Sketch o’the Week

July 29th, 2009 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week


Today’s sketch is a quick self portrait along with an update on my surgically repaired left shoulder. For those of you not familiar with the story I tore one of my left rotator cuff muscles lifting weights while on vacation in Jamaica… I blame the metric system.

I just passed 4 months since the surgery and while my doctor and physical therapist are very happy with the progress I am getting impatient. A few weeks ago I was cleared to start slowly strengthening my rotator cuff muscles, but I have a long way to go before my left shoulder will be stable enough for me to begin to work out with my left arm again. So far I have progressed to 2 lb weights on a variety of rehab movements, but I still am limited by pain and a lack of range of motion in some left arm movements.

The prognosis is that the 4th to the 6th month after surgery is usually where a lot of progress is made and things begin to get back to normal. However I was warned it will be at least 9 months from surgery before I will be able to start using the level of weights that will allow me to get back to bodybuilding.

In the meantime, I can’t do much about the scrawny left arm but I’m working on losing the muffin top.


  1. Steve Hearn says:

    Hilarious sketch Tom! Best wishes for a continued progress with the arm!

  2. Faboun'e says:

    I wish that your right arm is biggest because you ‘re a drawing machine …! 😉

  3. Ken says:

    Ha! This one really gave me the giggles. You know what you should do is make your right leg smaller so you’re more symmetrical.

  4. Kevin says:

    I feel your pain(s). I blew out my knee in May and still haven’t been cleared to rehab. Every day is a little better, but it is still taking a ridiculously long time. I wish you all the best.

  5. Tom,
    Didn’t notice it AT ALL at Comic-Con! Maybe you should start drawing MADLY with your left hand… hey any extra exercise could help! 😉

  6. Steckley says:

    Bitter muffintops!

  7. Michael Garisek says:

    looks like you used my arm as a model

  8. Michael Garisek says:

    Yes the scrawny one

  9. yondaime_kazekage says:

    that was hillariouss!! XD

  10. Shiva.Souza says:

    Tom, Tom… Don’t try too fool us! We all know the reason why one of your arms is more muscular! lol…

    Best wishes on the recovery man! But at last now you’re being able to use the left hand to rotate pages and stuff right?


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