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I think the 19 pound turkey did it:

1. Meat counter to shopping cart

2. Cart to check out counter

3. Counter back into shopping cart

4. Cart into car

5. Car to kitchen counter

6. Kitchen counter to fridge

7. Two days later, fridge to sink

8. Sink to roasting pan, add a couple of pounds of stuffing

9. Roasting pan into oven

10. Remove whole thing to stovetop two times during next four hours to baste the bird

11. Remove from oven and place on the counter

12. Wrestle from roasting pan to cutting board.

13. On Friday break up the carcas, place in biggest cauldron with some veggies and a couple of gallons of water (how much does that weigh?) and carry to stove to make yummy stock.

14. Several hours later, lug whole thing to the sink and somehow manage to pour contents into colander sitting over second biggest cauldron. Pack into freezer bags and freeze for several batches of soup.

15. Pain starts Saturday, worse on Sunday, still worse on Monday, so this morning (Tuesday) I managed to get an appointment with a shoulder specialist. Rotator cuff injury. I start four weeks of physical therapy on Saturday.
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Trini I know you pain literally. Messed up both shoulders in 1999 with a long ladder. Had one surgery and have had multiple trips through physical therapy.

A few items I have found work for me -

Aleve (generic is OK, but Aleve aka naproxin) is clearly better than aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc. There is a prescription version that is 500 mg per tablet. The OTC stuff is 225 mg as I recall. It does take in the range of 2 to 4 days for the full effect to kick in.

They told me to start these exercises with a 1 pound weight - a can of condensed soup weighs 1 pound. I find lifting the weight over all is easier to keep doing year after year than those rubber tubes or bands.

Every time I have stopped the exercises, I have ended up in pain. Some times it takes longer than others. My last PT was over 2 years ago and I am still lifting my dinky little green weigh while laying on the floor watching TV.
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My orthopedist had me doing exercises with an elastic band.
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The key point to recovery is strengthen some very small muscles - that actually hold things in the proper place. Elastic bands have some advantages - I have them. But in terms of doing exercises regularly month in and month out for years - I prefer a weight.
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Hey, Trini. That is the best turkey story I have heard this year.

Get well soon!!

And keep smiling!! :)
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".. The key point to recovery is strengthen some very small muscles - that actually hold things in the proper place. Elastic bands have some advantages - I have them. But in terms of doing exercises regularly month in and month out for years - I prefer a weight."

I find that if I jump right into my weight session,My rotator cuff area will be painful the next day.So now,I always start with an elastic band to stretch/warm up that area.THEN I start my weights.
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Was dragged 20 feet along rough ground by two muggers pulling on my handbag ( in Mexico) bruised all over body, so I thought the fact my arm wouldn't move upwards was just bruising.

Two months later, pain so bad, movement so limited, saw doctor. Surgery.Torn rotator cuff and unfortunately torn tendons or whatever had shrunk in the two months, because I am old.

Started physio. Lots of work with bands, pushing etc.

Very best exercise was called "cleaning the windows" using a soft cloth on the clinic's large mirror, and going up, around and down as I cleaned the "window"...I could lean on the window, reach up without weight, etc etc... at first I could only reach level with my shoulder...finally way up as far as my good arm could reach.

Now when I go to physio to pick up my husband, or go for my own finger treatment ( I put my finger in the blades of the Cuisinart) I show every shoulder patient there that my right shoulder is PERFECT. It can reach high, low, round and round smoothly, completely pain free. If I were 50 years younger and knew the rules of baseball(I don't) I could probably be a pitcher for a baseball team!!!!

I agree about Aleve.

Be conscientious about exercises...they do work!

My warmest wishes to you for the perfect cure.....it will feel soooo good, even though it is hard to believe right now..

Maryanne
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Maryanne ~

Oh geez ...... I cannot believe what you have gone through. I am so sorry.


Robyn
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I went for my first PT visit yesterday and already notice an improvement. I'm going three times a week for four weeks, and the doctor will renew the prescription if necessary. I'm very encouraged. Two things in my favor: the damage is relatively minor, and I started treatment as soon as I realized my shoulder wasn't going to get better all by itself.

Thanks for the good wishes and encouragement!

Trini
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Yea Trini....you keep going , girl!

And thanks Robyn for the kind thoughts...but the whole thing had a lot of funny moments...

First of all, those muggers were 2 young guys, but dragging me was no joke as I weigh a LOT!
They finally gave up, and left me with my purse.

Only then did I remember there was nothing much in my purse...everything was in a money belt around my waist. they could have had my purse!

The pick pocket in Buenos Aires got away with a small important looking dark wallet thing...and when he got home h e probably had to explain to his wife why he had my lipstick and powder!

Ref the shoulder...it was good I was married. DH did up/undid my bra and washed my hair for months.. Our new corporation was called "He can't see and she can't reach" and we laughed a lot.

Hope your dad is doing well...I haven't been on the boards much this year and have lost touch with so many nice people... :(
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Only just now checked in. Sorry for the bad shoulders, everyone. And interested to hear the PT for that one.

And I agree, Aleve is my friend when I need one for pain.

Birgit
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