by | Feb 11, 2019 | a slice of life | 148 comments

Those who have followed my blog for a long time know that I don’t ever just fall off the map when it comes it putting up blog posts.  It’s even rare for me to take planned time off from my usual 5-day posting schedule.  But, last week, I fell off the map.

A few hours after I posted about recliners and shared that worst with my shoulder was behind me, Jeff was driving me to the ER because of a fever.  I had a cortisone shot and a procedure done to break up and remove calcium in my shoulder tendons and I was concerned the fever was a sign of infection.

Fortunately, it was a light night for the ER, so they were able to get me straight to a bed and started assessing my shoulder, ruling out any other potential source of the fever.  Blood work indicated that my body was fighting infection and inflammation.  This meant they needed to confirm the infection was in the shoulder by drawing fluid from the joint.  I assure you that process is just as painful as it sounds and even on potent IV pain meds, I was sobbing on the table during the procedure.

(By accident, this picture of my IV framed out the text in my tattoo sola side, which means in faith alone.)

They were not able to get fluid after trying two different techniques.  This ended up being a good sign because an infected joint is typically full of fluid.  The bad news was they still couldn’t rule it out and there were symptoms and test results that made them concerned.  So, I was admitted to the hospital and held for a couple of days to receive IV antibiotics and to monitor the shoulder, my temperature, etc.

Once I was fever-free and the pain level and blood work numbers improved, I was released on Saturday.

They believe that the fever and skewed numbers from my blood work were just a response to the procedure, but a joint infection can be very serious, so they wanted to err on the side of caution.

Since I have been home, I’ve been resting, icing my shoulder, and keeping up with my PT exercises.  My parents bought me an Arctic Ice Machine (the cooler-looking thing) that continuously pumps ice water through a bladder I can strap to my shoulder.  It is awesome!

I have to confess that I’m not a good at-home patient and I’m not good at being idle.  I can be a great patient in the hospital because it’s not my domain, but once I’m at home, I want to work to keep everything tidy and running smoothly. I’m trying to not drive Jeff crazy!

The good news is that I feel like I’m truly on the mend.  I have regained the use of my bicep and I can shrug my shoulder gently.  I also had a very encouraging PT appointment where I was graduated to some new exercises and have regained some mobility in my shoulder.  The pain is also diminishing a little bit each day.  I know the list of things I can’t do will get shorter as time passes and one day, it will be back to normal.

So, that’s my situation report (sitrep).

In home-related news, my shoulder picked a really annoying time to act up, because I have furniture being delivered for my office, which causes a domino effect of things that need to be moved and rearranged.  We’re going to get some help to move the big pieces (since I can’t lift more than 10 lbs) and then I’ll just slowly work away at the little stuff.  I should have some more exciting stuff to share later this week.

Thank you for all of your prayers and words of encouragement.  They really have meant a lot and I have felt so loved and supported.


  1. Alberto

    Wish you a fast recovery. Take care.

  2. Rita C at Panoply

    I bet osteomyelitis (infection of bone) is what they were afraid of wasn’t it? So glad you’re on the road to recovery. You’re very fortunate to have the Mayo Clinic! Take care, practicing both your exercises and patience.

    • Marian Parsons

      They said they were specifically worried about a septic or infected joint, but thankfully, those were ruled out.

  3. Deb Pelton

    Shoulder stuff is THE worse! I broke my right shoulder a few years ago and unlike labor, I still remember THE pain-ugh! Good luck. ❤🐝

  4. Kris

    I saw your intro picture and mentally said “uh oh!” Be kind to your body and let it heal. Wishing you a speedy recovery my dear!

  5. Janice M Hebert

    Oh that’s awful! So glad to hear it’s getting better. Don’t rush the recovery though, you want to make sure it’s truly better before doing too much. Thinking of you and sending healing thoughts.


  6. logan wilhelm

    Sorry to hear of your time in the hospital and subsequent discomfort of tests. Hope you are on the mend with the exercise regimen and smaller work load. Take care of yourself!

  7. Sue in Northern Iowa

    Sending healing thoughts your way, Marian!

