Just over a month ago my right shoulder started to bother me – nothing much, a twinge, an ache – I ignored it until last week when the pain disturbed my sleep. A doctors visit was required. I hate going to the doctors.
She was quite pleasant but, as I expected, she made me do things I knew would hurt. Doctors require you to prove your pain. I did so and together we both realised that the mobility in my right arm was greatly decreased. She didn’t seem surprised or upset, I was.
The conversation went something like:
“Can you pinpoint when the pain began?”
“No, it just started around Christmas time but I ignored it.”
“Did you knock your shoulder in some way?”
“Any trauma, did you fall?”
“No, no, I have no idea what I could have done. It just started to hurt one day.”
“Could it be a sport related injury?”
“Ha ha… Sorry. No.”
A mystery to be sure. She diagnosed rotator cuff tendonitis; prescribed gigantic painkillers and handed me a physiotherapy form. Apparently, at my age, it can just happen. I ignored it for a month and now it has a name – it is a medical issue. (Please note, I am feeling pretty grumpy right now and fighting the urge to rant. RICE – seriously? How the hell am I supposed to get past the ‘R’ with two children and a husband who is away ALL the time – but I won’t).
That night, I took the gigantic painkiller (which didn’t work) and went to bed.
Took my book, as usual.
Grabbed my phone, plugged it in, as usual.
Switched on my itorch app, as usual.
Kissed my dear husband goodnight, as usual.
Went under the covers with my book – so as not to disturb dear husb – as usual.
Turned on my right side to read, as… Ooh… OW!
I can be pretty dippy but mostly when I’m pregnant. I’m not pregnant. My shoulder, really, bloody, hurts. I have referred pain and reduced mobility because for the past year I have developed a reading habit which is not conducive to good health.
On the positive side – this is not an age related issue. Not a great consolation but at my age you take any plus point you can scrape up.
So beware, dear reader, we shouldn’t get too comfortable in the same position. We all require change, in many forms, whether we realise it or not.
IMAGE: Books. Lots of them. Reading is important – Humans have the need to read.