• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 211 (Mobility Exercises)


    Saturday, February 7, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  0.00 miles;  Running Total: 165.62 miles)

    Day 211 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    The muscles on the right side of my chest and shoulder are really tight. The tightness extends down the inside of my right arm and about midway down my forearm.

    Since surgery I’ve been babying my right arm and relying on my left hand to do most things (reaching, pulling, lifting). Now I have to retrain myself to use my right arm even if the task is a little uncomfortable.

    This morning I automatically used my left hand to reach for a coffee cup on a shelf just above my head. Then I remembered to try using my right hand. I managed to get the cup but I had to stand on tiptoe for the last few inches where the cup would have been within easy reach with my left hand.

    Sitting in one position for too long or doing repetitive motions makes that the right side of my chest ache.

    Unfortunately writing is a sedentary task, so I have to take frequent breaks to stretch that arm out.

    I’m told the mobility will come back if I stick with the exercises and continue stretching.

    The paperwork from the hospital included a list of exercises and diagrams to help loosen the muscles on my right side:

    • Bicep curls (without weights, of course)
    • Shoulder rotations (backwards and forwards)
    • Pinching my shoulder blades together
    • Holding my arms at my side, elbows bent at a 90 degree angle and rotating my arms from front to side
    • Standing with my right arm against a wall and pressing my arm into the wall

    I even got a good tip from a fellow breast cancer fighter. She regained her reach by walking her fingertips up a wall. She had a double mastectomy so if she can do it then I have no room to complain.

    These exercises aren’t hard to do and only take a few minutes. Once done I’m able to move my right arm much better than before the exercises.

    Today’s silver lining: the pain is getting less and less every day.

    When first home from the hospital I couldn’t get into or out of bed without help. I couldn’t get off the couch without pain around the surgical site.

    Now I can sit up and get out of bed without pain and I can use my right arm to boost myself off the couch or out of a chair.

    Little victories, I know, but victories none the less.

    I’d like to get rid of the pain medication as soon as possible. I’m almost there, I think. The sooner I get rid of the narcotics and get my arm mobility back, the sooner I can drive again.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.


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