Sunday, October 31, 2010

BJJ Surgery #2 in T minus 1 day

MRI results are in...affirmative to the hip and shoulder labral tears. Blah, blah, blah. Nothing I didn't already know.

I can FEEL that there is something really really wrong. Don't we always know, deep down? My hip has been out of whack since at least January. And the shoulder was torn in February by a kimura at the ADCC Canada Pro Trials.

What are the odds that less than 2 years after my last shoulder surgery (also caused in a BJJ tournament), I would tear both my other shoulder's labrum (plus a little partial on the rotator cuff) AND the labrum of one hip? To top if off, I discovered this less than one month after FINALLY quitting my job! Good bye 2-a-days, hello weeks and months off training. Goodbye Nogi Worlds and training with Michelle Nicolini for a week, hello Tylenol, Prednisone, ice, and frustration.

Oh don't worry, it gets better - Jake Mackenzie is here training for 2 months, we will have blue and purple belt visitors from Canada, France, and others during the next month. Jeff Glover is supposed to come visit in December, and Ana Lowry and Murilo Santana are returning at Christmas. And I am stuck on the sidelines. :(

But wait, there's more...

There is one heck of an awesome women only tournament about to run in Hamption, VA sponsored by none other than CONVERSE and US Grappling! Sure, I can take my ladies but it would have been nice to be able to compete instead of showing up in a lot of pain and a sling.

Yet despite all of this, I am actually looking forward to going to sleep a little before 4:00pm on Tuesday and waking up around 6pm with my shoulder completely fixed. Believe it or not, I can't WAIT to go into surgery. I'm tired of my arm hurting 24/7, of being unable to even sit or lay down comfortably.

I filled my post-surgery prescriptions today and helped myself to 2 of the prescription strength anti-inflammatories. I can't take Advil and ice doesn't do much. But then, it doesn't seem that these meds are helping a lot either...

Soon the pain will start improving instead of worsening practically by the day.


Then I will have to schedule my hip surgery. Hopefully, they can fit me in a few weeks before Christmas, so I'm off crutches by New Years.

Not likely, but I need a little hope right now.


  1. Man, I am sorry you are having to go through all of this. But glad that you are able to get it fixed! Hope the time passes quickly for you.

  2. I had a shoulder surgery a few years ago. Torn Labrum, torn rotator cuff, several small fractures leading to frequent dislocations. It has been a tough road back but, it's a lot better than the dislocations. Best of luck. sounds like you already know the drill, but the rehab is everything.


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