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    Surgery and my life now

    I know I promised to post pictures of my surgery a few months ago and never did. I actually got sidetracked with life, doctors appointments and the likes. However this is what my arm looked like a few months ago when I first got the bandages off after surgery.



    At that point I was pretty much unable to use the arm at all. However at this point most of the pain is gone in the arm and I have about 35% strength back. Bad news is that I notice my shoulder hurting more than I did before. Overall I have been healing up well and with any luck I will eventually be working again. What kind of shocked me about the whole ordeal is that they actually did not do much in the way of stitches and instead used a glue. Yes that is right, I was glued back together.

    Now to give you the story of me going in for surgery. Of course I was a bit nervous having never been operated on before. I put on the gown and such lay on the stretcher and they ask me which arm is being operated on. I tell them "the left arm" and they put the IV into my right arm. Now a few different times by a few different nurses and even the doctor, they asked me "which arm are we operating on". Yes I was a bit annoyed at first, however only for a second and I realized they were trying to ensure that they were not making a mistake by checking not once, not twice but about six times in total that they are not fucking up and cutting the wrong arm. Once I am in the O.R. the anesthesiologist is an older guy that has a grin on his face as he tells me "don't worry I'll knock you out and you won't feel a damn thing big guy". I laughed and said "well I sure the hell hope so". He injects the knock out shit into my I.V., I see this and I hear him tell me "You'll be out shortly so relax", I begin to feel a minor burning in my right arm, a sign the meds are in me. After about a minute I tell the anesthesiologist "I don't know if this is working, I don't feel a damn thing", he retorts with "You got about 10 seconds then", then I was out.

    I came to rather quickly, just like I closed my eyes and reopened them and said "Hey don't cut on me, I'm not out". I then hear a nurse say "the operation is done, 100% successful and without problems". I then looked around noticing that I was in a different room, I then look at my arm to see I was wrapped up like a mummy and I said "Well I'll be damned". I had no pain in my arm at all except if I bumped the spots where I was cut at. I found out the next day by the doctor that he numbed the shit out of my arm, enough to last a couple of days. Even when the meds wore off I still was not getting a lot of pain, to be truthful the pain was less than before the surgery. I stayed with a friend for a bit, then got a hotel room, where my high school crush came by and took care of me until I could take care of myself.

    Today I am just retraining my arm and hand to preform like they use to. Just a matter of time now until I get most (I am shooting for all) of my use back. It is going to take some time, was told about 9 months to a year in total before we know. Right now I am around 4 months out and I have been doing better than expected. So I hope you guys enjoy this little read and thanks for all your best wishes when I was down.
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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    Good luck with your recovery. Go easy and drink pineapple juice.

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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    Speedy recovery bro

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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    Get well soon - but don't rush the recovery / retraining process! Listen to your body and heal up well!
    I say this tongue in cheek because I'm naturally impatient as hell.
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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    Quote Originally Posted by Insidious_Sid View Post
    Get well soon - but don't rush the recovery / retraining process! Listen to your body and heal up well!
    I say this tongue in cheek because I'm naturally impatient as hell.
    What he said ;-) get well soon bro

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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    Gross...lol, Get out and do shit man...Cabin fever could get bad...u might end up with another mess of kittens...😁

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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    Guys taking care of their health issues is pretty smart in my book. Most will ignore problems until they are buried. Good to hear you are recovering!
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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    The Prisoner,

    Surgery is such a hard thing to go through. I have had two maxillofacial surgeries before. One of them was a bone graft and I was in excruciating pain for a longtime, and my face was swollen for several days after the surgery. I'm looking forward to you make a full recovery fast. It took my years to heal 100% and I really hope that doesn't happen to you.

    Take care and recover!

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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    Prisoner, I wish you well with your recovery. It will take some time, but you will be fine.

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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    good for you Prisoner. Best a luck to ya.
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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    You will recover, because you seem to indicate that you want to start a new chapter in life with great zeal and urgency.

    Good luck.

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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector Callahan View Post
    Prisoner, I wish you well with your recovery. It will take some time, but you will be fine.

    I'm still picking you in a fight with Ronda Rousey.
    Cause you dont really need to use arms to send her back to the kitchen . TKO by low kick
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    Re: Surgery and my life now

    Thanks for all the best wishes guys, it has been a few months since those pictures were taken so I am doing a lot better. The thing that got me was shortly after those pictures were taken the couple of stitches were removed and they just put more glue on the wound. Yes that is right, stitches was just reinforcement and the wounds were held together with glue. From what I understand that is to keep scarring and such down to a minimum. However my grip strength is back up to about 40 PSI. from my normal 165 PSI, so it is coming along. Now I just have to get my shoulder fixed and as you can guess I notice the pain from that now much more. The shoulder is not bad enough to wake me up, however is very distracting to say the least.

    Anyhow I have been getting out a bit and pretty soon I'll get my van out of storage, tag and insure the damn thing and start taking some fishing trips. Hopefully the shoulder won't be another surgery and can be fixed rather quickly to get me back in a truck by spring or summer at the latest. Right now it is just a matter of waiting and recovering. Thanks again guys...
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