Thursday, December 15, 2011

Not Shouldering Through The Pain

I haven't mentioned it before but my left shoulder is all out of wank and quite painful. It's been like this for about three weeks. When it comes to physical irritations, because I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, I try to ignore them, thinking they will go away. They usually do. But not only is my shoulder not getting better, it began to interrupt my sleep. That doesn't fly with me.
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I am a great sleeper. Granted, I get to wait until I am sleepy to go to bed and then sleep until I am ready to get up. Yes, I do appreciate that. I remember those horrible "Insomnia Sundays" from back in my working days. They sucked big time. So at this stage of my life I have really good sleeps and I enjoy them.
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Well this wanky shoulder and sleeping do not have a good working relationship. It wakes me up. A Lot. So today I did what any normal person would have done two weeks ago. I actually went to the doctor. Okay, I have to confess here that besides not being a doctor goer type person, I was afraid he would say: It's osteoarthritis and you will just have to live with it for the rest of your life. Because that is what the hand doctor told me about my thumb. And I'm no longer a big fan of my thumb, but we tolerate each other. A shoulder however is a bigger deal.
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And by a bigger deal, I don't just mean size. You may not realize it, but unless you are a knitter, or maybe a hitchhiker, or someone who is paid to "autograph" things for a famous person, you use your shoulder way more than you use your thumb. And when it comes to sleeping, you hardly use your thumb at all. And if you do, please tell me how.
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We looked at the x-ray together and I was happy to see my bones were all smooth and rounded and nicely spaced. He thinks I have a small tear in my rotator cuff. So he gave me that steroid dosepak thing. Yeah, the thing that gives me gall bladder attacks. I refused them the last time I was supposed to take them for something, so that should tell you how bad my shoulder hurts. I did however ask him how to avoid the gall bladder attack. He said to avoid proteins and fats. If I had known all of this, I would have had a ribeye yesterday.
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But my shoulder hurts, and gall bladder attacks are hideous, so I went to the grocery store and bought very healthy things to have for the next few days. And the doctor said if I am not good after the medicine is finished (which will be Monday) then I will have to have an MRI and possibly rotator cuff surgery.
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The timing seems kind of poor considering it is Christmas and we are going to New Orleans on January 5th. But I think I'll always remember this Christmas season as the one with the bad timing. I forgot to tell you that we had to buy a new hot water heater ($$$$!) on Tuesday. Gotta have hot water. A good working shoulder would be nice too. I hope the medicine works.

6 comments:

haphazardlife said...

How on earth did you do that to yourself?

Here's hoping the 'roids work. fingers crossed.

lgsquirrel said...

Thumb? Don't some people go to sleep sucking their Thumbs? Anyway, I hope you don't have to resort to anything more than the medication.

Gnightgirl said...

I feel for you; I had shoulder issues a few years ago, and I was a major wah-wah about it....it IS amazing how much you use a thing. Hope it gets bettah fast!

mrwriteon said...

I had a rotator cuff thing a few years ago. It was brutal. I had to sleep sitting up in a chair.

geewits said...

Jazz,
~~From what I've found online doing overhead work is the leading cause. I hung many many dangling things for Christmas.

LGS,
~~Do they? Who are these people?

GnightGirl,
~~A reall "wah-wah?" I like that.

Ian,
~~Don't even say that. I had to sleep sitting up after my car accident because of my broken arm and my pelvis was also broken so it was brutal. Bad memories.

Carole said...

Hey Gee, timing is everything! Blah! I hope the medicine works too, and no gall bladder attacks!