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Progress progresses

This afternoon I had my physical therapy evaluation. It went well. I have a set of stretching exercises to do several times a day for the next couple of weeks, to try to keep the shoulder from getting stiff while the bone heals. Then I’ll start strengthening work as well.

It was tiring. And painful. But not bad painful. It hurts but it also feels healthier, if that makes any sense.

I got some work done this morning — market research mostly, trying to find a home for Graveyard Shift. Also some more on the Sal&Troy stories, and a bit on Fluffy.

So I guess I’m on the mend. Woohoo!

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gravity is your friend

X-rays show the bone shaft has dropped into alignment with the head. It’s not perfect — will still be some impairment in my overhead reach — but is at the point where the complications from surgery, including scarring, are likely to outweigh the benefits of a perfectly straight bone.

So I’m starting physical therapy soon to restore as much range of motion as possible. Some paperwork hoops to jump through with referrals and finding a therapist, but that should keep me busy for a few weeks.

I was able to get in a couple of hours of work on Troy and Sal’s novel this week. The pain is way down and hopefully as I need less medication, I’ll be able to focus more.

Thanks to everybody for all their warm thoughts and support!

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update

Dr. took xrays, said things looked better, gave me some stretches. I’ll go back next week and we’ll decide whether things have improved enough to let it keep healing naturally or have a plate and screws to stabilize it.

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ouch ouch oh damn

So just as the blizzard was starting to let down significant snow, spouse and I went out for a walk before hunkering down. And I wasn’t paying attention at a spot where I know the road is always icy, and I slipped and landed hard on my left shoulder. I knew right away it wasn’t good. Neil got me back to the house.

We called the doctor, but by then the storm was bad enough that if we went down to the emergency room, we weren’t getting back for at least a day. Was it “life-threatening”? No, it was not. Painful, and annoying, but not life-threatening. So I dosed on ibuprofen and first thing Sunday morning called urgent care at the clinic I go to. They got me in right away, took x-rays, and told me there’s a break at the top of the humerus. Sent the x-rays to the orthopedist at the emergency room. He looked at them and agreed about the break.

What to do about it isn’t clear yet. It’s out of position right now, but shoulder breaks are unstable and it looks like it might be dropping into place, in which case it will just be a few weeks of pain while it heals. Or they might need to go in with a plate, which would mean surgery but would also stabilize the joint and allow me to resume activity much sooner.

I have an appointment tomorrow for more x-rays and a discussion of teh options, so we’ll see.

Right now I’m just hoping this doesn’t mean cancelling the cruise…

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