As therapy continued over the course of the next few weeks, we incorporated exercises that concentrated on trying to retrain my shoulder blades to move in the proper direction. They are difficult because I can't feel my shoulder blades moving where they are supposed to. It was/is very aggravating at times because I mentally understand exactly what my therapists are asking me to do with my shoulder blades but I can't physically execute it. It is also aggravating because what I have to do to help my shoulder blades does not feel well in the back of my left shoulder joint. It's back to that saying, "Stuck between a rock and a hard place". When I arrived to pt in May the back of my left shoulder was giving me trouble but as the weeks have gone by the posterior instability has become more apparent. As long as I keep my left arm relatively close to my body there isn't an issue but as soon as I move away from my body things start to shift.
Even though pt had its serious moments, the funny moments far outweighed them. It was good to see the CO therapists I worked with all had a sense of humor like my IL therapist. If I have to go to pt anyways, it may as well be fun. In the past I've been to therapists who make zero conversation and it's strictly "Go do 10 of this exercise and then go do 15 of that exercise." Those types of therapists make the appointments seem forever. Having humor is a good distraction tool while you're doing the exercises; especially when they hurt.
Top 10 fun moments in pt:
1.) Being taught how to say certain words with a Boston accent
2.) Getting one of my therapists on my side to root for the Chicago Blackhawks
3.) Having my Bruins fan therapist take a picture with me in my Blackhawks jersey on my birthday
4.) Laying on my stomach and having my therapist take a picture of my shoulder blades with an "easy button" on my back. Another words, if you have complicated shoulder blades just get yourself an easy button.
5.) There is one exercise where I am on my hands and knees. I have each hand on a towel and I have to slide each arm forward one at a time. We were joking around how I could clean the table doing this exercise. My therapist went to the back and had one of the aids grab some Windex Antibacterial spray. While my therapist was taking a video of me doing the exercise, he had the aid spray some Windex on the table in front of my hands and I cleaned the table while doing the exercise.
6.) Having my therapist wear his "Watch out for the crunchies" t-shirt during my pt session and taking my picture with him.
7.) There is another exercise where I am on my hands and knees. My therapist taps my sides trying to throw me off-balance and I have to hold myself up. It is now referred to as "Cow Tipping"
8.) Being asked by one of my therapists where I am from. I said, Illinois. She then asked if I have always lived there. I replied, yes. She then said, "Really? I thought you were from somewhere south because I hear a southern accent when you talk." I laughed and then explained from all the years of traveling back and forth to Kentucky I picked up the accent.
9.) As little motion that I have when I am standing, it is the exact opposite when I am bending over. My arms go to shoulder level when I am bent over. So, we came up with the idea that I should set my house up like in Mission Impossible so I could hang from the ceiling and cook dinner and be able to do more activities. You have to admit, it would be amazing if I were actually able to make this happen.
10.) Getting to know the therapists who have been working so hard trying to help me.