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May. 23rd, 2003

Well, I have a partial dislocation of the right shoulder. Well, HAD. The doctor shoved it back in place in the office. I am still quite sore, but I can get back in the pool next week. Basically, I am TOO loose. So loose that my tendons are not holding my joints in place. So, the dr's advice is not to stretch my shoulders at all before swimming, and instead warm up with easy strokes. I will be starting a regimen of rotator cuff strengthening exercises to try and tighten the tendons. In the mean time, the tendons are all inflamed due to the wayward bone rubbing for the past week. Im taking 600mg motrin 4 times a day and icing. I feel slightly better today than yesterday, but still tender and sore in a constant sort of way between the sharp pains during movement. We will see how it goes.

Keep in mind that I am not just exercising here. I am training. I REALLY want nationals times in something by the end of the year (preferably the 500 yard/ 400 meter freestyle). I more yards I can put in a day the better. It's about focus and swimming every day. On the days I dont swim, I run. I have a goal. And I just need to work through this.


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May. 23rd, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
I have a friend who had a shoulder like that. I wouldn't push things. She did that and finally had to have an operation. She would just plunk down in a chair and her shoulder would come out. That's when she had to have the operation. Now when it pops out her husband pops it back in. So, take it easy and let it heal properly, or it never will.
May. 23rd, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
dont worry! there's always kick sets!
May. 23rd, 2003 02:40 pm (UTC)
sounds painful, but I admire your determination!
May. 23rd, 2003 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that's all it was. Those exercises aren't too bad... you use a stretchy rubber thing. I had to do those exercises too when I was going to therapy after my shoulder surgery. Be careful with that shoulder, I can vouch that shoulder injuries are PAINFUL. But then, my only experience with them is shattering the shoulder into 4 pieces... so perhaps I'm a bit biased. :-D
May. 24th, 2003 08:14 am (UTC)
So what are these nationals anyway? The US national women swimming championship or something? Are we looking at the/a future swimming star? That would be cool ;-)
May. 24th, 2003 10:44 am (UTC)
"my tendons are not holding my joints in place" I know that's serious but it sounds humerus, like you are going to wave at someone and have your arm drop off...

Best of luck on the national times. See Lisa. See Lisa swim. See Lisa swim damn fast. Swim, Lisa, swim!

Please don't hurt yourself though, or do any permanent damage for a short term goal. I'm sure you know what you are doing. But pay attention to your body; if you are taking 600 mg of Motrin 4 times a day I think it's trying to tell you to back off a bit. You said "by the end of the year", which I think allows a few weeks in June for recovery.
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