The Pontow Family Blog

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

There is a dim light at the end of the tunnel...

Well I was down by my parents for the past 2 days. 1st to celebrate my Dad's birthday and 2nd for another recheck of my shoulder. Oy Vey! I know I don't talk about it so you probably figure I must be better by now. Well if only it were that easy. We are at 4 1/2 mos. since my surgery and still recovering. I definitely have a much better range of motion, but the motion behind my back is not where it needs to be. So, my physical therapist thinks they only need to see my every couple weeks at this point for strength. But, my surgeon, Dr. Chams, feels differently. He wants me to continue going 2x a week for another 2 mos. They are pleased with the strength I have overhead, but they want the physical therapist to really get the motion behind my back better. Looks like my surgeon is a perfectionist. LOL Really I appreciate his persistence with this because I was figuring well this is as good as it gets. And let me tell you I know everyone is saying it is my non-dominant arm, but there are a lot of things you can't do when you can't get both arms behind your back. Like try putting on a shirt when you can't get both hands behind your back. Try drying yourself off with a towel and how about putting on a bra. It's the truth. But, he says it will be better.
Of course the bigger concern now is that for the past 7-8 weeks I have been getting tingling in my left hand. He said it could be nerves or my neck. So, if that is not better by Christmas then he will do a nerve test on my hand to see what is causing that. Apparently when the shoulder starts to stretch out it stretches the nerves which can cause this to happen. So, it should go away, but if it doesn't then they will do some tests to check it out. But, if it is all better and my motion is better by 12/23 then I may be getting the best Christmas present ever. To be done with this chapter of my life. :) I can't wait. So, I see a dim light at the very long tunnel I have traveled down. Say some prayers that my tingling in my hand goes away.

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