Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, July 15, 2004 9:52 pm

Speaking of jw …

Filed under: Odds 'n' ends — Lex @ 9:52 pm

… I’m taking the position that shoulder problems are transmissible over the Internet and that I got mine from her. Never mind that I’ve had problems with my right shoulder since an unfortunate softball-related incident almost 20 years ago.

A faithful exercise routine and the occasional Aleve had kept the problem at bay for 18 months or more, but a few weeks ago the problem got too big to ignore. Sure, everyone at my age loses a little pop off his fastball and a little snap off his curve, but when the pain wakes you up in the middle of the night, it’s time to call in the professionals.

So I went to see my regular doctor, Dr. P., who took X-rays and said, “I think you’ve probably got a slight rotator-cuff tear. You’re probably going to need a cortisone injection, and believe me, you don’t want me doing that.” I took note of the fact that I’d just heard a doctor admit to a shortcoming for the first time in my life, and then, the next day, I trundled my X-rays across the driveway to the orthopedic specialist, Dr. D., who administered the shot (actually Kenalog, mixed — thank God — with a numbing agent), threatened to ‘scope the shoulder (i.e., perform arthroscopic surgery) if it hadn’t gotten much better within a month, and sent me on my way.

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