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    getting back to turning

    As most of you know, I am nursing an operated on left shoulder for a very serious rotator cuff muscle tear. Can't do much with the left arm but wondering when I'll be able to get back to turning. The left hand really isn't stressed while turning but I'm concerned about kicks and such. Staying away for a while, maybe up to six weeks. Not sure, we'll see.
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    Take it easy Frank no need to push things and re injuring yourself again. I had the knee surgery in June and returned to work 4 weeks following ( shouldn't have but did) It agrivated it big time and extended the healing time now I am laid off again and taking things slow. Turned down a good job last week due to the type of work not being good on the knee.
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    Frank, I say at least 2 months. Like your son, I am on #3.

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    Do what the Doctors say. In about a month it will start feeling really good and you will be temped to go 100%. Don't do it. My pt people gave me holy heck when I told them what I was doing with my right arm and gave me eye opening insite as to how lucky I was not to mess it up again.

    I was supposed to have my left shoulder done but I will never have another shoulder surgery. I will live with the pain.
    Just before they wheeled me into the operating room a Doctor who couldn't speak a word of English gave me a shot of something in my neck. It was supposed to relax my shoulder and get me ready for the anesthesia. The nurse said that I may feel slight tightening in my chest. Whatever he jammed into me started to paralyze my chest and I couldn't breathe. They told me not to worry about it. After I woke up from the surgery the nurse said that they had to ventilate me because of the medication the moron gave me. My chest muscles were paralyzed.
    I was scared to death. Just before they put me under. I knew that I wasn't going to wake up.
    I heard that the Doctor was reprimanded and is no longer associated with that hospital.
    So no more shoulder surgery for me ever again.
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    Ah, the "moron" hit the wrong nerve. I have had that shot all three times. Only once it worked. This last time was a total miss. The nerve block is your choice, or should be. If done correct, no pain or nothing for about 36 hours. Well worth it, if done correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Well worth it, if done correct.
    Sounds like no pain ever if done incorrect!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Sounds like no pain ever if done incorrect!
    Yep, true

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    I'll echo the others...no need to rush back into things, Frank. You may be surprised how much your left hand and arm work with turning. At least for me, my left side is usually working harder to keep the tool firmly on the rest than my right side does steering it.
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    I agree with the others. My wife has had 3 and has refused the 4th. Her first (2003) didn't hold for 6 weeks. The second repaired the first, and the 3rd was on the other shoulder. Now the second needs repair and the docs don't thing it's a good idea. She says she KNOWS it's not a good idea. She can't lift a can of soup from the bottom shelf of the wall cabinet--she works around it.

    It's not fun. I do have a lot of respect for athletes who are back playing in a year or less--don't know how the pitchers do it.
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    All of this make me feel better??? I get my right shoulder carved on at 2 p.m. today. Overnite stay at the hospital, so I'll be back tomorrow. Stay tuned for another opinion.

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