This morning was a big morning for me. I haven’t spoke of this, but I have been having an issue with one of my arms and have finally gotten an answer to the problem. Almost two months ago I decided to paint the entryway of my house. It’s not a huge area, but I have vaulted ceilings, so there is more area to paint than leads the eye. The day after painting, I started having an aching pain in my right elbow and forearm. I just thought it was sore from painting and figured it would go away. Well, after a month and a half of horrible pain that only seemed to be getting worse, I paid a visit to my Dr. The Dr. said it sound like I had strained my tendon, which in medical terms is echo… blah blah blah or Tendonitis. But she couldn’t confirm that without an MRI.
The following day I was scheduled for an x-ray and then an MRI a few days later. Apparently your insurance won’t cover an MRI without an x-ray first. Well, at lest mine wont. But that was ok, the x-ray was 100% covered with no co-pay. However, that damn MRI was a $200 co-pay. I was NOT happy about that. Especially after I found out that it would only cost $350 to pay for it out of my pocket. But of course the imaging center charges my insurance company an outrageous amount which in turn makes my co-pay outrageous.
Anyhow, I had the MRI done and today I got my results. As expected, I have tendonitis. The only things that help this are physical therapy and rest. Well, we all know I have an issues with “resting” anything. My life is just way too busy to try and “rest” my arm. She also suggested steroids. I could either do them orally, which aren’t super effective, or as a shot right in the tendon. I ended up opting for the shot because I want whatever it takes to make this better faster. But, I was freaked out because I HATE HATE HATE needles. Did I mention I HATE needles? And this one was a big one that had to go all the way in that tendon and I don’t even want to know how many cc’s of that crap they put in there. All I know is I now have a big squishy lump on my elbow with that junk in there. It’s slowly going down, but it still looks and feels freaky!
So here I am with a jacked up elbow, 8 bags of feed to unload tonight, a horse that needs worked, a yard that needs mowed, and tons of other things that require using my “strong” arm. But noooo, I am supposed to “rest” it. Anyone want to come do all of the above for me? Well, at least unload the feed and mow my lawn? Hopefully I will be back in action soon. I will definitely be recruiting some help from my cousin that offered a while back for sure. And everything else I will be trying to do left handed. Wish me luck!