There should have been a New in the Mailbox post today, but I can barely do this, let along do a “real” post. I’ve got a really sore shoulder.

Wife says she thinks it’s an “impingement” whatever that is, and I may need a cortisone shot. She had this same injury half a year ago, working out at the club, and that’s what her doctor did, after an x-ray. I can’t get to the doctor (we have different HMOs) until Thursday, but I’m hoping it’s just a matter of resting it. Meanwhile, moving the mouse or even typing is out of the question – it’s my right arm/shoulder. What did I do? Lifted a couple of heavy 2 cubic foot bags of garden/potting soil Saturday afternoon. I didn’t notice anything at the time, but in the middle of that night I woke really hurting. By morning I was in agony. This wasn’t go-to-emergency pain, just don’t use it ’cause it hurts like hell pain. Anyway. I’m pretty useless, and just when wife is off for a few days. Darn.

So no posts for a few days. I’ll fold the new stuff into next Monday’s post.

Not sure if I’ll suffer any internet withdrawal. I didn’t have the computer on at all yesterday and it was okay, but this morning… no, no, I’ll be fine.

About Rick Robinson

Enjoying life in Portland, OR
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9 Responses to Ouch!

  1. Scott Cupp says:

    Ouch, indeed. Listen to some music or a book on tape/CD and relax.

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:


    See, gardening can be hazardous to your health.

    Seriously, Jackie is also having shoulder problems (behind her left shoulder) but I think it’s from sleeping on three pillows.

    /end medical analysis

    Take it easy! Maybe a hot shower running the water on the spot in question will ease it a little.

  3. Rest and take it light, Richard.

  4. Richard says:

    Rick says “Thanks, everyone!” (typed by wife).

  5. This is just another example why I loathe yard work. You should just pay some needy gardeners to do your heavy lifting for you.

  6. Patti Abbott says:

    Take care, Rick.

  7. I’m finding that any injuries I get nowadays are due to gardening. Just the other day I had pain radiating up and down my arm – at first I thought maybe I was having a heart attack and then I remembered that I’d been shoveling and lifting the day before. Take care, Rick. We’ll be here when you get back.

  8. Cap'n Bob says:

    For the last 25 years or so I’ve had a bad right shoulder. I couldn’t make overhand motions, like throwing a baseball, but could underhand, like bowling. About a week ago it mysteriously went away, though it’s still a little tight. Cortizone helped but only temporarily, and the shots were costly. It’s considered surgery, fer Pete’s sake. I did some physical therapy, which helped a little, but didn’t cure it.

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