I came home yesterday afternoon. I’m sore but it’s not as bad as I was expecting. I’m tired but not dizzy or weak, so we felt pretty comfortable with Scott going in to the office today. (He’s still swamped and his vpn wasn’t working.)
The surgeon said my ruptured supraspinatus tendon was not as bad as the MRI showed–a pleasant surprise. He was able to repair it with sutures only; he was planning to use an anchor in the humerus. He removed a big bone spur from under the acromion, which will help my range of motion. And he moved the long head of the bicep tendon out of the glenohumeral joint and reattached it to my humerus on the armpit side. If I am diligent in my physical therapy he’s very optimistic for very good results.
I was surrounded by prayer: co-workers, family, Facebook friends. I started crying during the operating room prep and they stopped and prayed for me. And I can remember at least six times visitors to my hospital room prayed for me.
I’m wearing a sling but it is not to immobilize the arm but just to support it and to keep me from using it. Dr. Febres said to move my fingers and wrist often and also gently straighten my elbow and move my arm laterally. I just can’t raise my arm. I see him April 18 to have the stitches taken out.
My care was very good in the hospital. The nurses and aides were professional and attentive. I didn’t understand everything but I don’t think I missed anything important.
Our total bill for everything was around $2600, much lower than the $4200 estimate. I would recommend our hospital to anyone, although this would have been very challenging if I didn’t know some Spanish.
I’m thankful for the day of recovery in the hospital. Tuesday was pretty rough and it was really nice to have the IV pain meds when the pain was intense. I was coughing a lot to clear my lungs from the aftereffects of the anesthesia and everything hurt when I coughed. I’m still coughing but that extreme pain is gone. In the US I think this would have been outpatient surgery, a decision that I suspect is driven more by financial reasons than by medical reasons.
I’m very grateful all went well. Thank you for your prayers.