Or just shoulders and knees, really.
I think I’ve posted before about my shoulder and how I’m waiting for surgery. I’ve been having shoulder issues for over 18 months now, and surgery is my last resort. I have tried barbotage, physiotherapy and 3 cortisone injections. There’s nothing else I can do, so I’m on the waiting list for a bursectomy and subacromial decompression (acromioplasty). In the meantime, I live with shoulder pain and restricted movement. Some days are worse than others, but my pain is aggravated by driving and any repetitive movements involving lifting my arm above shoulder height (i.e. hanging out laundry, washing/drying/straightening my hair, getting dressed, shaving my armpits, etc).
The other week I fell down my steps (again! I did the same thing 5 years ago and broke my ankle!) and this time I landed heavily on both knees. The doctor thought I may have fractured my kneecap, so I had x-rays. Thankfully it wasn’t broken, but it did take more than a week before the pain and bruising started to subside. It’s still a bit bruised, and it hurts when I kneel on it.
My husband must have been a bit jealous of the attention I was getting, so he decided to injure his shoulder playing futsal back in July. He didn’t get around to seeing his GP about it until a couple of weeks ago, and he got sent for an ultrasound. Last Friday he got the results. He has a near complete full thickness tear (80-90%) of one of his rotator cuff tendons (the subscapularis). It’s his right shoulder, and he’s right handed. Due to the extent of his injury and the fact that he is so active/sporty, has a physical job and is a ‘spring chicken’ (the medical professionals’ words, not mine), surgery is needed. He will get his surgery WELL before me. At the moment he is waiting to see the orthopaedic surgeon (MY orthopaedic surgeon, even!) and is restricted to light duties at work. But once he sees him, I imagine things will happen pretty quickly. Of course, his injury is covered by ACC. My problem is not, which is why I’m on the public waiting list. My surgery has a price tag of over $12,000. We have medical insurance, but having to pay 80% of 12 grand means there will be no trip to Rarotonga in the near future. Of course, if it gets to the point where I simply CAN. NOT. wait any longer for my operation, we’ll go private. And Rarotonga will have to wait a bit longer.
So we’re dealing with a lot of joint pain in our house. Yes, we have considered buying stocks in a pharmaceutical company with the amount of paracetamol and ibuprofen we’re going through. We’re managing okay at the moment, but things will get difficult when Rob has his op. He will be in a sling – shoulder completely immobilised – for 6 weeks. No driving for 6 weeks. I’ll be doing more than usual, and I’m supposed to be trying to do LESS. Of course, my wonderful family and friends have offered to help us, and I know they will, but it’s just a bit exhausting thinking about it all. The boys will be expected to do a lot more to help out, and I’m sure they are up to the challenge. Rob’s not going to enjoy the downtime, as he’s an ‘active relaxer’ and will get extremely bored very quickly! At least he’ll still be able to go for walks, and he might even be able to go to work for a few hours each day, to do office stuff, supervise others, organise jobs, etc. Apparently ACC provide transport and everything so people can do exactly that – get back to work as soon as they are able, with tasks that are appropriate. Unfortunately most of his job is pretty physical, but being the factory foreman he should have a bit of other stuff he can do.
Bones and muscles and tendons are amazing things. They are wonderful when they all work properly, but they can cause a lot of problems when they don’t! Look after all of yours, people. Over and out.