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Marian Parsonsa slice of life148 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.

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148 Comments on “sitrep”

  1. So sorry to hear ur troubles. I know it’s tough being on the “patient” side of things. As moms, we certainly aren’t used that. And the pain doesn’t help matters in the least bit. I hope all levels out for you and you cruise in on recovery. Hugs and prayers. Please do take all the time u need to recover properly so u have no regrets!

  2. I went through the same thing a few years ago. So sorry you had to. Don’t worry about keeping up with the blog, your readers will all be waiting when you’re ready!

  3. I would rather not see any posts than have your recovery threatened. Please take the time you need to heal,, from a fellow impatient patient.

  4. Marian, please take it easy! I love your blog but would rather see you get better than have new posts.

    Lots of prayers for a quick recovery!

  5. Finally a nightstand I can relate to! Sending you healing prayers for a quick and uneventful recovery. #TeamMustardSeed.

  6. Isn’t it a humbling experience when illness puts your life on hold? When it happened to me all I could think about were the people who dealt with illness and pain all the the time. Illness woke me up to how blessed I was to be able to get well. Let others take care of your house now so you can rest and heal! We’ll all be here when you are ready. Take good care.

  7. So glad to hear you are on the mend!! I wonder if this was brought on in part because of the impending chaos that was to ensue (furniture being delivered, your office getting ready to be dismantled etc) as you redo your office? Sometimes anticipation and anxiety are not our friend; no matter how exciting/positive the end result.

    Anyway, just a thought! Enjoy your rest; you deserve it for sure!

  8. Let’s hope the worst is behind you. Don’t over do & don’t worry about the blog! Your readers are a faithful bunch.

  9. Sounds painful 😣 have you ever been to a chiropractor? Always my first option and so far I have never had to go to a dr for joint pains.

  10. Bless you dear !! We will be here, when you are able to return in full force,, Blessing for a speedy recovery,,

  11. Praying for your full healing and peace during your down time.
    Don’t worry about posting each day; your blog is great and your posts are “worth the wait” 🙂

  12. Wishing you a speedy recovery! I am like you — I have a hard time being idle. BUT, I have learned that it is better to REALLY heal than to rush things. You will end up paying in the long run. Maybe this is a good time to catch up on Netflix?

  13. I see you have an Ice Machine. I loved mine so much after shoulder surgery that we bought one online for home use. Take good care of yourself and your shoulder. I know it is hard to avoid using your shoulder daily, but sometimes we have to take a break. As someone who has had both shoulder and back surgery, please treat your body with kindness and respect. The projects can wait for another day or a helper.

  14. It’s a relief to hear from you that you’re stabilized and working toward a full recovery 🙂 With this down time, perhaps you will come up with some ideas that you would otherwise not have? Sometimes a different “perspective” can do that. Blessings as you take the time to heal!

  15. We WILL be here when you’re ready. So many of us (most?) have been through something similar enough – unfortunately – and totally understand. It will take as long as it takes…yes?

  16. Do not be tempted to over do….how tempted to get up and do just a few things…..you will pay for it in the long run. Let others take care of you a little while longer. Prayers for a full recovery headed your way, Elaine

  17. Sounds terrible…hopefully the worst is behind you. It doesn’t seem like your nature to be slowed by much, but go easy and give yourself the time to heal!

  18. I feel your pain, I am also a lousy patient, hate being down, especially at home, but try. I had knee replacement in December, i’m improving, but in my head i expected to be totally back to normal…focus on the improvements, PT, and ice ice baby! Been praying for you. 🙂

  19. Wow! You have really been through the ringer☹️. My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery! Hopefully, you will be back running around the house soon🙏🙏

  20. Last year I had a total cleanout of my shoulder via arthoscoptic surgery. It was very painful & I couldn’t use my left arm for weeks. But that Artic Ice Machine was a blessing! I’m hoping you won’t have to use it for long & your recovery is much shorter & sweeter! Prayers!!

  21. When you didn’t show up again, my prayers wafted your way. With gratitude that you are on the mend with continued prayer for perfect healing.

  22. Oh it is sooo hard to be the patient! Glad you are behaving as difficult as it is to slow down, it will be worth it in the long run as you will heal better and more thoroughly. Totally understand if u miss posting. We will all be here when you are ready. Hugs, kim

  23. Sending lots of love and healing energy to you Miss Marian! So sorry you’re going thru this . . . . . Feel better. Just close your eyes and SEE and FEEL yourself happily painting in your office pain free. . . . The good Lord will take care of the rest💗

  24. Oh so sorry to hear of your ordeal…I know how you feel….I fell on my RT shoulder two years ago..now after failed two pt session and 1cortisone shot…going back to my doctor tomorrow for shoulder pain and weakness..no where the level of pain you are experiencing….I feel so bad for you. Take good care…best thoughts and blessings to you

    Dee

  25. Rest. Jumping back in too quickly can only stir things up again. It will all be better!!!
    God Bless!!!

  26. Rehab nurse..those ice pac machines are fantastic. Get on the mend and allow the free flow of beauty to go in there! Mend recover breathe..so you can get on with life!

