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.