Informative Post – February 21, 2018

I saw my cardiologist on Monday and was cleared for surgery. I will see my primary care again on Friday, and will find out what my next step is toward a surgery date. I have an appointment on March 14th to start physical therapy/occupational therapy on my left arm. The doctors want to try to strengthen my left arm as much as they can before my surgery, so that hopefully I will be able to use it more when I have the shoulder replacement on my right arm. My right arm will basically be out of commission for quite a while, as in 4 to 6 months, before I regain as much movement as possible in that arm. I just hope I will be able to prove them wrong, like I did when I had my left knee replacement and was doing things in 6 weeks that I wasn’t supposed to be able to do before 6 months.

There was one thing about me that they didn’t realize, I am a very determined person to push myself to the limits to do the best that I can at any given time, even if that means that I prove the doctors wrong, and do things that most normal people can’t do. I think they can’t do it because they don’t have a positive enough mindset going into it, and like I said, I am a very determined person to get better as quickly as I can and not draw it out any longer than what I have to.

I am still working on the grey scarf, even though it’s only a few rows at a time. The point here is that no matter how small of a difference I am able to make, I am still making myself crochet and do something on the scarf. It is sort of depressing that I have been working on it for so long, but at least I am working on it. I have not just given up and stopped working on it because of the pain. It’s commonly called,”working through the pain”. Some people are not willing to try to do that, but I’m not one of them.

It will probably be Friday, after seeing the doctor, when I post again. Depending on what she does to me or tells me, it may be Saturday though. If what she says upsets me too much, I won’t be able to post. It’s hard to do anything when you’re crying, and if she doesn’t clear me for the next step to surgery, I will cry and I know it. I am just so anxious to get this surgery over with, and get on the road to recovery, that I just don’t take being told that it isn’t going to happen for a long time any too well.

Guess that’s about all for now. As usual, I will keep you informed and up to date to the best of my ability. Just please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you in advance for doing it.

Informative Post – February 14, 2018

I saw my Primary Care yesterday for my pre-surgery work-up. First thing they did was to take my blood pressure and temperature and get my weight. My blood pressure was 191/100 pulse 62  temp 97.9  and weight 235. I gained 3 pounds in 6 days. My feet have been really swollen. They have been so big I could hardly get them in my shoes.

After the usual stuff they did an EKG and ran it twice. Next an intern came in and talked to me and then the doctor came in. She told me that my blood pressure is off the charts. I had a sheet with my blood pressure for the last few days that I gave her. When I asked about clearing me for surgery, she told me that they had to run some blood tests and that I had to see a cardiologist before she would clear me. If the blood tests come back OK, and the cardiologist clears me, then I go back to the orthopedic surgeon to get the actual date for my surgery.

My shoulders are hurting so bad that I can hardly do any crochet. I do a few rows and I have to quit. But eventually I will get the Grey scarf finished. When I do I will surely let you know and post a picture of it like I always do.

Also, I will keep you updated like I always do. Please keep praying for me, or at least have good thoughts about me coming through the surgery with flying colors and having a shorter recovery time than what the doctors say it will be. I want to show them and everybody else that your frame of mind has a lot to do with how long your recovery takes and how well you do.

Informative Post – February 11, 2018

I am sorry that it has taken me so long to do this post. Last week was a very bad week starting off on Monday with my falling off of the sidewalk in front of a gas station, with my wheelchair ending up on my back and me on my right side.

I couldn’t have ended up on my  better side, could I? My right side is my worst side.

After falling on Monday, I saw the orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday. Three different people did all kinds of things with my already hurting arms. They showed me the picture of my x-ray and told me just how bad my right shoulder is. Where I originally thought that I was going to have rotator cuff repair and have a recuperation time of 4 to 6 weeks, I found out that I need a TOTAL SHOULDER REPLACEMENT with a recuperation time of 4 to 6 months, not weeks, but months. 

Then on Wednesday I went to the neurologist to find out about the constant pain and recurring shooting pain in the back right side of my head. They also poked and prodded me quite a bit. This just made the pain worse in my head.

By this time in the week, my whole body was hurting from my fall on Monday. The result of all of this was that Thursday was a total blur. I stayed in the bed and slept almost the whole day and into the evening. Friday and Saturday I was busy with trying to get some order back into my apartment. I have neglected my apartment quite a bit since my shoulders started hurting and locking up so bad, so I spent the whole day yesterday trying to get things to at least look somewhat better.

With everything that has been going on with my health this week, my crochet has really suffered. I don’t even have one foot done on the scarf. I am going to try my hardest to have the scarf finished by the time I see my primary care doctor on Tuesday. The primary care doctor is going to do my Pre-Surgery work-up and hopefully I will find out my surgery date. Once I find out my surgery date I will have a better idea as to how many scarves I hopefully will be able to complete before my surgery. There is no doubt that I will not be able to do any crochet for a few months after my surgery, so I have to do as much as I can before the surgery is done.

With having had a total left knee replacement, I know the pain after the surgery will be unbearable for a while. During my recuperation I am going to keep as positive of an attitude as I can. With my knee replacement, I was doing things in 6 weeks that I wasn’t supposed to be able to do before 6 months. That being the case I am confident that I can have a positive attitude with this surgery also.

I should be able to do an informative post by the 14th or 15th of this month to let you know what I find out on Tuesday. The post will be as soon as I can when I am not in so much pain. All of the poking and prodding, as well as having to be arranged in certain poses for the x-rays, has made the pain be almost unbearable and even something as simple as posting to the blog is excruciating. But I will do my best. The thought never even entered my mind that I could hurt so bad before the surgery.

