I could not do any lifting at all when the neck thing came up, so it has now been 4 months since I've had a weight in my hand. the surgery was succussful with complete ceasing of pain when I woke up. I tapered off the pain meds too fast and enjoyed some opiate withdrawal. I guess 3 days to go from 75mg/day of percocet to 0 isn't long enough. Couldn't sleep unaided for about a week, then all was well.
So, in addition to the old hip injury that never healed, my left tricep and part of my left forearm are completely atrophied. Where the triceps used to be is the weirdest looking damn thing.
I am now free to do limited dumbell work provided it doesn't activate the traps too hard, remembering that the traps sort of insert on the 2 not-completely-fused neckbones, and it needs to knit good and hard before I can go at all heavy.
After some serious self pity, I decided to start lifting with dumbells last night.
I got 2 sets of 20 on dumbell triceps extensions.
with 5 lbs.
I have to keep reminding myself how important it is to take it slow. In the past, I've managed to take it slow for as long as 3 weeks before I hurt myself again not taking it easy.
Tomorrow I'll go to the gym for the first time in 4 months, see how long I can stay on the stationary bike, do some super light leg presses, and stretch my hip. I can't really do too much with the hip unless I can ride the bike for 20 minutes to lube the hip, so it might be a week or 2 before I can stretch hard. In addition to my left triceps, my right adductor, hip flexor and gluteus are also seriously atrophied. so much so that I can't walk without pain. basically, my right leg can't support my body weight of 300 lbs. That's why I'm going to do leg presses, because I move weight less than my my weight, and hopefully build the glute back up. not sure what I'm going to do about the adductor and hip flexor other than stretch them and try not to hurt them again.
If all the rehab goes well, I may be able to consider trying to throw stuff after new years. I'll likely just judge highland games for another year before I try to throw in one. I started judging when I hurt my hip, as I was under the impression at the time that I'd never throw again. My various docs say there is no reason I cant throw again, so long as I take it slow.
I've had a heck of a time getting going again, being relegated to so few lifts, with such little weight. but, I'll need to do the little bells every day for a few months before I can start using a barbell again. With Harry and Carl back, and Joe, Kevin, Brett, Snap and George still here from the old times, I'm hoping that the accountability of daily posting will keep me working out daily.