Monday, May 21, 2018

The Bug is Dead. I'm Just One of the Walking Wounded.

Have any of you ever had a torn rotator cuff? Have you ever had surgery to repair it?

 
I saw the orthopedic surgeon on Friday. I think they've reached the conclusion that Collin and I are taking turns there. They see one of us, then the other. I considered joking that my injuries were the result of Collin beating me up, but thought they might actually believe it.

The doctor ordered some x-rays and concluded I've torn my rotator cuff. Without an MRI, we don't know the extent of the tear, but we're going to wait a few weeks to go any further. A small tear, he explained, will heal on its own. A large tear will become an even bigger pain in the--shoulder. (Yes, I was going to use a different word, but thought better of it.) 

He asked if the bruise on my chin was also from the fall. It was, along with a large collection of bruises on my left leg, a very sensitive spot just below my ribcage (also on the left side) and a headache I can't seem to shake. I sleep about 12-15 hours a day. Yesterday, I slept through two of my favorite movies and forgot a friend was coming by after church.

It's been fun. NOT.

I've got work to do that's not getting done. We just bought a new steam cleaner I can't use one-handed. I can't even take plates out of the cabinet for meals--Collin has to do it. I can't cook (okay, there is a bright spot in all of this). Getting dressed takes twice as long as it normally would.

Then I see TV commercials featuring kids from Shriners' Hospital, children doing impressive things without four functioning limbs. Boy, am I a whiny not-so-little wuss!

The doctor tells me if the tear turns out to be a large one, I still have options. Two, actually. I can have surgery to repair it, or I can choose to live with it. I wonder, can I live with it? Can I live with not being able to put the dishes away, not being able to fold laundry properly, not being able to unload the groceries, not being able to cook?

Sure. Why not?

This is my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

 

14 comments:

  1. Ow. No you're not a big whinny baby, Norma. Gads, the things we do to ourselves without even trying.
    Give it time, see what happens. You're still reeling from that fall. Operation or not, the damage is done. Hoping for your sake it's not a big tear. Some pitchers (young, of course) come back and pitch after "Tommy John's" surgery. And some can't. My husband's brother had surgery, I'm not really sure how successful it was. All I know is that after surgery, it's a bitch to sleep or do anything for a while.
    Hoping for best for you.

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    1. Oops. not Tommy John's that's the elbow. But I'll put a site down at WMD to look up if you wish.

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    2. Thanks, Lorelei. Even with the surgery, there's no guarantees. I'm thinking no surgery. My range of motion has improved, so I'm optimistic.

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    3. Good. That's good. Do you take anything for joints? Like Glucoamine Chondroitin? It might help improve movement, even though it's a ligament. I'm not really sure how this stuff works, but I wouldn't be able to walk w/o it, and I'll swear to it.
      Anyway, hoping you are feeling better. Don't go after bugs, just leave it be.

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  2. Personally, I would go for the surgery, but with your luck and medical conditions, I would think long and hard before I made a decision. Prayers continuing.

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    1. Prayers are always welcome--and appreciated, Mari. Thank you!

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  3. Oh My Goodness !
    Norma why do you keep beating yourself into a bruised mass of bruises.
    I really do not like reading this. I am happy to know you are getting somewhat better.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Actually, it's not all that painful. I'm kinda backward. Everything I've read online says don't lie on the injured side. I'm more comfortable if I do. Go figure.

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  4. Oh my gosh! I would say no, you can't live with it Norma, you would be in constant pain. If they can fix it I vote you let them! Please be careful, I know what it's like to have a fall, it gives you such a fright. These days I am soooo careful where I step ☺

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    1. If I were in a lot of pain, I would do it, definitely. It's frustration, not having full range of motion, but pain isn't an issue right now.

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  5. Ouch, ouch, ouch!

    At least it sounds like you're in good hands. I say you have it fixed.

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    1. We'll see. There's an arthroscopic procedure that would only require a small incision and likely only local anesthesia. That's an option.

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  6. Darn the luck. Hope your rotator cuff isn't totaled. I dinged mine once. My recreational softball hobby took the hit. Other than that, I'm able to do most everything I want. Hope you can too... except for tedious chores of course!

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    1. That's where I am right now. No heavy lifting, but Collin's here if I need a piano moved (just kidding). I've had to modify a few things, but it hasn't been so bad. I'm not one to go under the knife unless it's absolutely necessary.

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