I’m not too old – shoulder surgery

20160211_155236On November 18, 2015, I injured my shoulder. I went through several months of physical therapy but my shoulder and eventually my arm and hand grew weaker and tasks became more painful. A MRI was ordered showing my biceps tendon torn from my shoulder socket. I did my research and found that I would have one of two surgeries: Biceps Tenodesis or Biceps Tenotomy. 

Biceps tenodesis reattaches the tendon to the shoulder joint and biceps tenotomy releases the tendon from the join and drops it to relieve pain, a common choice for those who are less active or older.

I went to an orthopedic surgeon on January 21, 2016 to talk about my options and he suggested biceps tenotomy. I was so angry. Just because my paperwork states that I am 49, I work in an office setting and I LOOK old because I am in so much pain, doesn’t mean that I am not active. I garden, paint, play piano, help my husband with remodeling projects and hug people – all requiring the full use of my shoulder, arm and hand.

I felt that I made my request for Biceps Tenodesis clear but when I came out of surgery on February 5, 2015, I was told that my tendon was torn completely free from the joint, split down the middle and frayed, making it impossible to reattach.
I know that this happens to athletes and yet their biceps tendons are reattached. Am I a victim of statistics?

So, what to do?

20160205_213725 (2016-02-20T16_59_06.317) (2016-03-24T16_07_35.824)First, I am determined to get my arm back to 100% whether that is from hard work, another surgery or a supernatural healing (it just so happens that my Father is The Great Physician).

Second, I will NOT accept this as another attempt to shove me into a category of the “too old” statistic.

Third, I will embrace physical, mental and spiritual habits that help me to age gracefully.

Fourth, I will take advantage of the time I now have (due to medical leave) to invest in family and friends, speaking works of acceptance, hope, inspiration and love, oh, and giving one armed hugs.

How exciting is that?

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3 thoughts on “I’m not too old – shoulder surgery

  1. I believe you should do what you feel is right for you and not let what others say or try to make you believe adjust your decision in any way, you are the one who knows what your body can do or handle and you are the one who knows what is best for you and just because of a number or what someone else sees does not amount to a hill of beans as long as you know what is the right for you all the best David

    • Crazy isn’t it, David. I feel bad got those who have no fight in them and give up. But i tend to be the one to fight for them. :) We have so much to celebrate.

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