You can lean on me (just not my left shoulder)

I am in Devon for a wedding this weekend but as I lie here on my hotel bed this Saturday morning my mind is purely pointed at 2 more exciting but nerve racking events.

Firstly, this week was the week that I have finally arranged to have a Shoulder arthroscopy. Key hole surgery on my left shoulder to remove a cyst and sow up a 3mm tear in one of my muscles.

This is not a recent injury. In fact, this injury has been prevalent for about 15 years. I have no recollection of what happened to it. Maybe a sporting injury. Maybe a result of a drunken incident. Chances are it was the latter.

It’s hardly a life changing injury but it’s annoying. My left should constantly aches and cracks. When I’m working, cooking, cycling. I am unable to complete a standard weight lifting session, as so, I haven’t been into the weights room for a long long time. Some readers will know though – the weights room isn’t really my natural habitat.

My surgery will be early January, I will be a day patient and the recovery will be 3-4 months. Unable to drive for 3 weeks. This really will be a test of our recent wedding vows, ‘in sickness and in health.’

I will need to prioritise my recovery. 3-4 months is a long time out of action. I am hoping I will be able to get on the bike sooner rather than later and would be lying if I wasn’t a little nervous at the fact I may not do much cycling for this period of time. Could there be a beer belly by Spring?

The positive is that the recovery comes over the winter period. If I can focus on myself and my recovery, by Spring, I should have a fully operating left shoulder. A wait that has lasted 15 years.

Separately, I am also excited to have been accepted onto a Mental Health First Aid training course. This will be starting over the following few weeks and will see me certified as a Mental Health First Aider – able to assist anyone who is experiencing ongoing or new mental health challenges. I look forward to be able to support others in this manner and I will look to use this platform as a way to reach out to people.

Watch out for more information on this course over the next few weeks.

Until then, stay physically and mentally healthy.


1 thought on “You can lean on me (just not my left shoulder)”

  1. As ever a good read. I’m sure you will be well looked after (I suspect your mum and dad may move in 😂) Well done on the course, I’m sure you will make a real difference xx

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