Sunday, May 03, 2009

Getting old is no fun

So, I had great plans for this spring. For once, the temperatures have stayed mild and, up until today, the humidity had been low. I wanted to plant some new flowers, get a small garden going, and train for a bike race to raise money for the Livestrong foundation. Only my body decided it did not want to participate. So, by some unknown method, 2 weeks ago I managed to sprain my left shoulder ACL . This is the joint that surrounds the rotor cuff. How do you do this? Normally it is from a severe contusion to the shoulder or from repeated overhead lifting of heavy objects. But I did neither of these, all I did was go running in the morning. I blame it on getting old. Either way, I was unable to move my arm above my waistline, and was unable to move it backwards either. By the following Monday I was able to move it some, but could not do simple things like push open a door without really putting a lot of thought into the action behind that movement. I went to the doctor's that same day, and he prescirbed physical therapy for at least 5 weeks, nexium, then possibly a steroid shot.
So here I am, unable to mow or edge my lawn, unable to weed, unable to lift my arm straight above my head. It is getting better, but too slow for my liking. I need to take advantage of the cooler weather before the heat really sets in.

3 comments:

wally said...

Sounds like the injury Dorothy received when she fell on the ice last winter. She's been taking physical therapy and today she had an MRI. I guess we'll find out something soon.

dawn said...

That does not sound too encouraging Wally...I want to be done with this pain with just PT.

Envoy-ette said...

Oh Dawn! This is terrible news! What a strange injury. Our bodies are betraying us! It's like they have it timed or something. I hope
all gets back to normal soon!