Good luck Tommy
With the surgery, with the Master's Thesis or with my next self-arrest?
I've finished my first week of PT. Surgery went pretty much as expected. Three more screws (for a total of nine -- pretty soon I won't be able to get through the metal detectors at the airports) and an incision which actually is almost a mirror image of the one from last year.
From my point of view, some good news is that the orthopedic surgeon thinks that the tears probably started on a bone spur and he has smoothed up the edges on the shoulder socket as part of the surgery. He thought the same with the really uncaused tear last year. This is good news because it means that the tear is not due to age related stiffness or deterioration of the tendons nor is it a sign that I am losing flexibility due to neglect of stretching. It also relieves me of some unarticulated guilt that my reflex self-arrest wasn't good judgment or properly executed.
For the time being, the PTs and I have some explicitly prohibited movements because the complexity of repairs to the tear, across two tendons, has caused some serious tightness that is aggravated by anterior rotation. That's the movement you make when you reach out to close the driver's side door on your car.
The orthopod said working it now might rip out some of his nice neddle work and admitted that not working it now could mean reduced movement in the future. I'm in the process of doing thought experiments with all my canoe and kayak paddle strokes, telemark pole plants, hand checks on steep walls or waves and the variety of rock climbing holds and pulls that I need for my usual range of activities. It turns out that a fairly serious list of movements are put in jeapordy, including high and low paddle braces and the hand checks. Those two directly affect the most important of my sporting activities.
My therapist knows me, my body's response to pt and my rehab work ethic from last year. I am going to specifically discuss this with her on Monday and see if she can give me some comfort that the ultimate restriction will be only a few degrees of motion -- not any restrictions on activities.
I practiced trumpet for the first week with my feet up on a stool and resting the bell on the horn on my knees. I am free of the sling now and as long as I keep my elbow in, I can hold all the horns properly. Keeping the elbow in isn't perfect posture for breathing and chop to mouthpiece alignment and it restricts my movements a bit, but I can practice to my heart's content and that is keeping my mood up pretty well.