Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ouch

I've had a free-floating bone chip in my shoulder for the last few years from a prior injury that wasn't competently handled at the time. A couple of times an abscess has formed around it, and me being a serious doctor weenie, I'd deal with it myself. Until now.

About 10 days ago, an abscess started forming in the same spot, back of my right shoulder, and just kept growing and growing. (Yeah, this is doing wonders for my legendary sex appeal). At about 4 inches across and so deep my arm started going numb, I broke and went in to see Dr. Janet today. After hitting me on the head with my medical chart, she sat me down and started poking it with a pin and squeezing. The pain was a 15 on a scale of 1 to 10. I started sweating, nausea, little black dots floating in my vision, and nothing was coming out. I ended up on the table  face down while she numbed the top skin, cut an incision and started vacuuming this thick, red yuck out of my shoulder. And eventually the bone shard was pulled out. I'm not sure, but I think I passed out a couple of times. She packed about 400 yards of gauze in the wound around a drain and bandaged it, gave me pain meds and sent me home.

I've been in and out all day, flying the friendly skies of hydrocodone. I've got to go back Friday to have it unpacked and stapled shut. So that's the story of my day. This week has been really weird, can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

thar kind of stuff will mess ya up..


livin to ride

Anonymous said...

here's a tender smooch...it hope it helps

bison guy

pigpen51 said...

I am sorry to hear you are in pain. My wife is still hurting from torn rotator cuff surgery. I don't have any first hand knowledge, but I have heard that Norco work better when washed down with a couple of beers. just kidding. stay down on your couch and do what the doc says, and get some rest.

Anonymous said...

When your stomach isn't feeling quisiey i'll tell you my story of self repair on a finger.

Exile1981

Anonymous said...

Hope it heals ok. Enjoy the drugs and keep the pain down. And Dr. Janet should know hitting you with your chart doesn't work. Or at least it hasn't yet.
Get well soon.
Terry
Fla.

North Texan said...

Wow. Hope you're better soon.

J Bogan said...

Best it is out an gone, now it should heal once and for all.Hope you kept the little piece to show the previous doc....Just kidding, show the lawyer instead...
Hope you have a swift and painless recovery...

Critter said...

Any good drugs?

Chief Nose Wetter said...

Get Well soon Angel

Sarthurk said...

Yikes. I have a left shoulder that met the door post of a car when it ran into my motorcycle about 8 years ago, but it's getting better, but now my right rotator cuff slips out fairly easy all of a sudden, and yesterday took about 5 hours to get back into place. I think that happened in high school wrestling from an abusive coach demonstrating a move over and over again. Just now my muscle tone is going south due to getting old, and my muscles just don't keep it in place very well anymore.

What you're describing is pretty ugly. I hope they got all of the frag out, and it doesn't bother you anymore. i'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

wirecutter said...

How come you get painkillers and I get laughed at when I ask for them?

Anonymous said...

do take care luv....hope you are able to drive and get about ok(!)...and that the healing is swift and clean!.....

vaquero viejo

Anonymous said...

I've seen your pic.

Angel looks like a soccer mom - hence they assume she needs meds to overcome pain.

You look like you sew up your own injuries to keep them off the radar. You also look like a stick to bite and avshot of whiskey are all you need for major surgery.

Exile1981

Anonymous said...

Ouchie!!! I hope it heals well and there are no malingering effects from it.

-CM

drjim said...

Bummer, Angel!

Hope it heals well, and soon.

Vicodin does absolutely NOTHING to me.

It's like taking two aspirin.....

skybill said...

OOOOOH Angel!!!,
"At Least" the bone shard is out!!! 'Been thru a few "Goodies" of my own butt none like that! 'Hope the mend is quick!!!
Blue skies,
III%,
skybill-out

Jennifer said...

Take care! It'll be better now that it's out.

Anonymous said...

You needed that like you needed a hole in the.....shoulder.

Granny said...

Ouch! Take it easy and don't be a little martyr about getting better. Lots of self inflicted T.L.C. Love your posts, keep up the good work when you feel like it.

hiswiserangel said...

Thank you all so much! Yeah, I don't do painkillers that much, I took Tylenol to handle an emergency c-section after Baby Queen ruptured my uterus. Anything stronger sends me flying.

And wc, maybe that's why they laugh at you? You're always asking for painkillers any time you have a boo boo.

Sconsin Rick said...

Rick says "sorry to hear that, hope you will feel better soon."

Nurse Rick Says "what the fuck is wrong with you, do you want to die or loose your fucking arm. Who the fuck will take care of your kids while your in the hospital getting IV antibiotics. I hope it leaves a big scar to remind you to take care of that shit soon as it appears. so do you have any questions." "NO" well then get the fuck out of here, and drink lots of water with that Norco or you wont shit for a week, have a nice day".

Anonymous said...

women are just tough...pain threshold so high I can't see the top...if it was up to men to have the babies, the species would die out.....

vaquero viejo

Anonymous said...

Had 4 teeth cut out, took norco for the pain when the numbness went away.I have anew found respect for norco,that shit had me FUBAR for acouple of days.

Roger Owen Green said...

Pain sucks.

Evyl Robot Michael said...

I'm eating. Good thing I have a strong stomach! ;)