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Old 05-22-2019, 06:45 AM   #1
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Well, it's time to get the rotator repaired. All started on July 5, 2015, trying to catch bait on a boat ramp and slipped on algae. Instinctively put my right arm out to catch myself and jammed that sucker pretty hard.
Went to an ortho in the Woodlands right after it happened and had an MRI done. Doc said it was bad and the tendons were retracted up under the muscle and he'd have to lay it open to get to it. I decided I didn't want to go through all that. I have lived with the pain and mobility issues since then with lots of prayer for healing.
A month ago I decided to go to the doc the did my knee back in 2009 and get on with it. I carried my old MRI and he ordered another. He told me that time is not your friend when dealing with this because the tendons usually keep retracting under the muscle and end up on your back. I wasn't thrilled to hear that. He said if it was that bad we would do a reverse replacement which he has had a lot of success with.
Brought the MRI back and he said he had good news. 2 tendons were still attached and the main 2 were laying in sight and he could get them and reattach them. My first thought, thank you Lord.
I go in tomorrow morning for surgery. Your prayers for perfection are appreciated.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:51 AM   #2
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Man do I feel for you...I know Tension is there...Them Doc got it figured out now days..Best of Luck and Prayers....
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:51 AM   #3
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Hope it goes well. I'm having an MRI next week on my left shoulder.. I wont have it fixed until after season this year if it needs it.. but It's to the point I can't sleep on that side. I'm hoping it isn't the rotator . I didn't do anything in particular to hurt it other than football in high school and years of weight lifting .
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:39 AM   #4
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You got this! Life will be better afterwards. I had pretty close to the same this in 2010, 6 weeks of home with little to no use of arm, followed by 6 weeks of therapy. I have full range of motion and no pain.
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Been there, done that with the cuff...just be DANG sure to do the rehab faithfully!! If you get lazy and let it freeze up you will regret it as I DID! Good luck, all will be fine!
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:53 AM   #6
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Man I remember when you did this Tim... Sure glad for the healing the Lord has already done, but will pray for a total healing for you... Get 'er dun now an' you'll be ready to shoot a bow again, well unless of course you just got hooked on that dang crossbow!
Where are you having the surgery done?

Lord we ask You to heal our brother Tim of this shoulder injury. Restore his arm. You know what a warrior he is for You, and we need his witness out there for the harvest. We ask You Lord, guide his care-givers to a successful surgery and give Tim the patience and wisdom to follow his doctor's instructions and complete a successful rehabilitation. Make his pain brief and comfort him. Take care of Pmag too while Tim is on the mend. Give her a kind heart and patience as well. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:54 AM   #7
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I had a SLAP tear repaired back in August. I followed the Green Screen's advice and was diligent with my physical therapy and did EXACTLY as the doctor ordered...no more, but definitely no less. I was released back to full function 5 months later and I have better strength and range of motion than I did a year prior to surgery. You got this!!!
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:40 PM   #8
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Dr Shaw in Livingston. Went well. Thanks for the prayers and advice.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:50 PM   #9
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Just had mine done two weeks ago yesterday I feel your pain prayers for a speedy recovery and a good doctor.
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:03 PM   #10
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Just now seeing this Tim. May the good Lord's healing hand touch your shoulder. And may the pain be minimal.


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My dad has had both of his done. And both my brother and mother have had repairs as well. Mother waited like you did. And found out the hard way. I do remember you posting about this when it happened. If you need anything, just holler. We'll get it done!
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:04 PM   #11
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Ive had both of mine repaired. Work hard on the PT.
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:08 PM   #12
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Glad to hear it went well. Get you a Lazy Boy sofa to sleep in if you don't already have one. Trying to sleep was the hardest thing for me after shoulder surgery.
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:14 PM   #13
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Here's to a quick recovery.
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I'm glad it went well, and I hope it heals quickly, Tim!
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:19 PM   #15
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I'm less than 10 minutes away Tim. Holler if I can do anything or get you anything... Prayers up for your healing and patience on the rehab!
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:19 PM   #16
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Wish you a full and speedy recovery Tim!
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:21 PM   #17
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Good luck, I hope all goes well!
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:50 PM   #18
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Glad to hear it went well. Get you a Lazy Boy sofa to sleep in if you don't already have one. Trying to sleep was the hardest thing for me after shoulder surgery.
Yep. I'm 5 weeks post-op today and I can finally sleep back in bed now however I still have to be propped up some.

And don't overdo the PT. I did and almost ended up in more trouble than I was to start.
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Glad everything went well! Hopefully recovery goes great!
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Old 05-23-2019, 10:52 PM   #20
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Hope your recovery goes great. Perhaps you might have some time to read up on our amazing state history.......The story of Texas is just fascinating, or so I hear!!! (eye wink emoji)
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:13 PM   #21
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Good luck! Iíve done my right shoulder, itís better than the other. Slept upright/slightly reclined in a lazy boy the first 2 weeks with pillows supporting me. Have a plan for sleep, I couldnít lay in a bed.


