During the late summer and fall, Terry had problems with his right shoulder. The pain did not go away so he finally went to the doctor and learned he has a frozen shoulder. The doctor sent him to therapy where they specialize in shoulder to hand only. He had gone there a few years ago when he had a problem with his thumb. The therapist recommended a set of six therapy sessions and then they would reevaluate his condition. The range of motion has improved and he now has a set of exercises he will do “for the rest of his life.”
Although the insurance has authorized another set of six therapy sessions, Terry is going to keep doing the exercises at home and see if he continues to improve. Our insurance cost has increased drastically since I retired just a couple of years ago so I have changed to a $1000 deductible for each of us so as to keep the rate as low as possible. We never reach the deductible so the cost for all this therapy is coming out of Terry’s own pocket.
So, we are both doing exercises “for the rest of your life.” You may remember the one I do for sciatica. I also have a series of exercises I do for balance as I have serious vestibular nerve damage, probably caused by an ear infection. I became aware of this when we were living in San Francisco. I would turn my head quickly and get dizzy for a moment. The balance therapist to whom I was sent said I try to do too many things at one time and must become more “aware” of each movement I make. Yeah, right. I am glad this came to light after I left teaching. As any teacher knows, you must have eyes in the back of your head and be aware of every movement in the room. Perhaps, the vestibular problem had been with me the last year or so of teaching because it was becoming harder to move around the room so quickly, and keep doing it all day, for five days in a row.
My spine has begun to flatten, causing nerve damage that can make my fingers go numb if I neglect to do a couple of exercises. Actually it’s my neck that has the deterioration, but I have been told that I can slow the rate with exercise. Again, “for the rest of your life.”
Because we still have a whole lot of living to do, and those adorable grandchildren with whom we like to scamper and climb, we will keep doing the exercises.