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"You must have spanked your shoulder off!!"

This fall snuck by me with all the great events and travel (and sadly doctor appointments), and I now find myself on the other side of the new year with many announcements, but limited physical ability.*Surprise!* I went out on medical leave on December 20, 2018 for total shoulder replacement. I'm a little over 2 weeks post op, and I'm just now able to sneak in short bursts with my special ergonomic keyboard and lapdesk, and my arm safely in my sling.

If you're wondering when the original announcement came of my extended medical leave for shoulder surgery, you can stop wondering. I didn't make the announcement via my blog or website at all, virtually. I made very sparce mention of it on Fetlife and Twitter. Looking back, I suppose I was trying to avoid the inevitable question I was starting to get a lot of. "How old are you?", "I'm 47 about to turn 48, why?" "You're awful young to need shoulder replacement surgery. Must be how much spanking you do" *sighs* "No, actually spanking is what is saving my dominant arm from needing the same surgery".

This whole thing started in my early teenage years, I grew fast, I grew tall, and I grew up "double jointed". Double jointedness doesn't mean our hinged joints go in 2 different ways as the name of the condition might imply. It just means that our joints, fingers, legs and arms in particular, are more flexible than "normal", a superlaxity of the muscles. Well, I gotta tell you that when this nerdy, bullied Catholic school girl discovered her new ability to "dislocate" her shoulders and hips at will, it turned into a wonderful party trick/break-the-ice activity with her new public school friends. That was a costly acceptance!

Eventually, it became a nervous tick, happening when I wasn't even aware, and that's when my Mother told me I would "ruin my shoulders doing that!", and I had better stop. Fast forward 30 hard-on-the-shoulder years, and you have what I have....SEVERE post traumatic, repetitive injuried osteoarthritis; multiple large bone spurs and bone-on-bone friction; several unhealed rotator cuff tears. The first doctor told me I had the shoulders of an 80 year old. I got used to living with a lot of pain, as it started in my 20's, and I'm not one for taking pain meds (let's see, explosive vomiting or pain relief? Not much of a choice)

Since I've been on this mission of self care since the summertime, I figured it was time to stop ignoring a problem (that wasn't going to go away), and face my fears and hope for the best. So, for those inquiring minds, or for the fellow joint replacement survivors out there, I have had a shoulder arthroplasty with resurfacing. I have both metal, as well as plastic components in my new shoulder, so I'm hoping with much rehabbing over the next 6 months hard, I'll officially be the "Bionic Beater"! As it is, I have been royally "screwed"! lol


Miss Chris

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Rest that arm, BUTT rehab is necessary. Having enough metal, in my right ankle, to build a Buick, I feel your pain. We will follow your progress.

Looking forward to seeing you back out on the circut again, LSSP in May.

BE Well


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Miss Chris - It sounds like you're in good spirits and recuperating well. I had a total knee replacement at 54, and the surgeon said I was a "poster boy for rapid recovery." I commented that I was probably younger than his average patient with which he agreed. It was needed as the bone-on-bone pain I was enduring became unbearable. The back story is another thing. An "old football injury." How? Well, that remains the mystery.

We can't wait for the "bionic beater burning buns" to get back in the full swing of things. :)

Continue your good recovery!

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Dear Miss Chris, I am so sorry to hear about your recent shoulder surgery. The great news is that "modern medicine" is wonderful. I am hoping for

a complete recovery soon. Sincerely, Brat Stevie

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