  8. Norma Rolader

    Prayers sent for contined healing.

  9. Alice Crawford

    I know about shoulder pain vs sleep. Without your health, nothing else is important! Ask me how I know.

  10. Tina Woodward

    Wishing you well!

  11. Katie Mansfield

    I wanted that ice machine when I had shoulder pain. I’m so sorry. I hope you are on the mend. Take it slowly. Praying for you.

  12. Sheri

    Praying for your recovery! Nothing worse than looking at projects that you cannot tackle. And it’s a gentle reminder to be thankful for my most of the time healthy body! Oh what we take for granted…. speedy recovery🤗🤗🤗


    Oh! Marian! So sorry to read about your hospital stay. We continue to pray for healing for your shoulder. Try not to do too much! Take care.

  14. Lisa

    Keeping you in my prayers. Hope you have no more setbacks and a speedy recovery.

  15. Julie A

    4 years ago, I had outpatient surgery to repair my rotator cuff. It was hanging by a thread from a degenerative condition I have. Last October, I had a total knee replacement. I can tell you that the shoulder rehabilitation was far more difficult and took way longer to heal than from the knee replacement.

    Be kind to yourself. Shoulder pain is severe and the healing takes a really long time.

    By the way, you are correct, the ice machine is a lifesaver!

    • Marian Parsons

      Oh man, you’ve been through a lot! I hope you’re all healed up!

  16. Hannah

    Get better soon!

  17. Nancy

    Dearest Marian,
    Rest well,take care and know that many good thoughts and prayers are with you day by day. Wishing you a speedy recovery. XO

  18. Linda

    Praying for better healthier days ahead!

  19. Sandy

    Prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery.

  20. Pam Phillips

    Please get some rest, it’s your best form of medicine!!!🙏

  21. B Folk

    Oh, Marian, how awful! But, in faith alone, we can sometimes manage a wry laugh about our struggles, can’t we? The nightstand decor looks like my husband’s side of the bed several times since 2015. Bad stuff, good outcomes. More fodder for our testimonies to God’s glory. You are in my prayers!

  22. Marijean Jenson

    Oh my, that sounds awful. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  23. Kristine

    As many have said, I am sending healing thoughts and hopes for a healthy, full recovery! Please do give yourself as much time to heal as necessary. We can all appreciate that you need time to recover and no one and nothing is more important!

  24. Shelia P

    Bless your heart Marian! That’s scary stuff! I’ve heard those needles in the joints hurt like the devil! I’m so happy all that is behind you now and that you’re on the mend. 😊. That was so thoughtful of your Mom and Dad to buy you that arctic. Chiller because I know that’s been a life saver, Don’t be in such a rush Marian! Take this time to heal yourself properly because you have the rest of your life to paint. That being said, I can’t wait to see pics of your office but I’ll be patient, lol! Thank you for posting even on your sickbed, we appreciate it. Just don’t over do it and listen to your hubby when he tells you to take it easy. It’s not too often they say that, haha! Have a good week and take care.
    Shelia P

  25. Heidi

    It’s at times like this we understand how much we do, take some time to mend, all of the tasks will wait.

    You have done such an amazing
    Job all these years. The highlight of my morning is reading your blog.

    I am having fitted wardrobes Installed today. Had text late last night to say all the packages have to be in room of installation. There is no chance of that! They are just across the hall!

    I shall be thinking of you as I put away the clothes etc into
    My new wardrobes and I look forward to seeing your office transformation when you are well and truly recoversd

  26. PJ

    Thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way. Please be patient with this process of healing. I know how very hard that is and how frustrated you must feel, but be good to yourself.

  27. Kathy

    Praying for you Marian! ♥️

  28. Maureen

    God bless the inventor of that ice machine! I have a similar one from my knee replacement. Yes, yes, truly a godsend. To a sound healing …and a dose of patience for you Marian. Remember you are so worth the time it takes to heal. Be gentle with yourself dear soul.

  29. Kathy Clark

    God bless you Miss Mustard Seed. I too can attest to the very hard process of being patient during shoulder surgery recovery (June 2018 here). Let your creative mind take up the time as you rest and repair!

