No Pain, No Gain

We’ve all heard the expression “No pain, no gain”. Never really thought about it until I broke my shoulder seven weeks ago. Now I’m in the middle of twelve weeks of physical therapy, and now I get it! I’m sitting here with heat on my shoulder, after having my wonderful therapist push, pull, and generally torture my shoulder into submission.

I managed to trip on a curb on November 10 and land squarely on my right shoulder. And, of course, I’m right handed. Fortunately everything was still in place and I didn’t need surgery. But the two weeks spent with my right arm in a sling, totally immobile, left all my muscles and joints immobile as well. This also meant no quilting or sewing for Christmas. I became one of the many who did their Christmas shopping on line.

I had my first book signing scheduled for December 9, and luckily I was a little more mobile so I could sign my name. As the weeks have gone on, I have set and made various goals for my recovery. The biggest being driving again! Freedom!

And this week my goal was to get back in my happy place, aka my sewing studio. Accomplished that one too!

Today the doctor said it’s time to start working the muscles harder since the bone is completely healed. And as I sit here I realize the pain intensity level has also increased! I was so proud of the fact that I didn’t need pain meds anymore. Wrong! I’ll be taking that extra strength Tylenol willingly from now on!

But I’m not whining because I know it could have been worse, and I will be good as new soon. Hey, I made it 54 1/2 year’s without breaking a bone. I’m doing pretty darn good!

I also know that my wonderful husband is so happy that I’m healing so he doesn’t have to be my Mrs. Doubtfire anymore!!

I just keep saying physical therapy is my friend 😀. But heat and/or ice after is my better friend😂.

Happy New Year everyone!

Author of the Hope Springs Romance Series on Amazon. Check out http://www.jenniferskinnellquilting.wordpress.com for all the details.

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