I have had rheumatoid arthritis in both my shoulders for many years and have been recieving injections to stop the pain but now my right shoulder must have surgery to repace it. I would like to know if any of you have had this surgery and truthfully "What can I expect?"
Ted, I have been lucky enough to only have had minor surgeries and all of them went well. Among people I know who have had surgeries to replace hips, knees, etc. the results have been widely varied. Most of those i know have been very happy with the results, finding that they have much less pain. I think this is what you will find.
Let us know when the surgery will be. We will all be pulling for you.
Ted, how are you doing? Any word on the surgery. I know you've been having a hard time of it and I think the surgery will probably really help with the pain which is a lat of the cause of depression. The worst part is what you're going through now - waiting and not knowing. I'm thinking good thoughts about and for you. Please keep posting.
Pain and depression are a vicious cycle - the more depressed you are, the less able you are to cope with pain and obviously pain is not a happy-maker. It is difficult to maintain and even mood when one is in pain, and with the prospect of more pain it's VERY depressing.
Well I have my surgery date for April 27 at Broward General Hospital in Plantation Fl, a good 20 miles from my home. Don't know why as we have three of the finest hospitals within a five mile distance from my house but I found out today that he does his surgery there. Some doctors have their favorites and I guess Broward General is it. This also means that I shall not see my grandson for three days after surgery which is the only thing that really bothers me as my son will be working but he will be off Saturday, Sunday and Monday by which time I should be on my way home! I will be seeing my surgeon at 3pm today and my cardiologist at 2:15 pm as they are in the same building.
Katie -- It is a good feeling to know I won't be alone. It is also amazing that I too have problems with my right ankle because of polio as a child and having bone fusion surgery because I had severe drop foot. Arthritis bothers that occasionally also so we really have something in common.
Meanwhile I was told by my surgeon that this hospital devotes an entire floor and specially trained nurses to assist so that made me fell a lot better. I got the all clear from my cardiologist yesterday so the surgery is 90% on except for the results of a blood profile. We'll see!
I will be glad when my surgery is over but then the same thing must be done on my left shoulder. All-In-All I'm looking at a recovery time of at least six months and lots of uncomfortable surgery. If I'm lucky I will be able to make my tomato season in October...I'll be down to four EBs but that is better than none...
My right shoulder needs immediate surgery and soon my left shoulder also but this morning my left shoulder started to pain as bad as my left? This is going to be fun! Of course they can not be operated at the same time otherwise I will be useless.
A nurse and a therapist will be helping me in my home for a couple of months until I can manage myself but meanwhile I'll have to use my left arm for everything. I sure hope I'll be able to manage and not pop vicadin all the time?
It will be a relief especially the pain. I am forced to take vicadin. I don't like taking them but life would be so very painful without it. I could not believe the x-rays showing my shoulder being held togeather by ligaments only. All the bones are rotted away! Talk about shock! My left shoulder isn't much better but at least the bones are still there. Orders from my surgeon are do not lift anything at this time and I can fully understand why...
Ted, I cannot imangine what it would be like to see x-rays like that. And having to wait almost another three weeks for the surgery is hard. You encourage me and I hope you will keep that in mind. My foot is so painful that I, too, take vicodin. I'm still often barely able to move around or even sit comfortably. If I do any errands, small taks and such in the morning I usually pass out in the afternoon from the pain. It's no darn fun at all and having to wait for treatment is also a bear. I'll be thinking it doesn't hurt much, then notice I'm in a cold sweat and just need to lie down.
We wait together. Patience may or may not be a virtue but for us it's a necessity.
Katie -- I refer to WEBMD.com for info on arthritis especially rheumatoid which is the absolute worse. One fact about arthritis is that it makes one tire very easily and that is so true with me. Come afternoon I am exhausted and just lie down for a quick nap.
Hope both of you are taking care of yourselves.
Hope you are staying off your foot Katie.
I squeeked out of going to the hospital yesterday. My blood pressure and blood sugar was sky high.I promised to take care of myself and both are down now tho still a little high.
Thankyou for the concern TPLANT. I was an EMT and can do the basic caretaking of myself. And once i'm chewed out for neglecting myself I do toe the mark and behave myself.Sitting in the garden with my flowers should bring anyones BP down.
