Shoulder Surgery

Today I am undergoing shoulder surgery, so I will most likely be out for a few weeks. It appears a lifetime of weightlifting had finally caught up with me! Late last year I’d discovered a tear in a shoulder muscle. It wasn’t a big tear, but enough to feel like a knife digging into me every time I did chest presses. Long story short, I’ve been doing physical therapy since, I no longer feel that stabbing pain, but am also not lifting the weights I used to lift, since I had to significantly modify my workout routine.

But.

There is still something “wrong” in there, and today I am finally going to correct that! Well, the surgeon is. Anyway, that’s where I am today. I will be in a sling the next four to six weeks, I’m told. For the next two, glued to a recliner. So all this kinda prevents any keyboarding…and really, I should not be doing anything but resting and recuperating and tons of physical therapy so I heal properly.

And I’m really looking forward to all this!

This has been a “thing” for almost a year, and I’m tired of thinking about it and working around it every danged day, because there are many daily reminders that something “just ain’t right” in there. It’s always best to correct these kinds of things as early as possible and not allow them to get worse.

So…have a good one, y’all, and I’ll see ya when I’m able to again hit the keyboard!

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About fpdorchak

Speculative fiction author. I write gritty, Twilight Zone-like fiction. Please check out my website: https://www.fpdorchak.com/! Thank you for stopping by!
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8 Responses to Shoulder Surgery

  1. Wendy Brydge says:

    Glad you’re finally getting this taken care of, Frank. Best of luck!

  2. Paul says:

    Yikes. Off the keyboard for several weeks — that’s rough for an author. Hope you come through this with flying colors, Frank!

    • fpdorchak says:

      Thanks, Paul!

      Not sure of how long, so I’ll just see how things go. The sling I’m in actually allows use of my hand, but it’s still pretty numb. I’m typing this one-handed on an iPhone. 🙂

  3. Karen Lin says:

    Are you going to use dragon or some other program so you can speak your writing?

    • fpdorchak says:

      Not using any voice apps. If I feel moved to write, I’ll use a notepad and pencil for now…or my iPhone, like now. But not pushing things. May even just edit what I’ve already drafted….

  4. Undine says:

    How did your surgery go? I know it’s been over half a year since you posted this but, how are you now?

    • fpdorchak says:

      Undine, thanks for stopping by! Sorry to hear about your issues (checked out your site a little). Here is my post-surgery post: https://fpdorchak.wordpress.com/2018/09/15/post-shoulder-surgery-its-alive/

      A little more information is that I completed my six-month follow-up with flying colors: they told me they couldn’t tell which shoulder had been operated on—though of course they KNOW which one was. Point is I had excelled in healing. I did all the PT (but I officially PT October 31, 2018) and was careful heading back into the gym. My strength isn’t 100% back and has plateaued, but I am told I will be amazed at how much more I will improve in the next six months. But I’m not targeting to return to where I was. For example, I was doing 95-pound dumbbells presses when I tore my subscap, and I’m only up to 45-55 pounds now, depending how I feel (the heaviest I’d ever lifted was either 100 or 105 pounds back in my thirties, I’m in my fifties now), and yes, I’m going to target getting back to a higher weight, but I am not shooting for more than maybe 70 pounds. I don’t need to lift that kind poundage any more and don’t want any repeats! :-] But my range of motion is like 99% and I have no issues, no pain with the shoulder. It feels totally normal, and my muscle tone/appearance is back to where it was before all this. I still won’t be lifting anything “heavy” (or spotting people in the gym) until at least end of this August, because while the muscles and tendons may be healed, the shoulder joint capsule does take at least a year to fully heal, because it’s so fibrous and dense. My incredible recovery was based on having been physically fit my entire life…when you workout you heal far faster than sedentary people, you process muscle pain differently, and your cells regenerate quicker. When you have surgery you lose some percentage of your strength just from being opened up, not to mention whatever the surgery is doing to you. I think I was told you lose something like 20-25% of your strength? So, having been lifting since I was a teenager, and being far stronger then a sedentary person my age, 25% “of” 95 pounds is far greater than 25% “of” 65 pounds. And since my muscle was torn, yeah, I lost more strength, but I gained it back so quickly it spun heads )both my surgeon and PT folks couldn’t believe it). Presently, for my shoulder workouts I’m using 20-25-pound dumbbells for lateral raises. I could push it, but I’m not.

      So, the docs cut me loose to continue doing what I’m doing and progress as I can on my own! My strength should dramatically improve in the next six months, but that could stretch out to 18 months from surgery, which was August 29th.

      I know your surgery is something entirely different, but wish you the best. Just follow the PT exactly and religiously! Always keep moving and stretching! Most people I know who’ve had such surgeries and don’t weight train do take about a year to feel fully better. Just take one day at a time, visualize your 100% recovery, and remain optimistic. One’s mentality DOES influence one’s life!

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