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Update on Jim’s Challenge

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

It was almost six months ago when I reported my Minor incident — Possible Major Challenge.  The challenge was real and significant, but I’m working my way through it.

My surgery was on December 14.  Dr. Lashgari reattached the tendon to the rotator cuff and I started the slow comeback.  First few weeks were with Nurse Elaine providing significant services, including helping with my showers.  The 24/7 sling was a pain in the butt and results in significant sleeping difficulties.  Getting to the point where I could shower without her help was my first big goal.

I entered physical therapy a few weeks after the surgery – all passive stuff to begin with.  And I was given permission to start walking.  Since the weather wasn’t super, I joined Gold’s Gym (the closest gym to home) and January was a 50+ mile month.

Getting to the work and the Washington Navy Yard finally happened once I could toss the sling; the commuting challenge was just too great.  The sling went away and I was back at work six weeks after the surgery.

Work, twice a week PT and trying to keep up with my cardio workouts has kept me pretty busy; I’m over 100 miles walking for the year and my therapy team insisted that my progress was fantastic.  Back to full mobility and starting to rebuild my strength.

Yesterday was absolutely the best day of this process!  I had another appoint with Dr. Lashgari.  He was pleased with the progress and warned me about trying too much too fast.  My next appointment is in three months, if I think a need to see him – my choice.  But wait, the significant news is that he told me to ENJOY MY MOTORCYCLES!  I’M BACK!

And YES, I did take a ride this morning.  I was a little worried about the storms that the weather folks think are trying to spoil our weekend, but I missed them all.  I now have 40 motorcycle miles in 2012!  My spring and summer plans with Medalist are still possible.

The therapy team wants me to continue the process through May and to continue to work on strength.  I probably wasn’t all that fit when this all started and six months of almost very limited upper body exercise has taken it’s toll – there is plenty of hard work left to come.

Minor incident — Possible Major Challenge

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

I was a couple blocks from home on Thursday afternoon (10/06/11), turning right onto Regents, when a didn’t exactly see the car making a left turn from the lane I intended on using — go figure, I wanted to use the right hand side of the road in Crofton. The good news is that I didn’t have a head-on; I got the bike stopped, but I didn’t square the handle bars in the process and I couldn’t keep the bike from a zero mph fall on the right side. The best way to describe the fall is a “laugh-in fall” for us older people who can remember Laugh-in, but it isn’t too funny when the bike is a R1150GS Adventure. I landed on my right shoulder and re-injured stuff from my ‘Toona accident. No significant damage to the GS Adventure.

I went to Dr. Pressey on Friday and had x-rays — nothing broken. I saw an Ortho doc on Saturday morning and backed up the x-rays with an MRI to determine what level soft tissue damage is involved.
The Ortho doc and I did the MRI review this on Monday afternoon. Rotator cuff isn’t right — a significant tear, totally disconnected. Doc says that if I was 10-15 years younger, he’d have me in the first available slot for surgery and he’d be looking for a cancellation to get me in earlier. And if I was 5-10 years older, and concentrating on reading in my rocking chair, he wouldn’t consider surgery at all.

The plan is to start PT this afternoon. The goal is significant increases mobility and function. If I can get my arm over my head by early December, we’ll cancel the surgery scheduled for December 14. If the surgery happens, I’ll be out of commission for awhile — 6 weeks in a significant sling (no motion of the upper arm and my lower arm sticking straight out, not across my belly); I’ll be allowed occasional keyboard use. This is followed by six weeks of limited desk duty, nothing heavier than a coffee cup. Then, at the three month point, we start rebuilding strength with more physical therapy.

I can’t tell you that I’m happy about that recovery schedule, but it is what it is. I’m going to pray that the PT works and I can put all that really bad stuff aside. The first challenge is trying to find sleep – I haven’t solved that part of the issue yet!

November 3 — Why is it significant?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Nope, the significance isn’t Election Day, or the full moon last night, or even that I only have one more trip on an airplane this year.  It is significant because I finally pulled out the Gerbing Electric liner for my motorcycle commute into DC this morning!  Today is my first day of extra warmth and it felt good!