Don’t Forget Gilgamesh
Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:26 pm)

I really dig this video.

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Arm Extensions, Wrist Pains
Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:29 pm)

I had PT again this morning. After seeing the doctor yesterday and starting my new (passive) arm exercises, I'm already getting my arm nearly fully extended, it's only about 10 degrees short. Unfortunately most of the pain I've had has been in my wrist, and as we were working on that I had a nasty twinge after a rotation of my wrist. At this rate I'll have full extension of my arm well before I can rotate my own wrist.

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Concert Season
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:47 am)

There are several concerts coming up that I plan on seeing. In a couple of weeks the Dropkick Murphys are playing the Knitting Factory in Spokane. About a week or so after that Carbon Leaf will be playing at the Bing Crosby Theater. Then in December (hopefully not interfering with my company Christmas party but it probably will) Flogging Molly will be at the Knitting Factory. It's going to be fun, I've never seen the Murphys or Molly live before. Carbon Leaf I've seen at least six times and they always deliver.

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The Bad News
Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:26 am)

Well, despite feeling a little better every day, the surgeon told me this morning that I'll be in this brace for another four weeks. I'm allowed out three times per day now to do some passive exercises with my arm and wrist, and during physical therapy. That will be the status quo for the next two weeks.

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PT Progress
Afternoon watch, 1 bell (12:30 pm)

I had my second physical therapy session this morning. In fact, this week will be pretty busy with visits to various doctors and therapists. Tomorrow I see my surgeon for another followup, and Wednesday is PT again. My left arm can't get to full extension yet—that will be several more weeks—but I have more range of motion today than I did last week. I was hoping the doctor would let me out of the brace tomorrow but realistically I know it's still too early. He'll probably remove the tape that's holding my scar closed, I'm sure it has healed enough by now. I still have to keep ice on it as much as possible.

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Starting Physical Therapy. Again.
Afternoon watch, 2 bells (1:05 pm)

I've been off pain meds for several days now, which is nice to have happen so quickly. It took a very long time with my previous surgery, about two months. Tomorrow morning I have my first physical therapy session for my arm. It's with a different therapist than my achilles tendon therapy was. So now I can owe two therapists money at the same time!

I'm hoping I can get back to playing the mandolin again soon, but I doubt it'll be sooner than a couple of weeks. I have a return appointment with my doctor next Tuesday. Perhaps I'll get permission to start removing this darn brace. It's very hard for me to sleep with a brace and sling on.

Last week when I had my first follow-up with the doctor, he said I came out of anesthesia "like an angry bear." That was his official diagnosis.

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Of Pain and Recuperation
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First dog watch, 1 bell (4:37 pm)

Yesterday I had my last hydrocodone, the doctor wanted to switch me over to tramadol. Fortunately most of my pain is gone and it's only been nine days since my surgery. That is a big difference from my last surgery, at this point I was just getting off oxycodone and switching to hydros, which I stayed on for well over a month.

My worst pain right now is in my wrist, which I think is from the way my hand was locked in the palm-up position for eight days. It really hurts to move my thumb or even slightly rotate my hand. The rest of my fingers feel good. Except for the swelling. My entire arm is pretty swollen, down through my wrist, hand, and fingers.

Yesterday the doctor took my cast off and removed the suture that was still in my arm. If I'll even have a scar, it's going to be quite small—nothing like the Frankenscar on my ankle. I got a custom-fitted arm brace that locks my elbow at 90° but am able to move my wrist (with pain) and fingers more normally now. Physical therapy starts next Wednesday, where we will work on range of motion only.

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