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    rotator cuff surgery and sewing?

    I'm having rotator cuff surgery next week and was told recovery is 6 weeks in a sling. It's my right one and yes, I'm very right handed. Total recovery in 4-6 months. Besides being nervous about the surgery in general, I am so worried about what am I going to do during the first couple weeks???? I always have sewing, quilting, cross stitching or knitting etc. going on. I will read but I can only do that for so long. I can't sit without anything to keep my hands busy. Does anyone know of a good hand sewing project that I can set up in anticipation of my recovery? Thanks for any ideas

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    When I hurt my shoulder, I think I would have gone crazy if I hadn't had my iPad. There isn't a whole lot you can do without jarring a sore shoulder. I hope your shoulder recovery goes better.

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    Had mine done a year ago. You won't want to do much involving that arm for a couple of weeks. Books, computer, ipad
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    Thank you I was kinda afraid of that but it's better to know what to expect. I've never been injured before so I don't know what to expect.

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    Recovery time really depends on your age and how active you are and you your pain tolerance. Your doctor will want you to rest for some time, but he will also want you to use your arm to avoid developing a frozen shoulder. Physical therapy is very necessary and even though you won't feel much like sewing - maybe some hand sewing, embroidery or crochet or knitting.

    I bought a few counted cross stitch ornaments to work on when I needed something to do that I could finish fairly quickly. And I have been hand sewing a tumbling blocks quilt for years - all head sewn, with the diamonds. It travels well.

    I handled Workers' Compensation claims for 35 years, and one thing I would tell my injured workers instead of having the doctor tell you what you can't do, ask him/her what you can do. That is not to say to over do anything - follow Dr's orders but ask what you can do and don't focus on what you can't do. As you recover you will be able to do more and more.

    Good luck with your recovery and will say a special prayer for you. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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    Cyn, I had the surgery 1 1/2 yr. ago, but on my left side. It's amazing how much you use your shoulder. I wore the sling about 2 weeks; after that, only when I was in a crowd of people (mainly so they wouldn't bump me). I didn't need pain meds after the 2nd day. The only time I hurt was during physical therapy--take some ibuprofen before you go the first few times. Make sure you do the exercises at home. You may think you'll never have your range of motion again, but at the 6 month mark, I got mine back--seems like it was all at once.
    You should be able to cross-stitch or crochet after a week or two. Knitting might be more difficult because of moving your shoulder to yarn over. Maybe some puzzle books, make some yo-yo's, --you probably won't be down as long as you think. Good luck with the recuperation!

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    It also depends on exactly what they do. Rotator cuff very complicated joint. They cut out a pc of bone on mine. I think that was my big issue.still hurts to touch. I have full motion which I didn't expect, and didn't have to go for therapy. I worked it as pain allowed and when I went for follow up dr was pleased. My MIL had surgery and not nearly the pain I had. I hope yours is good. Whatever you do, follow dr orders and don't overdo. Good luck, my prayers are with you.
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    When your doctor and therapist allows why not try a wall hanging, only instead of sewing, do it all with glue? You can precut everything ahead of time or buy a kit. Good time to make a seasonal one out of felt , so that raw seams are no problem. Maybe give it to your therapist when you're finished if it isn't the type of thing you usually like.

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    I was scheduled to have rotater cuff surgery on the 29th we had a blizzard so I cancelled it I have had surgery on that shoulder 7 years ago and did forget how long it takes to recover. I am not real young so it will take a little longer time will tell. Good luck on your surgery and listen to the doctors and therapists

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    Thank you so much for the helpful advise and kind words. I'm going to pull out my english paper piecing and have that ready along with nook, magazines and books. The tv is full of old movies since I don't watch tv except sewing/quilting/crafts shows which always makes my creative juices flow! I will follow dr and p. therapist orders! I'm 53 and very healthy /active person. I do feel sorry for dogs and cats because they will have to find somewhere else to sleep for a while! Thanks again for the help and God Bless You All!

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