Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Two Weeks Post Op...

 I am now just over two weeks post surgery. I had my first post surgery doctor visit and found out more details about my surgery. The first thing the doctor did was repair my fractured clavicle. He put the plate on the front but slightly under so it should not bother me in the future. He knows I do a lot of activities where I wear a back pack.

 He then went into my shoulder. I had 3 different procedures done. I had a severe Bankart Lesion, one of the worst he had seen. When my Labrum tore it took some bone fragments with it, this means that I have a slightly higher chance for a repeat dislocation than most people after this surgery. When he repaired my labrum he stretched a little farther than it was originally, this will give me more stability in the joint. Apparently I have strong ligaments so he is confident I will be fine once everything is healed.

 Next in the shoulder was a minor repair to my rotator cuff, which had a partial tear, this was pretty routine.

 Last but not least he had to repair my torn bicep tendon. This procedure is called bicep tendonesis. It was also routine. I did watch a video of this procedure, which was neat, and also showed me why this whole operation is so painful. Don't click on the video link if you get squeamish.

 The bottom line is, I am in a sling for 3 more weeks, then I will start physical therapy. It is my understanding that the first couple of weeks of PT are brutal, can't wait. I am also off work for at least 6 more weeks, maybe longer, depends on how PT goes. My plan is the same plan I followed with my knee, do what the doctor and therapist says and try to be patient. I recovered very quickly from knee surgery, so I am optimistic I will do the same with my shoulder.


Friday, July 04, 2014

Made it Through Surgery, Now to Get Better...

  So my shoulder surgery was scheduled for July 15. That changed when I broke my collar bone. The only way to make things work with my job and my disability pay, was to move my surgery date up and include fixing my collar bone. This was not ideal medically, but it was my best option. So my surgery was Monday afternoon. Everything went well. In fact there was less damage than he expected. Originally the plan was fix my rotator cuff, do the Bankart repair to my torn labrum, and fix a possible torn bicep tendon. In the end my rotator cuff was ok, but my bicep tendon was torn and had to be re-attached. I also now have a nice Ti plate and 6 screws holding my clavicle together.

  So now I am in a sling for 4 weeks, only able to sleep in a recliner, and bored  out of my mind. I will not be able to ride outside for 3 months and no climbing for 4-6 months, but after this heals I hope to put this year behind me and get back to doing the things I love worry free for the first time in years.

  In the mean time, I will take walks and hope to start on a stationary bike in a few weeks.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Not Again...

 So I have been riding pretty well lately an was looking forward to the 12 Hours of Cranky Monkey with Marc and Travis. We made our way there Friday and did a lap of the course, it was a lot of fun and now I was really psyched. The weather on race day was looking a bit iffy, which had me a bit nervous. Between my knee and pending shoulder surgery, I really needed to avoid crashing.

When we woke up Saturday morning, it was dry and the forecast had improved a bit. Marc was our first man out, and he was very excited that there was no LeMans start. Marc was our starter and despite the rain that started fall during his lap, came in third over all. He handed off to me, I took  off and felt pretty good. I got passed by Scott from Seaves and gave chase. We were in a corn field that had a bunch of ruts, but was also a very fast section. Next thing I know, I caught an edge while doing about 25 mph, and hit the ground hard. I felt a pop and knew right away I broke my collar bone.

 Luckily I was close to an aid station and received help quickly. The paramedics showed up in an atv ant transported me to a waiting ambulance, my first and hopefully my last. They took me to the hospital. The folks there were awesome, except for positions I had to put my arm in for xrays, which showed I did indeed break my clavicle. The doctor even said my break "was quite impressive" When I got back from xray, Marc and Travis were there.

  I felt really bad that our race day was done after a lap and 2/3, but it is what it is. I have to thank all the people that helped me out. The volunteers, the EMT's, the doctors and nurses, and of course Marc and Travis.

