Finally, at long, long last, I have had THE FINAL CHECKUP with the surgeon who did my shoulder surgery back in April.
After over a year, I'm finally DONE with this nonsense. I'll never have to talk to Some Woman at Some Company again (Hear that, universe? That wasn't a request for a lesson in irony, mm'kay? I've already had enough of that from the likes of Alanis Morissette.)
Anyhoo, it's been an eventful year. I've just recently started to force myself to use my right arm for my typical right-arm type things. It's my dominant hand, yet over the last year, I've all but stopped using it for routine things like opening doors or lifting things (like into my car or the refrigerator).
I asked the surgeon one, last question.
"So, I can move my arm pretty much without pain, at this point. I'm doing more with it, and other than an occasional twinge of muscle pain, I'm golden. So . . . is there anything I should basically just avoid doing with the shoulder?"
The doctor said, "Avoid lifting too much weight above your head. Like, if you do free weights, keep the weight below shoulder height."
"Permanently?" I asked.
"Yeah. It's bad for the shoulder to lift weights like that."
Something in his voice cued my next question. "Oh. You're not talking about just me, are you? You're talking about in general."
"Yeah. No one should ever do that."
So I'm going to take that as, "Go thou and do what ye wilt, except lifting weights above shoulder height. Eth."
I'm not even going to bother making this an "official" part 14 of the ongoing saga. Because that would involve editing 13 past entries and including a link to this one. Or maybe I will. It all depends, really, on how busy I get at work. :)