So, here’s the story

Six weeks ago, I was helping Travis get out of the car. This is a routine task. We both know our roles; he unfastens his seatbelt while I get his wheelchair situated and ready to receive him, he then slides out of his seat to a standing position, leaning on me for support and with my left arm around his back, he then pivots and I gently help lower him into the waiting chair. We’ve done it a thousand times without incident.


I was on autopilot and not fully engaged as I parked his wheelchair by the side of the car and made a rookie (and critical) mistake by forgetting to engage the wheel brakes. Travis got out of the car and as he turned to sit down, his legs brushed against the wheelchair and sent it rolling backwards. By the time I realized what was going on, the chair was out of reach and all 140 pounds of him were committed to sitting down. There was only one place he was headed and it was the concrete driveway. I was afraid he would split his skull when he fell so as he went down, down, down, I pulled against him with all my might with the one arm that was supporting him behind his back. I was able to safely get him to ground but in the split second this all took place, I heard (and felt) a tear in my shoulder.

Not good.

For a week I tried to tell myself it was just a bad sprain but finally made my way to the orthopedic urgent care when I realized that I couldn’t lift my elbow laterally more than a few inches away from my body. The PA diagnosed a torn rotator cuff, prescribed a boatload of pain medication and steroids, ordered an MRI, and referred me to a PT and a surgeon. However, “due to the changes in healthcare policy under the Affordable Care Act” (do not get me started), my insurance company would not approve an MRI until I had completed 4-6 weeks of conservative treatment. And the surgeon wouldn’t see me without an MRI. So for the last six weeks I’ve been in limbo and in a deteriorating world of hurt. It’s been challenging to sleep, get dressed, dry my hair, lift anything above chest high, or even simply type (it sends stabbing pain across my shoulder to keep my hand/arm in the typing position, hence the lack of desire to blog).

In short?

Susie is not a happy camper.

After a lot of hassle, the ball is slowly moving forward toward resolving my problem. Today, the clinic resubmitted the request for the MRI stating that I’d exhausted conservative treatment and asking for authorization to take a closer look at what’s going on. Needless to say, I covet your prayers that this will be approved and quickly since it’s the next step that needs to happen so that surgery can be scheduled. I’m not one to willingly volunteer for a date with a scalpel but I am getting to the desperate stage for relief. From what I understand, it’s a fairly long and painful road to recovery from this type of injury and MAMA HAS THINGS TO DO, chief among them care for my child(ren) and family.

And shave under the arm I can’t lift.

So, what does that mean for things here at Carpoolqueen? It means I won’t be posting with any regularity for a while until I can get things squared away and I’m on the mend. I will try to post the occasional picture or quick update – whatever can be done with one hand – but can’t make any promises as to frequency or quality. I’m a pleaser so it kills me to disappoint anyone but don’t have a choice in the matter right now. I will miss talking to and hearing from you.

Thanks for your prayers over the next few weeks. We are all going to need them.

Have a nice day

17 responses to “So, here’s the story

  1. Absolutely praying. And, yes, I’m sure surgical recovery is neither painless, nor fun, but surgical pain is healing pain. This stuff?? Just pain pain. Which is a total pain. Love you.

  2. So sorry to hear about your troubles. I feel your pain, at least emotionally. I’ll be praying for you and rooting for you. Take care of yourself!

  3. I could be your scribe. πŸ™‚

  4. Rats.

    (That is my new PG word I am trying to say instead of other four-letter words that would be more aptly spoken in a times like these.)

    I will be praying. And when the time is right, I will visit and bring large doses of medicinal chocolate and carbs.

  5. I will add you to my prayers. I hope you are able to get relief quickly (quickly now that the ball is rolling, I mean)…I had a shoulder injury while living in the UK. It did not require surgery, just pt, but you have no idea how crucial your shoulder is to daily life until you cannot use it. Hope things move full steam ahead with the neccessary treatment! Is there someone able to help you with the car task until you’re healed? Praying that is so! Take care.

  6. oh no friend!! praying for quick healing!

  7. So sorry to read about your health challenges. My prayers are with you.

  8. Praying for a speedy recovery for you. I’m glad you weren’t both injured! Enlist the help of neighbors and friends for awhile so you can heal!

  9. I drew a picture of your arm & taped it to my prayer wall πŸ˜€

  10. praying for a quick recovery and for peace about being able to just let things go that you can’t do right now!!

  11. We will miss your blog antics, Sus. Get well soon!!!! xxoo

  12. I’m so sorry to hear this. It’s hard to care for your family when everything hurts. : ( I’ll be praying for healing and quickly! (Miraculous or medically!)

  13. Sus! Oh my word! I’m so sorry to hear this. I will be praying up a storm and hoping for a very quick fix!

  14. So sorry to hear, it’s difficult living with pain. Love & prayers, xx

  15. Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. Praying for a speedy recovery. You will be missed during your hiatus.
    P.S. The mental picture after reading Lacie”s post cracks me up.

  16. Take time to mend. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your peeps! We will miss your blog!

  17. Everything Lavidacoffeegal said. (Funny how the only words aptly spoken when discussing the affordable care act are the 4 letter ones.) I’m here. Put me to work.

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