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Now THIS is progress

Today I had my six week checkup with the doctor, and she told me that I can wean off the sling!  Woohoo!  I'm not to put any load on the shoulder - no pushing, no pulling, lift nothing heavier than a cup of coffee.

As an aside, everyone I've spoken to has had the same reaction - an empty cup or a full cup?  Damned if I know - it never occurred to me to ask.  I'm assuming she meant a full cup - otherwise isn't that a bit of a tease?

Her comment was "you're going to go home, throw off the sling, and it's going to be great.  And at about 2:00 you're going to be looking for it."  So I imagine it's going to get tired quick, hence the weaning off.  I'm allowed to move it as much as I want in any direction that I want.  So I came home, took off my sling, and tried to lift my arm.

Notice that word - "tried."

I couldn't lift my arm more than a little.  It was too heavy.  Six weeks, and that muscle is apparently gone.  It's beyond weird.  The brain sends a command, I can feel the arm try, but it's like pushing on a wall.  I also have to admit that I'm afraid to strain too much.  I expect that just moving around will help restore some of that, but she was very clear that there can be NO strengthening exercises yet.

I'm very excited.  Not only can I now type with two hands, but there's a good chance I'll get a better night's sleep tonight.  I'm very hopeful.

My boss is very sad - I broke it to her that I'm out for at least another four weeks.


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Sep. 21st, 2013 04:29 am (UTC)
Here's hoping for that good night's sleep.

Sep. 21st, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Hurray! It will get better with physical therapy and gentle use. Enjoy your "vacation" while you can. Just don't make yourself crazy thinking about all the things you could try to do now. Take your time! Hope to see you recovered self soon!
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