You may have noticed or more likely didn’t notice at all that I haven’t been active on social media or commenting on blogs. Two weeks ago, just after writing my screenplay, I tore my rotator cuff (the ‘cuff’ is all the muscles and tendons that keep the ball of your upper-arm bone in your shoulder socket).
But, I’d already written my Dragon’s Blood post, so I let it ride.
For a week and a half, it felt like a sledgehammer continuously smashed my arm. Gravity was not my friend. I got the pain under what I call survivable but not quite manageable and used the mantra “just one more day” to keep going. Now, it’s quite manageable.
However, I can’t quite use my arm yet. The mobility will return in time provided I don’t re-injure it. Currently, I can lift my arm about 45° from my side. Woohoo!
These injuries are quite common, but are not usually as severe as mine. More than 40% of peeps with a tear don’t even know it.
Other things that suck with this injury:
- sleeping on my back for two weeks with no movement—well sorta sleeping
- nothingness, no writing, no walking, no cooking (couldn’t even slice a tomato), no reading (pain makes brain not comprehend)
- being stranded in a t-shirt for days because I was too proud to ask for help out of it. Yes, I eventually did ask.
Now I can sleep on my side! I can read and go for walks, or I could if it wasn’t currently storming ’round here.
There are two ways this injury occurs:
- wear and tear over time with every day use and continual mild injuries (this is me!)
Computer work is iffy. After 15 minutes, I have to stop and ice my shoulder.
Why am I telling you this?
- Fodder for your story. If you have a character with this injury and want more inside information, contact me!
I’ll still be scarce for another week or so. I think.
PS: Full recovery is said to take six months! (Surgery is not recommended as a first option.)