I went for my weekly physical therapy appointment this morning as I have for the past few months. You see, when you have lymph nodes removed, there is the potential for complications; I had 6 removed when I had my surgery. Immediately after surgery I felt like this guy.
I could not lift my arms above my shoulders. The scar tissue was so stiff it prevented me from being able to have typical movement. Getting anything from high shelves in the kitchen proved to be quite challenging and honestly, I was a little nervous that it was a permanent thing. I'm happy to report that I now have full rotation of my shoulder and the scar tissue in my armpit has loosened up.... PHEW. Mark, the PT, he does good work. Now the goal each week is to work to keep the swelling down in my arm. Because the function of the lymph nodes is to drain the fluid in the body and I am now without some of the nodes, it overworks some of the remaining nodes and results in swelling.
I am now the proud owner of a compression sleeve and glove that I wear to help reduce this swelling and every week, I get a lymphatic massage. The massage is actually quite enjoyable; I like to close my eyes and relax for the 45 minutes while Mark does his thing.
How oh how did I get on this tangent about lymph nodes? Sorry.
Onto better things...it's baseball season.
My little man hit a whopper tonight into the outfield, over second base. He was so very proud of himself...and we were so very proud of him too!
I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.