I can't believe it, but I've been away from the blogosphere for almost 12 weeks! If there is anyone left who might still look at my blog, you may well wonder where I've been.
A week after my last post, I had surgery on my shoulder for a glenoid fracture. It turns out, when I dislocated my shoulder, I also fractured the glenoid, which is the "cup" that holds the "ball" of the shoulder joint. It's a fairly rare injury, and one that required immediate surgery once discovered. The surgery itself required the doctors to disconnect the piece of bone that had been fractured (it was healing in the wrong place), put it back where it belonged and attach it with screws. To get to the fracture, they had to disconnect the deltoid muscle and cut through the rotator cuff muscle, then put that all back together, too. Needless to say, it was not the most pleasant experience - one that I don't recommend to anyone!
The surgery and recovery are essentially the same as any other non-arthroscopic shoulder surgery. I was in a sling for 6 weeks after surgery, and am looking at about 6 months before I have (hopefully) full use of my shoulder again. At this point, recovery is going about average. I can lift my arm about 3/4 of the way straight up, and have similar motion in other directions. I go to physical therapy twice a week - although that might be going down to once a week fairly soon - and have daily stretching and strengthening exercises to do.
So, I have not done a bit of gardening since the initial injury on August 12th. Until just a few weeks ago, I was pretty p.o.'ed about it, too. When I first dislocated my shoulder, the vegetable garden was at its peak. I had planned to plant a whole new garden this fall. And even though fall clean-up isn't my favorite thing, I could hardly even help with that. Luckily my DH was kind and understanding, and helped with everything.
And, now that the gardening season is 100% over, I'm finally at peace with the fact that I had to drop everything, and am ready to look forward to the new year.
So, to anyone who's still out there - Hi! It's great to be back!