The human body needs shoulder engagement for many activities. Sneezing and coughing without adequate upper body support prove to be challenging. If the shoulders and good posture are not helping out, getting into and up from a chair can cause the upper body to lean into the effort. Rounding the shoulders in response to pain in the area can cause back discomfort and even make standing and holding the head and neck properly aligned difficult. Washing one’s own back and hair, reaching for that favorite coffee cup or raising the arms to put on a tee shirt might require someone’s help. And then, painful shoulders can make a golfer yearn for nothing but the nineteenth hole. Please do not forget the range of shoulder motion needed to play an enjoyable game of tennis before you invite someone to play.
During my shoulder surgery recovery, it is my goal to spend as much time as possible being physically and mentally active and seriously minding the rest and nutrition it takes to make me better and stronger. I have been following the rules, so just about five weeks after shoulder replacement surgery and seven physical therapy sessions, I am happy to report that I am recovering nicely and learning to enjoy the heating pad that comes after PT.
It’s tough to find things to do in order to remain active; walking has become my go to cardio activity. I try to do at least three miles a day, even though I have to walk with my arm in a sling…and if the weather is unfriendly, I depend on some online walking programs that can be done indoors.
I have learned to use my right arm all by itself to do small household tasks like unloading the dishwasher or folding laundry. My right bicep has benefited from the extra activity. I even managed to create this masterpiece of a meat lover’s frittata using my right hand.
However impatient I am, patience seems to be the largest part of the prescription for this recovery. It has been easy to become bored and frustrated, but my dear friend, Cookie, has kept me conversationally stimulated with daily chats filled with current events and exchanges about our spouses and children…..and visually engaged with a her gift of these amazing flowers.
And then….when there just doesn’t seem to be light at the end of the tunnel, these two faithful companions (Calvin on the left and Thom on the right) join my journey and work their doggie magic.
Next time I reach out to blog, I should be touching my nose. See you soon….