Katie - YES IT IS PAINFUL FOR AWHILE. I STILL HAVE ATHERAPIST COME TO MY HOME AND HE DOES ALL THE MOTIONS OF STRETCHING FOR ME SO IT IS NOT SO PAINFUL BUT MY LEFT ARM IS STARTING TO HURT A LOT JUST AS MUCH AS MY RIGHT ARM THAT HAD SURGERY. I'M DOWN TO ONE OXYCONDINE A DAY AND THAT IS IN THE MORNING.
Ted - Glad to know that you are managing so well. One painkiller a day is great. Are you going to have surgery on the left shoulder? About ten years ago I went through have about ten (blessedly minor) surgeries in about a year. Even though all were minor, especially compared to yours, there was a cumulative effect and it took a long time to recover.
Hope you are being kind to yourself and going easy. And enjoying time with your grandson.
YES, I MUST HAVE SURGERY ON MY LEFT ARM ALSO. SAME AS MY RIGHT ARM . SHOULDER REPLACEMENT. THIS WILL BE IN ABOUT SIX MONTHS OR SO. I AM GETTING VERY DEPRESSED ABOUT ALL THIS. CAN ONLY USE MY LEFT ARM AND THAT ONE IS ALSO PAINFUL WHEN I REACH. I MUST NOT LIFT ANYTHING WHICH IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE ESPECIALLY WHEN I MUST MAKE MY COFFEE.
With the problem with my right foot it was very hard to move around but I am able to use both arms as long as I don't need to be very strong. Tony hasa to do most anything that calls for a strong arm. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you now. We need Rube Goldburg to invent devices that will allow you to make coffee with minimal use of your left hand/arm. Meanwhil I would advocate patience but I hate to preach what I don't practice.
I wonder, do they still make those pre-measured drop in filter packs of coffee? Or, is it pouring the water that's difficult?
Being functionally blind, it is measuring things properly that's time consuming. When my right elbow was giving me grief and wouldn't take much weight, I had to pour the water into the pot in tiny amounts. I could support my right elbow with my left hand though. I imagine a problem with both shoulders is much harder to find ways around and very frustrating. k*
Katie, we were in Mexico recently and I'll have you know I actually looked up driving directions from Cancun to Mulege but they seem to be very far apart!
Ted, what else can you plant in an Earthbox other than tomatoes? I have one, all ready to go, but my tomato seedling crop, er, had a crop failure. It's not really warm here all the time but it's time to plant stuff!!!
Katie, it sounds like even if I did drive Cancun-Mulege, you wouldn't have been there.
Thanks for the tip, Ted. I was running out of time to plant a bunch of other stuff so I just planted everything that liked sun -- what we have of it -- in there. Herbs, marigolds, petunias, whatever - oh, dahlias, all together! Doesn't fit any of my guidelines for container planting.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TED!!! I, for one, credit you and your weight-loss story (and your EarthBoxes) with a lot of what got me so addicted to DG so quickly...I wasn't about to start gardening in nasty dirt, but soon I became a container queen! Thank you for all your inspirationalness, Ted. Have a wonderful birthday (what's left of it)!
Katie --- Coming along great but will never be 100%. Will have to settle for 80%. Our weather has been very stormy for many days and it causes pain in both shoulders plus my ankle but far less painful than before surgery. I'm going to see a special therapist for an evaluation Thursday to determine if I continue therapy. Must stop typing now as my shoulder is getting very uncomfortable but thank you so much for your continuous concern. The best people I know belong to DG...
80% is pretty darn good. My mom had her knee replaced and it took maybe two years for her knee to feel useful again, even with PT and going to the gym etc. etc. It hurts less than before the surgery but she'll never be pain-free.
Thanks Everyone. My second surgery will be as soon as they allow but I think I'd rather wait for less humid weather as our current weather has been rain and will continue for a full week. This is painful for me. It is true what they say about arthritis predicting rain...
Katie ---- Would you believe we are in for another week of heavy rain? My arm is painful at times. I was dismissed from therapy yesterday. They were amazed at my rapid recovery of motion. I had a great surgeon and they told me so although I already knew that. I am sitting here in my recliner with a pain pill in me and a heating pad on my shoulder and the pain has subsided.
As far as sleep is concerned, it is very inconsistent as I wake up at least three times during the night so I rarely get a full night's sleep so I can imagine how you feel.
Congratulations on doing well in therapy. Give yourself credit for making your surgeon look good.
With the help of a pain pill I was able to do some yard work this morning.
One of my dogs had gone missing for two days and she came home yesterday which was a lot of my being able to sleep so well.
