I had my MRI yesterday. I had to hand over my bra (might have metal in it), my jewelry (ditto) and lie perfectly still while Velcro-ed down to a table. Sounds like a bad date I once went on. (I'm just kidding!)
As I was seeing the orthopedic this morning, I got a copy of the MRI on CD to take with me. Of course, my curious nature took over and I had to pop it into my own computer to take a look. Like I know what I am looking at! Still, it was an interesting thing to me. I have a digital x-ray system at my work, so it was fascinating to compare the abilities of the programs. I don't know a thing about shoulders, so this shot of my MRI looks a bit like a slab of a ham steak. Just another reason why I will never eat ham. I detest the stuff. Anyhow, I digress...
I had my meeting with the ortho. doctor this morning, as I've already stated. For some reason, he couldn't get all 15 views of the MRI to open, just this first "ham steak" one pictured above. It wasn't really enough for him to see what was going on. They did take 4 x-rays and I did not break (or re-break) my clavicle. I did that a few years ago with a kayak.
He did say that I separated my shoulder and tore some of the ligaments in there. I have to do some physical therapy exercises, ice and heat and wear this stupid sling for at least another week and a half.
The good thing is, I hurt my left shoulder and I'm mainly right handed. But I'm also amazed that you really need two arms/hands for many, many things!
Things I can do with only one arm:
- Drive (just don't call me on my cell phone unless I have my Bluetooth on!)
- Type (okay, I still use the left hand, just in a limited way.)
- Hold a glass of wine (but opening the bottle is a bitch! I'm just kidding- I haven't had any wine.)
- Talk on the phone (but not while doing #1, #2 or #3)
I'm currently at a loss for anything else...any suggestions?