coming out of my shell

coming out of my shell

Sunday, February 9, 2020


Aaack!  My upper arm still hurts, 5 months after that damn fall that broke my patella. When I fell last September, the med team asked if I hurt anything more than my knee. I was on drugs. I felt no pain. I said no.

It wasn't until I was off the strong meds, weeks later, that I realized I'd damaged my upper right arm when I used my arm to block my fall.

I have ignored the soreness for five months because healing the kneecap kind of made everything else pale in comparison. I didn't want to get off the couch. I didn't want to leave the house. I didn't want to see more doctors. Wheelchairs, walkers, ill-fitting braces, keeping my right leg stick-straight, watching The Great British Baking Show - there were SO many good reasons to ignore a sore arm.

My knee is mostly healed, but my arm still hurts every day. I could live with it. I could! Advil takes the pain away in 4 - 5 hour time slots. But pain wakes me up at night, and it hurts when I try to brush the back of my hair, or put on a sweater.  Enough!

I start physical therapy on my arm on Monday. 

Bitch, bitch, moan.  What a pain!

I guess I still have work to do.  


  1. That's good that you're getting physio. Soft tissue tends to take a lot longer to heal and physios are the best people to deal with it. Hope you're feeling better soon.

  2. I'm so sorry that you've been in pain all this time. I hope the physical therapy helps and that you start to feel pain-free soon. Take care there.

  3. This has been an ordeal plus. I hope physical therapy resolves the problem.

  4. Bitch and moan away. Believe it or not it helps.

  5. PT works wonders! I hope you will be pain free in a short time.

  6. Oh no! I hope the PT makes a big difference. Are they sure your arm isn't injured in a way that requires medical intervention? Did they x-ray it?

    1. Good question. It has not been x-rayed. They are going to try PT for 6 weeks, if there's not improvement after that they will send me for x-rays and tests. Sounds odd, I know.

  7. Physical therapists have impressive teaching tools for relief of pain. May you find relief soon!

    (I love the accompanying poetic healing image)

  8. I've pinned down my antipathy to doctors' waiting rooms: I'd as soon not be among people who are ill. I'm not worried about being infected, it just that ill people are defective and obsessed with what makes them ill.

    Something similar about concert halls: all those white/bald heads; who'd choose the elderly/old for company? Age doesn't enhance music.

    You'll have noticed the flaw in these two observations. In either instance I'm ill or old (or both) and thus qualify for membership of these two sad groups. But no. My illnesses and my advanced age are different: I heroically endure the former and am dignified by the latter. Great thoughts pass through my head. I'm often on the verge of writing good prose and must be excused if this doesn't happen. At 150 yards or more I can be considered handsome.

    Delusions are what keep me going. I can fit you up with a delusion that suits you but it will cost you. Dearly.

  9. I hope the PT helps. When I had a bulging disc in my back it made a world of difference.


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