On 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?
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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