Twas the night before the knife...

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Blog entry by Greg3G posted 05-31-2007 02:19 AM 1651 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here I am, the night before the knife. Surgery on my shoulder is scheduled for very early tomorrow morning. Emotions are running through me in every direction, eager to have it done, scared of the outcome, terrified of the inablility to work either at the day job or in the shop.

First let me explain what is going on. I spent a number of years in the Army and during that time, I had dislocated my shoulders a number of times. That said, they didn’t have the technology at the time to tell me exactly what the problem was so I was given two options, physical theropy or exploritory surgery. Having seen many a young man have their careers ruined and lives total disrupted by these same surgeons, I chose physical theropy which was only marginaly effective.

Now almost 20 years later, Here I am with major damage, my Glenoid Labium is completely torn and has slipped into the joint, the tendons are either torn or damaged, and my clavical is impinging on the joint. Basicly the only thing holding my shoulders together are the rotator cuff and the impinging bones. It got to the point where I couldn’t pick up a full soda can with my left arm. Needless to say I was tired of “playing though the pain.”

I am fearfull of the results. What if the surgeon makes a mistake? What if he gets in there and can’t fix the damage? Am I too late in getting it fixed? All of these doomsday scenarios run through my mind. I know that the outcome is in God’s hands, but in my human frailty, I have my fears.

I am terrified at being idle for so long. Six weeks seems like an eternity to me at this point. I have so much to do at my day job (I am a senior Proposal Manager for Verizon Business’ GovEd division.) and not being able to get into the wood shop. I think that of the two, I will miss the wood shop the most. That is my stress relief. I commune with God, remember the things that my Grandfather and Father have taught me, and yes Frank, the wood. There is nothing more satisfying than building something that will last beyond my short time here on earth. I hope that the outcome allows me to get back into it soon.

I would like to thank all of you who have expressed well wishes and offered prayers. I am truly humbled by your support. I have done a lot of things in my life that I carry a lot of guilt over, and sometimes feel unworthy of such support. If I seem ungratefull or cold, it is not that I do not appreciate your support, it that I feel unworthy of it. It is hard for me to deal with sometimes. Please do not take offence.

I will try and get back online as soon as possible and let you know how I am doing. I want to thank you now and let you know how much this communty has come to mean to me. Even when we have a difference of opinon, we discuss it civily and with respect and more often than not come to an agreement. You all have proven that people can make a difference in the lives of others, Dusty, Marc and Karson are great examples of this. I am truly honored to have you as friends.

Thanks and I will talk to you again soon.

Lumberjock to the core,

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#1 posted 05-31-2007 02:24 AM

Best wishes Greg. I’m sure it will all work out fine.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-31-2007 02:34 AM

Greg: Our prayers are with you, We have a God that can do things that Man and Dr’s cannot understand.

Put your faith in God and he will guide the surgeon’s hands during your surgery.

God Bless you. See you in 4 weeks.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 05-31-2007 04:00 AM

Hi Greg;
—-well I’m believing, that all things are going to work out good for you!
....”communing with God, all the things your grandfather and father taught you, and wood”, I do believe your in good hands….my prayers go with you.


-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 05-31-2007 04:02 AM

I will be sure to say a couple of extra prayers in the morning for you and your surgeons. I am sure everything will turn out fine.

Over Christmas I managed to completely tear the posterier cruciate ligament (PCL) in my right knee while proving to my three year old that I could climb a tree that he said I could not climb. Physical therapy has worked well for me. In fact, my knee is enuogh better now that I hardly ever even think about it. I need to keep up the PT or things will get worse. The doctor said the fix was often worse than just leaving it alone. They only fix it if they have to. After he explained the procedure I am glad they didn’t have to.

Let us know how things went.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#5 posted 05-31-2007 04:31 AM

I’m a newcomer here, but I was a surgical pharmacist for about twelve years. In that time I saw tremendous advances made. New techniques and materials let surgeons repair things that were previously impossible. Complication rates are SO much lower now than when I started in OR. Good, if not necessarily ideal, outcomes are more the norm than ever before. The biggest hurdle will be the post-op physical therapy, but even that gets better in time.

Have faith in your surgical team and, of course, have faith in God.

They don’t call Him “The Great Physician” for nothing.

My prayers go with you.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#6 posted 05-31-2007 04:35 AM

Listen to your orthopaedist and therapist like their words were Gospel. Set realistic goals for reahab. Use function as an outcome marker, not pain. A plateau in rehab is only that and often followed by another one. Don’t get discouraged and realize that the time it takes to get better will be forgotten 2 years down the road. Good luck, God speed and please advise of your outcome.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 05-31-2007 05:29 AM

We’ll be thinking good thoughts for you.

-- Chelle

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#8 posted 05-31-2007 06:18 AM

My prayers go with you ‘Greg. You will be in all our hearts and minds until you return. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 05-31-2007 07:45 AM

Good luck, Greg!

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#10 posted 05-31-2007 12:47 PM

I wish you a rapid, & successful recovery, Good Luck!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 05-31-2007 01:40 PM

Best wishes in hopes of a successful surgery and speedy recovery…our prayers are with you…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#12 posted 05-31-2007 02:16 PM

You’ll be better than before Greg. You just got to believe. I had a kidney transplant three and a half years ago. I put my life into our God’s hands and into the into hands of the Methodist Hospital’s doctors hands. I was idle for three months afterwords. Thought I’d go crazy, and maybe I did… :-) But all is fine now. This idle time passes much faster than one might think beforehand. Especially since there’s baseball and LumberJocks.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#13 posted 05-31-2007 05:45 PM

My prayers are with you. My next door neighbor has had surgery on his shoulder and has come through it just fine. He has had it worked on twice. I think he messed up and tried to reach over his head before it could completely heal. So, take the time to heal and I believe everything will be O.K.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 05-31-2007 06:16 PM

We are pulling for you Greg. Take care and see you when you get back.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 06-01-2007 03:49 PM

I just saw your post, – better late than never—my thoughts are with you.

No regrets, “eh?”—your decisions of the past were made with the best of intentions in those moments. What was, was and what will be, will be.
I hope that everything goes smoothly for you and recovery is fast.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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