About 10 years ago, maybe a little longer — possibly 12 years? — Garry had Tommy John surgery on his right shoulder.
It’s a hell of a surgery. Five months in a tight sling followed by months of PT. All was well until about four years ago when our Australian Shepherd got very sick and there was no one to get him into the car but Garry. So he hoisted Bishop into the car and felt his shoulder tear.
He has had to be very careful with it since and today, for no particular reason, sometimes it stops working. I bought a sling from Amazon and we gave it a week of rest.
Today was “doctor visit” day. I thought it was about time because I could see Garry was moving his arm without wincing. I figured it was probably time to take the sling off and start using the arm fully or mostly fully. He still has to treat it gently. No heavy hauling or lifting, but these many years of exercise probably kept it from being a much worse wrench. The muscles are in good shape. For Garry, the issue is more a matter of not twisting the shoulder than pulling it. Except for when he had to lift all 75 pounds of Australian Shepherd, it has been a twist rather than a pull that has caused the pain.
It’s better. The sling is put away. You never know if someone might need it. He got two shots — lidocaine and cortisone — which should make the shoulder (and probably the rest of him) feel better. We can move on with the rest of the summer.