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Getting ready for DH surgery

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I was hoping to have a calm fall but it looks like those hopes are dashed. DH went to see the orthopedic dr yesterday and he spent about 30 minutes with us going over his films and MRI results. He has 2 tears in the rotator cuff and the dr explained that it will not get better on it's own. He showed us the arthritis in his neck joints and explained that they could not know if the worst pain was coming from that or the tears. However, he guaranteed if this was let go, it would get worse. If after fixing things the pain is still in his neck that can be addressed but he felt dealing with that is usually more complex and this might alleviate the problem and he would not need anything for the neck.
We now have 3 weeks to get the clearance from his primary physician, his cardiologist and his pulmonay dr. I scheduled those appointments right after we left and we will have 2-3 dr appts each week. In addition, he has an appt with the oncologist, the urologist and the gastrologist! Like I said it is going to be busy going to see docs!
I am not looking forward to him having this surgery. I know it is extremely painful and will entail a lot of therapy but if it gets rid of the pain, it will be worth it. My brother just had surgery about 8 weeks ago and he is still not back to where he had hoped to be by now and he is almost 25 year younger than DH.
I just started The Dukan Diet which was ordered by my dr. I had a fasting blood sugar of 125 at my last visit and she told me that this might keep me from developing type 2 diabetes and bring my triglycerides back down so I am willing to try it. However, it is very restrictive-I am in day 4 and so far I am staying with the plan but it is not easy. I have developed a perpetual headache which I think is from the withdrawal of sugar from my system. For 10 days I am on a protein diet to purge the system before adding back vegetables and they are limited.
Keep us in your prayers that we can deal with these health issues.
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    I think I would get a second opinion and unless the pain is really

    bad I would give it some time. Surgery is always a risk and I

    would debate and discuss this deeply. Remember one thing

    these surgeons get paid massive amounts of cash for each

    surgery and although I am sure most are not some are trying

    to pad their pockets. I pray things get better either way you

    all go and hope you have a great weekend!
    3066 days ago
    Pat find a a good massage therapist before you go into surgery. My daughter knows how to work on the rotator cuff and is able to give people that have pain from them relief. This guy is like 55 and he was getting ready to go for surgery and I suggested he let her work on him. After about 15 hours of work, he cannot believe the difference. Everyone is so different and I do not know if your husband would benefit, but it is worth a try. I have had surgeons wanting to do surgery on my back and neck, but have stuck with my chiropractor. I would not have survive when they were trying to get me into surgery and I knew it. That was before I got my mitral valve replaced. What ever you decide, know you and dh have my prayers for you both. Don't forget to take care of the care taker!!! emoticon
    3066 days ago
    Pat, You are not having a great fall! Let's hope everything goes easier than you think it might. Prayers coming your way! chris
    3066 days ago
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    Pat, I'm sending many many many hugs and more hugs for you and Bill. I really hope his pain is less than expected. Please keep reminding yourself to do whatever you need to in order to make yourself feel good and well taken care of. I'm having a little bit of sugar withdrawal, too. If it's too hard to keep going with the diet, at least stay away from the sugar. But if I know you, you have a lot of strength and perseverance that will get you through the next few weeks! Take care.
    3067 days ago
    Pat, I am sorry you and your DH are having such problems. My older sister has had rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders, and yes, the recovery time is a (figurative) pain in the neck (not being able to use that arm, PT, etc) but it is worth it, she says. I pray the same for your DH. I'll be praying for him, for surgery and recovery and that it takes care of the neck pain, too.

    You're doing a great job of scheduling all those appts and making preparations for the surgery, especially admirable considering the headache you have from the drastic change in your diet. That should go away in (hopefully short) time, and I know you're motivated to stick with the diet regardless. I'll be praying for YOU as so much is on your shoulders right now. Hopefully, nothing else will pop up any time soon to be taken care of (such as problems with the RV, or anything else).

    God bless you, Pat. And be sure to take good care of YOU.
    3067 days ago
    I will be praying for both of you. A flurry of doctor
    appointments, and your new way of eating to help
    alleviate your issues. Not an easy task. No
    wonder you are having headaches.
    It may be from sugar withdrawal but throw in
    the stress, and I'd have headaches, too.
    Take care, hugs!
    3067 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/5/2012 7:21:14 AM
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    Pat - I am so sorry that your husband is in so much pain and has to have surgery. I hope he has a speedy recovery. Please remember to take care of yourself too emoticon
    3067 days ago
    I will be praying for you and your husband. Most that I know that have had the rotator cuff surgery are required to keep their arm in a sling for awhile. Your husband will need help the dressing and combing his hair. I hope the shoulder affected isn't his dominant hand.

    I went on a high protein diet to lose weight to get into the Air Force. It did have side effects.
    3067 days ago
    You know you are in MY prayers for your diet and now your dear hubby.
    3067 days ago
    I am sorry your dh has to go through this surgery,sending you healing wellness prayers and thoughts and vibes! I wish you the best on the diet plan,I am sorry you have to do with the added stress of your dh.Take care of YOu both. emoticon emoticon
    3067 days ago
    Best wishes on your wellness journey and your husband's too. May he be pain free as soon as possible.
    3067 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    I hope your husband's sore neck is fixed with the shoulder surgery -- fingers crossed. That would solve two problems. It does sound like you've got a busy season keeping the medical community is business:)

    Don't worry about your headache -- that will go. It is a shock to the system to start such a drastic change in food regimes.

    I really hope the two of you get a break with your health. You're overdue!
    Take care
    3067 days ago
    Our prayers will be with both Of you life can be so hard at times think of you often
    3067 days ago
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