Progress Update – February 5, 2018

I finished the Bright Yellow scarf earlier today. The picture is below:

the scarf looks much paler than what it actually is. The yellow is so bright you just might almost want to squint.

After finishing that scarf, I started on the next scarf. The color of the next one is Charcoal.

As my shoulders are worsening by the day, I am finding it harder and harder to do the crochet. To compound matters even further, this morning I went off of a curb, that was around 6 inches tall, in my wheel chair. The sidewalk was slick and my wheels slid off before I could even think. My whole right side hit the parking lot at the gas station, and my chair ended up on my back. There is a lump on my elbow, my knee got skinned up some, and I’m just sore all over from the jarring when I fell and hit the ground. It’s probably going to take a couple of days for the soreness to go away. That being the case, it may take me a few days longer to make the Charcoal grey scarf. But I will go as fast as the soreness will allow.

Tomorrow I see the orthopedic surgeon and I will find out the results of the x-rays. He is also supposed to drain the cyst that’s on my right shoulder if the x-rays don’t show it to be suspicious or malignant. I don’t know if they can drain it by simply inserting a hollow needle in it or if the will ave to lance it to do it. One thing is for sure, I will find out tomorrow, and by this time tomorrow whatever they are going to do to it will have been done and I can at least start getting better from that much of what’s wrong with my right shoulder. Hopefully I will also be given a date when they are going to do the first surgery if Medicare has approved it. I surely do hope that Medicare has approved it. I want the surgeries to be over so that I can get through the recuperation from the surgery and finished with the physical and occupational therapy and get back to the crocheting and living my life.

As always, I will keep you informed to the best of my ability about all of it, but especially my progress on the scarves.

Thank you for your thoughts and continued prayers.

Informational Post – February 3, 2018

On Thursday, February 1st, I saw my orthopedic doctor about starting the surgeries on both of my rotator cuffs. I thought that I was going to be given a date when the first surgery was going to be, or given a date when I was to see the surgeon if the other doctor could not do the surgeries. Well, that’s not exactly what happened.

When the doctor came in, she did an examination of my shoulders and range of motion testing. Upon the examination, she discovered that I have a large tumor on the right side of my back, a cyst that she doesn’t think is malignant, and both of my shoulders are in really bad shape. She went on to let me know that rotator cuff surgery is considered to be elective surgery and sometimes the insurance companies won’t cover it.

Next I had to have some x-rays, and am scheduled to see the surgeon next week on the 6th. He will look at the x-rays and let me know what he finds out and what he decides to do about my having any surgery at all.

At that point, I just started crying, and have been in sort of a daze ever since. For the life of me I can’t understand rotator cuff surgery being considered elective surgery. I am already to the point that I have a hard time doing anything at all. It’s hard for me to get dressed, brush my hair, eat, and/or sleep. I have a hard time even picking up a 12 ounce can of pop. So how can it be considered elective surgery when, if I don’t have it, I will most likely end up in a nursing home and be unable to do anything for myself?

For the most part, I try not to pay attention to my medical issues unless they stop me in my tracks. If I concentrated on everything that’s wrong with me medically, I would go nuts. So, unless somebody specifically asks me, I don’t offer. Unfortunately, this time it has backfired on me. They told me that if I had have decided to have the surgery back in May of 2015 when they first discovered that both shoulders were bad, they probably could have corrected the situation. But since I have waited so long, my shoulders have deteriorated to the point that there may be nothing that the doctors can do.

I am not a quitter, and therefore will press the doctors as hard as I can to have the surgery. First they have to take care of the cyst so that there won’t be any spreading of infection during surgery. They will drain it on Tuesday when I see the surgeon, and most likely put me on antibiotics. Once that has healed, then they will discuss my options further so far as whether or not to do the surgery at all.

Because I have COPD, and some congenital heart defects (that don’t bother me at all), the first doctor said that there is a risk that I won’t come out of the anesthesia. I have had around 30 surgeries and have obviously always come out of the anesthesia, so what’s the big deal about it now? To my way of thinking, a lot of it has to do with the patients’ frame of mind and determination to get better. I have always done better than what was expected of me recuperation wise. When I had my knee replacement, I was doing things in 6 weeks that I wasn’t supposed to be able to do for 6 months. The doctor was shocked, to say the least. I just told him that I did my exercises like I was supposed to do, and even added a few extra times in here and there.

Needless to say, this is all hard to swallow. All I can do is to pray about it myself, ask my family, friends, and you – my readers, to also pray for me if you are praying people. Then I have to trust God that whatever is supposed to happen will happen. I can’t imagine that God would want me to have to stop crocheting the scarves just because of my shoulders. So now all I can do is wait until Tuesday and see what happens.

If you are a praying person, please be praying for me that this will all work out for the best, if it’s God’s will. Thank you in advance for those of you that will be praying for me. Those of you that are not praying people, just keep me in your thoughts that everything will work out the best way possible.

As always, I will keep you informed as quickly as I can. Sorry I had to wait so long to post this. But I have had to come to grips with everything. I will start back crocheting later tonight. I’m a little over half way finished with the Bright Yellow scarf. Hopefully, I will be able to finish it by tomorrow night and start on another one.

Sorry also, that this post is so long, but I am a very detailed person. As with most things, sometimes that is a good trait to have and sometimes it is a bad one. I don’t know which one it is this time. You will have to decide that for yourself.