Saturday, January 4, 2014

Fragments

Last Saturday I had an MRI on my left shoulder. It hurts like the dickens and I don't have full range of motion so the doctor wanted to see what was going on. Wow, I never thought I was claustrophobic, but that was the longest 30 minutes of my life. I hope I don't ever have to have one of those again. It was all I could do to hang in there, but I did.

Monday before we left for the boat I received a call from my doctor with the results from the MRI. I have an impingement, arthritis and a tear in my rotator cuff. He's referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. Oh joy. Well at least I know why my shoulder hurts so badly. The bad thing is I can't take anti-inflammatory medication so it hurts all the time. Tylenol extra strength is all I can use and only 2000 milligrams per day.

Tuesday we headed to Delta Marina Yacht Harbor to celebrate New Years with other boaters. Things just didn't turn out they way they were planned. We had cocktails and finger foods on one of the boats and the wife took a nasty fall down three steps. The really weird thing about this is she is the one that has one beer and then is done for the evening. Fire department and ambulance involved along with a trip to the hospital. Bad fall.

The other thing about last year that sticks out is all my medical visits, The car is either going to Costco or a doctors appointment. Mostly a doctors appointment. Hopefully this year will be far better. I'm still healthy, but it's those little things that start hurting and falling apart. At least I'm still on the right side of the dirt.

I have an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon next Friday morning and I've already requested the film from the MRI be sent to the doctor. So, we'll see what he wants to do very shortly.

Have a fabulous weekend and with all my aches and pains of late, life is still grand.
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  1. "... on the right side of the dirt." bwahahahahaha! That would make for an interesting book title!

    I hear ya on the aches and pains... I can report that my knee pains and arthuritus-type stuff have diminished a good bit since losing some weight. YAY.

    Hope you're feeling better quick, hon. big hugs xoxo

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    1. I hurt myself somehow, but unknown how. I'll be glad when I know what needs doing.

      On the right side of the dirt has been a favorite saying of mine for many years. It simply means no bitching about a few aches and pains. Hugs. ♥♥♥

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  2. Sorry Sandee that you are hurting so badly. It is not an easy thing to get older. It just isn't any fun but it beats the alternative. Hope it all goes well with the doctor on Friday. Keep us posted. Big hugs to ya. Zane probably needs a hug too. LOL. Take care.

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    1. No it's not easy getting older, but I'm very healthy so I'm not complaining. Just want it fixed and thank God I have good insurance. Scritches to the babies. ♥♥♥

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  3. oh gosh honey i am so sorry about this! i had the same mri a few months back (hip) and after i found out how horrible it was i found out there are other types of machines that are not close to your face but open! who knew? live and learn. anyway i am waiting for the duck to pick us up, roche' is beyond excited and has his tiara and all his clothes packed along with makeup and a COMB! the little dickins is going to make my style his - um - head???

    smiles, bee
    xoxooxoxxo

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    1. I know that now too. Bugger. It was awful in there.

      Roche is really getting into the swing of cruises. Bless his heart. Just watch him around other rocks. ♥♥♥

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  4. After 50 it is patch, patch, patch...and that sucks. I got started early with my first knee surgery at 28. I don't mind getting old, I just don't wanna hurt...and I know you don't either. Hopefully this will be a simple fix. Surgery has progressed over the years to less invasive techniques. Praying for easy and pain free!

    Big hugs, my friend...

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    1. I've noticed that. I don't mind the getting old either, but I don't want to hurt. Hugs honey. ♥♥♥

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  5. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear it. My MIL had a tear there too, and it was no fun at all!! Even worse I'm sure w/o painkillers. And I'm sorry to hear about the fall too. :(

    Wishing you both a most excellent, healthy, and pain free 2014!!! In like a Lion, out like a lamb (never mind that that's a weather/March thing, I'm wishing it to you for your entire new year). :)

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    1. I'm sure this is a fairly easy fix. I hear the recoup time is a bit painful, but it's got to be fixed.

      Thanks for the fabulous wishes. :)

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  6. I'm so sorry you are hurting, Sandee! :( I once had an MRI for a neck problem & know exactly what you mean. I'm not claustrophobic either, but several minutes into it I was feeling extremely anxious & wanted out. Like you, I got through it though. On the bright side - down the road your shoulder will be fixed & no longer hurt, and that's something to look forward to. :)

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    1. Anxious and wanting out is exactly how I felt. I won't do that kind of MRI again. :)

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  7. Torn rotator cuff? You gotta be ready to pitch by spring training (about six weeks away here).

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    1. I'm not sure I'll be ready for spring training. :)

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  8. Get well soon dear Sandee. I appreciate your sportive spirit to move on cheerfully!

