On December 13 I had shoulder surgery. I went in for a rotator cuff tear and bone spur clean-up. When Mike came back to recovery as I was waking up, he told me that the doctor said he only had to clean up the bone spur and no repair was needed. I was thrilled because this meant less recovery time.
For those of you who know me well, know I read all about the surgery beforehand. I was prepared. Shower chair. Button up clothes. Pumps for my shampoo and conditioner. And so on. This was my first surgery ever so I overthought all of it!
Life one-armed, and one-armed with my non-dominant arm would be difficult. That is all I read and all I heard. People who had had the same surgery or shoulder surgery tried to prepare me. They said it would be rough, so I got prepared literally and figuratively.
But, then I was greeted with the wonderful words, no rotator cuff repair needed. I left the surgical center with a cheap version of their sling. I was happy. Mike had the Cadillac when he broke his shoulder, so I knew I was good to go. Off to home, I went to recover.
My preparations helped for sure, but today, two weeks and one day after surgery, I was told I didn’t have to wear a sling anymore…I can run…AND I can drive. My post-op appointment was a success. He said the tear was intermediate and due to the clean-up he created enough space that a repair was not needed. He showed us the pictures. God truly amazes me with His intricate design.
To say I am excited is beyond an understatement. God is so good. I really didn’t even dream to pray for this outcome. God shows me constantly that He truly can do immeasurably more than I can ever imagine. He directs my steps. What is that saying? If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. Proverbs 16.9
I definitely planned too much. But, oh am I okay with it. To go from the possibility of 6 weeks in a sling to 2 weeks? To go from not running for up to 4 months to 2 weeks? I do have physical therapy two times a week for six weeks to strengthen it and get mobility back. He also said it could ache for several months, but…otherwise, I’m free. God is so good.
Thankful. Grateful. Blessed.
2022 will bring new challenges. God is teaching me to truly let go and let Him direct the outcome. He will lead me step by step. I need to stay plugged into Him and His word, knowing He has my best interest in mind, NO MATTER WHAT.
He can and will do immeasurably more than I could ever imagine!