This friday K and I will start a new adventure in twin parenting. I am having surgery to repair multiple tears in the Labrum of my left shoulder. Unfortunately, this will leave K to not only take care of the twins but also take care of me. Please keep her in your prayers. I do not do well with pain or having to be helped.
For those wondering how this happened. Well, the truth is carrying the weight of the world has cause extensive damage to my left shoulder. But, really we are not sure when or what caused the original damage. For the past 3+ years I have been having pain in the shoulder anytime I lift something or do push ups. Over the last 6 months or so though the pain has been getting worse and now affects how I sleep, play with the twins, work out and generally do anything.
Two years ago I had the shoulder evaluated and the surgeon that I was referred to said there was nothing that could be done and that I would have to live with the pain. I took that answer and pushed through. Even when training for the 70.3 aggravated the shoulder I would push through. After all, that is what a Soldier does right? But, I had to face the truth after completing the race. There was something seriously wrong and I needed a second opinion. Luckily, the surgeon here said that it was repairable and that he would highly suggest getting the surgery done.
K will effectively have three 4 yr olds. I will need help dressing and will be unable to lift anything more than a glass of water for the next month or more. I actually feel bad for her. My plan is to try to be as low maintenance of a patient possible.
Please if any of you have either been through a shoulder surgery or had a significant other been incapacitated by a similar procedure pass along your tips and tricks. I am especially curious about how military members put uniforms on while wearing the sling and being immobilized. Also, if you had to travel while immobilized what are your pointers. I may need to fly a week or so after surgery to attend my dear grandmothers funeral.