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Weekly Linkage: Grumpy Heroines, CRUD, and Prison Work

This week’s internet cruising:

Video interlude! This video convinced me to start playing Mass Effect (the first) tonight.

So far, it’s a blast, and not too chock-full of grumpiness. Just enough to be fun.

…I did punch a rambling scientist, though.

Too Many Shoulder Muscles!

Iiiit’s Exercise Time!

I’ve had three working physical therapy sessions at this point, and my exercises have evolved a bit from the original posture-related set. We’re aiming for endurance and some strength improvements in the muscles surrounding the shoulder, so I’m doing what is (to me) a mind-numbing number of reps: one set of 20 (last week) or three sets of 10 (this week).

I’m accustomed to using heavy enough weights that I do, like, 10. One set.

Look at all these shoulder motions (“articulations”) and muscles. I’m not using all of the motions in my work yet–adduction work is still out, as are transverse flexion, abduction, and adduction–but I’m hitting a whole lot.

Anyway, here are the plethora of fiddly shoulder exercises, as well as some general opinions on each. All but the lying shoulder external rotation and the raises are done with bands. Those three use 2-3 lb weights.
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Physical Therapy: Consultation and Fun Treatments

My first physical therapy session yesterday was pretty cool, albeit painful.

The PT put my shoulder–which was already hurting from busing/backpacking through town–through the usual contortions (*tear*). By the end, she would raise my arm in such a way, push lightly on it, look at my face, and go, “Hmm, I’m not going to put you through that.” Her conclusion was the same as the sports doc: decently likely it’s a small cuff tear.

What followed was far more interesting than my usual pain, though. First, I got a therapeutic ultrasound. And the gel was warm! (Quite the novelty in my experience.) I didn’t feel any warmth or hum from the ultrasound, and it didn’t provide immediate relief, but I’m doing better today. Not sure what all to ascribe that to, because this has definitely become a day-by-day injury in terms of pain levels.

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Weekly Linkage: A Microaggression, a Game, and Some Dancin’

This week’s internet cruising:

And, by one of my favorite choreographers:

Shoulder Update: Steroid Shot!

I got in to see the rather awesome (medical bill pending) sports doctor at my doctor’s office yesterday, and got my (*tear*) first ever cortisone shot.

She ran me through a painful battery of tests (painful because they were designed to find my limits) and determined that, yup, I did a great job of aggravating and maybe worsening my old injury. May have been a small rotator cuff tear back then or now, but the result now is a loosey-goosey shoulder joint (very weak stabilizing muscles) combined with some super-tight (ow) tendons.

Given that I can’t take NSAIDs, she recommended the steroid shot. I also start physical therapy next week.

The shot itself actually wasn’t bad, despite her descriptions of going past this tendon and around that muscle, etc. (My mother used to get them in her foot, so I’d heard of the agony involved. Apparently, feet are just painful places to do anything.) She and the nurse were laughing their asses off my plaintive “will it hurt?”, but it was, in fact, much less painful than giving blood. Besides, they did a cold spray to numb the spot, which was really cool.

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