Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sorry I've Been Away

by Leann Sweeney

I have not been blogging or doing any typing that requires my left arm and I've missed talking to you. Time for me to get back to business after a week of doctor's appointments, sleepless nights, tests and strong medicine.

As I have mentioned, I hurt my shoulder last August in a freak fall--at least my dog thought it was freakish. I cannot even explain. Just know that I ended up hanging by one arm from kitchen island. Yes, I am a klutz. Nice German word for a nice German woman. After seven months of dealing with varying degrees of pain, things started to get decidedly worse about six weeks ago. For no apparent reason.

But I was reassured by the bigwig orthopedic shoulder surgeon at the Texas Medical Center that some people's shoulders react to even minor injuries in excessive ways. That's what happened to me. I have a small rotator cuff tear but my body decided to make all kinds of scar tissue--way too much. I have a frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis if you want the fancy term. This overreaction by my body in turn led to bicep and tricep tendinitis. Pain, in other words.

I have been shot up with cortisone, given lots of drugs and been told to rest the arm until the pain begins to subside. Then it's rehab time. Gentle rehab. I like the sound of anything gentle. See, my husband has been taking care of me. I appreciate what he has done, since driving has been very difficult. But he has a new secret name: the shoulder drill sergeant. He doesn't do kind and gentle. I have had to bite my tongue a lot in the last two weeks. I call that taking a different kind of medicine.

What about you? Have you had a weird reaction to medicine or an illness or an injury? Or am I just a freak of nature?