|John in Mich ||
Posted 05-14-2019 at 19:23:35 [URL] [DELETE]
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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
Posted 05-14-2019 at 21:22:45 [URL] [DELETE]
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Re: Change of summer plans
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.