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    1. Thank you my friend. :)

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    1. I will Odie. You can count on that. :)

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  10. sorry to hear about the shoulder. If it wasn't for all those pesky aches and pains, getting older wouldn't be so bad

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    1. Isn't that the truth. Hubby and I get up from the couch at times and just laugh at how lame we look getting up. :)

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  11. Oh no, Sandee. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope thye can fix this quickly. That is not fun... Nosiree... I had an MRI done on my knee. Did you feel the twitchies as they were doing that? Oy, it was difficult to be still with my leg doing that involuntary twitch.

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    1. I hope they can fix this quickly too. :)

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  12. Oh, and ouch -- for you and for the lady who fell. You will be in my prayers, that if you need surgery, it heals you up quickly and you have no further trouble with it.

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    1. Apparently after the surgery you have physical therapy and they teach you the exercises that keep the shoulders strong. I'm ready for that. :)

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  13. I feel for you, Sandee. "They" say "it's Hell to be old." Not that you are 'old' but just saying. A lot of my friends have had rotor cuff repair and if that is what the ortho says then good. Shoulder replacement is a lot harder.

    I never had my shoulder looked at but it used to wake me up if I slept on it for a couple of hours. Dr. Graydon, pharmacist, notes that for some the aspartame in Diet Coke acts as a pain killer and I took him up on this. Perhaps for other reasons but it is sooo much better now and doesn't wake me up. Most times I can forget about it.
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    1. I don't think I need shoulder replacement. It appears it's a tear and an impingement that really need the addressing. They can remove the arthritis while they are in there too.

      I'll be good to go in no time. :)

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  14. Oh Sandee, we are hoping this year will be pain free for you. My Son's Dad is going through the same thing, so painful. Sending all our love , hugs and slobbers..your two favorite blonds xxxxx0xxxxx

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    1. It's painful indeed. I'm sure I'll know what's going to happen on Friday and when it can be fixed.

      You two are my two favorite blondes indeed. Hugs. ♥♥♥

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  15. Hope your shoulder mends quickly. You will have to be more careful on those gymnastic rings next time ha ha!!!.Certainly an eventful event. I supose all those who got drunk escaped injury free. Was your friend ok afterwards?
    By the way I've gone back to cartooning, just miss it too much. Not the Tasmanians but focusing this one on Roy & Doris & their friends. The Smith sisters & thier homeless friend Mr Abernathy will be along for the ride too. http://theoldcodgers.com

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    1. P.S. Meant to say too that I've never had an MRI but Michelle has & she said the same as you about it being claustrophobic. She didn't like it either & was glad when it was all over.

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    2. I hope it mends quickly too.

      I have your new site in my feeder. Welcome back to your web comics. :)

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  16. oh gee whiz Sandee- sorry to hear about your shoulder and your friends fall. Hope she is ok and I am wishing you a speedy recovery from whatever needs to be done with your shoulder. I shoveled a lot of snow last winter and managed to shovel incorrectly so I got tendonitis - owee ouch ouch...I can just imagine how painful your shoulder is. What a drag...but as you so eloquently put it= at least you are on the right side of the dirt. Very funny~! Keep us posted on how you are doing! Big Hugs!

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    1. Will do Kathe. I'll let you know after Fridays appointment. I'll survive this inconvenience. Hugs back. ♥♥♥

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  17. I'm sorry to hear you're in such pain, Sandee. Have you been swinging your arm at the computer screen while blogging? :)

    Good luck with your appointment. Hope the problem gets resolved quickly.

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    1. No, I've not been swinging my arm at the computer screen. I don't think anyway. :)

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  18. Best of luck with that shoulder. Sounds painful. I hope your friend is okay.

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    1. It is painful. This getting old is not for the weak of heart. My friend is doing as well as can be expected. She's in good spirits too. :)

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  19. Sorry to hear that, Sandee. I hope the doctor can treat you quickly and repair whatever needs to be fixed. Hospitals and doctors are no fun at all, but they are generally a lot better than the alternative.

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    1. I do too Binky. I just want the pain to go away and be able to have full range of motion with my left arm. :)

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  20. Sorry to read about your shoulder. I hope the specialist appointment goes well and there is an easy fix.As for MRI,the secret, should you ever need another is to never open your eyes inside the machine.

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    1. Yep, I figured that keeping the eyes closed very quickly. :)

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  21. You poor thing. I hope it goes well for you. I've had my share of medical tests but I have to say that I prefer the non-invasive ones to the invasive ones.

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  22. I know you take good care of your health and that you are a healthy person but I'm wishing you a more healthier life and lesser visit to doctors this year :)

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  23. Oh buggers! So sorry to hear of your troubles, and your trippy friend. Hope you both heal quickly.

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