As many of you know, I’ve been having issues with my right shoulder for a couple of weeks. At first, it just slowed me down a bit, but then it stopped me in my tracks as the pain intensified and started involving my bicep. My days and nights have been focused on pain management and doctor’s appointments to find some resolution. Yesterday, I had a procedure to remove the calcium deposits embedded in the tendons in my shoulder and had a cortisone shot to relieve the inflammation. I’m now resting and allowing my tendons to heal. I know it’ll be several weeks, maybe even months, before my shoulder is completely back to normal, but I hope to be feeling much better in the next few days.
The good news is that a calcific tendonitis flare-up, while painful and debilitating, is treatable and temporary. Even at my lows, I tried to keep that in perspective.
Unfortunately, while this has been going on, even basic things are difficult and painful to do, which is why I’ve been so quiet around here. Typing and using a trackpad is surprisingly taxing, so I can only do a little before I need to take a break. I’m hoping that will become easier over the next day or two as my arm is healing because I miss writing! I miss painting as well and it will be a happy day when I can have a brush in hand again.
Anyway, today, let’s chat about recliners. And you might be smiling a bit about that if you saw my Instagram stories earlier this week.
Sooooo… I sort of stepped in it when I shared what I said to the ER doctor who asked me if I had a recliner to sleep in to make my shoulder more comfortable. I laughed and said, “Um no. A recliner is too ugly for my house!” Now, most people got that I was completely joking and I was poking fun at myself more than recliners or recliner owners. If I had a recliner, I’d certainly be resting more comfortably! Instead, I’m building up back and armrests in my bed with pillows, which isn’t anywhere near as supportive as a recliner.
And, just for the record, I’m not really anti-recliner. When we go to my in-law’s house and my parent’s house, I love sitting in their recliners and think how nice it would be to have one. I also know there are a lot of very stylish recliners available on the market now. We’ve just never had the perfect spot for a recliner or a great need for one.
The whole conversation has given me something to laugh about, though. Several readers have shared stories about $25 craigslist recliners named Elvis and big, puffy recliners that have been banished to the basement and a husband’s beloved chair that is a tolerable compromise. Several people suggested that I share recliners I would put in my house, so that’s what I’m doing today!
Of course, I haven’t tried any of these in person, so I’m not sharing them as an endorsement, but as an if I was going to buy a recliner, these are ones I would consider. I picked recliners that hit a few different price points and that are different sizes and comfort levels.
I liked this one because of the small scale and that it swivels. I don’t think it’s the kind of recliner you’d sleep in, but would probably be nice for TV watching, reading, or to have in a nursery.
Sonja Manual Recliner – $739.99
This one is a bit larger and seems to have more cush. I like that it’s big without being too bulky visually.
McManus Leather Recliner – $799.99
This one is similar in style to the one above but I liked the blue leather and this looks like a potentially good sleeping recliner.
These last two are both from Pottery Barn and I liked them for their traditional styling, but also for the fact that they don’t look like recliners. Both of these would be nice in a living room or bedroom for TV watching, reading, etc.
James Upholstered Recliner – $1099 (20% off with coupon code FRIENDS)
PB Comfort Rolled Arm Recliner – $1099 (20% off with coupon code FRIENDS)
It seems to be that the bigger and puffier the recliner, the more comfortable it is. So, if we ever have a need for one of those, I’ll buy one and put it in my home without apology! I believe that most of the time form and function can coexist equally, but there are times when one just has to rule out over the other!
So, what are your thoughts about recliners? Any great recliner nicknames or stories that will give us a laugh? Any stylish recliner recommendations?