Early last month I was heading down our steepest run, when suddenly, my downhill ski popped off. I crashed about 100 yards later and when I went down, I landed on my fully outstretched arm and basically blew it out of the socket. I have re-dislocated it 10 more times since then. I injured this same shoulder 16 years ago and had surgery to tighten everything up, and up until last month, all was good.
I finally got into see a highly respected orthopedic sports medicine doctor yesterday. He said I have a plate tear to the labrum and a hill sachs fracture to the humeral head. He also said the glenoid capsule will need to be tightened. He couldn't tell by the MRI, but thinks there may be some bone loss too. If that's the case, he'll probably do the laterjet procedure that Dr. Mark over on TGR talks highly of. He won't know there until he has the scope in, and can get a better view. He did tell me that I have about 6 months of recovery ahead of me. Having use of only one arm and caring for my 1-1/2 year old should be a bit of a challenge.
I've still been teaching since my crash in early January because I wasn't quite ready to hang up my skis then and I figured that the damage was already done. I just tie my arm down to my torso with a belt. My son let me borrow his seatbelt belt (Lincoln) because it was easy on and off. I have now however, gained the nickname "seatbelt annie" from a few of my ski patrol friends. :D.