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John in Mich    Posted 05-14-2019 at 19:23:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Change of summer plans
  • Tractor shows and swap meets for me will be only as a spectator. I had rotator cuff surgery last Thursday. My left shoulder was very badly damaged in a fall in February. I have 6 weeks with a sling, icing and very limited arm movement. Then, physical therapy for however long and no lifting, pulling, pushing etc. That takes me well into next winter.
    I had spent the past couple of weeks preparing my truck, camper and trailer for the great fun of tractor shows, swap meets and flea markets. I even purchased a used car to use at home instead of unhooking from my trailer and taking off the camper.
    So, prior to surgery, I had practiced using one hand to get in/out of the car and reach and fasten the seatbelt. I made a special hooked tool that gives me a cross body reach. It is easier to open and close the door and to grasp the seatbelt.
    I have to adapt and modify. I've wrapped a paint stir stick with surgical tape and inserted it into the sling. It extends just to the heal of my palm to support my wrist. This prevents hand numbness while I sleep. I used to wear wrist braces at night.
    Lastly, typing with one hand SUCKS. LOL

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-15-2019 at 18:56:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I feel for ya, bro. BTDT. Back in June 2002 I had Carpal Tunnel surgery on my Left Had. In July I had my Right Hand done. Advise going to casual loose clothing like sweat pants and Tees. You'll be learning how to do things for the first time.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    John in Mich    Posted 05-15-2019 at 20:14:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • We abuse our bodies for years and then old age (if we are lucky) sets in.

    Michford    Posted 05-14-2019 at 21:22:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Well that kinda sucks, but after you heal hopefully you will feel much better. I screwed up last summer and agreed to go with my wife on a vacation the third week in August. About six weeks after I agreed and reservations were made, I realized that I would be missing my local large tractor show. Never again unless health forces the issue. Get well and take in what shows you can as a spectator only, theres always next year.

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