  30. cate smart

    Take care of yourself!!!! We love your blog and you are in our hearts. Hugs,
    Cate Smart

  31. Stacey

    You have my sympathy regarding your shoulder! I have chronic shoulder pain left over from frozen shoulder (both) and 25 years of cutting hair. Regular stretching is my best relief. Glad you are getting first rate care.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery! (not just because I look forward to your posts, of course😃)

  32. Dee

    Hi Marian – So sorry to hear about your experience of last week……….thankful/hopeful you’re on the mend and ready to share more good stuff with us in your blog as you heal…… Ironic that your blog showed up in my email today as I just came home from seeing a hand specialist. My hands have been aching more and more and there are times when I drop stuff sooooooo today was the day to finally have this looked at. Arthritis and NOT carpel tunnel but cortisone injections in each thumb joint………..OWWWWWWWWWY!!!!!!!!! I knew when the nurse hit the “spot” as let out a little YELP each time……….. Praying/hoping the injections work and surgery is not on my agenda any time soon……… On this note……..YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!! BEHAVE YOURSELF and listen to the doctor!!!!!!!!

    • Marian Parsons

      Oh no…I can’t imagine getting a cortisone shot in the thumb joint! Ack…I’ve had enough of large needles in my joints for right now. 🙂

  33. Lora Bloomquist

    So sorry you’ve been laid up! But glad you’re near Mayo and are hopefully on the mend! I’m sure you’ve got a good church family to step in and help with things. If you’re going to be down, a MN winter is the best time to cocoon!

  34. Sherri

    Marion, sending you many prayers and good healing vibes!! So sorry you have been coping with all the pain! Glad Mayo Clinic could get you back and mending!! Rest, relax and get well! 🙂

  35. Holley

    Oh Marian! I hope you can find the mind set to focus on healing & rest & nurturing yourself with nutritious foods, your family’s love & care, & maybe use this quiet time to read some books, draw, & watch movies. There will be a lot of time ahead to ‘ work on your projects.’ You do not want a set back.
    Do the work to get REALLY well & strong & reflect on what you might be able to do to ensure it isn’t likely to reoccur. You are more important to your family & friends ( & followers too) than the completion of a project. You need to make yourself #1 to you too. I tell you this because I had to learn this the hard way. Take care & let people help you. Holley

    • Marian Parsons

      Thank you, Holley! Yes, this has confirmed that I need to focus on rebuilding my strength to support my tendons, muscles, and bones as they continue to age. I’m active, but I haven’t been intentional about strength-building like I was a few years ago.

  36. Sharon

    So sorry to hear about your shoulder and hospital visit, definitely not your style! Glad to hear you are better every day. Shoulders are a bear! Take care and with your strength, faith, and commitment to enjoy and participate in live, you will be well soon!

    • Marian Parsons

      Thank you! I am on the mend!

  37. Melanie B

    This too will pass. Had the same condition on my right shoulder, minus the possible infection, avoided surgery by sticking with the PT.
    Praying for a speedy recovery and soon this will be a distant memory

    • Marian Parsons

      Calcific tendonitis is so bad! I had no idea it could be that painful. I actually had to Google it before I went to the emergency room to make sure it wasn’t totally crazy to go to the ER for my shoulder, but apparently, it is considered to be very painful when it is flared up.

  38. Marie in AZ

    Oh my goodness! Take care and allow yourself time to heal. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  39. Patricia

    Rest Up and speedy recovery. Busy people need to remember to make time for rest

    • Marian Parsons

      I certainly need to be told to rest! Jeff has been good about reminding me not to overdo it.

  40. cynthia

    Sit still, ponder, and be well soon!

    ps~ As an addiction counselor if the meds on your side table are pain meds would you please do the world a favor and lock them up, away from children, take as directed, and dispose of them at a disposal site when your pain has subsided~ so as a blessing no one will fall into the “Opioid Crisis” at hand. If not paid meds, please disregard my effort. Both ways~ heal quickly!

    • Marian Parsons

      Thank you!


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