Friday, September 18, 2009
Okay, so this week has been pretty rough. On Tuesday at 1am, my oldest daughter woke up with an earache. We were up with her from 1-3 and during that time I was unable to straighten my right arm and it was sore at the elbow. I was able to drop her off with my sister-in-law who took her to the doc for me while I went to work. At the doc's office they found a lightning bug in her ear! They were able to get the ear out and they gave it to her as a souvenir.
Wednesday morning I woke up and I couldn't bend or straighten my arm, and it hurt 10 times worse than the day before. I picked up a sling at Walmart and went on to work. I made arrangements with my boss for me to leave early and go to the doctor. At the doc's office I got x-rays made and the doc decided it was severe tendonitis. I was given a shot of medrol and a script for some non-narc pain meds. I was also given a note listing my restrictions: No lifting or use of my right arm until 9/21.
Thursday morning I got up and it took me an hour to get ready for work, completely unable to use my right arm to do anything to get dressed. My kids had to help me get dressed (put on my shoes, tying my shoes, help with my shirt, etc). I was unable to do anything to fix my hair, so I just brushed it and pretended it looked good. :)
I got to work and gave my HR rep my doc note and she spoke to my manager and it was decided that I'd be sent home until I get a full release from my doc.
Friday morning I get up and get the kids off to school, I can move my arm a bit more, but it is still pretty bad. I'd made an appointment to see another doc at my medical office and decided to keep it. Today I was told that I need to see an orthopedic specialist. I have some swelling in my elbow, but no redness or heat so they don't think it's an infection, but drew blood to test for it anyway.
I don't know what's going on, but I hope that it heals fast. I was able to go ahead and start a claim for short term disability just in case I'm out more than 5 days.