Long time no post…
Here’s what I’ve been up to:
- Ran the NYC half marathon in 2:56:44 on March 17th. Rockstar.
- Didn’t get into the NYU nursing program – so instead taking an online class. 3 chapters to go and I’ll be done. Taking another one this summer, and then diving into science classes at BMCC in the fall.
- Shoulder – no more PT, but kinda stopped doing the exercise while focusing on running and more running. Slacker.
- Started working out at The Fhitting Room which is amazing. The first class was the most difficult class I’ve ever taken and I was sore for 4 days afterwards. Froze my NYSC membership for a few months.
- Started the Whole30 challenge on Monday. My eating habits have been subpar lately and my BFF Samantha told me about it and started it last week and I was very intrigued…
- Old roommate left – found new roommate and she fits in well with the 3 of us
- Work – many changes, many friends leaving, but change is good, and I know my time there is limited since I will be going to nursing school in about 2 years (yay pre-reqs)
- Family – all is well, my sister and brother-in-law are looking to buy a condo and my parents are settling in after being in Florida for a month. Next visit to MA is for Mother’s Day weekend and I can’t wait.
- Boston. I’m still in a bit of shock and can’t stop reading and watching and learning about what went down. I hope they get the bastard(s) who did this. I’ll always be a Masshole no matter where I live.
- Joined a CSA which starts June 4th. Can’t wait for my weekly pick up of local fresh farm veggies.
- Still pantrying through NYCARES – but my pantry changed it’s name which still throws us off a bit. Yorkville Common Pantry – now New York Common Pantry. Still my favorite volunteer place though.
First day back at work and first physical therapy session.
Work was a hot mess today, but I made it through the day. I will have to make some modifications, but overall I think it’ll be fine. Today was a light day so that helped too. Tomorrow is a very very bust day so I’m just hopefully that I will be able to get through it with minimal problems. I did realize that standing is easier for me while using the computer/mouse than sitting, so that’s something new. Our counters are a little on the high side so I think that’s why.
PT on the other hand was very interesting. They showed me 3 different exercises to do at home and 3 stretches to do as well. They also use this technique called Graston, I believe, where they use a metal instrument that looks like a tongue depressor and rub it along my arm. It’s supposed to break up the scar tissue and adhesions so that the muscles can heal and strengthen. The therapists can also use their hands, but this device is is metal so there’s less resistance. The downsides are that it can be pretty painful (and they aren’t using it that forcefully) and that it can cause petechiae which are little red spots on the skin caused by broken capillaries and can also cause bruising. I’m game for anything that will help me out and I’m okay with a little pain and the cosmetic issue (right now at least) is the least of my worries. I tried taking a picture of my arm to show you but it didn’t come out very well. I’m super pale with freckles, so I’m thinking maybe people won’t notice a bunch of red spots.
Sorry that got really technically and geeky…but I’m like that sometimes 🙂
No more sling!!
I saw my doctor this morning and he confirmed that I can discontinue using my sling. Very exciting. It’s so hot to wear in the summer and febreeze only goes so far.
He did some range of motion tests and thinks that things are where they should be and I go back in two months. As for range of motion, I can lift my arm straight out in front of me so it’s in line with my shoulder and to the side only to about 45*. I also got my prescription to start physical therapy tomorrow and to go 2-3 times a week. I’m lucky that my insurance pays 100% for 30 visits, but it was quite a hassle to find a place.
I’ve been thinking a lot about going back to work and I’m definitely a little nervous. I tested out using a regular keyboard and mouse the other day and it’s not the easiest. I’m just going to have to push through and find modifications.
The other thing I’m thinking about it being cleared by Employee Health Services. If we’re out more than 3 days in a row we have to be cleared by them. That makes sense if you’re sick or contagious since I work with patients who have suppressed immune systems….but this was due to shoulder surgery. What are they going to do test me using a mouse or reaching for phones or patient lists? Who knows? I’m 90% sure that it’ll be absolutely nothing, but there’s that 10% that is unsure.
Then again, if EHS doesn’t clear me, the year of not working and getting paid will continue!
Tomorrow is the big day!
I’m pretty excited to be done with this sling but I’m starting to get worried about going back to work. I originally thought that I’d be free of the sling forever and be able to move my arm around a bit, but I know what my range of motion is right now. Should be very interesting to go back to work on Thursday.
Physical therapy starts on Thursday too. I’ll have to leave work early and then probably go back to finish up. Hopefully I’ll be able to schedule better in the future and work will be ok with Thursday’s plan.
Saturday is was back to the pantry and I brought my backpack with me because I was taking the train to meet my family at my aunt and uncle’s house upstate. The backpack was a little tricky, but then I realized that I could loop one of the straps over my shoulder instead of around and it seemed to work quite well. We had a nice time and it was good to get out of the city. Well, until I got home and emptied out my backpack and realized that everything in it STUNK like cigarette smoke. UGH.
That meant that it was finally time to laundry. I always do my own laundry instead of dropping it off because I’m way too OCD and hang dry most of my laundry. I sorted through what I figured would be ok to put in the dryer and dropped it off this morning at the cleaners next door. We’ll see how it goes.
I had arthroscopic right shoulder surgery on 6/8 to repair an extensive tear to my labrum. It’s been two weeks and I’m feeling good. The pain is minimal and my boredom level is increasing. I decided to start this blog to document my journey back to have a fully functioning shoulder and all the other things going on in my life.
Less than 3 weeks until my sling is off and then comes 3 months of physical therapy. I was pretty active before the surgery, so not being able to do everything I used to is frustrating sometimes…but I know it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Right now, my latest life plan is to become a nurse. I’ve had many life plans over the last 15 or so years…it’s just taking me a long time to figure out what I want to do. I have 5 pre-reqs to do before I can apply to an accelerated 15 month program to a BSN. Intense.
I love my job, but it’s entry level and I have no interest in continuing in this track because it gets away from one of the things I love the most about my job – the patient contact. I can’t imagine doing administrative things all day long – it’s just not for me.