I went in November to see how my left shoulder has done over the past 6 months.
I got good news! The doctor said that the X-Rays showed no changes over the last six months since I had had my last check up. So unless I have more pain or something happens, I was cleared for a year!
When I use the shoulder its all about pain control. While I limited the use of it drastically, I still try and use it best I can. I have learned new ways to adapt to things and maneuver the ways I perform tasks such as lifting things or even going to reach for something.
The only times I can really tell that I am limited in the use of it is when I go to outreach for something. The most common example of when this happens is when I am at work and I am running the register and I go to hand someone back change.
While I know the customers have no idea just how much of a struggle it is for me to outreach the money to them, every single time I go to do so I notice the limited motion my arm has.
There isn’t a single time that I go to do this that I do not notice this limitation, but I make do with what I can because the alternative is not having the shoulder and function of that shoulder at all. So for now I hold off on the surgery until absolutely necessary and that can be years from now or it it could be months, but I won’t let it stop me from doing what needs to be done now.