Not A Torn Rotator Cuff...But....


I guess the only logical place to go from the graduation party (where you can somewhat see my sling in the second picture I posted) is to go to the next prominent event that happened & continued to happen throughout the summer (and today): Shoulder Issues. 

Back in May, I had written this post talking about how I thought I tore my Rotator Cuff. Well, the good news is that I didn't actually tear my rotator cuff. The bad news is that I tore the labrum posteriorly in my right shoulder. Basically, what this means is I completely tore the ligament that holds my shoulder together and nobody noticed until they sent me for an MRI, SIX WEEKS AFTER PRESCRIBING PT THAT DIDN'T HELP.  Yeah, I'm a little bitter. 

In late June, I had to have complete reconstructive surgery (after being given 24 hours to decide if I wanted the surgery or not) because they needed to fit me into the schedule since I left for Disney in August. I decided to go ahead and do the surgery, which was literally four days later. It was kind of a whirlwind of events, but I'm glad I decided to do it. 


Surgery honestly wasn't that bad. I had been freaking out because it was the first time that I had to have anything like this done (first IV, going under experience, etc.). I put in my headphones and only removed them when I had to. Having the music playing was definitely calming for me. The only awful part was getting the nerve blocker because they couldn't find the right nerves to neutralize. I honestly don't remember much from the time they finally got the nerve blocker in, until I woke up. 

Apparently, the first thing I said when I got out of surgery was "I'm disoriented", which is a total Maria thing to say. But that's what happens when they give you lots of drugs & take away your glasses from you. The recovery period wasn't too bad, and I was back in action three days after my surgery (back to work & running the roads). It helped that I had a sweet guy as motivation to get my act together so I could see him again. Because let's be honest, I definitely didn't want him seeing me in that much pain/drugged up so much so early on. But more on him later. 

Then came the Physical Therapy. My hardest part following PT was not actually moving my shoulder. I wanted to get back on my feet as early as possible, but you HAVE to let the ligament heal and reattach to the bone before moving your shoulder (duh). I've got at home exercises that I have to do right now, but otherwise I'm cleared. Basically, if something hurts, don't do it. Easy peasy. should


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  1. Hello.. my name is Tristan.... I would like to say that.. there is only a little bit difference between torn rotator cuff and toring the ligament that holds shoulder. Well injuries have their own stories but be careful with pains living in your joints. Take care.. Thanks

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