! I am so sorry to hear this

I hope this surgery fixes the problem so you don't have to have any more!

I'm glad you trust your surgeon. And having the day surgery at the hospital is a very good idea.

Keep us updated on the news. Sending good vibes your way.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:27 PM

10. Thank you so much, my dear csziggy!

Your good wishes mean a lot...

I think this will take care of it. I'm hoping!

I will let you all know when the date is set.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 10:25 AM

9. Best wishes on your surgery, Peggy!

Hope it solves the problem for you and you have a very speedy recovery!

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:29 PM

11. Thank you so much, my dear femmocrat!

The doc says there's a 60-70% chance of success and that works for me!

I'll spend another 4 weeks in a sling, but I can do it.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:44 PM

12. Hope you get it all taken care of!

I know it must be frustrating after all that you've gone through. Have they tried super glue yet?

Best wishes!

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Response to Phentex (Reply #12)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 12:49 PM

13. Thank you, my dear Phentex!

Darn! I knew I should have mentioned the super glue!



I was frustrated pretty badly when we first discussed the possibility of surgery........but I got over that. I'm fine with it now. Onward!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 02:23 PM

14. May you turn from a pretzel

 

into a perfect tortilla chip, with guacamole!

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 02:25 PM

15. My dear LiberalEsto!

You are too funny!

I hope to be similarly transformed......I adore guacamole on the perfect tortilla chip!


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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 03:03 PM

16. I'm sorry to hear that

I'm sending good wishes your way, CaliforniaPeggy!!

And feel better soon.

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #16)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 04:25 PM

18. Oh, thank you, my dear ailsagirl!

I appreciate your good wishes so much!

I expect to feel better as soon as this surgery happens.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 09:27 PM

22. We'll be waiting to hear back from you!

Take care!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 03:53 PM

17. Ugh, Sorry Miss CP

How does one work out back muscles?

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Response to denbot (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 04:29 PM

19. My dear denbot!

Actually, there is one exercise that I have done that works the back muscles.

You lie on your stomach, with your arms alongside you. And then you raise your arms straight up and back from the shoulder.

I did this exercise a bit in PT and it was hard at first. Then I got stronger...

I think I will try it again now, before the surgery. I'm going to lose a lot of strength and flexibility by spending 4 weeks in the sling, so anything I can do now will help minimize that loss.

Thanks for your good thoughts!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 04:36 PM

20. SORRY you have to go through it, Peg,

but does sounds like you and your doc understand it, and have it under control. We're all thinking of you.

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Response to elleng (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 04:43 PM

21. Thanks, my dear elleng!

I really REALLY trust my doctor, and we have always communicated well with each other. Now it's paying off!

Thanks for your good thoughts, sweetie...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 09:42 PM

23. I TOLD you about doing all those pushups

Maybe now you'll listen...

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Response to Prisoner_Number_Six (Reply #23)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 10:31 PM

25. My dear Prisoner_Number_Six!

Well, it's too late for listening!

You're too funny...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 10:15 PM

24. Sending good vibes your way, CaliforniaPeggy!

Glad to hear the doc can fix it!

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Response to mokawanis (Reply #24)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 10:33 PM

26. Thank you so much, my dear mokawanis!

I can use 'em!

And believe me, you're not the only one who's glad!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 10:46 PM

27. My Dear Peggy

So sorry to hear about your shoulder.
I sure do hope you feel better soon!

I'm glad you have the confidence in your doctor that he can fix it, so you can be pain free and enjoy your retired years my friend with your husband on your wonderful travels taking your wonderful photos.

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Response to Crewleader (Reply #27)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 11:04 PM

28. Thank you so much, my dear Crewleader!

I do trust my doctor very much! We know how to talk to each other and he is an excellent surgeon.

I am very much looking forward to having my shoulder work correctly. It's been a while...

It's a lot easier to take pictures when you can hold the camera up!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 11:24 PM

29. Sorry to hear that.

But I hope they can fix it.

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Response to alarimer (Reply #29)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 11:33 PM

30. Thanks, my dear alarimer...

I believe my doctor can fix it!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 01:01 AM

31. Sending vibes as well!

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Response to Agschmid (Reply #31)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 01:04 AM

32. I greatly appreciate your doing so, my dear Agschmid! It means so much...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #32)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 01:05 AM

33. Anything for you, you've shared so much with us!

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Response to Agschmid (Reply #33)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 01:06 AM

34. Awww...what a sweetheart...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 11:43 AM

35. Bah, how dreary and annoying.

There are so many more fun things to do in life than spend time on tiresome inftastructure repairs. Just ask Congress.

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #35)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 12:44 PM

36. My sentiments exactly, my dear Mal!

I do want my shoulder to be as "normal" as possible, so I am willing to do this just to get there.

There aren't any shortcuts, alas.

I'm sure Congress is aware of this too...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 12:52 PM

37. So sorry to hear you have to have a redo.

Will be keeping you in my heart!

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Response to Coventina (Reply #37)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 01:10 PM

38. Oh, thank you, my dear Coventina...

Your tender thoughts really help...

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