My Upcoming Surgery!

United States
December 28, 2009 8:26pm CST
I have to have surgery in January. In May, I tore the rotator cuff in my right shoulder. I have been through therapy twice, and I have had three injections. I tried my best to avoid surgery but to no avail. I am kind of worried because I have kids to take care of and I heard that it takes about 6-8 weeks to be able to do some small things and about 4 months to get completely well. I also have to be out of work that long and there is no way of knowing if I will even be able to go back to my job. I am a housekeeper in a hotel and that is the kind of work that I like. So I have a lot of concerns about this surgery. If anyone has had it or knows any thing about it, please let me know what it is really like. Thanks.
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6 responses
• United States
29 Dec 09
Hello dear...I totally understand what you are going through. I'm a nurse and I've also had the same type of shoulder problems. I lifted a resident in a nursing home about 15 years ago and instantly knew there was something terribly wrong. I understand how much pain you have been in and how hard it has been for you, but you really need the surgery. I will tell you that it will not be easy and you will have some physical therapy to deal with, but just keep up with it and don't give up! You WILL be able to go back to work but ONLY if you follow all instructions and don't try to over-do things. You have to ask others to help you after your surgery and do NOT do things like lift or use your arm until it has completely healed or you will just set yourself back. Joint injuries are bad and they take a long time to get back to normal so do not get discouraged!
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• United States
31 Dec 09
thanks a lot. i was really worried but thank you for your advice and input that relieves me somewhat but i still worry about my kids. i know that they are teens now but you know how moms can be. i'm sure they will be a big help to me too, plus my mom will help out as she can. but again thanks.
@oyenkai (4396)
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
I am sorry but I have no experience in this kind of matter. Although based on your description, it appears that surgery is the only option you have left if you want any chance of getting back to normal. It would be a tough start of new year for you but I hope that you'll get through it! It's best to take care of your shoulder now while you still can, instead of wait for it to get worse and then it might even be too late for surgery to fix. God bless!
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@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
30 Dec 09
I am very sorry you have to have surgery and that the recovery will take so long. Hopefully when you are all healed you will feal better than ever and will be able to go back and do the job that you love so much. I wish you all the best for a successful surgery, and a very quick recovery.
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
30 Dec 09
I dont know what the rotator is but I know that must be a painfull thing .I hope and we all here at mylot will be praying that you will get better soon and be back here to participate in mylot.I dont think you should worry though just continue praying and haev faith and you will be ok .See you here soon
• Hong Kong
29 Dec 09
Hi AMcMahan, I had 3 surgeries last year but not the same as yours. I have a daughter and I need to take care of my family, too. Therefore, I understand you concerns. I have just prayed for you wishing you every success in the surgery and have peace in heart. Best wishes, agonyaunt69 (2:20pm 29 Dec 2009, Hong Kong time)
@Hatley (164170)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Dec 09
hi AMcMahan sorry to hear that, its really painful I know. It does take about six weeks to start to do little things and about three months, but if you are a lot younger than myself you should breeze through rehab. I was eighty when I fell and I did not tear my rotator cuff, I smashed the shoulder joint so badly I had to have a shoulder joint replacement with surgery and all. so I am a bionic woman but sadly even with all the rehab I only got partial usage of my left arm. but this I was told is because of my age. younger women breezed through this same process and had almost total use of their arms so you should have no problem unless you are in your seventies or eighties.my suggestion is to do the exercises they give you to do religiously and opt for more if your insurance will pay for it as thats what will get your arm back in working order again. good luck I think you will be fine.