Well . . . I'm REALLY glad the nurse suggested I wear my post-surgery sling around the house to help me see things I will need to change for after the surgery. It has been a real eye-opening experience!
What I don't know is how much I'll be able to use my fingers and hand of my left hand. I know any lower are movement causes you shoulder to move slightly and slight shoulder movement will HURT! Also I don't know when they will let me start dangling my arm down and move it in small circles. I hope soon! This will be the key to putting on a shirt and putting on deodorant under my right armpit! I still haven't figured out how I might be able to wash under my left (non-surgical) arm!!!
Typing and texting are going to be a challenge too I'm thinking . . . but maybe if I can use my right hand more that I'm fearing that won't really be so bad.
And let's not even talking about wiping my ass!!
In the kitchen it looks like there will be many challenges . . . especially if I can't use the fingers and hand of my right arm! Washing dishes . . . especially a glass is going to be interesting! I may just buy a bunch of paper cups and paper plates to use for awhile. Cooking will be limited for sure.
I'm wondering where I'll end up sitting and sleeping. I have a great recliner but I'm afraid the arms just may be a little too high! So that means my sofa . . . not the most comfortable sofa in the world but it just may have to do!!
I'm also REALLY concerned about getting along for the first 4-7 days. I understand shoulder surgery is a quite painful surgery and just barely moving your arm hurts like hell the first few days. If I lived in a city, there would be a bunch of people that might be able to help me out a little.
But where I live I only have one full-time neighbor. And I just hate to ask people for favors. Especially when that favor maybe something like "Hey Bud!! Would you mind coming over and washing my armpit and then putting on my deodorant for me!!" All I'll hear is the click of a disconnect!!!
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