 Turns out I was one of many that crashed in the same spot, 3 others suffered the same thing as me. It got so bad that they made it a mandatory dismount area.

  Now I have to see what this does to my pending shoulder surgery, I hope my surgeon doesn't yell at me.


Sunday, June 08, 2014

First XC Race In A Long Time...

 So Saturday I lined up for my first XC in years. I had 3 goals, 1- come out of the race in 1 piece, 2-Finish, 3-Have FUN.  I achieved all my goals and even managed to not be last. Ramsey's Revenge was a great event. The first time promoters did an outstanding job and the course was a lot of fun. I have been riding the trails at Brandywine for nearly 20 years, and yesterday we finally got to race there. They had a nice turn out and threw a nice after party.

 I didn't have my best ride, but I was consistent. It was a good tune up for Cranky Monkey in 2 weeks, which I am looking forward to. That race and the Soudt's Summer fest are my main goals before shoulder surgery takes me off the bike for a few months.

 Again I have to give Kudos to the promoters, and I look forward to doing this race again next year.


Monday, June 02, 2014

A Bump In The Road....

 I've been getting some good riding in the past 6 weeks or so. A nice mix of road and off road, and I've been feeling pretty good. This is a good thing with the couple of races I am going to squeeze in before shoulder surgery. I was even thinking about the new local, grass roots event in Brandywine, Ramsey's Revenge. We pre-rode the course a couple of weeks ago and I felt awesome, then we went back this week and it was the exact opposite.

 I think I probably just need some time off, but I only have 6 weeks left to ride before I am forced off the bike for 3 months. I want to get as much riding in as I can before then. I truly believe Saturday was just a bad day. But if you are anything like me, you are always thinking, "have I been doing too Much, am I not as fit as I thought I was, etc."

 If I did race it would be just a tune up, or training. I have a race later this month then one just before my surgery, and they are the important ones for me this year. There are a couple other factors, Ramsey's is fairly technical, between my shoulder and my not healed all the way knee, I found my self riding a little nervous, that is never a good thing. So I guess this just means I am a game time decision, I will see how this week goes and go from there.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Just When The Knee Is Feeling Normal...

 So I am  months removed from knee surgery and thing are going well. My riding has come around and I feel good on the bike. Unfortunately I have another issue. I have had problems with my right shoulder for years, then 5 years ago I dislocated it. It has popped out several times since then, but always went back in. A month ago while climbing with Diane it came out and didn't go back in. After a trip to the ER I decided it was time to address it. I went to the same guy that did my knee, he is a knee and shoulder guy, he said surgery was my only option and ordered an MRI. The results were not good, not only do I need the Bankart procedure, it turns out I have a torn rotator cuff, which requires another procedure.

 So, what does this mean? It means I am getting surgery on my shoulder July 15. That means a sling for 5 weeks, no riding for 2 months, and no mountain bike for 4 months. I will however, be able to do some climbing this winter. Getting 2 surgeries in a 7 month span is going to really suck, but once I am recovered I won at 't have to constantly worry about my shoulder popping out. I will work hard to beat all the time frames just like I did with my knee, and I will come back stronger than before.

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Slowly Getting Back To Normal...

 So I am now just over 3 months post surgery and I am starting to almost feel normal. I've been back to work for a few weeks and, weather permitting, riding somewhat regularly. I still have stiffness and some mild pain  on occasion, but it's a little better each day.

 I've even been climbing. Just top roping at the gym, but climbing. This was a good weekend. Yesterday I did Marc's Mr. Belvidere ride, it was a tough group, and I suffered, but I got through it. After that I met up with Diane to climb. I was tired and climbed like shit, but it still felt good to climb. Today I decided to do the Peoples group ride figuring I could sit in for 50 flattish miles. Unfortunately we had a head wind coming back and there was no sitting in, but again, I survived and managed two good rides this weekend.

 I am hoping for dry trails soon, since my doctor has cleared my to mountain bike. In the mean time, I will continue riding the road.