It was Tuesday evening, February 25th, around 9pm. The phone rang here inside The Yellow Studio. A friend from Missouri was calling. As I answered the phone with my right hand, holding the phone to my right ear, I thought, “I should put my headset on.” But I didn’t.
The phone call ended 30 minutes later. And the aching in my right shoulder began.
By midnight, I was writhing in pain. I couldn’t imagine what I had done. No fall. No big activity. Just answering the phone and holding it up to my right ear. How in the world does THAT result in such pain?
Convinced my shoulder was out of joint I managed to search the web for how to pop your own shoulder back into place. I found these instructions.
I crouch down on the floor, put my knees to my chest and in agonizing pain I clasp my hands together in an effort to put my shoulder back in place. Nothing. Just the ongoing intense pain that persisted through the night.
By 5am Wednesday, February 26th, Rhonda convinced me to let her take me to the emergency room. By now, I had been in the knot hole – backwards – for about 7 hours or so. Thus began my 3-week ordeal (well, it’ll be 3 weeks tomorrow night).
Today’s episode chronicles the entire ordeal. It also explains my “radio” silence in the past few weeks. I’ll also alert you to the ways I was able to make the 7 steps outlined in episode 4013 work. Or not.
Here’s the time line:
Tuesday – February 25 – 9pm: took a 30 minute phone call
Tuesday – February 25 – midnight: right shoulder pain is so severe I can hardly stand it
Wednesday – February 26 – 5am: Rhonda takes me to the ER (a 5 hour ordeal)
Friday – February 28 – 11am: 1st appointment with orthopedic specialist (gave me oral steroids)
Tuesday – March 4 – 11am: 2nd appointment with orthopedic specialist (shoulder injection)
Tuesday – March 11 – 9:45am: 3rd appointment with orthopedic specialist (wanted me to visit my regular doctor for whatever infection I was battling)
Tuesday – March 11 – noon: appointment with family doctor who put me on a 10 day anti-biotic regime (along with medicine for congestion)
I managed to record today’s episode on the one afternoon that I felt decent, but things took a turn for the worse that evening. Today, Monday, March 17th, and I’m finally beginning to feel somewhat better. This, after throwing up yesterday morning and spending all day in bed trying to not move lest I bring on more nausea!
It’s about contribution versus consumption.
Thanks for listening.