Mike did so well with his spinal fusion!! He healed and physical therapy went really well. It went so well that the physical therapist noticed something not right with Mike's left shoulder. She worked with this shoulder and finally told us she didn't think the pain was related with the surgery at all. We had just thought it was painful from the cervical stenosis and the subsequent surgery and perhaps just slow in healing. So we headed to the neurosurgeon for a follow up and to discuss this new information from the physical therapist.
The neurosurgeon confirmed what the physical therapist suspected and sent us to an orthopedic surgeon since this didn't fall under the area of a neurosurgeon. The appointment with the orthopedic surgeon went very well. He examined Mike's left shoulder, took an x-ray and told us what he suspected but wanted an MRI to confirm. Fast forward...the MRI confirmed that Mike had a rotator cuff tear (completely pulled off the bone), torn labrum, arthritis, bicep tear and bone spurs. He told us not to wait much longer than two months to have this surgery. It was pretty bad.
Surgery was November 12th!! This orthopedic surgeon, who we've been told is one of the best in the nation, requires a CPM chair ( continuous progressive movement) as well as a recliner to sleep in for six weeks. As many of you already know, we travel in an Oliver Legacy Elite II which isn't going to quite have the space for a recliner and a CPM chair so we had no choice but to move out of the Oliver and into an apartment. You just can't make this up!!!
So off our Ollie goes to storage and off we go to live in an apartment....for recovery.
We weren't sure how long we'd be in an apartment or if we'd ever move back into the Oliver. The apartment is nice and comfortable...chairs, sofa, tables, king size lift bed and a huge TV with cable BUT it's not the Oliver!! We know we have to be here for rehab but we really miss the Ollie!!
|Post-op week 1|
|Post-op week 6|
|Trail at Chewacla State Park|
|Trails at Chewacla State Park|
I managed to line up the hitch and ball (yay me) and pulled him out of his storage spot and headed to a wonderful woodsy site at Chewacla State Park, about a 45 minute drive!! A site that we have camped on many times and love....nestled back in the woods!!
|Our site at Chewacla State Park|
I am so proud that I managed to hook up the Oliver, tow him 45 miles and arrive safely at our site.....however, I am not good at backing up. This is where Mike took over, shhhhhhhhh don't tell anyone, he used his good arm and backed the Ollie right into that site with no problem. Wow!! I am jealous!!! Now we can enjoy the Oliver and one day soon sleep there again.
|Lake at Chewacla|
So that's where we are at this point. It's been a long journey but there is light at the end of the tunnel and we are very grateful that the shoulder is healing and Mike will be good again very soon.
Thanks for stopping by and catching up with us!! We will be doing the same with you all as well. It's just been so time consuming but it's now getting better!!
Wishing all our RV friends a very Happy healthy New Year!!! Safe travels!!!!