What the doctor said…

I had my follow-up appointment today & the doctor said I could go back to work as long as I wear my sling. We didn’t discuss how I would get there. Heh. I’ve been driving one handed for six months anyway. Since it was basically my decision I decided to go ahead & go back tomorrow. I want to save my vacation time for when I actually feel vacation-y. This will also save my sanity.

I’ve tried reading (my Dean Koontz book is crazy-making).

I’ve tried sleeping (nice – but too much of a good thing…).

I’ve followed Dr. M around the yard as he waters flowers (too muggy!).

I’ve watched lots of PBS (I’m just not that into TV).

There are only so many blogs I can read or baseball games I can watch.

So, hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go! For those of you concerned about me going back too soon – I don’t work very hard. Mostly I type letters & read blogs – so not much different than what I do at home!

PT starts in two weeks; there will be no more arm talk until then!


  1. Hi there,

    Okay, if you are going to drive, please keep the sling loosely attached for just in case of an emergency. Just because you never know when.

    Glad you are doing so well and very glad that you are able to sleep, me not so much because the pain is still too much at times. I hope you are able to type with both hands but if not just do what I do. When I need to type a captial letter I press the "caps lock" button and that way it is easier to type that captial letter. Then I got pretty good at moving the one hand across the whole keyboard and typing.

    At first I tried using both hands and I would lift my left hand on to the keyboard and I could type a little bit, but then I would start to get muscle spasms in my left arm and my hand would just start lifting up a little bit and then hitting the keyboard. I could not make it stop hitting the keyboard. That went on for a few days before it finally stopped. Then I went to the one hand typing, but now I can use both hands, but just not type for very long. I think you will be okay as long as you take it easy and do not try to overdo it with your bad shoulder.

    The other thing that I have found that is helping me somewhat is to have my back massaged, especially up in the neck area. I seem to overcompensate and so that area has become so tensed up. When I can get the PT people to do that it really helps, but they do not do it long enough and so getting it done at home helps.

    Oh and I hope you are drinking lots of the juice if you need it.

    Gotta get ready to go to PT.

    God bless.

  2. Oh heavens, I read the entry below also. Bone on bone contact? Holy cats, that must have hurt like mad.

    Be careful, don't overdue it back at work.

    It's great that you're on the mend! Take care.

  3. You drive with one arm? I hope you don't use the other one for texting. *heh, heh*

    Seriously, I'm glad you're well enough to go back to work. Now you can type -- blog -- blog -- blog ... That's what I do, and when I get bored, I actually do a little work. :-)

  4. You take care now, especially when driving! You'd probably get nicked by the fuzz here in the UK.

    Typing! Try using your toes. This shouldn't put any strain on your shoulders ;-)

    Best wishes, Phil

  5. Go back to work and ..do nothing at all if it's possible. That's what the others probably do all year long.

  6. Yay! I'm glad you didn't have the lengthy down-time you were dreading.

  7. Sometimes work is the best medicine. Hope you won't overdo it, though, until your arm is healed.

    Take good care!

  8. I just got a new computer and it has voice recognition. Pretty soon we will not be typing just lying about speaking words that are recorded. Ha.. Technology is coming along at lightning speed. Take care and hopefully you will heal quickly!

  9. What is a PBS you are watching? All those abbreviations are too much for me. Plain Bright Sunshine? Plenty of Book Stores? Poor Boy Scouts?
    Take good care of yourself!

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  11. Sorry, I put the Hummingbird comment here and didn't realize until it posted, so I deleted it and moved it.

    God bless.

  12. Glad things are going well for you. I so agree with the vacation days...take them when you can really enjoy them.

  13. Glad you are feeling better. What do you do for a living?

  14. Thanks everyone! I might have gone back just a smidge too soon - I left early on Wednesday with a low grade fever - but I had yesterday off (car trouble) & today I feel much better. Really, every day I see a big improvement.

    Linda - I'm a legal assistant for a corporate attorney, but that sounds fancier than it really is. Mostly I track our cases & type about 2 letters a week. Wonderfully boring & easy job for which I am overpaid. I'm beyond grateful for it right now! Once I'm healed & the economy is better I might look for something more challenging.


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