John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
On Wednesday, April 6th, I had rotator cuff surgery on my left shoulder. I went home the same day as I was operated on. It was no fun spending time in a reclining chair. It was only recently, that I was allowed to sleep in my own bed again. A special physical therapy machine, that I must use for a least 3 times a day for over 1 hour each session, keeps me very busy. Having very little use of my left arm is not easy. Normal shirts can't be worn due to a sling on my left arm restricting movement. T-shirts can't be worn yet. Pain medicine and ice packs are very helpful. When I first came home from the hospital, they had a pain block with morphine on my left shoulder hung from a strap. While this was operational, my breathing had to be supplemented by my C-pak breathing machine. When I failed to use this machine, I found normal breathing to be difficult. I could only go on the computer for a short time before being out of breath.
My doctor, Doctor Joshua Neubauer, did an excellent job on my shoulder. I wish to thank him for his hard work with three hours of operating on my shoulder to repair it. I am very glad that the surgery was done. Now I have some hope of reusing my left shoulder again. Thanks once again to Dr. Neubauer for all of your hard work.