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Old 05-25-2019, 02:28 PM   #22
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The recliner has worked flawlessly, and the chiller box is as good as I remembered it being on my knee. 48 hours post op, pulled the bandage and showered. Looks great and no swelling. Did great last night with no meds, Patty made take one after the shower for good measure after moving my arm around.
Thanks again for your prayers and support, it has helped tremendously.
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What a great report Tim!! Praise God.
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:08 PM   #25
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I've been there, several years ago, took about a year to completely recover from it. But I did completely recover, and I'm glad I had it done.
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:51 PM   #26
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Good luck with the recovery!!!! I have a feeling I did something to mine yesterday. Was feeling some soreness and went to lift some groceries on the counter and felt a pop with a lightning bolt that shot up my neck.
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Glad to hear your surgery was successful and you are doing well, buddy!
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Good to hear the positive results!! Now just be patient and keep the sling on as prescribed.
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Old 05-25-2019, 09:01 PM   #29
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Old 05-26-2019, 09:20 AM   #30
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Glad it went well. I meet with my doctor in June to discuss options. I just had the MRI done.
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Update us on the rehab, I’ve been putting off my shoulder for years. Wife finally made me get it looked at this past year, torn rotator and torn labrum. Not to scare you but from what I’ve heard the worst part is the rehab.
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Old 05-26-2019, 01:54 PM   #32
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Update us on the rehab, Iíve been putting off my shoulder for years. Wife finally made me get it looked at this past year, torn rotator and torn labrum. Not to scare you but from what Iíve heard the worst part is the rehab.
Iím in the sling for 2 weeks, no mobility at all. He will tell me then what is next. He told my wife if I did anything it will not be good.
He found my shoulder had been broke which caused the gap in my socket space. Not sure when it broke but itís been a while. Still feeling good with no pain or swelling.
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Been there, done that with the cuff...just be DANG sure to do the rehab faithfully!! If you get lazy and let it freeze up you will regret it as I DID! Good luck, all will be fine!
Had both repaired. The PT is key
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:44 AM   #34
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2 week checkup was Wednesday, removed the stitches and said 2 more weeks in the sling. Doc said mine was a tough one nd he didn't want to chance any problems. My wife gets to chauffeur me around for a little while longer.
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Old 06-08-2019, 07:10 AM   #35
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:13 AM   #36
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Keep using the sling and keep it immobilized, pt and rehab will come in due time.

I hope you are able to get some good rest.
Thatís what gave me the most trouble.
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Glad things are going well. The sling sucks but is for the best. I'm 7 weeks post op now and the "real" PT starts next week. Slow and steady wins the race. And DO your home range of motion exercises without fail!
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:26 PM   #38
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PT is a must. The space pillow I was told to use wasn't any help, I still have a slight angle to my arm
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Let me know if there is anything I can do to help ya out brother. Or if ya need anything.
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Glad you're doing well and following doctors orders. This thread is bringing back thoughts when I had mine done. The key going forward is gonna be the physical therapy. Getting your range back won't be easy, but you will be good as new if you do what they tell ya. Good luck.

I'm also nearby and can help you if you need anything.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:00 AM   #41
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Thanks for the kind words and encouragement.
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:36 AM   #42
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Getting your range back won't be easy,
Truer words have never been spoken. I'm still working on range of motion... that's the most frustrating part...
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:51 AM   #43
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TIm, life will be better. Make the most of PT. That is the most crucial. I have 90+% range back from repair 10+ years ago. KJ
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Glad things are going well for you in recovery. Congrats.

I was one of the dumb ones that kept putting this surgery off. I had it looked at by different surgeons prior to retirement they told me it had retracted back so much they didn’t recommend surgery. Have them repaired in a timely manner.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:20 AM   #45
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Glad to hear you are doing OK... I'm just across the pasture from you. You know you can call at any time and I'll come a runnin' if you or Pmag need anything.
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:47 AM   #46
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Glad to hear you are doing OK... I'm just across the pasture from you. You know you can call at any time and I'll come a runnin' if you or Pmag need anything.
Thanks Charlie, appreciate y'all. My son lives next door and is off on Fridays so my yard "looks better than it ever has" according to him. The hard part is keeping the arm immobile until doc says I can do something, but I ain't gonna do anything until he says jump. I want the first time to be the last time.
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That's the way to do it. Good luck
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:43 AM   #48
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After 4 weeks in the sling I finally got to lose it. Drove myself to work after the Dr visit on Wednesday morning. Trying to get set up for PT and being mindful of using the arm when getting in and out of the truck and doing other stuff.
Feels pretty good!
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Sounds like your doing well Tim . Ill continue my prayers for ya.
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Man that is great Tim! Praise the Lord, and let the Lord guide you through your PT until you are totally healed.
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