Sunday, January 31, 2016
We arrived and they got Dave back and prepped right away. It was a great team. Then Dave was wheeled to the OR for the procedure. It would be his first time under general anesthesia and in his own words afterward, it was WAY different. Glad to have it, but it's tough.
After the 2-ish hour procedure, and he was waking up, I got to head back to see him. He was feeling as you'd expect someone to feel after such a major procedure - pretty wrecked. Happily there was no pain (by design).
The supscapularis tendon was 90% torn. This was reattached to a nest of five bone mounted suture anchors.
The biceps head tendon was hanging by a thread as well as being severely flattened, frayed and thickened. That had to have two inches removed and reattached.
The shredded perimeter of the labrum cartilage was cleaned up after the biceps attachment was removed.
A minor tear in the supraspinatis was repaired and attached to the anchor nest as well.
The acromium and humeral tuberosity were shaved down to a normal shape to prevent impingement.
Various other soft tissue, bone spurs, and hemmoragic bursa were cleaned up.
The procedure was done as a hybrid arthroscopic and open case in order to get the strongest possible repairs to the torn tendons.
The hardest part for me was waiting, and trying to get a photo of Dave. I learned that even when drugged to the high heavens, if someone points a camera at him, he perks up and smiles. :)
At home, he settled into the reclining sofa where he was shocked as how swollen his hand and arm were - plus that they were totally dead from the nerve blocks.
The waiting room of this particular office is filled with photos/memorabilia of climbers we know and other professional athletes!
Following the surgery, they used dissoluble internal sutures, and steri-strips on the outside.
Part of today's visit was to remove the strips! The best part of this is that he can shower again!
Watch for the sequel in May when Dave gets the other shoulder put back together. That is what 40 years of climbing HARD will do to a person. I know he'd not change a thing. If he did El Cap a few months ago with all this important stuff dettached, imagine what he'll be capable of when he's healed!
Friday, January 29, 2016
It was hot - but we were tired of feeding the noseeums so we were dressed for a blizzard.
Not sure we'll return to Barcelos next year. We will be somewhere though! Right now we have plans to hit Panama in May - look for some awesome bird photos from that trip-of-a-lifetime trip!
This bird is a Green Jay. They are spectacular, and pretty secretive for Jays. We'd seen them last year after a long hike. This year they showed up for us at the Botanic Garden. The Gardens were our first destination after we arrived.
I have to confess that I brought a lot of clothes on the trip, but clearly I wore only two items the entire time. :)
To be continued.... 3>