Well I'm home. Surgery went well. The strange mark under my chin there is from a couple of EKG patches that were left on until I changed from my hospital gown into tank top & slacks at about 4 a.m. I couldn't sleep in the hospital. I work there, so sleeping just didn't seem right! Besides, I'd had that dozy twilight sleep on drugs most of the day after surgery.
The shoulder was frozen, Dr Pete said he had to "crunch it loose" (makes me feel ooogie just thinking about it). There was inflammation & gooey stuff that he cleaned up, & he cut the end of the clavicle where it articulates with the shoulder, because there were a couple of burrs there impinging on the joint. So hopefully my mobility will get better with time. I'm very glad to be back home. I just wish I could get along completely without pain meds. I don't like how I feel on them.
I think the experience of this surgery will make me a better nurse. I learned a few things seeing it from a patient's perspective. I couldn't believe how stoned I felt all day. I was glad my Dr. kept me overnight. I could not see myself functioning at home after that.
I also realized that things aren't necessarily done on the floor the way I thought they were.
Normally when I'm sending a patient home in a sling I help them get dressed, then go over the sling to make sure it fits comfortably, & supports them well, but if I'm sending them upstairs I didn't worry about it, because I was sure the floor nurse would do that the 1st time they get up.
I found that I was the one adjusting my sling, & the RNs (though very good otherwise) seemed hesitant to fix the sling for me. I wasn't sure why, maybe it was just because they knew I knew what I was doing.
Thanks for all your well wishes. I'm really doing fine, & the pain isn't bad at all. I had some worse days before surgery. The really good news was my Rotater cuff is in good shape.