ouchy :( i hope they can fix it easily
i need a spinal fusion myself :(
Q: What's a spinal fusion?
Q: I only just posted this entry... what time is it in Alaska? :shock:
I see. I guess that's similar to the procedure that might be needed on my shoulder, but it's something not a comforting thought in either of our cases.
Here's hoping for the best out come on us each.
yow. How long have you had the pain? Tendonitis usually happens over time with warning pains to start with, and working up to calcification.
also, look at the ergonomics of your work-place.
ow ow ow damn
Second the motion: if you can demonstrate it's a repetitive stress injury, you may be eligible for some kind of disability or Workers Compensation or whatever the marsupial equivalent of workplace medical care is called. It won't relieve the pain in your shoulder, but it might relieve the stress on your wallet.
It's my left shoulder so I doubt I can prove it's a repetitive injury as I'm right-handed and rarely perform actions that involve stress on my left.
Besides, I wouldn't want to upset the only company where I've had a permanent job, especially if this affects potential opportunities of transferring to the Toronto, Ontario office.
No problems there; the Human Resources division is very strict about ergonomics (in stark contrast to some looney places I worked years ago as a temp). They have routine checks of our workstations.
And that's exactly how it happened. The first symptoms occured several months ago, when I noticed that while rolling over in my sleep I was avoiding putting my arm into right-angle positions.
The pain flared up over the last few days, and I'm sure that's in conjunction with my fever. I'm on higher potency anti-inflamitory medication now and the ache is easing.
(Thank heavens this didn't cause a problem while I was in Dubbo)
I think replacing the joint would be best--you'll have movement, even if it takes a while for it to be comfortable.
Yes I certainly don't like the sound of fusing my shoulder. The notion of replacement sounds drastic though, and I'm not completely understanding what will be replaced. Bones? Tendons? And do they replace the body parts with donor pieces or synthetics? Assuming that it's one of the two I'd rather have synthetics; I hate the thought of having any part of another person inside me... much as the sound of this would excite a certain tiger-striped skunkette.
It would probably be the joint replaced with an artificial joint, sort of like a hip replacement for older people. It won't be real parts; the organ donation program hasn't progressed that far just yet.
(Wow, another quick reply)
Sounds encouraging, thanks!
Dilbert once got "Organ Donor" as his business title.
Wally: My shoulder is acting up. Do I talk to you, or is there a form I have to fill out?
Dilbert: (sternly) I don't think that's an "organ."
Hope humor makes you feel better.
I sometimes don't quite get Dilbert, but humour does help cheer me! Thanks.
Are you saying that now is one of the times you don't get it?
I think I get it. Wally approached Dilbert expecting to requisition a replacement for his (Wally's) shoulder. Dilbert then rebuffed him for not understanding the concept of organ dontation.
Then you get as much as I do.
Actually, part of what made it funny to me was probably not what Scott Adams had in mind. "Do I talk to you?" somehow made me imagine that no surgical third party needed to get involved -- that Dilbert and Wally could just pop off their shoulders and swap.
Ouch! I am sorry to hear that you are in for surgery. I just hope it turns out well or that they find another option.
Thanks! Yes, it certainly has me frightened. The Doctor didn't show a flicker of emotion, but I'm staring into the dark abyss.
I hope that whatever decision the surgeon makes (hopefully I'll know by the end of Wednesday) that it's the least painful, expensive and doesn't cause a reduction in the movement of the arm.
BTW - I've had GIMP installed on my PC for a couple of months now. Since I wasn't well enough to draw I've been trying to learn how GIMP works. It certainly appears to have an excellent user-interface, and loads of features but I'm a VERY slow learner.