Michele, Maggie, White Beard, Thanks for the sympathy and suggestions. I learn a lot from everyone's experiences.
Surgery was supposed to be shaving the clavicle and acromion process, grinding off the bone spurs, bursa removal, cleaning up the biceps tendon. All pretty usual procedures. I'm not allowed to ask until my followup visit in a week. :(
Today is better. I'm taking more pain meds than I've ever taken before, also diazepam for muscle relaxation and double my Ambien for sleep. Last night it was easier to sleep in bed than in the recliner, actually got 3 hours sleep, then 2 one hour stretches. On top of my regular tramadol I have Norco 10 mg and Percocet, alternating every 2 hours, diazepam when the pain meds aren't enough, and Ambien 10 mg to get to sleep. I am trying to wait as long as possible without getting to the point of making things worse. I think I'll be able to cut the pain meds down by half later today if it keeps getting better.
Lying on my back is painful because of scoliosis and a deteriorating discs. The pain meds make it possible for now. Reclining on my small leather recliner is very painful. I don't know what it is about
the shoulder that makes every level of reclining so bad. Pillows of all sizes don't seem to help, but I'll keep on trying. (good idea, WB) Sitting upright hurts my back horribly within a few minutes. Standing is fine, but I'm not a horse.
Itching like crazy under the clear bandage cover. I'm wondering if it's another allergy. I have irritation with some kinds of tape. I called about
the conflicting written directions about
removing bandage: 1 page said take off in 3 days, another not for 10 days at office visit. I'm allowed to take it off and replace with fresh, but keep on 10 days.
My right hand, where I had 3 trigger fingers released, is extremely stiff, sore and fingers curved into a claw. I'm hoping it's just residual inflammation, swelling. Fluids tend to run distally.
Michele, at least the kids are grandkids and I can give them back. My poor daughter-in-law has to haul me around, run and get things for me, on top of getting one kid to and from kindergarten and hauling the other 2 along on all the excursions. I am so thankful she is so caring!