Three Month Update — Great Expectations

Three months ago today I fell off of a ladder, broke my left femur at the hip socket, broke my right arm humerus at the shoulder, and had an emergency partial hip replacement surgery on my left hip.

I knew that my recovery period from these traumatic injuries would be a long one. It would involve a lot of physical therapy and work on my part. I was told that it would likely take six months before I was fully recovered from both my hip and my shoulder injuries.

Still, I had set some expectations in my own head about where I’d be at the so-called half way point, three months into the estimated recuperation period.

I expected by now that I’d be able to ditch my walker and make due with a cane. I expected by now that my pain-free range of motion in my right shoulder would be significant. Those were my great expectations.

But my great expectations have turned out to be failed expectations. I still need a walker to get around and I don’t see that changing much before the end of this month, if not later. And my range of motion in my right shoulder is still very limited.

So I admit, I’m feeling a little bummed out. But maybe I will make adequate progress over this next 30 days that I’ll be feeling more upbeat by mid-May.

39 thoughts on “Three Month Update — Great Expectations

  1. Sadje April 14, 2023 / 5:53 pm

    Slow and steady progress is the best. Don’t feel despondent as the older we get, the healing process gets slower. All the best for your steady progress

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  2. Ron. April 14, 2023 / 6:28 pm

    I’m still waving my wand, for what good it may/may not do.

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    • Fandango April 14, 2023 / 8:02 pm

      Ha! Talk about closing the barn doors after the horse has run out!

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  3. lifelessons April 14, 2023 / 7:03 pm

    How did you manage t not skip a day on your prompts and blogs? And how did I miss word of this before? Hope your healing goes well.

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    • Fandango April 14, 2023 / 11:30 pm

      It’s going slowly…but surely, I guess.


      • lifelessons April 14, 2023 / 11:42 pm

        SO SORRY. It is the pits to feel poorly.. Blogging helps,though, don’t you think? I am addicted. Keep thinking I’ll break away… I’d “save” so much time in the day to work on my books, but….It is like word heroin!

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        • Fandango April 15, 2023 / 8:59 am

          I’m addicted to and it offers me a bit of an escape from focusing in my busted bones.


          • lifelessons April 15, 2023 / 9:55 am

            I know…Gets to the point that that is the only power we have. What to overlook instead of letting it control us.

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  4. slmret April 14, 2023 / 7:52 pm

    Keep the proverbial chin up — it sounds like you are making the progress expected by your doctors. And hopefully the sun will come out soon to help with the emotional part.

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  5. Marilyn Armstrong April 14, 2023 / 7:56 pm

    Try to relax. The more pressure you put on your body, the harder it has to work to recover. Rest. RELAX. Watch funny movies.

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  6. Suzette Benjamin April 14, 2023 / 8:10 pm

    The body has it seems its own schedule for healing. It can be frustrating true indeed. One day at a time. Sending you good vibes and prayers for healing energy.

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  7. Lauren April 14, 2023 / 8:35 pm

    I totally understand your frustration. Our bodies move at their pace. My only advice is to don’t push yourself to doing damage. Sending prayers and good energy.

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  8. msjadeli April 14, 2023 / 9:10 pm

    Keep setting goals for yourself and doing your prescribed exercises. You’ll get there, Fandango. Sounds like you are doing well for the 3-month mark.

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  9. Marleen April 14, 2023 / 11:25 pm

    I’m glad you have ambitious expectations. You’ll do well.

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  10. bushboy April 14, 2023 / 11:48 pm

    Hope you are setting easy goal. I reckon once you master getting out of bed, the rest will be easy as

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  11. Mister Bump UK April 15, 2023 / 12:17 am

    There’s a valid point here in that we never recover as quickly as we’d like. However quickly we recover, we always want to get there faster, and we ask ourselves pointless questions like “am I doing enough?”
    Truth is, we do as much as we are able.
    Bear in mind that if someone ever did quote a timeframe to you, and if their assessment was anywhere close to objective, it would have been an average, spread over lots of patients, lots of ages, not confined to seventy-something guys. So you just don’t know. All you can do is: do what you can.

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    • Fandango April 15, 2023 / 9:04 am

      Very good advice, but I just want to be like I was before the fall. Able to walk without a walker, able to have full (normal) range of motion in my right arm and shoulder and to be pain free. And I want it ASAP! 😂

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  12. Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes April 15, 2023 / 12:40 am

    All those bones need a lot of time to heal, please don’t try to push them, as you will only make them more stubborn! You will look back at all of this and I bet you will laugh…

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  13. SadiRose April 15, 2023 / 2:54 am

    Oh that stinks. I hope the recovery continues to progress and speeds up as you get stronger.

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  14. sandyjwhite April 15, 2023 / 8:01 am

    Hang in there! My husband has had surgery on both shoulders. It does take time to regain strength and range of motion.

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  15. rugby843 April 15, 2023 / 10:26 am

    When the weather is warmer and sunnier you will get out for walks etc and healing will hurry along.  It takes time and patience, hopefully yours is more abundant than mine.👍🏻❤️

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  16. pensitivity101 April 15, 2023 / 2:46 pm

    Small targets are easier to attain. Take your time rather than rush it and then undo all the good you’ve done so far. As Hubby and I are often saying, getting old sucks.

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  17. E. that's me April 16, 2023 / 6:57 am

    Glad it is going okay so far. Wishing you less pain and more movement. Good luck.
    When I’ve been given a deadline or expectation, I find I often try to create a newer,closer one. I am frequently disappointed that the arbitrary timelines I give myself I can’t or don’t meet. Yet I still do it. ☹️

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  18. leigha66 April 28, 2023 / 9:35 am

    Any kind of healing is a process that takes time. Trouble is we live an a pretty instant society these days and expect it now. Be patient and gentle with yourself, you will get there. Wishing you continued improvements!

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