Injured pack horse

14 Jul

Months ago, Steve started complaining about his right shoulder.  I dismissed it as man shoulder.  Sort of like man flu, but without the runny nose.  It wasn’t like he ever did anything about it, just said it was sore.

About six weeks ago, he started complaining more vociferously.  He couldn’t really move it at all.  I said, if it hurts, go to the doctor.  So he made himself an appointment.  At this point, I knew it was REALLY hurting.  I mean, he’d actually volunteered to go to the doctor.  It must be bad.  The doctor prescribed ibuprofen and a course of physiotherapy.

He’s been to the physio a number of times now.  She’s Columbian apparently.  And she says his shoulder’s inflamed.  She doesn’t know what’s caused it, but is treating it sucessfully.  She has also given him a set of exercises to do in between appointments, using an intriguing green rubber strap.

This week, she said that it might take six months to get better.  Six months.  We leave in three and a half.  Steve’s currently in no fit state to carry a backpack.  Which is a bit of a worry as he’s Pack Horse Number 1.  Pack Horses 3, 4 and 5 are a bit weedy, which leaves Pack Horse Number 2 carrying all the crap singlehandedly.

So onto Plan B.  Via his work health insurance, he can be referred to a consultant for a cortisone injection, which will make him pain free, or thereabouts, for six months.  So we’re going to give that a try.  Otherwise, we are going to have to decide between clothes and computers.  And I’d rather take computers.


11 Responses to “Injured pack horse”

  1. Naomi Richards 14/07/2010 at 7:26 pm #

    Oh gosh thats all you need. Yes me too – the laptop would come with me. I hope his shoulder gets better and yes you have to do what you have to do. Good luck

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 14/07/2010 at 7:58 pm #

      thanks 🙂

  2. TheMadHouse 14/07/2010 at 8:38 pm #

    Oh no, what a concern. I would get the injection too.

  3. Anita 14/07/2010 at 9:06 pm #

    oh no poor Steve. and what a worry for you. hope shoulder improves soon xxx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 4:54 pm #

      thanks lovely Neet x

  4. jfb57 15/07/2010 at 8:24 am #

    Oh that’s a worry for you & painful for him! I’ve got a dodgy shoulder & have been seeing a chiropractor.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 4:53 pm #

      He went to an osteopath initially, but his health insurance only covers physio, goodness knows what the difference is

  5. Muddling Along Mummy 16/07/2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Eek – good luck with getting it sorted, make sure you pack lots of ibruprofen just in case

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 4:44 pm #

      Yes, shall invest in bumper pack of the stuff.

  6. MummyT 16/07/2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Yikes! My packhorse number 2 (aged nine) can actually carry a surprising amount, push comes to shove. His laptop, books and toys, plus a jacket (might actually start him carrying his clothes, too, as they weigh next to nowt). He’ll probably be able to top up cortisone quite easily while you’re away… Hope he gets well. Last thing you need is a packhorse with man flu…

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 4:46 pm #

      The plan was that the children would carry most of their clothes, I’d do IT stuff (I’m the one who wants to bring the computers) and he’ll do our clothes, books etc. Hopefully that will still be OK.

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