Recovering from Elbow Surgery

 Well, I have made it 4 days post op!

Every day is easier and easier.  Hopefully tonight I’ll be able to sleep through the night without getting any pain medication to hold me through.

Check my arm out … it looks like I have a prosthetic arm, doesn’t it!!??

Recovering from elbow surgery

Back in the hospital last Thursday, the picture below is my initial blood pressure upon entering the preop area.  Clearly not my normal blood pressure … it was 143/93!!  WHAT?  The whole time, I’ve been acting cool as a cucumber thinking that I’m all good and really in a solid mindful place going in to the surgery.  I really did think this blood pressure reading was bad, but then I got to the recovery room … yeah … it got higher?!!!

My last reading before discharge was 158/101!!!

Holy crap!  Apparently, my hypertension went from anxiety to pain!  I was not trying to hide the pain factor though, it was not something I could hide.


Fast forward to home now …

I am the luckiest mama … Lil T Rex came in to my room with this little wooden doll from World Market and said, ” Here Mommy, you need a dolly” and set it on my laptop.

How thoughtful and caring is he??

If this isn’t cute enough for ya, that same lil boy has been a cuddle-bot lately too.  I was able to capture one of the special moments.  He totally melted my heart when he put his little boy hand in mine.

Little boy shows his momma his love by holding her hand after surgery

It’s lovely knowing that family that couldn’t be here with me for the surgery were thinking of me.  My mom and brother sent me these beautiful flowers!  This is the first time EVER in my life that my mom has not been with me during a surgery.  Not that I’ve had a lot of them, but she has always made it a priority to be with my brother or myself if we were going in for surgery.  She surprised me with this lovely bouquet.  It’s tough being in separate countries in times like these.  Trust me.602803_10151322112957694_110911440_n

Mr T Rex did his part and posted signs … everywhere … throughout the house!  It was so thoughtful.  On pretty much every door the boys go through in the entire house.   It has been helpful as reminders even for the 5 year old who can’t read … he can read this now though!  It says, “N and M, Please DO NOT jump or pull on your Mom! Her arm is healing.  Thank you! Dad”

Love it!

Great idea: Posting signs at eye level for kids to remind them of what to do if a family member has had surgeryI’ve had a lot of days of laying in bed or in the lazy boy recovering with my arm elevated above my heart.  I have been utilizing my ice packs multiple times daily.  The swelling was pretty apparent, all the way to the tips of my sausage fingers!  I am still using ice packs 4 days out, I am not going to screw this up!  My elbow needs to heal properly if I want to compete again …not only that, but it needs to heal so it can function normally!
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Well, like I said every day is better and better.

I have to have the big bulky dressing on for about 10 days and the wrist splint for 6 weeks.  I have snuck a peak at my incision, curiosity  gets the best of me at times.  All there is at the incision site is a bunch of steri strips which are saturated with dried blood. So, I can’t actually see the incision line.  My surgeon promised me a nice neat closure.  She was awesome as she knows I want to compete in a bodybuilding competition next summer, she was already all over making it nice for me.  I don’t think I even needed to say anything.  When I spoke with her in the recovery room, she told me she repaired my tendon and scraped a lot of scar tissue down to ‘bleeding bone’.  She was happy with how the surgery went.  That makes me happy.

Now, my job is to make sure I recover from my elbow surgery!

I can do that!

Thank you so much for all your support you have given me here on my blog, on facebook, twitter, and on instagram!  I feel so blessed to have all of you in my life!!

xo Tara


  1. Hi, I just happened upon your post as I’m in need of tennis elbow surgery on both elbows. I currently have a 2 1/2 yr old and 4 month old. I’m very worried about the recovery. Thoughts or advice??

    • Meghan, I waited as I had little people like you at the time of my injury. I did not have any help here to assist me. So, I went through the pain, physio, massage, anti-inflammatories, etc just to make it through the time. Got to a point where I couldn’t sleep, etc. So, I went for another orthopedic appt and told her what I’ve done and how long I’ve had it. Had the surgery and I’m glad I was able to wait. I couldn’t do anything really for a week. Couldn’t bend it, etc. So, depending on the help you have around you for your babies and home, it’s completely up to you. It’s hard to advise, as situations have so many variables from family to family. I know I wouldn’t be able to hold my baby if I had one after surgery for a number of months. If it’s to the point where you’re not functional and it would be BETTER for you to have corrective surgery, then that would be a decision you’d have to go forward with. But, like I said, I waited for 5 years … for different reasons. I am so glad that I finally had the surgery and that the boys were able to HELP me rather than depend on me completely as they did at one time. Meghan, I’m not sure if this helps you as I really don’t know much about your progression and where you’re at, but I know that I had to go the route that I did because of situations in my life. I wish you so much luck and a quick recovery when you do have your surgeries. xoxo t

  2. Thank you for your response! I’ve had this since Dec 2011 and the crazy thing is I don’t even know what’s caused it! I’ve had a total of 6 injections bw the two elbows and my skin is white and shrunken. It’s just getting the point where the last injection is wearing off and each day brings more pain than the previous day. I was in a full arm cast when I was pregnant and it was miserable. I feel so trapped bc the dr advised not getting pregnant until this is resolved and we definitely want more kids. I do have both sets of grandparents around and willing to help but it’s scary knowing I won’t be able to do anything for myself! :/ how long would you say your full recovery was? Thanks for letting me vent! 🙂

    • Meghan,
      I would say that I’m not even fully recovered yet, it’s been almost a year. It’s tender to touch and when I bump it, holy hannah, I almost reach the ceiling. As far as the recovery, it was a good 3 months and I was back in the gym and lifting, just not as heavy. Yes, the things I did leading up to the surgery were much like your journey. Injections, casting, physio, needling, rest, ice … But then, I was at a time in my life that I could have the surgery and the boys could help me a bit more than when they were toddlers. I would suggest waiting as well till you’re done having babies. But, that is just my humble opinion (and why I waited), it worked for me. Hope this helps you. xo

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