Just a post

24 Jan

Over the past six days I have gotten a whole new appreciation of what my mother and father went through for all the years that I was a teenager. On Thursday, January 19 I had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder. This would have been bad enough if it was my left shoulder but being my right shoulder which I write with, drive with, eat with, tie my shoes with, fastened my belt with, brush my teeth with, makes life a bit more of a challenge.

So it presents a whole new challenge to life right now. This is where the appreciation for my mother comes in. I never understood the amount of work she had with my dad as she dressed him, combed his hair, got him out of bed in the morning. I Appreciate it more now that my dear wife has to do it and help me with just about everything. Together I’ve mastered sleeping in a chair, resting the arm on a pillow, and taking the brace on and off. She’s been very patient as we have worked through the process, learning what the restrictions are and what the process involves. We’ve also had the benefit of having Jeremy here over the weekend and in the evenings to help out when needed.

Yesterday we started therapy on it, which will involve more intensive work to try to get back in shape and trying to return me to work as soon as possible. Fortunately the pain has not been as bad as anticipated and we’ve been able to manage it pretty much with medication and icing it. The therapy will continue for the next three months both at home and at physical therapy. I will wear the brace for about eight weeks but it will allow me to return to work soon.

The weather has cooperated very well down here being mostly in the mid-50s, we have not had a wear jackets while going outside and we’ve been able to enjoy the fresh air.

I also purchased Dragon dictate which allows me to dictate to my computer for e-mails, instant messenger and for posting to this blog. That will make it easier to return to work and to continue to do what I do everyday which is analyze the business processes of IT and to communicate with folks pretty much around the world.
Well it’s about it for now.

P. S. How bout them Giants


Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Just Thoughts


5 responses to “Just a post

  1. Audra Hicks

    January 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Awww…. great story! Boy that Dragon dictate works very well I see. I was wondering how you were typing and was feeling your pain throughout the whole letter knowing that you said it hurts to even use your right hand, until you said you had some help…phew…LOL! I wish you the best & I know you will have a speedy recovery having the wonderful wife you have will make you better so much faster! If y’all need anything please call… as I have already told Becky! 🙂

  2. Connie Dewey

    January 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I’m sorry you’ve had to go through this Roger, no fun to be immobile and have to depend on someone else to do everything for you. I had back surgery years ago and poor Ed was in the same position Becky is. It sure gives you a new respect and love for their them.
    I remember when you broke your jaw and had it wired shut from that baseball game, that was really awful but it just goes to show that God can bring us through anything! Of course you are a little older now and healing isn’t quite so easy….sorry I had to mention that! LOL
    I pray that your recovery will be swift and complete and you will be back be able to do all you did before plus some!! Thankfully you have that wonderful wife of yours by your side!
    In His care,

  3. Debbie

    January 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    didn’t know you had the surgery, but we hope you continue to improve fast and well. I’m glad Becky can help you too! We do need help from time to time! Nice you got the new program!

  4. Terri

    January 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

    It’s true – we do appreciate our parents more when we’re all grown up. There are many times when I wish I could just tell mom and dad that I’m sorry for what I put you through. Continue to appreciate your wife (i appreciate you Beck!!) Most of all continue to heal and feel better! Love you dear brother 🙂 xoxo

  5. Bonnie Pulver

    January 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Was ignorant about surgery, but so thankful things are going well. Can you sense the sentiments coming from NY? Love you will try to keep updated with your progress. Bonnie


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