Life is going to be interesting for a month soon. On June 13 I’m having surgery on my shoulder. I’ll be out of work for 4 weeks afterwards, and for the first 2 weeks will be on pain meds and unable to drive or probably do much of anything coherently. On top of that, they recommend I have someone with me constantly the first week to help me to basic things like brushing my teeth and bathing. Sounds fun, right? Nope. I remember how it was when I first broke my collarbone 10 years ago. It’s my right side, and I’m right handed, so it makes recovery doubly difficult. But if it makes the pain go away, it will be worth it.
If you don’t know me, you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about. Ten years ago I was in a motorcycle accident. A guy on the highway decided he was going to make an illegal U-turn through the emergency vehicle turnaround. Problem was, I didn’t know that. I just knew he suddenly slammed on his brakes in the left lane for no discernible reason. There was a car to the right of me, so I moved into the shoulder to avoid the possibility of hitting him. Well, that was the worst thing I could have done, because when he made that illegal U-turn, he hit me. All I remember is one second thinking, “Oh shit,” and the next thing I know I’m sitting in the middle of the grassy median, my bike about 20 yards from me. A witness said I rolled about 10 times. I don’t remember that. I remember my right knee and right shoulder hurting though, and being unable to get my helmet off without help because of the shoulder pain. Turns out my right collarbone was broken, and my right PCL was partially torn. The knee still gives me trouble, but isn’t awful. The shoulder, however, has gotten progressively more painful the past 2-3 years. It’s a constant dull ache, and I know it’s only going to get worse as I get older.
The surgery won’t actually fix my collarbone. Turns out the bursa sac (it cushions the shoulder blade from rubbing against the rib cage) was deflated, and is now just a mess of debris under there. I also have arthritis, so the doctor is going to clean all that out, as well as scrape off a bit of the underside of the shoulder blade to prevent rubbing. This has a 70% success rate of patients saying they notice a significant improvement in their pain. Here’s hoping I’m not in the 30%. Then we’ll have to move on to fixing the collarbone, which will put me out for 3-4 months. No thanks. That would wreak havoc on my goals.
I’m now working on figuring out what I need to get done before June 13. This includes the rough draft of Ravaged, and sending it to an alpha reader. I had wanted to have the next draft complete by the end of June, but that might not happen, though I’m still going to do as much as I can.
If you have any TV show or movie recommendations, please leave them in the comments. I have quite a list already, so I might not need anymore, but I have a feeling the first week I won’t be up to doing anything, and maybe not the second week as well. I already have a to-read list a million miles long already, and if I’m on pain meds preventing me from drive I think reading might be out of the question. At least if I want to comprehend or remember what I read.
Have you ever had surgery? How did it affect your life and goals?