Yeah, this post is probably more than anyone wants to know about me and where I'm at physically, but for the record ....
I'm doing well. Its 5 1/2 weeks post surgery and I have pretty good range of motion. The pain is less too. Sleeping still presents a HUGE problem. Its not that I can't go to sleep, its that pain won't let me stay there. For some reason it hurts a lot more at night than other times. Here's a typical night for me.
Lay down but have trouble getting comfortable. With the help of a heating pad I get comfortable enough to drift off. Somewhere in that state between being awake and asleep I have an awareness of tossing and turning and an awareness of being uncomfortable. At some point I wake up with "OUCH, OUCH, OUCH, that really hurts now". I try to deal with it by tossing and turning some more and then decide to get up because I can't sleep and its got to be morning by now. I get up, look at the clock and its only an hour or two since I went to bed. I grab an ice pack and head back to bed to repeat the process. Some nights I give up around 2 or 3 am and take a percocet. Even on those nights I wake up in the morning with pain.
Once I'm up the pain lessens - on most days. Some days I have no pain at all and others I feel a general ache and others there is more of a twinging pain.
I don't understand it. But I deal with it. Discouraging.
I am still in Physical Therapy and I still take an anti-inflammatory twice a day per doctor orders. I still have plenty of percocet too for those times when I need it. I don't take it often - always one before PT and maybe one on those nights when I can't take it anymore. If I took it as prescribed I would be taking it every 4-6 hours. Sometimes I go a couple of days with none.
I'm at the gym 6 days a week. I'm still not permitted to do any upper body work or run. So about the only thing I can do is 4 leg machines and ride the bike. Sometimes I do the elliptical without the arm motions. I like to think I'm progressing as far as fitness goes because when I started I could barely ride the bike for 20 min. Now I aim for 40-45 min of more intense cardio. I DESPISE cardio but sometimes you have to stop whining and just do it anyway. In spite of it all, I've yet to lose even one pound. Discouraging.
I can't complain, but I do sometimes. All in all I don't think I'm doing all that bad for 5 weeks post surgery but being somebody who thinks they should be able to do more, I do get discouraged. I mean really, it was just a stupid shoulder ... how hard can it be. Pretty hard actually.
Now I'm sure I'm supposed to be learning some lesson from this about patience, self-acceptance, or endurance or some such thing ... I'm just not all that sure I'm listening.
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