By now most of you know I talk about everything and anything here, and much of it revolves around personal matters. Such is the case today, since 1. I have literally no ideas for posts, and 2. I’m looking for advice from you good people.
A few months ago, my left shoulder started bugging me. For years I would throw a football, baseball, or Frisbee to the kids, and my shoulder would hurt immediately. It’s like I would throw my shoulder out at the first toss. After a while the pain would subside, and I’d go on with my life.
When the gyms were open – thank you for nothing, Herr Wolf – I would experience some pain while shoulder presses. So, I’d either stop or adjust my body so the shoulder wasn’t a problem. I didn’t want to go to my primary doctor during the Chinese Wuhan Virus, because I figured they’d poo-poo it because of the “pandemic.”
Now the shoulder is worse. Shock, right?
If I fall asleep on my stomach, the shoulder moves overnight, and I wake up in a lot of pain. If the kids bump my shoulder, I’m in a lot of pain. If I pick up something heavy the wrong way, I want to scream. And believe me, I have a very high pain threshold.
I’m concerned it’s serious, and I told Mrs. Earp I could probably suck it up until 2024. I’m not sure I can get to my primary doctor before Christmas, but I’m beginning to think I need this taken care of.
My worry is this: if I need shoulder surgery, I may be out of work for a very long time. That would cost me a ton of my compiled sick time, which I could use to buy health insurance for a few years after I retire. I don’t know the usual recovery for something like this, but a coworker’s husband has been out nearly eight months already.
I can always go to work on limited duty status, and I only need one hand to type. (Of course, I’m left-handed and that’s the shoulder that’s messed up.) I’m not completely stupid – shut up – and I understand I need to at least get an MRI. I’m just wondering if it’s worse the hassle, or if I can actually suck this up until retirement.