Broken Wing

Holy cow, have you ever had shoulder issues? If so, you have my undying empathy, sympathy and limited understanding of what you are going through. I had a brief glimpse and it was not pretty. Funny at times, but painful and frustrating.

I woke up last week and my left shoulder felt off. As the day wore on, it got worse. Then it got to the point that my left arm was worthless. I needed to use my right arm to get it to lift. A work colleague who is a former trainer mentioned “frozen shoulder”. Ugh, I googled it and freaked out. WTF?

I texted my daughter who immediately called. Bless her heart. I know she is super busy, but she took time to call me and run me through an evaluation. Nothing serious, just a big strain or pulled muscle. Her recommendation was: 800 mg of Ibuprofen, heat and a video of simple pendulum swings to get it moving again.

I heard the 800 mg but took Tylenol – I always get them confused. We iced at work (that makes it stiffer). My daughter straightened me out and guess what? I started feeling better quickly. When I say quickly, I mean it took about three days to feel like it was closer to normal.

In the meantime, I felt like my left arm belonged to a TRex. Short and useless. I have laughed hysterically. Try putting on a bra, shapewear, a dress with a useless left arm. I thought I was going to get stuck in my evening gown I was trying on. It gave me giggle fits endlessly.

My office colleagues laughed with me because I am perfectly willing to see the ridiculousness of the situation. One massaged my shoulder and she is now my favorite person in the world. My hairstylist massaged my neck and shoulder when I got my hair colored. She is also on my bestie list. It is nice to have caring people around me.

My stomach is not a fan of 800 mg of ibuprofen. It protested profusely. I ate beforehand as recommended by my daughter, but it still ached. I was diligent because of my upcoming trips. I can’t fly with a broken wing!

May you keep your shoulders intact. Protect your wings! That’s my advice today.

That’s me – roaring about my tiny arm – LOL.
Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash

Published by birdiehope

A smart, funny quasi-introvert who loves a festival.

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