I had a torn rotator cuff and a torn labrum. The rotator cuff was not as bad as they expected, but the labrum was worse. My labrum was torn (as the labral tear shown in this picture) and also torn away from the bone (glenoid) and 'flapping'. The tear was from "12 o'clock to 6 o'clock" or the entire front of my shoulder socket. They had to 'rough up the bone, rough up the labrum, and put them back together with four bone anchors'. They also found a 'floater', a piece of calcified something floating around in my shoulder socket, that was probably getting caught occasionally and causing sharp pains. They removed that little gem. Oh, and they shaved some bone off my clavicle for good measure, to give everything more room to move when I heal.
So, here I am. Resting and healing. I can tell you it is a long and painful process, but I know I am healing and getting a bit better each day. I have to let the rotator cuff rest and heal with limited motion (can't move my arm up or out) for 6 weeks before I can even start physical therapy. They don't want any pulling on the rotator cuff. I start PT on February 19th and need to go 2-3X per week for 6-8 weeks. So, the long road of recovery doesn't even promise to end until some time in April.
Being a Type A overachiever personality, this is driving me insane! I have really been fighting depression and trying to do what I can do with my limited motion, plenty of pain, not sleeping well at night, etc. etc. I won't bore you with all of the whining, but I really can't wait to be healed up, back in the kitchen, and back to offering my Jennifer Parsley Nutritional Healing services (none of which I can do right now, haven't even driven a car yet).
There you have the long and the short of what is going on with me lately. I am starting to type with two hands and can get into the kitchen and make a few things, so if I have something fun to blog about, I shall. For today, it's time for a bit of a rest...doing lots of that these days. Chin up, I will make it through.