I’m still around…
Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Nursing school – Application submitted, waiting to hear probably around the end of November.
Physical Therapy – The torture continues. I hit my 25 session mark 2 weeks ago and now we are waiting for my insurance to request a medical review and then approve more sessions. I’m paying out of pocket now… I’m making good progress and I’m close to where I was before I went to South Africa in a lot of ways. The problem is that my shoulder hasn’t been 100% in at least 20 years. I have really really tight muscles surrounding my shoulder (under my arm, in my chest and back) that we are working on – which is wicked painful.
Sister’s wedding – absolutely perfect!
Running – I’ve decided to do a half marathon in March. I’ve been run/walking 2 – 3 times a week for the last month and have finally made it to the point where I can run 3 minutes at a time – but only twice per workout so far. Slow going here too – but progress is being made.
Plank Challenge – 45 seconds. Looking to double it. Minimum. Who’s with me??
I promise to post more regularly 🙂
When was the last time you were fitted or measured for a bra?
Odd question? Maybe. But according to Intimacy 85% of women are wearing the wrong size. I was one of them.
Today I went to my local Intimacy store and was fitted for new bras. After the Africa diet I desperately needed new bras, but it took me 2 months to actually make it happen. I’m so glad I did. I tried on the first bra the saleswoman brought me and I was amazed at how well it fit me. Then she told me to put my shirt back on…and the amazement continued! I looked good! The bras there are definitely pricey, but I decided I was worth it. And now I can find those brands online hopefully cheaper.
So if it’s been awhile, find a store, get measured/fitted. You may be surprised!
Next on the agenda – a new sports bra….
I’ve had issues with my shoulder for last 20 or so years ever since I first partially dislocated it. I’ve had x-rays, physical therapy and seen doctors about it, but everyone agreed that it wasn’t a big problem and just keep the muscles surrounding the area strong and you won’t have too many problems – but it might be something that we need to address in the future.
That time came in April.
While I was in Africa, I went on a 5 day safari and was able to take a surf lesson in Jeffrey’s Bay, which is one of the best surfing spots in the world. During the lesson I managed to reinjure my right shoulder. I knew it the instant it happened but it didn’t stop me from continuing on with my lesson. It bothered me but not enough to seek medical attention, just took some ibuprofen and tried to not do anything crazy. Since I’d had problems in the past with it, I thought it would go away in a few days as always.
A week later it was still bothering me. I had pain, decreased range of motion and decreased strength in my right arm. Of course, I’m right handed so normal every day life was being affected. I was able to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon for the following week and figured he’d say it was a major strain or something and rest and it’ll be fine. I was wrong. He took an x-ray in the office, which showed nothing, but also did a physical exam and told me that I needed to have an MRI. He thought I probably had torn my labrum and I might need surgery. I didn’t expect him to say that – I was just so unprepared for that information.
I had the MRI the following week and he called me with the results the next day. He was right – an extensive tear of my labrum – which is the cartilage ring that surrounds the shoulder joint – and I had torn it from 9:00 to 12:00, so 1/4 of it. Surgery was a definite…but could it wait? Nope, the pain and my other symptoms would not go away completely without surgery. Yay.
Surgery was scheduled for 6/8 and everything went very smoothly. I would be in a sling for almost 5 weeks and then would have about 3 months of physical therapy.