Rosemary had restricted movement and pain in her shoulder, and was told that surgery was the best option. The operation went well but her recovery took a lot longer than she’d expected. Since surgery, she has had lots of bruising on her shoulder and chest.
Rosemary had pain in her shoulder and restricted movement so went to see a doctor, who referred her to a specialist. She was given an injection in her shoulder for pain relief, but it was short lived. Her specialist advised that surgery was the best option. She was able to get booked in for surgery three weeks later, which she was pleased about.
When Rosemary went for her pre-surgery assessment, she said that everything was well explained and it made her feel relaxed. She was given a booklet about her surgery, which she found very helpful. She was also given the name of a website address for Technology Enhanced Patient Information (TEPI) to look at, but she couldn’t access it. Rosemary felt that she got all the information she needed from the booklet.
Rosemary’s operation went well. However, having had surgery before, she requested not to be given the same type of pain relief used previously, as it had made her nauseous. Unfortunately, she was given it again, and it made her feel dizzy and nauseous. The doctor offered her the option of staying in hospital overnight, but she felt that the nurse was very keen for her to be discharged. She now questions her own decision of leaving hospital so soon after surgery and when feeling unwell. In hindsight, she thinks it was not such a good idea.
Recovery took a lot longer than Rosemary had expected and she has had a lot of bruising after her surgery. However, she feels the overall medical care she received has been good. On returning home after surgery, she also felt well supported by her children and sister. Because she often uses her hands for work as a textile teacher, she feels that her recovery has somewhat been affected by her work, but she hasn’t let it stop her from working.