The Months Immediately After Surgery

After the surgery in March 2012 it was down to the rehab and associated exercises. There was plenty of nervousness waiting for the first signs that the operations were successful. Melanie, my arm therapist had warned me that the first signs that the operations had been successful would be a flicker in the brachiallus or the bicep. Being an impatient person I would come away from the therapist disappointed every time there was no sign of a flicker. I think it was about May before we saw the first sign and then it was down to all the associated exercises to get the muscle stronger and get some movement. Whilst you are warned not to expect things to happen to quickly, I still couldn’t believe that the muscle development was so slow.

The highlight came when I discovered that movement was much easier in the pool. I started practicing and discovered that it wasn’t too long before I could bend my arm. It was the oddest feeling. It seemed that the bending and the thoughts associated with the bending were separate. Perhaps this was just the mind getting used to the whole process of bending. My first bend came in the pool at the Fullarton Hotel in Singapore. A grand hotel with the most beautiful pool; a great place for this to happen. My wife videoed it  and this is attached.

About Craig Glass

I am a 58 years old. I am Senior Vice-Principal of Haileybury, Australia's largest private school. My passion outside of family and education is triathlon. I have raced over all distances with the highlight being completing the Ironman in 2011. Whilst training for my next Ironman I had an horrific accident which left me with a left brachial plexus injury.
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