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Best of luck to you, Andy. Eat plenty of protein and there is literature that suggests you get good building blocks for healing from using powdered cow's milk colostrum as a supplement. You'd have to look around for it, like at a higher-end health food store or Integrative Medicine practice, or online. Sounds a little out there, probably, but I took it after my back surgery last year and I didn't grow udders or anything... my back recovered well, but I was also doing my phys therapy and other stuff.

Good luck to you, glad you're on the tail end of it now. Hang in there!
 

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The PT has a different opinion on how soon I should go fishing with some horror stories to back it up. Maybe 6 weeks. It is true that "it will probably will be fine in a couple of weeks if you only use right hand to reel keeping it low" but he talked about people steadying themselves out of habit or even brushing away a bug. He convinced me to use the sling very strictly except when seated at my desk or in bed. One guy tore his stitches (the internal ones on the tear) when the remote started to slip off the couch next to him more than 2 weeks after surgery. He just impulsively reacted too quickly. So, yeah, June maybe.
 

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take the pain meds buddy I used them mostly to get a good nights sleep. Learning to do simple tasks with the other hand and arm can be more of a challenge thnyou imagined :) One other thing make sure you wear sling in public I had someone come up to me and slap me on back about 2 weeks after I almost fainted with pain on the spot.
 

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The pain meds I got interfere with my sleep and leave me really foggy headed at work (remember work? :D). As I alluded to early in the thread, my insurance doesn't offer a lot of choices. Generic oxycodone. How anyone ever gets hooked on that is beyond me. Anything but restful sleep, nausea and a slightly foggy head. Plus you pass a brick every now and then. Big fun! I stopped those about 48 hours after surgery.

Yeah, the sling is a good sign to alert others as well as prevent me from doing stuff I shouldn't yet without thinking about it.
 

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It's best to get the oxy without the Tylenol mixed in. You have to ask for it. Tylenol will kill you from liver failure.
They gave me some of each; 5s with, 10s without. Mix and match until you can't spell payn. But I don't like the gut trouble and it takes too long for lingering fogginess to go away.
 
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