My therapist told me today that my last scheduled appointment will be March the 4th. My next appointment with my surgeon is March 6th. It looks like Jason (my therapist) may recommend that I continue to use my JAS EZ Shoulder system and do other strengthening exercises at home. And so, my formal PT may be coming to an end, as of March the 4th, if my doctor agrees to it.
Since my surgeon gave me the green light to start hitting some tennis balls (two weeks ago), I’ve been out 5 times. I do have pain because of the tennis, but I’ve been told by Jason and my doctor that that is to be expected until my shoulder heals completely. Jason told me today that I will probably not be back to normal until I approach the one year mark, which for me will be September. He told me that I have made substantial improvement in the last month, and most of what I’m doing with him at the therapy center, I can do at home. He does very little stretching of me now.
The good news is that I can do most of the things that I need to be doing at this point. I can play “rally” tennis (where you don’t serve or keep score – you just hit), maintain my bee hives (I’m a beekeeper), do woodwork, and most household chores. As spring approaches, I’ll be catching honey bee swarms, and doing bee removals too.
I am still using pain medication to sleep at night, but only then. It will be 6 months since my surgery at the end of this month. I may be coming up the home stretch, as far as my formal therapy is concerned – that would be WONDERFUL!