About a week before the HOG World Tour trip to Bandon Dunes this summer I had some fun at the lake with some friends wake-boarding. Good times and I did fairly well, but didn’t know when to let go of the rope when I was not getting up on the board. I was thus being dragged through the water. At the time I thought the only problem with that was cleaning out my sinuses with dirty lake water, but the next morning I couldn’t move my right arm. I knew something was very wrong. Two days after boating I played a gross match at one of my clubs, and managed to win but had to fight through some pretty bad pain. I was very worried because a week or so later I was heading to Bandon Dunes for five days.
I tried to get into my orthopedic doctor prior to Bandon, but he wasn’t “available” for six weeks. Hell with that. Luckily I had a regular checkup with my family doc a few days before the Bandon trip. He diagnosed my injury as tendonitis in my bicep and gave me a steroid shot. That instantly helped and I was able to do the Bandon trip with no pain.
Months later I started waking up in the night yelping in pain, and my shoulder mobility started to tank. I guessed that the shot was wearing off. It got to where I couldn’t even throw a ball to my 5-year old boy. In fact, just getting into a throwing position was no longer possible. Bad. I saw a new orthopedic doctor who checked me out and estimated that I had a torn rotator cuff. After getting an MRI that diagnosis was confirmed, and more.
I have a 75-80% tear in my rotator cuff, which a set of muscles that helps keep the shoulder in position and helps the arm/shoulder move up and down and in certain directions. On top of that I have a separated shoulder as well as a bone spur under the separation. I’ve been getting myself mentally ready for shoulder surgery and the up to SIX months of recovery time, but the doc suggested we try a non-surgical approach first. That was surprising, considering he is a surgeon. I got another steroid shot. This time it was right in the rotator cuff. Brutal needle.
So today I had my first day of physical therapy. The goal is to build up the muscle around the area to help support the tear. The tear apparently will not heal much. I was not thrilled to hear that part. But I’m going to give it a shot first. There are people who do succeed in this situation without surgery.
That’s the hope. The good news is I can swing a golf club and only a swing or two during a round hurts. The doc told me that’s mostly due to the rotator cuff helping slow down the inertia of the swing.
So there it is. Winter is coming and I have work to do with my shoulder to hopefully get it strengthened enough to support the damage, keep me golfing, skiing, and hopefully soon able to toss a ball to my boy.
Let us pray.
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