Merry Christmas everyone!
Well my shoulder is pretty much back to normal, which is amazing. I did my physical therapy up until Nov. 19th and it helped me regain most of my motion back. I have about 90% if not more of my range of motion restored. I am able to reach things a bit of a ways above my head, and do my hair easily ( which is the most important thing.) The surgery was most definitely worth it.
I do have trouble getting in and out of some shirts that have a tight seam in the shoulder. ( I learned this the hard way, and my Husband had to cut me out of a few of my all time favorite shirts.... sad day.) However I have learned that Knit or Polyester tops are my best friends, with the extra elasticity it helps me maneuver my shoulder out of the sleeve in a more comfortable fashion.
Sleeping is still a challenge. I will most likely never get to sleep on my stomach again, for the way my arms end up when I do will cause me to dislocate. But I have found that using a wedge pillow underneath my other pillows helps support my shoulders enough to be comfortable. I do get mini spasms every night before I go to sleep. Taking the Cyclobenzaprine really helps reduce the spasms so that I can sleep more comfortably.
The spasms at night occur mostly when I had a super strenuous day, like lifting heavy things or sitting at a desk for too long. ( The angle and constant repetitive motion with typing for many hours really does put a ton of strain on your shoulders.) I have gotten a few typing pads to help angle the keyboard to make it a bit more comfortable.
Other than that life is getting back to normal.:) I do have to be careful still but I can rest a bit more easy with knowing the surgery was a success and it shouldn't dislocate anymore. My right shoulder has improved quite a bit, so I think we can hold off on doing the same surgery next year.
I will submit a follow up post in the next few months to provide an other update.