On July 7, 2017 I went to see Dr. Kam, the doctor who did my half shoulder replacement. I first want to say he is an amazing doctor and I am so thankful to him.
We talked about my range of motion since I last seen him, since I haven’t been in PT, he said it is better than last time. I wasn’t sure if it was because of not being in PT. We also talked about how long ago my surgery was, which is 1 year as of June 24. I am so proud of the progress I have made. We have now worked up to seeing him once a year, of course we can come in sooner if needed. Most of all, I am so proud of my progress. This surgery has taken away my pain, besides a little pain ever so often, and now I can move it without hurting. I thank my family for being by my side through all of this. I also thank God for helping make the decision to go forward with all of that as well as him put his hands on the nurses and surgeons.
Maybe by the next time I need another shoulder replacement, we will some new things we don’t have now..
On June 24,
I went to the DMV to take my permit test. I have taken before and failed by just a little bit, so I was so nervous and anxious. BUT GUESS WHAT!! I passed, I am so proud of myself. I really owe thanks to my family for believing in me, because I really wasn’t sure if I could do this..
Also, June 24th marked my one year after my shoulder replacement surgery. I am so thankful to Dr. Kam for all he has done for me. He is an amazing doctor. An I am so thankful to have had him as my doctor.
Lately, my shoulder has been hurting because I pushed it too far. I think I was rushing things and taking my time to properly stretch it out. It doesn’t help that I don’t go to PT because of some issues. I am left on my own to work it out and have been pushing it too far. I just need to slow down and take it one day at a time. I was so worried that I messed something in my shoulder up, but I grabbed a verse (from my scripture jar a friend made me) that reminded of something. It reads, “The LORD, your God will be with you always. Joshua 1:9” I know God will take care of me. He will never leave me. He knows my pain and he gives me the strength to get through it. HE isn’t only the God of my triumphs, but the God of my struggles as well.
This last Friday at physical therapy was and reevaluation day. I am so excited to tell you guys what happened.
So Friday at physical we had to do a rereevaluation. My therapist Natalie tested my active and active/passive range of motion. I am so excited with how far I have come after my half shoulder replacement surgery.
We started with my normal routine and then started with the evaluation. We tested my active range of motion, which is me moving/lifting my arm by myself. Going straight out front I got to 90°, to the side I got to 78°, and with my arm my side bent at at the elbow I got 0° (and we’re only aloud to go to 30°). We then did some active/passive table stretching. Going straight out to the front she stretched me out to 122°, going out to the side she got me to 120°, and with my arm by my side with my arm bent pushing it outward she got me to 16° (and we’re only aloud to go to 30°).
I am beyond proud of myself! I am can’t believe how far I have come! I am so thankful to all the people who pushed me, helped me, and believed in me. I have worked so hard to get where I am today. I thank God for never leaving me and standing by me throughout everything.
This morning, I had physical therapy. I couldn’t wait for it because of getting new orders from my shoulder surgeon, Dr. Kam.
As soon as I walked in, they noticed I didn’t have the brace on. I then told them how excited I was and that I had new protocol for them. Some new exercises were added with new orders. With these new orders, comes harder work outs. Today, those exercises really kicked my butt! Lol! Today we added pullies and a bar exercise the stretches out my arm. I was really worked out today! Added these new exercises, I really need to stay on to of my pain medication.
Although, I was in pain after physical therapy I am glad to be at this point in my journey. I am so proud of myself and how hard I have worked! It is the little victories! I am thankful my arm is doing well enough to increase my exercises. I thank my family, friends and everyone who has supported me! I thank God for giving me the strength to endure these things!
(Boy am I sore though! They really kicked my booty!)
Yesterday, I have had my 6 week after surgery appointment with Dr. Kam. He previously told us after 6 weeks out from my replacement I wouldn’t have to wear the brace anymore and we would get new orders for physical therapy.
When we went to my appointment yesterday he said that I don’t need the brace anymore, except for when school starts to make people more aware. He also said I can start to move it just no pushing, pulling, lifting, or putting it behind my back. He gave us some new protocol to follow for physical therapy. He helped me active assistively move my arm. At the end of the visit, we looked at the x-rays he had taken when we got there. My shoulder replacement looks amazing, everything is lining up properly and nothing is hurt or damaged. It looks really nice and clean.
