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Hi guys. I haven't used this in forever. I've lurked and spied, but haven't commented or posted recently.

But tomorrow I'm having some pretty big surgery and all, so I thought I'd come and record it for posterity.



For the past two and a half years, my right elbow has been losing more and more movement. At first I thought it was carpal tunnel or some other kind of RSI, as it made my forearm hurt more than anything. But slowly my elbow started locking up, not being able to straighten.

Well a few months back, my left knee became horribly swollen and painful, so I went to the doc. (The elbow was not hurting much at the time, and still had 80% extension or so, so I left it alone all this time, knowing I couldn't afford to take time off work. But the knee was sudden and painful.) I had tears and fluid and need outpatient surgery. The doctor ordered lab tests for rheumatoid arthritis, not expecting it to come back positive, but it did. So he said I should have the elbow looked at too.

So I did. Knee surgery has come and gone, just a simple thing, and after 4 doctors, a trip to Phoenix, AZ for the specialist at the Mayo Clinic, and many tests and X-rays, my elbow is now down to about 20 degrees of movement. Bend your elbow at a little less than a 90 degree angle and imagine never being able to straighten it. Not "straighten it with pain." Literally, physically unable to straighten it. I also can't turn my arm in very many directions, and putting a ponytail into my hair hurts. Hell, brushing my teeth hurts, because not only can I not straighten it or lift it for extended periods of time, I also can't bend it in all the way either.

Basically the arthritis has eaten away all the soft tissue in the joint, and my bone is fusing together. This is also pressing in on the ligaments that turn the forearm, which is why it hurts to do so.

What this means is that I need full elbow replacement surgery. Like a little old lady who fell on the church steps and smashed her elbow into a flowerpot. Or like the Bionic Woman. The only problem with that is that the Bionic Woman had super cool strong parts. Mine means that for the rest of my life, I can no longer lift anything over five pounds. Ever. If I do, the hinges in my fake joint will loosen more quickly than they normally do, and I'll have to have another surgery.

Now, even if I do just as the doctor says and never exert myself and lie around all day every day being fanned with giant fronds and being fed grapes, I'll still have to have more surgery every 8 to 15 years, depending on how quickly it comes loose. And it will come loose. They all do over time.

So that's that. Surgery is at 9:30 tomorrow morning, and from then on, none of you can make me help you move, ever.

Date: 2009-10-13 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elucreh.livejournal.com
So that...sucks. *cuddles you close*

Date: 2009-10-13 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sproutgirl.livejournal.com
Just a little, yeah.

Motly because there goes any hopes of being any kind of tour manager. Not if I can't pull my own weight and pitch in with equipment hauling.

Date: 2009-10-13 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] truesalcove.livejournal.com
*huggles* Never give up! You never know, someone might realize how much you rock and hire you even though you can't pick heavy things up.

Good luck tomorrow. It will go awesome, I'm sure! Love ya sis.

Date: 2009-10-13 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sproutgirl.livejournal.com
Lol. Unless it's Verbatym I highly doubt it. So they're just gonna have to make it. Soon please. :)

I'm not really nervous about the surgery itself. Just hate the limitations I'm about to have.

Date: 2009-10-13 04:22 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chickadilly.livejournal.com
Yikes - that does suck. :(

*hugs and more hugs*

Date: 2009-10-13 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sproutgirl.livejournal.com
Aw, thanks!

I've been thinking about you lately. The band I work with is about to play two shows at a Halloween festival that benefits The People's Autism Foundation. It made me smile to know they might be helping someone I care about. :)

Date: 2009-10-13 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eldaros.livejournal.com
OMG HAI!

Also, arthritis is a bitch! I will smite it for you. I hope your surgery goes well, and I'm sorry that it will be limiting but the upside is it will not be as limiting as not getting it done. But you're smart, you don't need me to tell you that :P. Doesn't make it suck any less.

Miss you
Jxxx

Date: 2009-10-14 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sproutgirl.livejournal.com
I mostly am just haapy and grateful to have it done. If I hadn't, I would have evntuaaly had an arm the was completely folded in, with no movement.

miss you too.

Date: 2009-10-13 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drunk-grantaire.livejournal.com
You are still going to be my one and only bionic friend.

Date: 2009-10-14 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sproutgirl.livejournal.com
You know that sound effect there was whenever she went all in bionic mode? I hear that sound whenever people say that. :)

I don't even have to shop for a halloween costume. It's literally built right in!

Date: 2009-10-15 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eldaros.livejournal.com
Oh my god! That icon is like my favourite thing.....EVAR!

Date: 2009-10-15 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cda-cdj.livejournal.com
Lol. I didn't even notice it! It was hard to see on the tv web I have in the room. But I see it now! Not only is Barney awesome, but my crush on NPH goes back over 15 years. :)

Date: 2009-10-13 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quidditchgrrl.livejournal.com
Well, damn. :\

Hope it goes well - I'll be thinking of you, for sure. *hugs*

Date: 2009-10-14 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sproutgirl.livejournal.com
Thanks! Seems to be ok. Though I'm so doped up i can't even FEEL my arm right now.
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