A break in transmission…

21 Jul

transmission breakFor all of you eagerly awaiting the next installment in my Roman holiday series, I have to apologise profusely!

As I am sitting here, I am typing this (it will be short) post with my right arm in a sling. Yup! I had a small little shoulder operation last week, and unfortunately this has forced a break in transmission, which I am hoping to fix soon!

A few years ago, I had to have a shoulder op (the correct term is an Arthoscope), to remove calcific deposits between the rotator cuff and the tendons of my left shoulder. This was after I finally visited an orthopeadic surgeon after a few years of on and off pain in my shoulder and arm. At the time, the doctor told me that we would probably need to do the same in the other shoulder as well, at some stage.

This was three years ago. Of course I’v had pain in my shoulder a few times, but it has been bearable enough to postpone the inevitable visit. But it seems schlepping all over Italy in a whirlwind trip with suitcases and handbags laden with iPads, notebooks, guidebooks etc, affected my shoulder a bit more than I thought initially, and once I managed to rest my feet enough not to feel like I was still walking on cobblestones in my sleep, the shoulder pain kicked in.

In the first week, the intensity was at the level of saying “I really should go and see that orthopead sometime”, but by Monday last week I knew that I would need to fit in a visit, and SOON. By Tuesday morning I was in PAIN and managed to get a same day appointment, due to a last minute cancellation (bless whoever that was…). Tuesday afternoon went by in a haze of pain, X-rays, tears and ended off with a very early night after I took a cocktail of pain killers early evening. And with the knowledge that it will all be better soon, as the dear doctor managed to squeeze me in on Wednesday for the procedure.

All went well on Wednesday afternoon, but I have to wear this sling for a week or so and go for physio to get all the movement in my arm back. But I am back on the recovery path and even though I am a bit useless at the moment, trying to do everything with my left arm (driving, washing my hair, getting dressed are all challenges…), I will be back on track soon.

And of course, then I can resume the sharing of our Italian holiday…

(And thanks to WordPress, I understand that today is the second anniversary of my blog, so I had to do an update post!!)

So, please bear with me through this break in transmission. Normal posts will resume soon!!


Posted by on July 21, 2014 in About me, Travel


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8 responses to “A break in transmission…

  1. Madoqua

    July 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Hope the arm comes good very quickly and you can start practicing carrying bags for your next trip!

    • Justcallmegertie

      July 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Absolutely! The Physio will be instructing me to lift some small weights and I’d be practicing with a small suitcase! Hope you are well 🙂

  2. Miss C

    July 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary. I hope that your arm gets better soon!

  3. Eha

    July 22, 2014 at 3:13 am

    If it is not one things, it is bound to be another . . . my best wishes for but little pain, a fast recovery and full function restored soonest! Looking forwards to the next two years of you blogging: congratulations!!!

  4. Erica

    July 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Get better soon, Gerda!…. And enjoy ‘the break in transmission’ while you can… Un abbraccio!


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