As of yesterday, David was making steady progress in his recovery from his shoulder surgery last Friday. With help from several UUCH members, he traveled to and from his first evaluative physical therapy session at Duke Physical Fitness Center. His pain and discomfort from the surgery has now been minimized to the point that he can just use his PolarCare Unit (ice-water shoulder jacket), wear his protective shoulder sling, and take oral meds on an “as-needed” basis. Since this allows him to function fairly normally around the house, and even on short trips out (since he is no longer relying on prescription meds), his Caringbridge site for scheduling additional caregivers is suspended as of today (10/19). If any additional occasional support or assistance is needed, he may still reach out to some individuals to help out on tasks that still seem a bit too challenging for the next week or so.
Note of gratitude from David:
My recovery from shoulder surgery at Duke last Friday has been relatively smooth and uncomplicated so far, and as free of pain as I could have wished. It seems like the worst is over as I transition to a period of physical therapy to regain range of motion and strength in my right shoulder and arm. While I have been incapacitated, I have been blessed by caring support from several family members, a few very close friends, and by those of you who either accessed my “needs” list through the Caringbridge site, or just called me directly to see how you could help. And a special “Thank You” to Pam for setting up and managing my Caringbridge website.
So, this message goes out from David as a heartfelt “THANK-YOU” note to all of you who have been ready, willing, and able to assist me in my this challenging post-surgery period. It seems that we can now suspend using Caringbridge for my needs-list, since I am now able to do most everything on my own—provided I do it carefully and at a pace that doesn’t stress the still-healing parts of my right shoulder and arm. So once again, I extend MY DEEPEST THANKS to all of you who have offered your time and energy and love to help me through this temporary challenge.