almost 4 weeks ago


this coming wednesday it will be 4 weeks since i was rear ended.  4 more to go before the arm is healed.  i am doing better, not feeling so vulnerable when i go out.  since i don’t have a car, nor can i drive with a right arm broken in 2 places, i have to rely on eddie to take me places.  it was doc week, wednesday afternoon with the orthopedic surgeon.  he took more x-rays and said it is healing and the joint is settling into place.  it still hurts and of course i am very protective of my arm, though he has given me 3 very simple exercises.  2 are fine but the 3rd hurts – i’m less likely to do that one much.

i saw my primary care physician last wednesday – he isn’t gung ho on the idea of the joint replacement – i am at a higher risk for that surgery.  thursday i saw my rheumatologist and she too isn’t gung ho either – more risk of infection.  eddie liked her a lot and then we went up for my infusion – a glimpse for him of what my life is like.  this coming wednesday is primary care doc for both of us.

monday my friend char came by and we went out to lunch.  I felt more normal, more my regular self.   but i didn’t realize i scared eddie – he called several times and there was no answer.  he was scared i had fallen or something had happened to me, so he left work and headed home as fast as he was able.   he saw books on the dining table and thought char had come and we were out.  when we came back, i saw the bedroom window open – i was sure i had closed it because i was pleased i could do it one handed.

i am a bit more flexible, slowly getting better every day.  saturday we went to the suburu dealer so i could sit in an impress.  it’s not bad but it will be a while before i can drive.  as with most outings, i was ready for a nap when we came home.

i spend most of my time at home, not able to much of what i can usually do – it is frustrating to be so limited that i can’t do simple things for myself.  i can manage a small sharp knife with a peach, but not ready to do an apple.  even when i think go something simple, like some tuna salad – i realize i am not quite flexible enough to use the can opener.

we received a check for the car, more than we expected because eddie keeps the cars in such good shape.  eddie is ready to by a car and keep it in the garage and drive it himself.  plus it is the end of the model year and the prices are really good.

i think i wrote more this time than the last time – i can feel it in my upper arm, so i need to stop.

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2 Responses to “almost 4 weeks ago”

  1. Charlotte Trayer Says:

    You are sounding more like yourself again, Liz! 😉

    I’m glad you are doing your exercises; keep working at the one that causes some discomfort, too–eventually, it’ll get better, and won’t cause so much pain. If it’s really bothering you, wait until you check with your orthopedic surgeon, and do it in front of him/her so you can show where it hurts and make sure you are doing it correctly. I’ve found with my various PT adventures, sometimes it’s a matter of a slight adjustment of angle that makes the difference.

    It was good to see you again. Perhaps after all my judging is over, we’ll be able to get together again, and maybe by then you’ll be ready to do a little more than just lunch!

    love, Char

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