Recovery has been going well
. Had surgery to not only reattach the rotator tendon in my right shoulder to the bone but to also reattach the rotator muscle back to the tendon!
. No arthroscopic surgery this time, they opened me up and went in through the deltoid. Had to keep my right arm in a sling for 6wks. Sometimes tendon's don't reattach so Doc didn't want me to even do cardio...not even on a treadmill or elliptical or stationairy bike. So for the first couple of wks I mastered my john madden ps2 game, caught up on all my soaps I used to watch as a kid with my mom during summer break. Erica Kane still looks Good
thats about all the first 6wks were. video games, TV, movie rentals...
then the physical therapy started. I've detached both biceps and have gone through physical therapy for them but that was EASY compared the pt required after a shoulder being rebuilt. I was off pain medication within 3 days for all my previous surgery's. This pain was deep and never ending. It took me about 8wks to get off the pain pills. It did get easier to deal with the pain once the therapy started. It was difficult to have to just sit there and take the pain for 6wks, but once the band therapy and stretching Begin i could deal with the pain better... now i was being active...i was on my way back.
It took Dec, Jan & Feb to be able to do the common things: use the right arm to eat with, shave, shampoo, shower, brush teeth, wipe my butt, reach over head, jack off (ha ha - just seeing if your reading).
It took all of March to be able to stretch the arm enough to be able to get under the squat bar and have the bar in the proper place on my back. In the beginning with my hands on the bar i could not even get the bar to touch my chest! Much more to get the bar behind my big fat head! I took three days aweek of stretching and trying to get the bar behind my head.
In April i was able to start lifting again, light weight. In May the doc gave me the green light to lift heavy. So, here is where I'm at right now at the end of May:
I'm pleased with where i am right now.
not all-out effort attempts, just felt like good places to stop.
5/12 deadlifted 1x635 no belt
5/14 benched 1x315 no wrist wraps
5/16 squatted 1x645 belt & 2.5 wraps
5/23 squats 3x3x600 belt & wraps
5/26 deads 3x585 no belt
5/28 bench 5x315 no wrist wraps
Planning on doing the September 5th APF full power meet in Rock Hill, SC.
will also start a new log next time I log on.