Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Last Thursday I fell on the ice. “Waaaaa!” The bad part…I dislocated my shoulder. After seeing the orthopedic surgeon I was told that I’d chipped the bone that keeps the shoulder in place so it’ll just keep slipping out of the socket until I get it fixed. OUCH!

If any of you have ever had a shoulder, or any part of you, slip out of joint you don’t need me to explain how mind-numbing that pain is. For those of you who have never experienced this kind of pain, well pray to what ever God you pray to that you never do.

I’ll know on Monday if I need surgery, which I’m thinking I will. I just want it fixed, cause living with the limited use of my right arm SUCKS!!!

It takes me forever to pull up my pants.
I can’t cut my food.
I can’t curl my hair.
I can’t stretch when I yawn.
I can’t scratch my armpit, and the minute you can’t do this is when it itches like a bitch!
I can’t cuddle my teddy bear in bed—that’s not a euphemism. I actually have a teddy bear.
And if all of that didn’t suck like a Hoover, yesterday I was JUST able to type without pain.

So to reference my two most recent posts, I have some random acts of NON-kindness. I don’t want to dedicate a whole post to this, because I don’t want to dwell on the negative. But when I fell, there was a woman sitting in her car and watched the whole thing (she told me so when they took the incident report at the café where I fell). So she clearly saw that I couldn’t get up—hard to do that when one of your arms doesn’t work—and she DIDN’T GET OUT OF THE CAR AND HELP ME!!! Um…unkind lady, unkind!

Then, as I went into to work—no worries people, I work at a hospital so I was going to their ER—the people walking behind me could CLEARLY see that something was wrong with me. And then I TOLD them that I’d really hurt my arm so I let them go in front of me, to get out of their way. Do you think any of them held the door for me? That would be a big fat NO! Totally unkind people. Totally!

Okay, enough of that. Since I don’t want to end this on a grumpy note, I’ll tell you what I’m professing my love for this week.

My Sling!

The one the ER doc gave me was six kinds of sucky, but the one the ortho gave me is awesome! It has a cushion on the neck band so it takes the pressure off. It also has this snazzy thumb loop to keep my arm properly supported.

Man, I’m a nerd.

Be careful out there people!


Tere Kirkland said...

Holy crap! I'm just glad you're okay, and I can't believe nobody would even hold a door open for you!

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. I've had knee problems (floating patella, yikes!) and it hurts like a mofo, so I feel your pain. I'd say you need to move south to get away from the ice, but you'd have to move reeeaaallly far south to get away from the ice this year.

Hope you feel better soon!

Karen Denise said...

Thanks Tere! I used to live in Miami and while I didn't have to worry about ice, I did have to worry about hurricanes, frogs, geckos, lizzards and snakes in my apartment. I think I'll take the ice and simply keep my butt inside!
BTW, I haven't forgotten about you. Admittedly, I wasn't doing much of anything since Thursday but popping Aleve and naping. But I'm diving back into Evangeline tonight. Can't wait for some good reading before bed!

Anonymous said...

oh no you poor thing. How awful. I hope you recover soon XX

Tere Kirkland said...

Glad you're feeling well enough to type a little, Karen!

And two things about my ms:

One, take your time. I don't want you to hurt yourself, but I'm happy you want to keep reading it.

Two, I have already changed the opening and most of the first three chapters, so be ruthless. Don't be afraid you're gonna hurt my feelings, because it's all good at this point.

Again, I hope you feel better soon, and that you don't need surgery!!

Karen Denise said...

Thanks Niki, I"m hopinh for a speedy recovery.

Tere, I sent you an email!

WindyA said...

oh no! wishing you a super speedy recovery! and those unkind people ... remember, karma's a bitch too.

and on the whole ... well, it can only get better from here, right? ... i hope

Joanne Fritz said...

OUCH, Karen! That's terrible. Yes, I know a lot about pain (survived a brain aneurysm rupture), so I sympathize. Believe me. Hope you get that sucker fixed so you're not in pain anymore.

And those people who wouldn't help you -- shame on them! Grrr. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Jai Joshi said...

Karen, wow, I'm so sorry to hear that you went through that. Take care and rest that shoulder and hopefully it'll heal soon.

I dislocated my knee years ago and it hurt so much I can't even describe it. Agony is the only word that fits.


A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Ugh, that sounds so painful. And I can't believe people didn't help you. Horrid.

Hang in there and feel better soon!


LM Preston said...

Oh my goodness I feel for you! Are you a good patient? Take care of yourself and dream up some great novels to write when you are able.