Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Condition Is In

Howdy, one and all. If you’ve stuck with me for this long absence, please know I’m grateful for your readership.

If you’re new to my blog, please forgive me if today’s post isn’t very entertaining.

I had rotator-cuff surgery on September 15th. The first few days were… not fun. I took the prescribed pain medications and slept a lot. I also watched a lot of PBS nature programs because my brain just couldn’t follow a complex narrative.

I started physical therapy on October 15th. I’ve had PT on that shoulder twice before. I’ve also had PT for my lower back. And they weren’t NEARLY this painful or difficult.

Late last week, I was finally able to tie my shoes. That was a victory.

I also managed to sleep in a bed on Friday night and last night, thanks to using a body pillow and sleeping on my side. (I’m really, REALLY ready to never sleep in the recliner again.)

I still can’t use my repaired arm to wash my hair, and I need help putting on some types of clothing, like bras and socks.

As a left-handed person, I didn’t realize how often I use my right hand throughout the day. And I’m reminded of how fortunate I am, and I’d like to stop taking my abilities for granted.

May this be a learning experience that makes me more aware of the challenges that others face and spur me toward educating myself and being an advocate for better access for all.

I’ll close this post by urging any readers here in the U.S. to make sure they cast their votes in tomorrow’s election.

My ballot has already been received by my local officials. With so many mailed-in ballots, I doubt we’ll have a certified election tomorrow night. I plan to avoid the election-day drama and talking-head shenanigans by immersing myself in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

(Photo by Simone Dalmeri on Unsplash)

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