  27. Marian take the time you need to rest and heal your shoulder. I’ve known several people who rushed recovery and the 2nd time your body is injured can cause it to become chronic.

    I injured a leg last summer and PT saved me. It took forever at the time, but now I’m back to normal.

    Have you tried to voice software for your blogs, the kind where you speak and it transcribes?

    Positive thoughts for a full and complete recovery. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  28. Being incapacited is truly difficult. Like you said, even the hair washing and shoe tying are frustrating. I hope you continue to improve and keep doing the PT!!!

  29. My husband got his very own pair of those cute, smiley-face socks just last week….. another story!
    I’m praying for a smooth recovery for you!

  30. I am not a great patient, either. It’s hard for me to slow down. Bless you and hope you feel better soon!

  31. Love the term #TeamMustardSeed……. 😘. It has a ring to it and is definitely appropriate!
    Prayers for a speedy recovery…..one day at a time.

  32. Missed you! The Arctic Cooling Machine is a lifesaver to prevent blood clots that can form with immobility (I should have had one for my knee-a DVT formed). Healing prayers to you.

  33. Bless you. I have missed your posts but knew that there was a situation you had to deal with that took priority. Take care of yourself. Those ice machine are super for joint recovery. Try an anti-inflammatory diet. They can really help, too. No sugar, especially, hard as that can be.

  34. Take care. I am not ever sick but when I am I do follow orders and mend quickly. I
    know people who think they know more than the doctors. Sounds like you are doing
    what you are supposed to do.
    How lucky you are in a city with the Mayo Clinic rather than nowweresville with
    pot luck medicine and winging it.

    Please remember that everything will be back to you in time.
    Mary M.

  35. Ohh just read this post & I am praying you are recovering. I have to tell you you gave me a chuckle as I am a former nurse & I am not only a horrible patient at home but worse in the hospital. I go even more nuts now as everything is in locked rooms, I am not talking meds, I am talking supplies, linens & even the ice machine. I hate to bother the staff for every little thing. Thank God they get used to me standing outside a locked door waiting to get what I need. Sad to say we joke that I could be a world traveler if they gave frequent flyer miles for hospital stays, but then again with a chronic illness I never feel like traveling!

  36. Don’t rush it Marion. Treat yourself as well as you would encourage others to do! Having said that, here’s wishing you a very speedy recovery. You are missed and sent lots of love and well wishes!

  37. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you a very speedy recovery. Love your posts, they are a ray of sunshine in my day! Take care of yourself and give yourself time to heal!!!

  38. Doesn’t sound like fun at all! Sometimes God makes us take care of ourselves. We’ll all be here when you’re better.

  39. Whew! Sounds like quite an ordeal. I’m so glad you are starting to feel better. Hope you continue to rest and recover. I have been an impatient patient myself in the past and I get it, but it will be ok to let things wait. =).

  40. Marion, Please rest and relax as much as you possibly can. This is so important. The body will heal itself. I’m sorry you had to go through this. It sounds just awful. Rest.

    Laurie

  41. I’m so sorry to read of your shoulder pain. When you were “silent” I worried about your family. I can identify with being a reluctant patient at home. In December I had spinal surgery just before Christmas and spent two weeks recovering in the hospital. (Coming home I was shocked to find gifts under the tree. My entire family decided to celebrate Christmas when I was discharged.) Anyway, long story short, the recovery period is 3 months so I’m still taking baby steps. Don’t rush your recovery. Sending prayers.

  42. Prayers for a speedy recovery. Sounds like you have been thru the mill!! Sure hope it gets better and doesn’t flair up again.

  43. Give yourself the time to heal.
    Read a good book…the old fashioned variety, NOT on a Kindle.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery 🙂

  44. Marian, I am so so sorry for the pain you have been going through! I am keeping you in my prayers!
    Hugs to you!
    Jodie

  45. The ice machine is very intriguing. I’ve never seen one before. Take the time to mend. Without your good health, everything else screeches to a halt. Bur I guess you know that.

  46. Prayers for a speedy recovery 💕Take your time and rest.Sending you positive vibes for healing!!

  47. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Do be cautious about resuming work. It will always be there and is not worth putting your health at risk – no matter how much we may miss your posts!

