Monday, June 22, 2009

I like frozen popisicles much more than a frozen shoulder!

Thank you. So many kind words have made there way to us as news spread of our loss of little "bug." Truth told the tears haven't stopped and I still haven't been able to clean up her kennel, bowl or toys.. I am sure that will happen in time.

Tears over our little monster are not the only ones shed today. Ever heard of "frozen shoulder?" Here is the "official" definition:

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes restriction of motion in the shoulder joint. The cause of a frozen shoulder is not well understood, but it often occurs for no known reason. Frozen shoulder causes the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint to contract and form scar tissue.

My definition: OUCH!!!!!

I didn't realize that the start of my training was going to be getting myself ready to start training! I thought I had that all under control! I had no idea the havoc my body has gone thru over the last 8 months. Enough that it is like starting all over again from 3 years ago.. but throw in a possible heart issue and this frozen shoulder business.

Let me clarify I don't have frozen shoulder... yet. But the process has begun, so I have a RMT (Kyla - who I have chatted about before) and a chiropractor (Dr. Liz - she is also at Creative Healing) both of which are working on my shoulder.. I have NEVER felt pain like that. The kind of pain that makes your whole body break into a sweat followed by the urge to "toss my cookies!" I didn't, but it was touch and go for a moment.

I have been told that I should have movement back within the next 2 weeks and we can work on the pain and strengthening after that. Which means I hope to be swimming laps again by the end of July!


Picsie Chick said...

Ah, yes, I remember it well. Mine was due to a humerus broken in two places and immobilized by pins for 4 weeks. Those physio appointments were difficult to say the least, but I learned so much during the process and have such a better understanding of what it takes to keep it pain free, that it was a worthwhile lesson. btw, my physio could never understand how I could be so relaxed, but I always had a big cup of homemade chai before seeing her - heavy on the cardoman and I was pretty mellow!

My best piece of advice: move it! Move it safely, move it with someone else's help, move it daily, just don't let it be still for too long or the adhesion wins and it only gets harder to get over!

Okay, so some special shoulder easing butterflies are on their way....


Susan Knight said...

I am keeping those butterflies busy these days!