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    color me confused

    Over a year ago I tore my left rotator and went to the local VA doc. He referred me to the big VA hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. X-rays, MRIs, examinations and several visits followed. I was told I would get the surgery but someday way-way in the future because of a big backlog for this type of surgery.
    After a year, I got a consult at the Fayetteville, Arkansas VA hospital with another bone cutter. He told me, for several reasons, the surgery could not be done. Naturally, I was very upset.
    Minutes ago, I got a call from the LR hospital telling me that due to a cancellation I could have the surgery this Friday. Meaning, I go to Little Rock tomorrow for pre-op work up, surgery Friday and come home Saturday.
    I either won't be around here for a while, or if I am will be talking like I'm on drugs. And typing one handed at that.
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    Best of luck, Frank. That surgery can be painful, but I'm told the Physical Therapy afterward is the worst part!

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    Frank I'll be praying for ya buddy. I have had 4 shoulder surgery's. 2
    on each and the left will need replacement someday, wish it were sooner then later. But to tell ya, it's not a bad surgery. You just need to do the re-hab. You do not want to have the shoulder lock up and lose range of motion and then have to go through 6 months of re-hab to get in un-froze. Very painfull. The drugs are good but after 2-3 days 3 Aleive at night works OK.
    You should be good for action is 2 months.

    BTW when they tell you they have not put the sleeping potion to work yet..........don't believe them, they lie LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hawksford View Post
    Frank I'll be praying for ya buddy. I have had 4 shoulder surgery's. 2
    on each and the left will need replacement someday, wish it were sooner then later. But to tell ya, it's not a bad surgery. You just need to do the re-hab. You do not want to have the shoulder lock up and lose range of motion and then have to go through 6 months of re-hab to get in un-froze. Very painfull. The drugs are good but after 2-3 days 3 Aleive at night works OK.
    You should be good for action is 2 months.

    BTW when they tell you they have not put the sleeping potion to work yet..........don't believe them, they lie LOL
    My son, the doctor, had the surgery a few years ago. He completely ignored the rehab instructions and even resumed martial arts training. Guess wat? Tore 'em up but good again. Back for more extensive surgery and this time he obeyed his doctors instructions.
    I have a friend who is a therapist. He will do my torture routines. VA doesn't do the therapy or pay for it but I have Medicare and a supplement to pay friend arm twister.
    At least, right now, I'm hopeful one day I'll be able to lift my rifles again.
    I know about the anesthesia. A cute nurse engages you in conversation and soon you are just dreaming about her.
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    Best of luck to you Frank. I hope the surgery is a 100% success and you get to be pain-free

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    The VA told me to get local P/T on mine, since I couldn't get in till Jan 1. Glad you got in. Good luck with the proceedure.

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    Best to you for a speedy recovery Frank. I'm having the same surgery on the 14th of this month. Not looking forward to the immobility but don't have any choice. Old age is a pain in the patoot....especially this early in life.

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    You will be back at it before you know it Frank. Best of luck with the surgery.
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    Well, it's a challenge, but I'm sure you're up to it. Best wishes.

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