Sunday, August 30, 2015

Back to life without child

 Last weekend about this time, I was a hot mess. My girl was out there in the world without me, traveling west, the house was a filthy wreck, I was sad and lost.....and tired from cleaning and hauling crap to the recycling center. Gerry was working and dealing with his dad down in Charlotte who had surgery the day Wesley left.  Not days I will remember fondly.

Then we went for a little ride to Gerry's mother ship, the rocks in Stokes County, his favorite land in NC.  Weirdly enough, that's where my dad was born, and my grandmother is buried there on a hilltop that overlooks our favorite crag.  Its a nice place to leave your cares behind.

It was a good day. We laughed a lot, the weather was nice and we exchanged funny texts with Wesley all afternoon.

Well, its all fun until someone gets hurt, as Gerry likes to say. I was trucking down the trail back to the car and tripped on a rock, down I went on my left side. It hurt like a mofo. It took me a minute to get back up. My leg was dented and bruising before I even stood up.

I honestly thought I broke my shoulder. I went to the doc the next day, sore and bruised and afraid I was broken on my already messed up left side. My arm is still bothering me, even after acupuncture, chiropractic, personal trainer, exercising..... the only thing that works to relieve the pain is ibuprofen, and I'm trying to go easy on that. So I just have chronic pain and live with it.

The one good thing that came from this fall, is that it finally got me to go to the doc, which I very rarely will do. He took X-rays, no break, but it did show the source of my pain. I have scar tissue where my arm fits in the rotator cuff socket, from apparently tearing a tendon at some point, who knows when.  I have inflammation and a shoulder impingement  (and some other doctor terms that I don't remember). So, I start physical therapy on Monday and thank you Jesus for a husband with good insurance, they will cover 30 visits with no co pay, YES!

And of course, when it rains it pours. The clutch went out on my car last Thursday and it is now at the most popular garage in Chatham County getting its own little repair. No insurance covering this and I will owe them around $1500 when it is finished. I just put $500 into Wesley's car to get her to California, so I guess I am helping Chris start that savings fund for his kid's college one day! Gerry has been my personal taxi as best as he can, but he has had to be out of town on assignments, so I am experiencing what it is like to not have transportation. It really sucks.

Best news of all though, is that my girl made it to L.A. She was so great about sending texts and letting us know how she was. It was fun to travel with her through photos and texts. She had beignets and coffee Sunday morning at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, visited missions in San Antonio, had an interesting episode with missile testing in White Sands, New Mexico, camped at Joshua Tree where the temps were reaching 116. She is visiting with UNCSA classmates for a few days and then heading to Santa Rosa, where I guess she is going to live for awhile.........                 who knows.....


oldgreymareprimitives said...

Buckle up and enjoy/tolerate/savor the ride :D
My kiddos survived Yosemite just fine except almost all the lakes and streams where they had planned to fish were dried up!

Tracey Broome said...

It is a ride, isn't it? Glad there were no bear encounters for your kids! There's always something to worry about, ugh

angela walford said...

Oi vey, just caught up with your blog again chick! Having some very similar shoulder stuff, I didn't fall though just reached for a volume switch and now in all kinds of pain but working through it with a massage therapist with much swearing and tears!! All the best on your regime sweets we should skype in one day be great to chat again ;)

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Ang:
Google shoulder impingement, all kinds of info and videos for therapies. I think pottery is the worst for body aches!
Good luck, its not a fun pain! Yes swearing and tears here too!

Dennis Allen said...

Sounds like one heck of a week down there ! Good luck and have a speedy recovery.

Tracey Broome said...

Oh Boy has it!!!

Michèle Hastings said...

Looks like you are easing slowly into your new life.
Should pain sucks. I have been dealing with it for a quite a few years. Jeff took a spill in July, while mowing the lawn, now he is dealing with the same sh&t. I think you will find physical therapy helps a lot.

Tracey Broome said...

Hi Michele: I'm really over this pain and hoping the PT will end it! I started today, so far I like the exercises and see how they might just do the trick!

Lori Buff said...

Ouch, I hope the PT does the trick and that your shoulder feels better quickly.
Take care and enjoy this stage.

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks Lori, yes OUCH!

gz said...

Keep up the of luck with that.
It always feels odd when a child is no longer a child...and launches off.

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