Well, I finally have a surgery date for the repair of my shoulder. July 26th is it! That will be exactly seven months to the day I injured it. I've been doing the exercises the doctor gave me, which are done with my other arm assisting, and even then it still hurts.
I've also been using an 8 lb weight to do bicep and triceps work. (Very light, I know... I use 15 lbs for my good arm, but the shoulder can only handle the lighter weight.) I don't want all the muscles in my arm to be totally wasted away. Enough of that will happen after the surgery, as I will have my arm in a sling and complete immobile for 3-4 weeks post-op.
When I went looking for a picture to use in this post, the one above was funny enough to get a chuckle out of me, so I snagged it. Got it off a blog of a guy who had the same surgery and is documenting his recovery. The file name for the artwork is "owwww". ;-)
In the two months before the surgery, I've decided that tackling a bit of excess weight is a good idea, so I've started a program to achieve that end. With the walking and the change in eating habits, I have so far managed to drop 9 lbs. It's a good start and I'm working hard to keep it going! I'm hoping to have most of what I need to lose gone by my OR date. All the clothes I wear right now will positively slide right off if I get to my goal. Okay, not if... when! Positive thinking is the way to go, right?
And thinking positively, if all goes well during my rehab after surgery, I should be back at work in time for Christmas!!! Or perhaps in November. Returning to work will be a slow and gradual affair, with duties and time increased as my shoulder allows. If I find I can't do my job as I did before (although I don't see why I won't be able to... there are lots of people around to help with heavy lifting), then I will have to retrain to do something else. Perhaps get into the computer end of things at the hospital. I was in talking to my boss last week and she mentioned that the unit will be starting to use new software in October and that perhaps I would want to work with that... but I would have to see how that would work with my disability benefits. I won't want to do anything that screws that up, because if it turns out I can't get back to work as planned, that will be my only source of income.
So I have a plan. In the meantime, I just have to hurry up and wait.