For those of you who don’t know, I had surgery Monday morning on the 28th. It was the third surgery that I had done on my shoulder in two years. Essentially, the first two surgeries done on my rotator cuff were badly done – some of the damage, like an inch excised from my clavicle, is irreparable. Since the last surgery, I have still been experiencing a fairly great amount of pain. Dr. Simon finger decided that it would be best to do a shoulder scope and a procedure called a Tenodesis, which cuts the bicep tendon from its original place in the rotator cuff and reattaches it lower on the arm bone. When he opened the shoulder, he discovered that my biceps tendon was almost completely shriveled. The reason for this he ascribed to the last surgery – he said that it was nothing that I could have done to myself. He also discovered some bone spurs and a great deal of scar tissue which he cleaned up. He went through with the operation described above and reattached the tendon. Here is presentation of the procedure in case anyone is interested:
I was told that I will never have full use of that shoulder again; but hopefully it will be good enough to stay fit and active. I will be in a sling for at least six weeks and need a good bit of physical therapy. I am sincerely hoping that this surgery cleans up some of the mistakes of the former surgery and allows me to get back to serving God’s people and simply living a full life the way that God intended.
Many thanks to my friend, Father Kyle Dave, who anointed me before the procedure and to Patrycja Black who organized a prayer calendar for me; Bob Alton who came to visit me in the hospital, Father Frank Lipps for covering for me at the parish while I’m gone, and my parents for putting up with my sorry self while I recover the next couple of weeks. Thank you everyone who supported me (and continue to support me) with prayers and words of encouragement – I can never really thank you enough. May God bless you all.
While recovering, I am learning how to use this new Dragon dictation program for my computer since I cannot type yet. I am using it right now as a matter of fact! I am also attempting to plan a future lecture series which should begin on the Wednesday night following Ash Wednesday. I will cover various topics, and intend for it to be a fairly regular practice of mine at the parish.
Thank you again for your time your patience and your prayers.