|"Hope" ; photo, junk mail collage, digital.|
Today was my six month check up with my surgeon, checking on both my right (September 23, 2021) and left (April5,2022) Bilateral Total Shoulder Anthroplasties. Both shoulders got three z-rays today in different positions. Both got a good report.
Dr. Sodl has helped me since 2014. Originally with cortisone injections which enabled me to continue training. He explained that both shoulders were in bad shape, bone on bone from arthritis and over use., and that surgery was imminent. He warned me then that eventually the shots would not help. But the shots did work for six months plus to begin with and gradually less time.
By the end of 2018, it was the end of cortisone help, so surgery was inevitable. But Covid surfaced and elective surgeries were stopped. I could no longer train due to shoulder pain. So, I was a grouchy, unhappy camper. When Covid eased up enough to allow scheduling surgeries, in 2021, I got in line.
Today I thanked Dr. Sodl. I brought him a little thank you card and a gift card, which he didn't open. I thanked him for getting me back to what I have loved to do for 50 years, now at age 80. He said he didn't do it for this (gesturing to the card) but for you (me). Dr. Sodl is a real hero.