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.
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