Both my physical and occupational therapist spent the bulk of their hour-long appointments working on my shoulder. My OT taped the shoulder (latex-free tape) in the position she wants me to hold it, since the muscles won't hold it in place on their own. I'm now wearing a day-time wrist base to support significant weakness and pain there and have been adding neck stretches and strengthening exercises to my routine to cope with left arm and especially shoulder pain.
My PT did tons of shoulder massage and ice therapy and spinal positioning (I don't know what that was actually called, but involved me balancing my spine on a narrow piece of hard foam so the shoulder would be free to relax), then said he would call my primary care doctor to talk about imaging needs this afternoon. Still no word on my MRI yet. I think it is a bad thing when your PT makes faces as you describe symptoms (basically an "Oh man!" look, things he was apparently hoping I would avoid), then calls you an "interesting case."
I guess I can take comfort in the fact that he also called me, "Over-Achiever!," when he said I could take a break but I kept going on one machine when he turned his back today. He rolled his eyes in pleasant surprise and gave me a questioning look when I said I hadn't used my walker in a few weeks and was walking around the house under my own power, about half of the time. Of course, he had previously given me the OK to try these thing, he just seemed surprised I am actually doing them. He also seemed very happily surprised ("Holy Cow!") in my balance and turning progress since he last say me. I'm still really slow and unsteady, but there is progress.
I got my more comfortable, long-term leg/ankle brace today and will hopefully be able to fit into and wear a wider selection of shoes now. :)
Speech Therapy went well and all to quickly. I could happily chat with R. for hours! She was amazed at the progress she has seen in the two weeks she's been working with me. I'm listening to some computer modified classical music she loaned me, every day. It seems to be helping my speech to be flowing smoother, with less hesitation, clearer pronunciation, and hopeful some additional cognitive function will be an end result. In the meantime, my ear doctor is really interested and excited to see that is does seem to be retraining my brain to work with my post-surgical ear and restoring some hearing ability (minor, but sooner than he would expect) already!
Speaking of hearing, I'm not scheduled to go back to the ear doctor for nearly two more months now. :) He vacuumed out my ear on Friday, suctioning out old blood and lots of medication he had filled my outer ear canal with while I was under anesthesia. To say the suctioning felt strange is an understatement, but the ear drum seems to be healing well and I am starting to hear (faintly and unclearly) a few more sounds.
Thank you to K. and her family for watching our youngest son while I was gone this morning. Thank you to my parents for their faithful driving and care for our children most days, making it possible for them to be home and still cared for when I have to go off to therapy or a doctor. Thank you to Rick's parents who took care of them for all the months I was learning even to care for myself. And ongoing thanks to C. who comes every Thursday to clean and listen and keep our house flowing relatively smoothly (much smoother than it would without her!) these past many months.
Don’t offer parts of your body to sin, to be used as weapons to do wrong. Instead, present yourselves to God as people who have been brought back to life from the dead, and offer all the parts of your body to God to be used as weapons to do right. Sin will have no power over you, because you aren’t under Law but under grace. - Romans 6:13-14