Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My rotator cuff tear & how it will be fixed

 I knew exactly when I injured my right shoulder.  Two young men, one of which was my grandson, were helping me burn a large pile of brush and debris that remained from the disastrous 2009 ice storm.  As the pile of brush burned down, long unburned tree limbs were left on the outskirts of the fire.  In demonstrating to the boys the need to get these to burn, I picked up a rather heavy tree limb and hurled it into the glowing coals in the center.  As I tossed it, I immediately felt discomfort in my right shoulder.

Because of recent bilateral knee surgery, I wasn't ready to go under the knife again and tried conservative methods of treatment.  My son-in-law gave physical therapy treatments and taught me exercises to strengthen and maintain the muscles, but after 2 to 3 months of therapy, I continued to have shoulder pain.  He advised me to see my orthopaedic doctor, and stated that I probably had a rotator cuff tear.

Still, I wasn't ready to give in.  I wanted to give God time to heal it if He chose, and I prayed for His healing touch.  Nearly two years later I am finally ready to let my orthopaedic doctor be part of God's plan of healing!    A painful flare up of lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) in my left arm led to impairment of both arms, and I knew it was finally time to get something done.  An MRI confirmed my son-in-law's suspicions; I did have a torn rotator cuff. 
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Surgery is scheduled for March 14th.
I have peace about obtaining God's healing for me in this way,
even though it will involve more pain for awhile.

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Michelle Chamberlin said...

My rotator cuff was torn for over a decade and while somewhat painful was not unbearable. I did it in, however, when I was mad and began hurling large pieces of slate into the back of the van. I think I may have actually hurled on that was almost 100lbs. I was REALLY mad.
I'm glad you let the Dr. be a part of your plan. God is patient with us when we are like Gideon. (Soaking fleeces over and over) I have my own orthopedic issue that I'm postponing surgery on myself.

MommaMindy said...

Ouch! So sorry for your ailments. I'm encouraged that you seek the Lord in it all and through it all. May you be relieved from your pain and recover from surgery well. Blessings!

Tracy said...

Hi Esther Joy, I will be praying for you. God bless

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This sounds so painful. I will be praying for your surgery.

Riet said...

Hopefully everything goes well.

Donna Heber said...


I am so sorry to hear about your rotator cuff tear. Praying your surgery goes well on the 14th and you have a full recovery.

upinthecosmos said...

Hope you're on the mend soon.

Pamela said...

Oh my. I hope the pain will be as light as possible until surgery. I'll be praying the surgery will give you complete relief.

Charlotte said...

So sorry you are having to deal with this. It's amazing how we can do something like you did so innocently and end up spending years paying for it. I'm glad doctors can do this kind of surgery now. We live in an amazing time.
Blessings and prayers for complete healing.

Jenny said...

Oh no, sweet pea. I'm so sorry you're going through this. Sending you a prayer for pain-free peace while you're waiting for your surgery!