  48. Best to you…what an ordeal. I must say, however, it was comforting for me to see your bedroom a bit on the messy side… even your lampshade was a bit tipsy! It reminds me that sometimes it doesn’t all have to be “put together” to be a home with a soft place to fall when you are ill, just tired, or need an escape from the world. Thanks for showing us that part of who you are! Linda

  49. Prayers for a complete and speedy recovery. But don’t try to rush it!! 😁
    I am in PT for my right shoulder. It is so tempting to try to rush things.
    Rest.

  50. God love your heart! So sorry to hear of your shoulder issues. I love your posts and look forward to reading them but your recovery is more important. Praying for a speedy recovery!

  51. Oh my, I was teary after reading this post because I can’t stand for people to hurt. Rest and heal. All else can wait!

  52. Keep the positive thoughts going- I’m convinced it helps with recovery.
    We all have unexpected events- and God is with us every step. I had a serious hemorrhage after a hysterectomy this summer and I was on my couch for at least 3 weeks. I’m not a good patient either but this time I couldn’t move. I was grateful my boyfriend was there to help me recover.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  53. I hear you about hating to sit still. I managed to injure my already compromised knees by tripping on a computer cord last week. It wasn’t my first rodeo, so once I could get up I immediately started icing the knees, but it was 3 days before I could walk anywhere and not need assistance. On a happy note, I’m a knitter, so 3 days of forced rest gave many hours of undisturbed knitting time. Still not 100%, but then again, I wasn’t to begin with. Rest! The projects can wait

  54. DIL

    Glad you are doing much better. At my age pumping icewater through the bladder is a good thing. Keeps things moving and the voice at a moderate soprano. Whhhoooooo!!

    Hugs for the boys!

    FIL

  55. Praying for your speedy recovery. Just make sure not to push yourself too quickly…rebound injuries can be worse than the initial injury. Take care.

  56. Thanks for keeping it real Marian! Love the nightstand decor. Seriously take it baby steps at a time. Give yourself a chance to heal. The stuff will wait for you.

  57. Sorry to hear you have this trouble to bear. I hope reading the many posts from your followers reassures you that we are very loyal. We want the best for you and will wait for you to be back in the saddle. Rest in the Good Shepherd.

  58. About 10 years ago I had shoulder problems (radiating down my arm) that ultimately resulted in a frozen shoulder. A few years later I had a nasty fall and severely injured my other shoulder which also resulted in a frozen shoulder. Each shoulder took about six months to heal and since then I’ve never had any problems whatsoever with either shoulder. During the healing process when trying to sleep I tried every type of pillow and cushion I could find. Nothing worked until I tried tennis balls. I placed several under the injured shoulder and most of the balls stayed in place throughout the night and I was able to sleep. The other tip I would offer you is to buy a Thera Cane. It’s a strange looking gadget that you can use for gentle exercises/stretches and to stabilize your shoulder to keep it from drooping or leaning forward when you’re sitting.
    Blessings on a speedy and complete healing.

  59. Wow Marian, So glad you’re ok now!!!!!!
    wishing you all the best, glad that’s all BEHIND YOU NOW….:) just
    so glad you’re home taking things on the UP HILL now!
    Take care, wishing you the speediest recovery for your sake!!!,
    Hope you get to take all the time you need and more <3
    🙂

  60. Prayers for a healthy and fully recovered you. Please take the time to let your body recover from the trauma it has been through. All of us loyal readers can and will be waiting with anticipation of all the creative ideas you will have come up with during your recovery…….

  61. Oh Marian, please rest! We will always be here waiting for you. We’re NOT leaving you. Resting drives me crazy too!🥴

  62. Sorry to hear of your fever. I was wondering where you were. I have that ice machine from when my knees were replaced and it is great. The trouble is you are tethered to it, but like you, holding still is my problem. When I can’t get up and go, I find lots to do in my surroundings. Unfortunately you can’t do them while recuperating, so I had a tendency to order everyone aound , and I couldn’t understand their uncooperative responses. I I could see dust in spots I never noticed before, and I kept coming up with more little projects for them while I quarter-backed from my (hee, hee: ugly recliner). Hope you are back to full on Marion Mode soon.

  63. I know that experience of crying during a procedure. SO sorry to hear you had to go through that 😢. Glad you are home and on the mend! God bless you in this slow time with His sweet presence in new and meaningful ways. ❤️

  64. Praying for healing and a full recovery. Just listen and take it easy. It’s hard because you start feeling better than push yourself too much. Hope you are better soon.

  65. My goodness, Miss Marian, what a terrible tale! So happy you are on the mend. Don’t overdo it. Many prayers and much love coming your way!

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