Nov 18, 2009

OUCHies

I know I've not been posting much -- and even less on my precious Quilting on a Budget blog. I believe it will be six weeks or more before I can get back to posting on a regular basis. One day Mr. B and I were in the car and he wanted a piece of gum. I fished around in my purse, got out the gum, and went to hand it to him -- he was sitting in his car seat in the middle of the back seat. I felt something "go" in my shoulder but didn't think much about it. Same scenario, same series of events two weeks later. Same "ouchie" in my shoulder. I started to notice I couldn't lay on my right side to sleep, because my shoulder hurt. Then it got worse and worse. I went to the doctor and, as is pretty standard with a primary physican these days, she did nothing, but sent me on to an orthoepedic specialist. It took me two weeks to get an appointment. Meanwhile, if I took my jacket off without thinking, or something fell and I went to grab it, more ouchies - only the ouchies were getting worse and more frequent. The Ortho specialist gave me a cortisone shot in my shoulder and a prescription for anti-inflammatory medicine. No results. I waited a week because someone told me to cortisone shot can take awhile to kick in. When I called in a week, it took me another two weeks to get an appointment. Meanwhile, every time I tried to wash windows or scrub tubs, the shoulder was hurting more. Got into the ortho specialist last week, and he sent me for an MRI. Took me two days to get in there, and finally back to my ortho specialist today. I have torn a tendon in my rotator cuff. I'm off to physical thereapy three times a week for six weeks. Hopefully, no surgery. At the moment, two things bother me the most. Sleeping and being on the computer. I'm lucky that sewing and quilting do not bother me, so I'm getting a lot of Christmas presents made! But I'm here, I'm fine, I'm on the mend, but I really need to stay off the computer for a few weeks until my shoulder heals. I guess it's something about the positioning of the keyboard or the way my arm rests on the computer desk that aggravates the shoulder - but I really need to get this healed so I can get on with my life! I don't do pain well, believe me. So Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, happy holidays, Merry Christmas --- and I hope to be back before the New Year. If you see me posting on here before that - swat me!!!

4 comments:

Lucy said...

Yikes! I have had that happen before and it hurts. Yes. Your therapy will probably do the trick. They were going to operate on my and on the morning of the scheduled surgery, I chickened out and canceled it. I just had a gut feeling it would make it worse. It finally went away but it was a while. I'm still glad I canceled that surgery.

Karen said...

I'll miss you so much! Stay in touch anyway, will ya???

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Gosh.....I'm sorry to hear about your owie...and hope the PT does the trick. Just say no to surgery! :-)

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Tipper said...

Oh no!! One of my Aunts had to have both rotator cuffs fixed-she fully recovered-as I'm sure you will too. Sending prayers your way.