Post-Thanksgiving Update

I hope my U.S.A. readers all had a nice Thanksgiving weekend.

I loved having all three of my kids home …!

But, as many of you already read last week,

My right arm is in crisis mode right now –  pretty much completely incapacitated.

My kids cooked everything for Thanksgiving with guidance, and one-handed (non-dominant hand) help from me.

Fred Looking at Turkey © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Fred kept an eye on the turkey in case it decided to fly away.

I saw Dr. Painless last Tuesday.

He was floored when he saw my arm … it’s kind of creepy to have a big hole/dent/indentation in a body part that isn’t supposed to have one.

He gave me some super serious (!!) pain drugs and a very important hug.

I really needed both.

(I think I sobbed from pain about five times Tuesday prior to seeing him.)

I’m waiting for MRI approval from my insurance company.

It has been held up because the insurance company has a question for my orthopedic surgeon, and he didn’t call them back prior to the Thanksgiving weekend.

Hopefully, that will be taken care of today so I can get a better understanding of what’s wrong and what –

If anything, can be done to help me heal.

And, that’s the big two-part question really …

Is it a giant muscle tear?  Or rupture?  Or partial (or total) detachment?

And, once I know the answer to the WHAT IS IT? question ….


The waiting is the hardest part?

It was nice to have family here to distract me a little from the fear, the pain, etc.

We went to see the new James Bond movie on Friday.

We saw it at one of those fancy theaters with reclining seats, seat-side beverage/food service, etc.

It was a nice treat having all my kids together to go to the movies.

Later that night, we had a spur of the moment mini-party at my house.

It was fun, but I have to admit I was more subdued than normal due to my high pain level.

On Saturday, we watched some football midday.

Fred By Couch © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Fred keeps my son company during a football broadcast.

Later, I took my kids on a short hike to one of my favorite haunts.

We brought wine, cheese, crackers, and Fred.

It was beautiful watching the sun set into the ocean.

Sunset Explosion © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Catalina Island stands out clearly to the right of the setting sun.

I tried to take a few photos using my left arm for the weight bearing of my camera as I always do.

My right arm was only needed to bend at the elbow so my right index finger could press the shutter.

And …?

I was able to take a couple shots but it was painful and things weren’t working right in my arm.

I don’t really know how to explain, but it’s like I don’t have control over my arm at all right now.

The intense pain from trying was a clear signal to stop and desist.

So, with great sadness, I did exactly that.

By midday on Sunday, my kids had all departed.

I spent my afternoon researching orthopedic surgeons, detached and torn deltoids, and other fun things like that.

I guess I need to find out what, exactly, is wrong before I can try and find a doctor who has a lot of experience in fixing it?

4 Responses to “Post-Thanksgiving Update”

  1. Gina

    Thanks for the update, girl! Will be thinking of you and sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

  2. Missy Stalcup

    Sending the best thoughts and prayers your way for fixable solutions.

  3. Mj

    I can’t even imagine what you are going through with your arm physically or emotionally. I’ll pray that it will be an easy fix for some very skilled surgeon.


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