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Well, that's an answer

I had the appointment with the orthopedist this morning, and Bob came along.  I like my doctor just fine, but he's a very busy, very expensive specialist, so you have to be a little aggressive with him to ask questions, but I got everything I need right now.

I do indeed have a torn rotator cuff - he showed me the scans, which is pretty neat (conceptually, at least.)  The tendon for the supraspinatus is 2/3 torn.  Tears are pretty common, and I read somewhere that on postmortem examinations something like 40% of the deceased show rotator cuff tears, many of which were asymptomatic and not painful in life.  He said that they don't get excited until tears are at halfway, so I've clearly passed that threshold.  He allowed as to how there are bunches of things we could try, but he wasn't feeling optimistic about that tendon and in the end we'll end up fixing it anyhow.  It's been painful for nine months now, and it's one of those areas that doesn't heal because it has no bloodflow of its own.

So I'm scheduled for surgery in August when we get home from Pennsic.  That gives me all summer to get my house in order - literally AND figuratively.



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May. 1st, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Answers are good. If I can help you , just let me know.
May. 3rd, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
It's going to be a learning experience in letting people help me, that's for sure. If we need assistance, I'll put out a call.
May. 2nd, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
Ouch, but at least you have a plan and a date.

As I've said before, I'm not too local, but if there is something you think I could do (or I could loan you a teenager for) contact me, and we can see if I can work something out.
May. 3rd, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
I suspect geography will work against that, but you've given me a fabulous idea.
May. 5th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
Glad to be of help. 8)
May. 2nd, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
It's nice to have definitive answers, even if they're not the most favorable. I'm glad you can go Pennsic before the fun starts!
May. 3rd, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
Me too - I have committments for Pennsic that would be a real problem to break. I like that I can front load everything that needs to be done so that we're prepared.
May. 2nd, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
I know someone who had this surgery recently. She's doing great and rehab was not bad at all.

At least you get to go to Pennsic, though you should behave yourself with the packing. As much as you can let yourself, just SUPERVISE the Tetris game.
May. 3rd, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely going to try to relegate myself to a supervisory role. But all things willing, it'll be a different vehicle this year, so I may need to do some of it myself. We'll see how it goes. I am NOT going to tear the rest of that tendon during the load!
May. 4th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that it can wait that long--bonus! Again, while not close, let me know if we can help, and I'm happy to put some meals together for you.

May. 4th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you finally have a diagnosis and get to enjoy Pennsic before your "enforced convalescence". Go you!
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