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14 August 2007 @ 08:16 pm
Met a somewhat sadistic doctor today...  
This morning I had an appt with the orthopedic surgeon about my arm.  The guy who operated on me wasn't in (I guess), so I saw one of his associates.  He tells me my arm looks a lot better than it did when he first saw me, that my shoulder almost came clean off (ugh...not a nice image).  Then he proceeds to grab my arm, and bend it and twist it like a pretzel.  It wasn't long before I started seeing stars.  OUCH x 10.  I cried out and told him it hurt, so he stopped and then said I was still missing strength in the arm. This is a day after the physical therapists told me I was doing a lot better and started me on resistance exercises.  Okay...

Then he decides to dampen my morale and tells me it's possible I may not regain strength in the arm, and may have torn my rotator cuff since it's very common with injuries like this.  He said I may need surgery for it some point down the line (although my dad - who drove me there - told me he tore both his rotator cuffs and hasn't had surgery for it).  I told the doc about how I was having trouble sleeping and he recommended that I sleep in a CHAIR.  He said he had a similar injury once and had to do that for 2 months.  Okay, I want to do whatever works and helps me, but I don't know if I could fall asleep sitting up in a chair.  May try to prop myself up in bed and see if that works.  He gave me a prescription to help me fall asleep if I ever need it (Ambien I think). 

Anyway, after all that abuse he did to my arm, it's starting to really smart now.  I'm starting to have a little trouble doing stuff with it again.  I have physical therapy again tomorrow afternoon - really hoping that will help me some.  I was feeling pretty good before he did all that.  Ugh.  Sometimes I wonder what possesses people to do things like that...

On the up side, I went back to work today.  I don't think I'd ever say this, but it was great to be back.  And I'm going back again tomorrow.  Woo-hoo :)
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majorsamfan: Heymajorsamfan on August 15th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
I think you have to pass the sadist test to be an orthopedist. I would tell your regular doctor on the next visit, though. And the PT tomorrow.

I learned to sleep in a chair when I had bronchitis all the time - and sitting straight up when I had pneumonia. I worried it would make it easier to fall asleep driving, but I haven't done that so far.
jessm78: kissesjessm78 on August 16th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Oh, I wouldn't doubt it. I told my PT and he was not happy at all. He said, "did it occur to him that you only just started PT and wouldn't have any strength yet?" I'll be seeing my regular doctor next week too, so I'm going to mention it to him also.

I did have some success sleeping in a chair with a body pillow when I had bronchitis two winters ago, so I could try that again. At this point, I'm must willing to do whatever works.