The Top 10
When bad things happen, it is always a good idea look at the positives and not just the negatives to make the situation more bearable. In deference to David Letterman I have compiled two lists. From the home office in Boulder, CO: “JZ’s Top 10 positive and negative things about recovering from shoulder surgery”.
- Walking around with a sling and a sad look garners sympathy from strangers
- Banned from housework
- No training means less laundry (which I was banned from doing anyway).
- Saving time and energy at the gym by only exercising one side of the upper body
- Guilt-free TV watching during the day. No soaps though!
- Waited on by husband and father
- No appetite due to the pain medicine limiting weight gain from lack of training
- When it snowed, no shoveling the driveway
- Good excuse to cry uncontrollably
- Hearing from lots of friends and family – thanks for your concern.
- Asking random people at the gym to make ponytails
- Wardrobe choices limited to items with a full zipper or buttons
- No shaving under one arm creating chafing, though this might help with fitting in better with the purported Boulder lifestyle.
- Responding to emails takes much longer when pecking away at the keyboard with one hand
- Having husband refuse putting bike on the trainer and being incapacitated to do it myself
- Sleeping required creative positioning with various pillows
- Requiring help drying off after a shower, or if alone just standing and drip drying
- Forced into wearing horrible sling on the elliptical machine and the bike trainer generating a lot of extra heat
- Hurting through physical therapy; this really sucks
- It’s an injury, need I say more?