My Top 10 Post Surgery Activities

Jonathan-hospital-gownThis morning, as you read this, I’m being rolled into surgery for a rotator cuff repair.

It’s been six weeks since I first tore my shoulder (something I’ve replayed in my mind over and over again, regretting more and more each time I think about it), and now that I’m starting to feel a little bit better… I get to start all over again!

Surgery is at 10AM this morning. Luckily, it’s an arthroscopic surgery (unless he finds something more), but he still said to count on four to six weeks with no mobility, and six months before I’m even picking up a coffee cup without wincing. (Nice!)

The timing is actually perfect. August is always a pretty lax month where I take time with my family, and I have almost four weeks before I begin a pretty insane speaking schedule on September 6th. So what does that mean for me for the next four weeks of immobility?

Glad you asked! Here are my plans.

JONATHAN’S TOP 10 POST-SURGERY ACTIVITIES

10. Trying to break a new record of the most movies watched in a 24 hour period! (Or the most movie hours… like the day I watched the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy– the extended editions!)

9. Avoiding email like it’s 1999 (yes, typing actually hurts).

8. Playing stool softener roulette. During post surgery clogs, discovering how much it actually requires to get things moving… not exploding!

7. Calculating the perfect angle to set the recliner for sleeping.

6. Learning to eat with my left hand.

5. Learning to brush my teeth with my left hand.

4. After the stool softener kicks in, learning to roll the toilet paper …. well… there are a lot of things I have to learn to do with my left hand!

3. Growing a beard (although Lori informs me it will not be a real beard, just a patchy imitation. Curse my baby-face!)

2. Sleeping on my back with my arm propped in a brace.

1. And in all reality… counting my blessings! I don’t have to look very far to notice God is very good to me.

Thanks for all  your prayers! (I’ll try to post a comment below with a quick update after the surgery)

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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5 Responses to My Top 10 Post Surgery Activities

  1. Julie Smith says:

    Praying for you Jonathan….and for Lori, your nurse!

    Love to you and the whole family….

    Julie and Matt

  2. dan manns says:

    Praying for a quick recovery!

  3. surgery went well, although doc said the tear was worse than he predicted. 3 of the 4 ligaments were torn. pain is pretty severe. praying time passes quickly.

  4. Shannon Lott says:

    Prying for fast recovery and fun while you wait! 😉

  5. Hi Jonathan,
    Greetings to you there! I am so sorry for your arm but thankful to God that He is keeping you more safe and leading you for this trip in Uganda~ I have been very behind of your posts about this trip however, i am more than willing to attend, i missed the other time, any details about this? I would be interested to be there! God bless you so much!