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Old 01-06-2013, 12:45 PM
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I really need some advice and opinions on getting surgery now and weighing up the risk of my survival skills being needed before im better cause of impending doom/s for the world coming and not knowing exactly when that will be....

I have multiple tears in my arm/shoulder labrum, specialist said i need keyhole surgery to repair it. Ive needed this surgery for over a year..

Id be unable to do nothing for 6 weeks after surgery for healing, and have it restrained in a sling for some time then it will take from 9 up to 12, months with physio and rest and light duties to get it back to normal.

If im gonna go ahead with it and get it done, it could take 3- 6 months to get in to get the surgery done too.

Specialist says I wont come out worse, only either the same or better, although not 100% still better than now which is probably about 50%

I have my girlfriend who will help me through recovery at home and stuff. BUt she cant help me with my survival plans which are in wilderness scenario. My issue is how am i gonna help myself if SHTF or a natural disaster and i gotta go into survival mode...should i go for the surgery or NOT because of the risk of something happening within these time frames?

I could survive how my arm is now, i can do stuff but excess is painful and too much can almost incapacitate me for days on end. But i do what i can

but ive wanted my arm to be better and be able to use it longer and better without so much pain for about at least 7 years. It has been a long time I have a life with suffering, anyway ive gotten used to it somewhat but it still bugs me ALL the time. So this surgery is a good thing!

I just wanna know perhaps what percentage or chance there is of **** going down when im vulnerable after surgery. How likely do you think it is, Do you think its too late and id best go on without it from now on, as it is now im prepared to hit the hills, but if i dont have to yet this surgery could make my life 110% better
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Firstly, I want to say that I am sorry for your health issues and wish you all the best.

I just went through this scenario with my husband last fall -- he had hip replacement surgery. We both wondered what would happen if this or that occurred while he recovered. After some soul searching, we decided that allievating his pain was the most important thing -- which would also reduce / eliminate his need for long-term pain management.

Before surgery, I worked with him to get some of our most important things done so these would be out of the way. I also reviewed with him things that he had been solely responsible for, to ensure that I knew where certain items were kept, etc.

After surgery, he was very motivated to recover quickly and effectively. He is doing almost all the activities he used to do, and I have full confidence that he could help protect our home even better than before the surgery.

I would advise you to pray on this and remember that in a sense, you are vulnerable now being in a position with needing the surgery today. A disaster could happen tomorrow or never -- although in both cases, it is most likely not to happen tomorrow but likely to happen sometime. The sooner you get the surgery done, the sooner you are past recovery and ready to be the best you can be.
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Health is your #1 prep - why are you ignoring it?
Worse case scenario, you don't fix the shoulder and 10 years from now when SHTF there will be no medical care, it will deteriorate to the point of being a liability.
If you live your life in FEAR of what MIGHT happen each given moment, THEY (whoever you consider them to be) have already won.
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Thats good advice and a nice reply, thanks heaps. i suppose we still gotta go about our lives as normal sometimes regardless of impending things and what happens will happen but Im not a very lucky person and i fear this surgery wont be an exception.

I wonder what percent chance it is that nothing will go down in the next year. i reckon its over 50% at least it would be good to have a poll between believers. I agree its wise to just focus on management. if somethings gonna start anytime this year i really dont wanna be at any disadvantage though. I dont really have the kinda support one would need.
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Health is your #1 prep - why are you ignoring it?
Worse case scenario, you don't fix the shoulder and 10 years from now when SHTF there will be no medical care, it will deteriorate to the point of being a liability.
If you live your life in FEAR of what MIGHT happen each given moment, THEY (whoever you consider them to be) have already won.
Thanks. You are very right. Its good for me to hear this, cause i havnt been getting much advice off anyone else in my life. thankyou its great hearing opinions from more than one person.
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After surgery, he was very motivated to recover quickly and effectively. He is doing almost all the activities he used to do, and I have full confidence that he could help protect our home even better than before the surgery.
How long after the day of surgery until He was feeling better and doing normal kinda activities by himself again?
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recovery depends a lot on your age. older takes longer, younger not as long.
that being said, get it done now rather than putting it off for whatever reason. the longer you live with it, the more complicated things could get for you. you are probably compensating for the shoulder and that could lead to problems with your back or other arm or shoulder. the injury may have the potential of becoming worse and more difficult to repair.
just prepare for the surgery and the recovery time you will need. have backup plans for the most likely eventualities. and the best of luck to you for sure.
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In five years, we won't recognize this health care system.
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I had a co-worker go through this and within a few days, he was back up and mostly moving around fine. He was a little sore, but was fine after about a week and a half (back to work). After that, he was able to move his arm in full rotations after about 2 weeks or so.

Everyone's different, but like the others, I would say go for it. Personally, I maxed out my dental insurance a few months ago and am about to go through about half of it again (cleanings, cavities, etc - I hate dentists).

Do it now, or you'll regret it when you get worse and worse...
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with the changes coming to the medical care industry, thanx to Obammy's communist instincts .... most docs are recommending "get it done while you can" .....

one of the only things looming, in the way of a SHTF, is the current Syrian situation .... how that mess evolves is a big guess .... your timetable is over a year ..... really hard to predict that much future ....
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He started his physical therapy the evening after surgery. He was able to dress himself in regular clothes 2 days after surgery. He was driving 3 weeks after surgery.

Like I said he was very motivated! YMMV


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I really need some advice and opinions on getting surgery now and weighing up the risk of my survival skills being needed before im better cause of impending doom/s for the world coming and not knowing exactly when that will be....
As another poster said: "... The sooner you get the surgery done, the sooner you are past recovery and ready to be the best you can be. ..."

Our healthcare system is going through a series of changes now. From everything I hear it is going to become really bad.

I say jump on this surgery as fast as possible.

My wife and I are both 'eligible' for surgeries [a hysterectomy and a hernia], and our local hospital is recommending 'no'. The surgeries would help each of us, but the first round of new regulators are in position, and the rationing is beginning.
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I vote for getting healthy and physically fit ASAP. Chances are great we will not fall into TSHTF until late spring or mid summer.
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I agree with most others, schedule it and get it done as quickly as possible.

If disaster occurs after the surgery and before you are fully recovered (extremely unlikely), you may not be at 100% but will be on your way towards it. It may be helpful to pay a PT specialist $100/hour to bring your shoulder back into use but it is certainly not necessary, you'll get along fine without their fancy equipment, it will heal and you will regain use on your own with exercises you can do on your own.
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I am going to get it done as soon as possible. My health is my priority. I will survive no matter what. Thanks alot everyone.
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Hi saicoe I was wondering if you got the surgery yet? And how you are doing? I so "feel your pain". I'm in the same place and have been trying to give it time through pt for 11 months...time is up.
My Dad had both of knees replaced the year before hurricane Andrew hit Homestead. He said he could not have gone through the rebuilding and helped all the people he did if he had been in the kind of pain he was before the surgery.
Hope you are doing well! mb
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