Wednesday, April 23, 2008
a slingless wedding: a better wedding
not many of you probably know this, but earlier this month i re-injured my shoulder... now when i say re-injured, i actually mean that in march of 2007 i hurt myself playing volleyball and never saw a doctor. the problem has been there ever since, but last week after another volleyball encounter, i couldn't even brush my hair. when i realized that i only had 3 more weeks on my parents wonderful insurance, my mom told me i needed to see someone about the problem. when i went in, i saw two doctors which meant two different opinions. one took one look at the shoulder and said that perhaps with some therapy, we could find a non-surgical route to recovery. the second doctor was more aggressive, believing that he was 90% sure i would need some sort of surgery. this news...was....crappy. i thought i was going to be in a sling for the wedding and we were already looking into a silk taffeta sling with small pearl accents. however....after some therapy and an m.r.i., the results are in: surgery is not necessary...just optional. needless to say, i am opting out.
the problem turned out to be tendinosis (not -itis). The suffix "osis" implies a "pathology of chronic degeneration without inflammation" -basically meaning it is here to stay. after all my injury-less years of volleyball and softball, i am still pretty surprised to see what the overhand motion has done to my shoulder. but i actually prefer this injury to a torn rotator cuff.
seriously though... i am relieved to not have the surgery right before the wedding and by continuing my therapy, i expect to be back on the court in no time.
i include this picture only because when i searched google images for shoulder injuries, this woman appeared on the screen and it made me laugh for quite some time. i love google.