Wednesday, May 31, 2017

One Week

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A couple of weeks ago I was watching television when I stumbled on a movie that was just about to end.  I was bored, tired of channel surfing and just left it there on the end of that movie.  That movie that suddenly caught hold of my attention.  I was quick to check the guide to see the name of it and then searched for when it would air again so I could set the PVR.

I watched it.  I'm not usually a big fan of movies made in Canada.  I know, sounds real stupid considering I'm Canadian but I'm a "big star" movie watcher and if there's no "big star" in the movie then I'm not watching.  

Like I said, real stupid.

Anyway, I think this movie changed my viewpoint.  Sure the main character was fairly well known to me (from the Dawson's Creek years to be honest) but the film itself was actually GOOD!  

To sum it up... the film is about a man (the main character) who finds out he has stage four cancer, no beating around the bush, just like that.  He's engaged to be married, lives a relatively normal non exciting life and now he's hit with this big bag news.  He buys a motorcycle and rides across Canada. 

The film highlights some great tourist spots along Canada... most that I've never seen but now want to see!!!  It also deals with his relationship with his fiancĂ© (is he really in love or just settling for someone to marry).  The soundtrack was pretty amazing too and went well with the film.  


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No Win Situation

Who would have thought that sleeping with a shoulder injury would be next to impossible.  With the frozen shoulder, I had to prop my arm up on a pillow when I slept on my (uninjured) side.  I had to put a pillow under my injured shoulder and arm if I slept on my back.  Rolling over was a fast and painful wake up call!  

Over the first few weeks of the injury, my arm lost almost all strength.  I was unable to reach for the blanket with the injured arm because I couldn't lift it off the bed!  It took almost two months for me to be able to lift it and to move it to grab the blankets (and ya, I tried each and every time I went to bed just to see if I was making any progress with the physiotherapy).  


Reaching for anything made me feel like a T-Rex.... short arms type of thing.  I used to stand in the shower and reach up to see if I could touch the shower curtain rod.  I couldn't.  I'm tall but couldn't reach the rod with my injured arm.   Every shower I took, I reached up and got totally annoyed when I couldn't reach it.  You see, the hot water beating on my shoulder as I reached helped to ease the pain of over reaching the frozen shoulder.  

I used ice, hot showers, Votarin gel and other cold/hot muscle rubs to ease the pain in my arm.  I took ibuprofen for the inflammation until my doctor prescribed some meds.  That irritated the hell out of my stomach and intestines thanks for that!  ugh.

Anyway, six months later, I can reach the shower rod, and further, yay, I'm still stretching the arm though because putting my arms straight above my head is a no go, as is holding my arms out stretched like the Christ statue is a no go.  

To add insult to injury..... as my left arm is now pretty much 85% healed to what it used to be, my right arm is this close to being frozen!  The over use of the right arm to compensate for the weakened left one has left the right bicep muscle over used and aching.  It hurts to even type this!!!  wow.   I am making sure to lift and rotate the right arm daily because I just need to leave it set for over 36 hours and ....adhesive capsulitis.  I can already feel the pain with some movements now and this is why I continue to use it rather than rest is completely.  NO win situation.

And there you have it!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Injury

I'm not even sure where to begin this post.... So I'll start at the beginning.

This past fall I'd been doing some light exercises to strengthen my bicep muscles.  The left one was feeling rather weak.  In late October, about a week before Halloween, I came home from work on a Friday morning and went straight to bed.  My left arm was paining me so as I lay on my left side, I used my right hand to massage the left bicep....

Then I fell asleep.....

Then I heard a sound that was loud enough to startle me awake!   I went to sit up and injured my left arm.  You see, while I lay on my left side, I fell asleep with my right hand resting on my left bicep.  When I heard the noise, I went to sit up and put all my weight into my right hand and pushed myself to sit up.  As my right hand was still on my left arm, all the weight I pushed into my arm caused trauma to my left bicep.  Lifting my upper body at the same time as my right hand held my left arm in place caused a minor tear in the left shoulder tendon. Small, insignificant and discomforting pain.  I went back to sleep after popping a couple of ibuprofen.

As the days passed, I found my left arm getting weaker, my shoulder was feeling stiff and a moderate numbing pain that wouldn't subside was causing my hot flashes to flare out of control.  I finally, after four or five days, went to see my doctor.  

I had the arm x-rayed to be certain no fractures to the bone, and then the doctor said put it in a sling for three or four days so I won't use the arm and it can heal the double injury (shoulder and bicep).

What's that they say about hindsight?  

She obviously forgot about Adhesive Capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder.  When excessive inflammation causes your shoulder to hold still in a short range of motion right down to the back of the shoulder blade too. Sleeping is next to impossible.  Always had to sleep on my back with tons of pillows propping me up and preventing me from rolling over.  Any movement out of the frozen range will result in mind blowing pain for up to three full minutes.  And the best part (ya, that was sarcasm) it could take anywhere from nine months to twenty four months to thaw.  

My left shoulder was officially frozen after being in the sling for four days. 

....to be continued




Friday, May 5, 2017

Calgon Body Mist

Bring on the Calgon!!!

Remember the commercial "calgon, take me away!!"  well this is the same stuff.  They have a new line of body mists, bath and shower gels and body creams.  

I. 
Love.
Them!

I think I've tried four of the body mists, its really the only way to find the one I really like the most but thus far I like em all.  The scents of the mists are soft and floral.  I've tried the Hawaiian Ginger, which is amazing as is the Morning Glory, the Vanilla and the Japanese Cherry Blossom.  I've only discovered the body creams the other day and I've got them in Hawaiian Ginger, and in Japanese Cherry Blossom.  The creams aren't that cheap thin lotion type, they are relatively thick and in a tube rather than a jar or bottle. They also are quite moisturising too. When the creams are used along with the mist... oh la la la la!   Lovely, simply lovely. These would be great for folks like me who don't really like over powering perfume but prefer light airy floral scents.

Price range is about $6 - $10 Canadian dollars depending on whether they're purchased in a pharmacy or at Walmart.