I just returned and looked at post of My Last Ride For A While and see that over 20 of my friends here at BF left me with good wishes for my surgery. I really appreciate all the kind words from you guys. I swear, one of these days we're going have to plan a BF50+ get together for a Mass Pie Ride.
The title to this thread reflects one of those answers, as if on the game contest Jeopardy....What happened to my right shoulder? It's all cut up.
As luck would have it, on my last ride last week, I had my first road flat in I don't know how long after about 15 miles. The tire was damaged also. I changed the tube, put a boot in the tire using a tire patch and a dollar bill, and started home. Two miles later I had another flat, same place. Patched the tube, checked the tire again, made it another mile and flatted again. At this point I gave up and hitched a ride home. So much for the long ride before surgery. I don't believe in omens but perhaps I should.
Drove over to the city last Wednesday, got checked in, and had rotator cuff surgery on Thursday morning. The tear was much worse than the initial MRI suggested, about 2+ inches across the right ligament/tendon group. Also, several bone spurs. All told, the surgery took two hours. My wife brought me back home Thursday night, as we live about 90 miles away from Abilene, Tx, where the surgery was. Then the catheter for the pain medicine for self medication came out so it was off to the emergency room at our local hospital to try and get the catheter back in place, with no luck. By late Thursday night the plumbing had not started working so it was back to the emergency room for another catheter to drain the bladder. A fairly miserable experience it was. This is one of the disadvanatages of today's do-it-yourself day surgery, particualarly if you live in a smaller town.
On Friday I went to my local doctor who changed all the bandages, pulls all the catheters, gives me another pain prescription, and generally helps me get over the surgery. I spent the weekend tied to the beer cooler/ice water circulation pump and shoulder pad trying to keep the swelling down. It is amazing how many colors bruised flesh can show. Why, its a veritable spectrum of the rainbow.
Today was much better. I even went to the office for an hour or two to check the emails and pick up the papers. Then I spent a hour in physical therapy. Life may return to normal.
I'm typing pretty slow, right arm is in a sling, adn the bikes are gathering dust. But I wanted to let my friends know that I am again checking BF. Will probably spend more time here this week.
Thanks again for all the kind words.
".............. and then the wheels came off"