Thursday, April 12, 2012

Can I Chew Off My Arm Yet?

Seriously, left shoulder, if you don't stop being such a jerkface, I'm gonna gnaw you off. Om nom nom.

Yesterday, I woke up with a really badly dislocated shoulder. It had been out of its socket long enough that I had lost all feeling in my arm. Throughout the course of the day, my shoulder just felt less and less stable, and more and more tense. The tension in my shoulder muscles pulled on my ribs until they too were dislocated. At this point, I figure out that the only way to put my ribs back in is to screw my shoulder up even more... So I did. I had to use my left hand to apply constant pressure to my ribs for about half an hour before they finally settled back into place, and by then my shoulder and neck were so sore, I couldn't use my arm at all the rest of the day. Blargh.

Less than a week until my Prolotherapy consult!!!! I am really excited!!!! Honestly, very few people would be this excited at the prospect of a bajillion needles being inserted into their everywhere. You know what's really stupid, though? Even in Canada, where we are supposed to have really great healthcare, this isn't covered, so I have to pay out of pocket for the prolotherapy. This is mostly due to the fact that it is an "off-label" use of the "drug" which has no medical research to back it up. I'll just let you imagine what kind of angry this makes me... They cover surgeries, which are unsuccessful more often than not, but something that actually works in 85% of the EDS population? No coverage. They pay for things which will make us worse, but not for those which will make us better.

I just received my forearm crutches today... They took so long to get here! But I have them, and if I need them, they're here. I just need to adjust them to my height, and we're good to go!

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