I am so thankful for all the people who have supported me and helped me get through this. Especially, with all I have been dealing with lately. I am so happy with all my progress I have made. I have been working hard and trying to not push myself but not slack off at the same time. I thank God for supporting and being by my side and letting me never lose faith.
I want to say a huge thank you to a sweet women I met at physical therapy last Friday. Today, I went to physical therapy and the receptionist said that someone had left me a gift. It turned out to be the women I had met last Friday, her name is Joyce. We began talking about what happened to my shoulder, she shared what has happened to her as well. Then we got on the subject of sewing. She likes to see and so do I. We showed each other our previous projects.
As I showed up to physical therapy on Wednesday, Phyllis said she had a gift from Mrs. Joyce. She then handed me a bag that contained 2 pillow cases and a letter. The card says: “It was a true pleasure to meet you. I think and pray for you often. I want you to know you are an inspiration to me. I hope you enjoy the pillow cases I made for you. There are a few mistakes. I had fun making them. You have a wonderful and blessed day. Sinceremy, Ms. Joyce.”
Thank you Miss Joyce for the beautiful pillow cases. Thank you for thinking of me. I am so grateful that I got to meet you!
Hey guys! I am so sorry I am updating so late. It has been crazy since I got out of the hospital. I have been on heavy medicine, which causes me to sleep a lot.
I have been doing well though. The surgery was a success and everything went well. Thanks to Dr. Kam, my amazing doctor and surgeon. I am now two weeks out from surgery. I started physical therapy right away, only doing passive movements. Which means I can’t move my arm by myself.
For a little back story; due to the AVN the steroids and cancer treatments caused, I had to under go surgery. From the AVN, my shoulder began to collapse. It had went so far that my last two options were having a half shoulder replacement or using a cadaver. So, knowing this I prayed about it. After praying for a week or so, I felt like God was telling me to continue with the shoulder replacement.
Through this process, I thank God for helping me through this journey so far and being by my side! He gives me the strength to get through everything I have gone through. Just like my bible verse that helped me through my cancer, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” With God by my side I can do or go through anything! I would also like to thank everyone who has stood by my side and supported me! Especially my family, they have always been right by my side cheering me on. I am so thankful for that! They love me to death and I love them too! They do anything to cheer me up and put a smile on my face! Another person whose support I am thankful for is my best friend Natalie. Even though she lives many miles away in California, she supports me lots. Our talks help calm me down and know that I can get through this. I love her lots and am thankful for a bestie like her!
Hey guys! I need some prayers for my nerves. Even though my shoulder replacement surgery is in late June, I am getting nervous. I believe it’s the devil trying to get me to back down. I have prayed about this surgery for so long and I know that God wants me to do this. These nerves are not enough to get me to back out. I am just nervous about all the cons and I am so young, almost sixteen. I know God has a plan for my life and this surgery. I will continue to lean on him. I just need some prayers for my nerves and that God will take over my nerves, he has already has my life. I thank God for always being by my side and always comforting me. I know my doctor wouldn’t do anything on me he wouldn’t do on himself. I am going to pray to God about my nerves. I ask that you guys pray for me as well! Love you guys lots, talk to you soon!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 ??
This week, Tuesday the 29th we went to see my shoulder doctor, Dr. Kam. From my bone doctor, we were told my shoulder is closed. So we went and seen Dr. Kam to let him know and see where we are going from here (surgery?).
If you guys haven’t read my post before about my shoulder I ‘ll give you a little background. I went through 2 1/2 years of cancer treatment for Pre-B Cell High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The steroids and medicine have caused me AVN of both knees and my left shoulder. Due to the a vascular necrosis, my shoulder is pretty much destroyed. I now need a shoulder replacement.
I have been waiting for my growth plate to close so that I am at skeletal maturity and can go ahead with surgery. Well, now I am closed and ready for surgery. We talked about all the complications, what this journey will consist of, and what happens once I go down this road. It is a huge decision deciding to have a shoulder replacement, especially at my age. My huge deciding factor was pain relief.
I thank God over all for being with me through this journey and never leaving my side. I have prayed countless days and nights over what I should do and what is the best decision. I thank him for putting the right people and doctor in my life to take care of me. I am so thankful for my family for being by my side, always taking care of me, and loving me.