So today begins a new chapter in my life. Yesterday I saw the orthopedic doctor regarding the issues with my rotator cuff. I went in with a mindset of not having surgery. However, I learned I have two options. Option one: don’t do anything and have the arm continue to get worse. Option two: have surgery.
I’m sure you can guess which one I chose. Here is the technical info on the surgery. Right shoulder arthroscopy with Acromioplasty, rotator cuff repair, biceps tenodesis, with probable open (which means a surgical cut rather than a small laser incision.) Okay, in layman terms the doctor is going to drill holes in my arm bone and sew the muscles and tendon to the bone. Can I say ouch!?
Too bad this is my right arm instead of my left since I am right-handed. I have a month until my surgery, so beginning today I am practicing doing everything with my left hand and arm. When I talked to God, I asked him to help me get through the weeks of having only one arm. He said, “I did. I gave you two arms and two hands with 10 fingers. You only have to do your part. I’ll take care of keeping you safe and guiding the hands of the surgeon to make the repairs.”
Thus begins my left-hand training. I must do this or be like a baby bird expecting its mother to feed it…or in my case my daughter to feed me! So far, the most difficult thing has been cutting the food on my plate. How does one use a knife with no fork stabilization? I understand I’ll be able to use my fingers as long as I don’t move my arm. So I tried to stabilize the fork with my right fingers. It just goes against everything I’ve learned over the years. Anyhow, I did manage and I had no trouble stuffing my face by using my left hand. Maybe I did cheat a little bit. (Grin!) Tomorrow I’ll wear the super-duper immobilizing sling I purchased. I’ll take a picture tomorrow and post it here so you can see.
I’m very grateful for having speech to text software so I can communicate with you about my journey. My goal is to keep my sense of humor and turn all worries over to God. God is big enough to handle this. I just need to do my part.
I hope you come along with me on my journey and that I give you a little smile along the way.