Tony picked a Hawiian papaya from a tree I gave my neighbors (who are away for the summer). It looked and smelled wonderful. I cut it in half and had him take it to two grocers who are good friends. We're hoping to have some for them to sell by fall when all the rich American snowbirds return.
I can't remember ever seeing a fresh papaya in local stores. Are they like figs in that they are too delicate to transport easily to distant markets? Or, maybe I haven't seen them because there is no local demand for them. I know I wouldn't know what to do with a fresh papaya. Well, as long as rich, American snowbirds know. :-)
Carrie, I did get “Happy Birthday” wishes here, but I was depressed on my birthday. Didn’t really feel like celebrating it. My thoughts were, “Good grief, I’m 24, unemployed and living with the equivalent of my family.”” That depression forced my stubborn mind open enough to look at alternatives to the traditional hourly wage and salary work I had always done. I’ve started doing data entry work from home. Adding to the information available to people online is sort of cool. I like it more than I thought I would. Things don’t look so dark. I remembered I LIKE living here and I’m not the kind of person who is happy living alone.
There is another tenacious Cancer who is celebrating her birthday today despite the fact she says Ted is right. Damp weather makes arthritis worse. And, it has been raining all day.
Happy Birthday, Mama Kay!
The Hawiian papayas are about the size of a grapefruit and are pear shaped. Mexican papayas are bigger and tend to be more fibrous and less tasty. Lots of groceries carry one or both. Like many things, they taste best when you pick your own when they are perfectly ripe.
My eyes are itching, probably from the dust on the curtain fabric. Says something about how long it's been since I did any sewing
Petting a dog or cat is supposed to be very calming.
DD and i have decided that black cats are deer stalkers. My black cat Miss Kitty chased a deer thru the yard a week or so ago. Yesterday her black cat chased a deer down the road. Maybe we can rent them out during deer season.LOL
My right wrist has been hurting like crazy today.Don't have a clue as to why.Hope everyone is able to stay out of the heat. Know I am. Am cleaning closets and back rooms. Anyone else have a junk back room?
Yep, but Jim calls it his workshop. :-) It was the back porch before we were married, but Jim closed it in. Since they are not letting me stray too far from the house (Still experiencing vertigo, but not as bad.), I've been trying to clean it up some. I'm proud of Jim, he winnowed his electronic "stuff" (I'm not allowed to call it junk) from four plastic bins to one. He's challenging me to do the same with my crafty "stuff". Uh-oh. k*
Just got word that our puppy will be arrivimg sometime Tuesday and we will see her Wednesday after 12pm. They will keep her for three days while she gets all her shots and examined by a vet. Till then my son is buying a large crate for her.
Katie --- I've waited two years for this day and personally I was giving up hope. I live with my family in a back bedroom on the other side of our mobile which is a Palm Bay double wide and very comfortable but my family goes out a lot especially when my DIL goes to her mothers on the week-ends as they live on the beach and enjoy the ocean. There are many reasons why I can't join them (personal) so I am home alone. When my
Scooter was alive she was great company and I didn't care how long they were gone. Now to have a German Sheapard to keep me company is great and may help to heal the big hole in my heart for Scooter.
Ted - I know how much you have missed SCooter. I'm so glad our prayers have been answered this as I'm sure that I was not the only person t hinking of how to sneak a puppy in to you. I think this will be wonderful for both of you. katie
I can never express my deep feelings of loveing friendship that I have for all of you for "standing by me" through all my very lonely and most seriously difficult times! I was very lonely and felt useless and did not have very good thoughts but with all of you to keep me company and my faith in GOD gave me strength to continue on and never give up. Worst part of it all is if we passed on the street we would not recognize each other but then again, maybe, it's best this way as here we speak from our hearts and express our true selves.
I feel strongly that it is an ADVANTAGE not to be able to see each other, at least at first. If my husband had been in a lineup of men with his age and brain, I would NEVER have picked him (I dunno about the other way around...). But I've been in love with him for so long I can't remember when it started. We fell in love through an email relationship, never having seen each other. People put too much emphasis on appearance these days.
I agree too much attention is put on appearances today,and we americans put too much empathise on young age.I've loved every decade.except the first two.
DH had eyes that I totally fell for.---A greenish hazel with gold specks.
What i love abut this group is I can say what i think and don't feel like i'll be critisized (SP) Teased yes but not critisized.