I'm swapping out my Moderator's Hat tonight and posting as a caregiver!
Mike waited 3 years to have his sore sholder fixed.
When they finally got the MRI done and the doc got in there, they did 4 repairs at once:
1. His biceps was torn away from the bone....that is now rebolted.
2. The tendon at the top of the shoulder was 75% torn away from the bone, also rebolted (screwed, I exaggerate)
3. and 4. The rotator cuff had 2 separate deep tears that needed to be sown.
And they cleaned up the scar tissue from the failed repair in 2009.
He looks a mess tonight and his arm will be in an odd position, held in place with a brace and sling for 6 weeks.
But after this, he is certain he will be much much better...post transplant and now fixed...
But I'm back in my caregiver uniform and ready for him to be Mr. Grumy Pants (again) for a while.
The poor guy can't dress too easily and with all those IV's and the brace it was quite a show trying to get him to the toilet...poor guy.
No driving for 6 weeks. He has to sleep in the brace and sling -- ON his back every minute.
Well, I'll keep you posted.
He told me tonight the transplant was easier...and this before the nerve block wore off!
That 2 hour drive home is going to be tough on him. Maybe they can give him one extra morphine dose before we get in the car!
Hope everyone is going to have a better weekend that Mike is.
Just plain Carol, Caregiver
Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant May 1, 2011, Jackson Memorial, Miami, FL