My wrist seems to be mending well, but my shoulder has been the main concern. We met with an orthopedic surgeon in Kerrville last Friday, and after X-rays he recommended surgery on my shoulder. Our health care plan network of doctors doesn’t extend down into Texas, so Friday afternoon I made an appointment for this past Monday with an orthopedic surgeon in Hastings, Nebraska. (I’ll let Mike catch you up on our aggressive trip to Nebraska this past weekend.) After more X-rays and a CT scan, the orthopedic surgeon in Hastings advised against surgery. It appears that with or without surgery, I’ll always have some stiffness in my shoulder, and this orthopedist doesn’t feel that surgery will warrant that much of a difference. So we’ve decided against surgery. The cast I’m in right now which extends over my elbow will be replaced next week with one that only extends half way up my forearm, and physical therapy will hopefully begin a few weeks after that.
Coping with only one hand – my left hand, and I’m right-handed – has posed its challenges, but I’m blessed to have a husband that has willingly, patiently, and tirelessly jumped in to take care of me as well as all of the household chores. His birthday was last Saturday, and how did he get to spend it? Doing ALL of the packing up to leave Kerrville, driving 442 miles to Oklahoma, and doing ALL of the setup once we got there. (Happy Birthday honey. ) Saturday may have been Mike’s birthday, but Mike has always been MY gift.
So it looks like we’ll be hangin’ out here in Nebraska for a little while. Stay tuned!