Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Yet Another Injury Update (for all you curious people)

Hi guys!
So I know that this post isn't going to appeal to most of my readers, so if you don't want to read it I totally get it! Since maybe september 2013, I've been tracking my shoulder injury and just doing periodic updates on it on this blog! I think it's really helped me get out my frustration and stay sane during this whole ordeal. I've recently met with my surgeon and I now have a better understanding of what's wrong with me and all that so I thought I'd share because I know some of you guys are curious!

Well just to recap, I dislocated my shoulder really badly during cheerleading when I did a back handspring. I rehabed it, but it sublaxed (partially popped out) again and after that I had shoulder instability (when it moves around in unnatural ways). I took a lot of x-rays and a MRI and my orthopedic doctor told me that I tore my labrum, which is the cartilage in my shoulder. I didn't know how serious this injury was until I met with my surgeon and he said that while most people have one or two tears at the most, I tore pretty much the entire thing. It was really scary though because my surgeon said that he doesn't know how bad it's torn and he won't know how much to fix until he actually cuts me open. It's not like a urgent surgery, so I scheduled it for June 4 because it's after my finals and all that! The surgery is supposed to take anywhere between 1.5-6 hours depending on how much he needs to fix, which is a really huge range! My surgeon isn't the most reassuring guy because he said "we're doing your surgery at surgicare, so you don't have the bacteria of a hospital, but if you go into cardiac arrest, you're not going to be in a hospital," which totally freaked my parents out! 

After the surgery I'm going to be in a sling for a month, but it'll take me 6-12 months to be 100% better. I'm also getting a lot of painkillers after the surgery and they're giving me a nerve block, so I'm kind of freaked out to see my arm like a limp noodle after surgery! Also, the surgery I'm getting is arthroscopic so it is done through incisions with a camera!

I don't mean to do these posts in a "poor me" type of way because I am honestly really fine with the way I am now and it's just a little annoying if anything! Let me know in the comments if you've ever had shoulder surgery because I am trying to do my research and find out how other people's surgeries have gone to try and calm my nerves! If you've made it this far, thank you so much because I know this post is so crazy and long!

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