Like many of our clients, I recently had to endure an outpatient medical procedure.
The arthroscopic surgery for a painful frozen shoulder included physical manipulation of the shoulder in order to tear adhesions that had formed, and hopefully restore near-normal range of motion (see photo below).
Before you start to cringe, you should know that I was unconscious and received a complete “nerve block” of my right arm and shoulder. But once the anesthetic started to wear off, oh boy! The pain really kicked in. By the next day, I was in physical therapy and adjusting to short-term daily life with one working arm. The pain has persisted for the past couple of weeks, but I’m starting to get some function back thanks to regular stretching and PT sessions, and the pain is becoming more tolerable. I’ve been told that I should be back to lifting weights and bricking jump shots on the basketball court within a few months.
For most people, the challenges would end there. But for someone with type-1 diabetes, the challenges seem to be endless. It started the day before surgery with a 12-hour fast, then the anxiety-inducing pre-op process, and continuing into the recovery phase with a marked reduction in my overall physical activity, along with the stress that comes from chronic pain. Luckily, I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned over the years from my team of Diabetes Care Specialists about handling these kinds of situations. Thanks to a series of insulin dose adjustments, my glucose levels have actually been pretty decent. And that matters now more than ever because the rate of healing and recovery is affected greatly by glucose management.
Many people don’t realize the impact their glucose control has on their day-to-day lives. Most have it in the back of their minds that poor control can lead to serious health problems. While that is true, we also benefit from managing our diabetes in the here-and-now. Even if you’re not recovering from major or minor surgery, your day-to-day quality of life matters. Keeping glucose levels within a desirable range allows you to perform better physically, intellectually and emotionally. It helps you to avoid illness and recover faster from illness and injury. It creates a safer environment for you and those around you.
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