Thursday, November 22, 2007

Lying on a slag heap of blankets and magazines.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Luckily for you, I'll keep this brief, because the left arm is only partly armed and operational and I get feeling a bit dizzy if I am sitting up all the way for too long.

But yes, I am home, and the surgery went well. The doc says I had a type-2 SLAP lesion, which means there was "Separation of the superior portion of the glenoid labrum and tendon of the biceps brachii muscle from the glenoid rim." That clears it all up, right?

Essentially "separation" is the key word there, and now I have two little anchors (ahoy, mateys) reattaching the labrum to the glenoid rim. (I have some great photos from the arthroscope, so once I'm a bit more operational I'll post a couple of those.) Also, he sanded down the bone a bit, to take care of some impingement elsewhere in the shoulder. I was pleased that he was able to find such obvious things and then easily fix them.

Also, the whole thing went SO much more easily this time than back in April. I suppose not being really sick from an infection makes a big difference. And this time, since the surgery was planned in advance, I was in an actual orthopedic ward of a brand-new (and nasty germ-free) hospital, so the staff was very knowledgeable about how to deal with what was going on with me. I.e., no begging for pain meds, and they brought me broth after the surgery instead of a full meal--that kind of thing.

Now it is very good to be home, as I have company from the little kitties and such familiar comforts. (I do miss the movable hospital bed, though.) And it is "slingle bells" for me for about a month, and then gradual recovery.

As for all of you, I hope you get everything you want at Alice's Restaurant!

7 comments:

Scott said...

Good to hear things went well for you Isis. Take care.

Magpie said...

The way you describe the surgery reminds me that orthopods really are just one step removed from car mechanics and carpenters.

Glad it went well - happy thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

I found the link to be very helpful. Thanks for including it.
Happy Thanksgiving. EVERYONE is thinking of you!!
M

MartyTheFool said...

Hi Isis!

Thanks for stopping by..... I can't believe you found my post in one day. I haven't been around for..... Forever!

I see you had surgery... again. Sounds like it went well, I hope your recovery goes well.

take care Isis........

the fool

Nat said...

So glad the surgery went well and that you are home! Been thinking of you, but not only because of your surgery. We're in North Myrtle Beach, haven't been here since MLK weekend of 1990!

Joe said...

I'm sure I don't know what a "type-2 SLAP lesion" is but it sounds nasty. I'm glad your surgery went well. How long until you can get back in the pool?

mateen said...

"Dizzy"? Maybe, but "Ahoy, mateys" tells ME this is the real Isis!

You go!!