During the third week it was rather frustrating to wake up with the same pain level every morning. Sure, sleeping in the bed semi-sitting without being able to turn puts a load of strain on the muscles. My ribs and sternum however prevents me from lifting my body back up to vertical so I rather not go through the pain if I don't have to.
I have yet to lay back down flat on my back since I was in the hospital where the bed would lift me up. I have been sitting so much that I had to start a stretching routine on a regular basis to stretch out the hamstrings and calves. The C7 vertebra flares up in pain more often then not especially when I don't take a painkiller for about 6 hours.
Yes. I haven't been able to drop the painkillers. It's not that I've gotten addicted to them or anything but when I don't take a pill for a while I just can't really function. OK. I know most addiction starts like this when the patient doesn't realize or doesn't want to realize that he/she has gotten accustomed to the effects of a certain drug. I don't want to belong to this group but this healing seems to take a lot longer than any other injuries I have ever had before.
The right shoulder is just is. No real changes in how it feels at all. Some days I just want to leave the sling behind but then I'm quickly reminded by the pain that goes through my body as soon as I try to put on or take off my jacket. I can't move my shoulder and I just have to realize it.
My pinky finger hasn't moved a bit. I was given a plastic splint that wraps around my right hand from the bottom and three velcro keeps it all in place and closed. It gets super stinky in it after a while. I was given a cloth to wrap my hand in it but it just got all torn after a week or so. I started cutting up old socks to replace the cloth but those just got really stinky again.. No wonder.. old socks.. So I've been going naked for a while now and wash the plastic as often as possible.
What no one seemed to notice and even I haven't paid much attention to is the big toe on my right foot. It's been just hurting since the accident without any relief. It's not a constant pain but I don't think I would want to go ballerina now even if I could.
I have my next X-rays and my first physical therapy set up for Monday. One thing I don't want to hear is that nothing has changed a bit and my osteoblasts didn't do their job properly.