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Shelley Ensz

Had drive-thru rotator cuff surgery

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Hi All,

 

I've been absent from the forums since the 20th, as I had rotator cuff surgery to fix a torn tendon and remove bone spurs in my right arm.

 

I joke that it was "drive thru" surgery because it was so incredibly fast and easy. One hour of prep, 90 minutes of surgery, one hour recovery -- and then we went out for breakfast, on the way home. Such speedy surgical recoveries are due in large part to the great improvements they have made in anesthesia. Now the wake-up is very speedy and there's not that awful hangover and nausea effect as with older anesthesia. The recovery for this surgery takes awhile, though, and I will begin physical therapy next month.

 

In the meantime, I've taken up sewing pretty slings as they sent me home wrapped up in a contraption that had to have been designed for a football player. My next sling I'm hoping to decorate with some lovely beading, to be fancy for the New Year.

 

Anyway, I've missed you all, and have at least kept up with reading the forum each day and send lots of warm hugs to everyone.


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Hi Shelley

 

So glad your "drive thru" surgery was such a success. :emoticons-yes:

 

When I first read your news I'd never heard of the operation and imagined it was in your wrist (I think it was the word "cuff" that made me think that! ;) ) but then googled it to find it was to do with your shoulder! :o It's a decompression type operation though, isn't it, so a little like carpal tunnel?

 

How marvellous that you can have a general anesthetic and be recovered enough to contemplate breakfast an hour after the operation!

 

Here's wishing you a very speedy and comfortable recovery. :)

 

Best wishes

 

and


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Hi, Shelley

 

So glad to have you back, and wonderful news that you are doing well.

 

I also suffer from bone spurs and torn tendons in both of my feet so I know that can be very painful.

 

Many, many hugs to you :emoticon-hug: :emoticon-hug: :emoticon-hug: and please take good care!

 

Sincerely, NorthStarHope


northstarhope* :emoticons-i-care:  :thank-you: 

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Oh Yes, Shelley...

I'm so happy your surgery went so well and that you were able to enjoy breakfast afterward! I don't know about you, but I'm always so ravenous after having to fast for any length of time! :P

 

I'm glad they were able to do your surgery on an outpatient basis...It's hard to beat sleeping in our own beds!

 

I'm sure you will add some pretties to your sling(s) and will probably (even) be able to have a (side) business selling them to those in need! ;)

 

We have missed you very much and are so relieved that you are home, safe and sound. Take care and thank you so much for posting to let us know all went as well as it did.


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

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Welcome back! You've really been missed, Missus. I'm glad your surgery went well and recovery is also proceeding according to plan.

 

Now about the bling-sling - have you thought about some LED lights and a battery pack? :D

 

:flowers:


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:happy-day: Welcome Back, Shelley! :flowers: I have masks with bling on them and get a lot of comments. As my mother-in-law would have said, "anything for attention!" :happy-day:

 

miocean


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Hi Shelley

 

I'm so glad that the surgery went well & hope that your recovery is also quick.

 

It always surprises me just how quick they have you in & out of hospital for surgery. My mother was horrified when she found out I would only be hospital for a few days after having the major surgery on my neck just 2 weeks ago.

 

Take care

 

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Hi All,

 

Thanks for all your well wishes! I'm eager to start physical therapy this month. I want to be in shape to play horseshoes this summer, with a nice, full swing.

 

Anyway, I really appreciate all your kind wishes.

 

But I'm off now to add some LED lights to my sling per Jeannie's suggestion and then to market them on ebay, per Sweet. :D


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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