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shoulder My Shoulders?!!?

Discussion in 'Other joint replacements' started by Me2, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. Me2

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    So fantastic news this week on shoulder front!

    Visit with my surgeon on Monday! He was visibly VERY impressed with my AMAZING recovery! Range of motion is fantastic -- 90%+ every way but behind my back. I know that would never be all that great! (But I can tuck a shirt in with care and (TMI warning) can't wipe but the left can -- what does one do if both shoulders replaced?) He said that he has NEVER seen a replacement with the range of motion I've already achieved in less than five months!

    Not only that, but saw physical therapist for last shoulder visit! Whew! A full year of shoulder therapy counting the before surgery try to get better without visits before the MRI last December! Discharged FINALLY! She reiterated that though I am only her third shoulder replacement patient, I absolutely by far have best range of motion and strength. She shared that my surgeon had stopped in last week. (I had told them I was told by scheduler that my surgeon and several others were leaving the practice to set up new. The group is fairly large and well established group. They have their own physical therapy there, so I assume and hope that he stopped by to make a connection with my therapy group. They had referred me to him actually.) Anyway, she said that my recovery came up in conversation, and they shared and agree that it was indeed AMAZING!

    So, I LOVE BEING THE STAR PATIENT!!! :wowspring:

    So, update otherwise. I started back swimming about three weeks ago. First couple sessions were a little awkward and I took on a lot of water. :swim: Almost postponed going back, but so glad I kept it up. Shoulder wise swimming is almost normal. Definite shoulder tired but good tired, good stretch, good for strength, too, I suppose.

    Everything else shoulder wise is darn good! Can get cups from top shelf, easily lift two cups or one big heavy Pfaltzgraph plate to second shelf and two small ones. I can almost pour coffee or even gallon of milk with new shoulder. I can hold my smaller babies for a few moments. I can even toss something with my right hand -- looking back, I have not been able to throw snowballs for quite a few years! I really can't wait to have snowball battles with my preschoolers!:snow dig: But, alas, don't know that I'll be able to shovel snow ever. :eyebrows: I got a pass on that all last year! Shoulder is still feels a little stiff but really so terrific. (It does give me hope about back/hip, hopefully not false hope.)

    So...... I am a shoulder replacement and rotator cuff repair wizard! :yes!:
     
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      So great to read your good news @Me2 ! Well done on all your hard work!
       
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        What a wonderful post to read. I'm sure shoulders are like everything else.....you'll see more improvements with time as you continue working on doing "normal" things. Bravo for you!!!
         
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