The doctor said everything went really well and this morning, 24 hours post surgery, I definitely have more feeling in my left hand and fingers. The hand is extremely weak, so physical therapy will have to work on that, but I'm nearly pain free already.
The worst thing I could say right now is, the incision itches a bit and my fingers still feel sort of fat. I feel 1000% better than yesterday and I can't wait for the left hand to heal so I can get the right hand done.
Physical therapy continues to tear me into pieces every other day, but I definitely see a big difference in my range of motion. Yesterday, I very gently swung a driver, very slowly pulling it back to see how far I could go without pain. I was really happy with the results. I'm not ready to play yet, but for the first time in a year, I feel like there's a pin point of light at the end of the tunnel.
After way too long, I finally have enough range of motion and can move without hurting enough to make a very old man swing, but i couldn't be happier about it. I saw Nicklaus on tv lyesterday and while he's older than me, I saw what his once long swing has become and I just thought to myself, "If he can get around that way, so can I."
I made a bunch of 3/4 swings with a short follow through, with nearly every club in the bag and I was amazed how squarely I hit the ball. After so long and with a different swing, I had no idea how far I could hit the ball. I didn't make very many good guesses in that regard, but it felt so good just to actually play again. I didn't even care that I chipped and putted horribly.
I shot 52... 20 shots higher than I once shot on that same 9 holes. I couldn't have cared less. My only par was on the 9th hole, where I made a 10 foot, downhill, breaking right putt. When it went in the hole, I have to admit I nearly cried.
I have to thank my friends John, Fabian and Juan so much. For nearly 16 months, they refused to replace me in their group to flush out a foursome. They always insisted that place was mine.
Before every shot, they all said, "Be careful"... They never let me push myself and as John said after the round, maybe this short swing has a lesson built into it. I hit the ball nearly as far off the tee, but definitely much straighter. Maybe at nearly 70 years old, I've discovered what could be a better way for me to play.
Thanks guys... I'm sitting on the couch, just sort of staring at my clubs by the front door. I'm going to clean them in a little while. I've even missed that. Cleaning my clubs is like a Zen moment to me. Then i think I'm going to pull out every single thing I own that's golf oriented and sort through it all to see what I can throw away, thus making space to buy something new. I have around a dozen pair of golf shoes. I certainly don't need all of them and some are definitely so old they could be thrown out. They don't owe me anything.
Through this year plus, I've ignored all the ads I get by email for golf equipment, clothes and gadgets. I've probably saved thousands of dollars, but that time is probably over too.
The thread about what we've bought lately is about to be slaughtered with my posts. lordy, I'm in trouble!!!
Great to hear the wait is finally over Dennis! - I've said many times how bad I would be at coping with what you have & not playing for that long would result in me being admitted to an asylum - Chill out over all the things you now plan to buy & remember "there are no pockets on a shroud!"
Funny you mentioned the old saying about there being no pockets in a shroud. I do know people have been buried with little trinkets like pictures of their dog or children. Who says my favorite putter can't go with me?
The gloves I bought arrived and were for the wrong hand. They went back and the new shipment is supposed to arrive tomorrow. Even though I didn't play for over a year, I don't know how in the world I let myself get down to one glove. My hands are huge and I buy cheap gloves because I tear up expensive ones just as quickly as cheap ones. I probably go through 10 a year just playing once a week.
I pulled everything out of my closet yesterday. I have a bunch of goofy headcovers like Garfield the Cat, a Rastafarian man knitted in Jamaica and a big white Bichon Frise headcover I love because i have the dog to match, but the silly cover doesn't go far enough down over the driver to stay on while the cart rolls down the course. It keeps falling off. I need to find some way to display them. I dropped the Bichon cover on the bedroom carpet at one oint and Hogan thought it was a toy for him.
I have all the crazy stuff non golfing friends bought me as gifts, like a cup you put on the ball to draw a line. Another one is a stencil to draw a happy face. One gadget works with a battery and vibrates the ball, supposedly into a position where, if the ball isn't perfect, the heavier side will be at the bottom. You can then mark it so it rolls over and over the supposedly best weighted direction. (Yeah, as if I was ever really that good)
I found a small box of peton clips... ??? (I have no idea) There was a box of 100 ball markers from a local charity tournament a friend was involved with. She gave me the swag years ago... 100 ball markers, as if I've never heard of COINS...
Somehow, I had 3 weighted donuts, little things to go over the hosel of the club to swing and loosen up. I have no idea where i got them either.
There were 57 grips of various types, but out of all those, I could only put together 2 full sets of 13 each. Only 2 others were putter grips, both skinny things I'd never use. I did find more tape and mineral spirits I never knew I had. That's going to be useful for the next grip change. My loft and lie protractor and a magnetic duplicate were in there. Sinvce I go to a golf store for club adjustment now, those aren't likely to get used ever again. But, they did make me think of something.
My good set are my Mizuno 900 Hot Metal irons, but my other set are Cobra F7 single length irons. Since all I can hit are punch shots for the moment, I'm using them so I can hit every iron in the bag. Hitting down with wedges and taking a big divot like I usually do could hurt my shoulder, so it's easier to clip the ball off the turf with slightly longer irons. As my range of motion develops, they will eventually be sold too. My wife teased me I was only making space to buy more "stuff"...
Wait until she hears about my plans to sell about 25 of my 50 guitars...
My wife is teasing me. She says she knows my shoulder must feel a lot better because my clubs, which have been in the closet for a year, are now residing by the front door. I used to play 3-4 times a week, so after every round, they would get cleaned and stuck right back by the front door, ready to go again. Even though I got down to playing just once a week, they still lived by the door, where I would often conveniently grab a club to grip while watching tv. They are back there again, so to my wife, it translates into me feeling good enough to play golf, THUS she figures I feel good enough to do a bunch of "honey do" jobs around the house and yard.
I'm back to using my Mizunos. (YAY!) When I started to play again, I used some one length Cobra irons, but the 5, 6, 7 and 8 iron were slightly uncomfortable. Since my 900 HM set is 1" extra long, it wasn't until the 9 iron in the Cora set that it caught up length wise. The longer Cobra wedges still feel good because I don't need to bend over so much, but I'm going to work on something in that regard.
The running bird is now in residence by my front door... Can't wait until Monday.
Unfortunately, I've reinjured the shoulder. Ridiculous as it sounds, I was installing some pickups in an electric guitar and when I stripped some insulation off a piece of wire, there was some resistance and then it let go and my shoulder jerked.
I'm going back to the Orthopedist next week, but for the moment, it's painful as all get out to swing a club.
THAT i could do... of course, it sounds like crud, but....
I'm still trying to do my physical therapy on my own. It actually doesn't hurt to reach out or up, but the motion to turn my arm behind me or across me to the left hurts, exactly where it needs to go to swing a club.
I still have some irritation in a spot sort of below the shoulder at the top of the bicep, but moving me around this morning, my Orthopedist buddy doesn't think I damaged myself. He said as long as I'm careful, I could play golf, but limit myself to sort of punching the ball around with a very abbreviated swing. Now I'm looking forward to Monday to see how it goes.