POP! ~ original 5×7 watercolor & ink
Busy Making Art!
I’ve been busy making art, photographing projects, editing images and revamping my shop, and my shoulder has been telling me it needed attention. I regularly stretch my arms, shoulders and back, get bodywork when I can, work with a trainer 2-3 times a week and live an active lifestyle. Maybe TOO active, it turns out.
Visiting The POP Doc
A couple months ago I saw a new orthopedic doc who hoped adhesive capsulitis was the source of my limited mobility and pain, and not the obvious-on-the-x-ray degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis). I got an ultrasound guided cortisone injection and felt great after about a week. The pain was gone and I was good to go. For only 7 weeks. Then the pain advanced like wildfire!
I returned to my doctor, who suggested I dial back on the work outs, rest the shoulder when possible, and rely on specifically designed stretches. He also broke the news that I need a total shoulder replacement. YIKES!!
POP! UGH! Surprise?
This was not a total surprise. I have fairly advanced arthritis, which started pestering me when I was 40; but I thought my shoulders would last into my sixties or seventies, not give out at 58. So I’m scheduled for another injection and hope that one holds longer, putting off the surgery decision-making process.
How About You?
Have you had shoulder or other joint issues? Tell me about your successful treatment plans. I’m curious!
Why This Artwork?
This pretty little piece is called “POP!” and I post it here because my shoulder does exactly that… all the time! 🙂
If you’re looking for a new tote you can get this one in my shop!
Pop! Tote Bag