Starting from next week I’ll be posting the Project365 in one batch on every Sunday after all. And I definitely have to give some more thought about what to actually take a picture of. Be more creative and pay more attention to my surroundings.
But besides today’s Project365 photo I’ve got another photo which I wanted to share and forgot to do that yesterday. I picked up my xrays from the first doc I saw about my shoulder, because the orthopedic surgeon wanted to take a look at them. In the 21st century you don’t have xrays on film obviously, but in digital form, so I got a DVD with a black and white look of my insides ;-)
I’m so so tired again. It’s no wonder thanks to the lack of sleep which the sore shoulder caused in the last few days. When I saw a doc the day before Christmas Eve I probably should have been more alert and ask more questions and demand some kind of treatment. but I was so stunned with the diagnosis at first. This doc made it seem like some ibuprofen and rest would take care of the immediate problem and that I just had to train the arm and shoulder muscles later on to prevent from getting a calcific tendonitis again. The doc probably was just too lazy or maybe he didn’t gave me any other advice or treatment option because he knew his practice would be closed during christmas and new year.
Anyway the pain got worse in the week after christmas and I could move my arm less and less. The pain meds (opiod drops) from my GP did help, but not for a longer stretch of time and especially not really at night. I usually sleep on the side, but I couldn’t do that in the last week, because I couldn’t lie on my left side (shoulder) and I couldn’t lie on the right side either and pull up the arms like I usually do. Even lying on the back didn’t gave the shoulder enough rest to let me sleep ok. I realized that sitting (in my comfy armchair) didn’t bother the shoulder/arm that much, so I tried sleeping in a more or less sitting ( leaning against the headrest and wall) position in bed for two nights. It was better than lying down, but still not good. Probably because my shoulder pain got worse and worse. I spent the last two nights sleeping in my armchair in the living room. It’s pathetic, I know, but I slept better than in bed. Last night probably was the first night in almost a week in which I slept more than four hours. I still woke up several times during the night, but I also slept for a longer stretch of time. I was suprised when I woke up at it was after 8.30 am.
I have to admit my visit to the orthopedic surgeon yesterday morning might have something to do with me being able to sleep. I finally received the kind of treatment I had wished the first doc (before christmas) would have already suggested: An injection with corticoids to fight the inflammation of the bursa (“Schleimbeutel” for all the german readers) in the shoulder. I’m pretty sure the non-treatment of the shoulder made it all worse and caused this heavy inflammation in the first place. And before the orthopedic surgeon can treat the calcium deposit itself, the bursitis has to be treated. The corticoids did seem to help and I’m getting another shot tomorrow and hopefully the inflammation and pain will be gone by the end of the week. After that I will do a shock wave therapy to get rid of the calcium deposits and I really hope that will do the trick. For now.
I want to share the next two photos of my project365 before I’ll get back to my comfy armchair soon to continue watching some TV / DVD, because my brain is just too tired to concentrate on reading. I’m not sure if I want to do seperate posts at the end of the week or post the photos more or less daily, attached to a ordinary post like this one or in a seperate post… I really haven’t figured it out yet. For now I think a daily post will be less work than a weekly one, so I’ll stick with this strategy. For now :-)
There was supposed to be another year 2010 review post. But that was before my shoulder pain got worse and made typing difficult. Or restricted typing for long strech of time to the hours when I was so full of pain meds, that my brain got kind of woozy, which made thinking (and remembering stuff from 2010) rather difficult. The pain got worse of the last few days, maybe because I didn’t manage to rest the arm completely. Stupid me thought that my GP practice was closed between christmas and New Year, but it wasn’t as my mom told me yesterday.
So I went to my GP, told her my tale of woe and asked her opinion about the various treatment options. And most of all asked for stronger pain meds, which she willingly subscribed. It was a hassle to get it from the pharmacy on that evening, but I mananged to, because I really wanted to have them for the night. Unfortunately I still woke up with a painful shoulder in the middle of the night and took some ibuprofen again, but all in all I got more sleep. And the new pain meds are subdueing the pain quite good for a 3-4 hour strech during the day. I can’t and don’t want to take too much of it and are taking ibuprofen in between as well. Which I’m supposed to take anyway for the anti-flammatory effect of it. The new pain meds are basically just helping to shut down the pain receptors in my brain. Like my GP said from her own experience with these meds: “You will know that the pain is still there somehwwere, but you just won’t care”. ;-) But it is making the brain rather foggy. It’s an opiode after all.
The first thing I’ll do on Monday, which I luckily still got off from work: Go to the orthopedic surgeon’s “acute pain consultation hour” in the morning and see what he can do for me. What a wonderful way to start a new year. Not! Ugh, I really hate that my vacation wasn’t the relaxing and easy going vacation I planned it to be.
I’m not the only one in my family with an orthopedic problem at the moment though. On Wednesday night Bro3 slipped on an ice patch on the sidewalk on his way back home from the pub. He broke his left ankle in three different parts and the tendons were also torn. The surgeons had to put in six nails to fix the ankle. Ouch! He will be released from hospital on Monday probably and to all our surprise doesn’t even get a cast. He just isn’t allow to put any weight on the foot for… well a few weeks.
I have no idea how much changes will be done around the house which he shares with my mom. His bedroom (with TV and such) is under the roof, two flight of stairs up. I’m not sure if he really wants to climb that on crutches several times a day. This must really suck for him in the next couple of weeks. Plus he has never ever not celebrated New Year’s Eve with his friends in a pub or at a private party in the last 20 years.Today he’s stuck in a hospital bed. And there is just crap on TV on New Year’s Eve! I’m staying home as well because of my shoulder and all the meds I’m taking an the TV programme is annoying as hell. I’m so grateful for my collection of DVDs tonight…
Sane people would have stayed home last night. Crazy people decided to to watch a hockey game of my 2nd favourite team :-) The team lost, rightfully so, so it maybe wasn’t really worth it. Usually I’m the designated driver, but I declined to drive in this weather and luckily Bro1 had to drive himself anyway and could take Bro2 and Bro3, while I could take a ride with Bro1’s girlfriend (and her mom and another fan). So all was well… it took quite a while to get to the hockey rink, but we didn’t encounter any problems on the road. We just had to drive slower and more careful than usual.
I spent over an hour this morning with clearing the sidewalk and the path to the garbage bins from all the snow that fell in the night. A lot of snow and it hasn’t stopped since. I’ll probably shovel some more this afternoon before I head over to my mom’s for the family christmas. I already mentioned that I don’t mind the snow that much, I sort of like the adventurously aspect of it all. If it just wouldn’t happen durng my “snow duty week”, because it sucks to be out there early every morning during my vacation.