Medical update

David retook the third eye test he had failed and passed it. He does not have glaucoma. He is so relieved.

As for me and my right shoulder pain, I have decided to live with it. I was supposed to undergo an MRI at Straub on January 13, but it was cancelled when they would not let me wear my muumuu during the test even though there was nothing metallic on my clothing. I could not change into a hospital gown with one hand. Too painful.

Because the MRI was cancelled, there will be no surgery. It’s fine with me. I am immuno compromised and have other health issues. I don’t consider myself a good candidate for surgery.

Tomorrow, I’ll see my orthopedic surgeon at Pali Momi and will request a referral to physical therapy. Dr. Fei told me at my prior visit that my pain will decrease in 3-4 weeks, so, I’ll wait for that to happen.

Meanwhile, I bought a Brondell left-handed bidet from Amazon for $60. Shipping was free, because I have Prime. Maria installed it for me:

Turn the large knob to the right for the rear spray and to the left for the front spray. The small knob is to clean the nozzle:

This is the nozzle:

Since I can use only one hand, I cannot use dental floss. I bought this Hangsun water flosser from Amazon for $30. You fill it up with water, place the spout between your teeth, and press the top button. The water shoots out the food particles. Every three months, you have to recharge the battery.

Somehow, I have managed to keep myself comfortable with David’s help. It’s all I can ask for at a time like this.

And, yes, I typed this post with only my left forefinger. Slowly, but surely, my blog gets written, and it makes me so happy to express my thoughts for all to read.

20 Responses to “Medical update”

  1. DavidH Says:

    I am glad to see that you are coping with your condition. I can only hope that with the therapy you will be able to regain full use of your right shoulder.

  2. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Glad you are not allowing your pains to get you down, that’s good, and you have some nice, new gadgets. Valerie

  3. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …the golden years are wonderful.

  4. AC Says:

    You are very good with that finger. All the best otherwise.

  5. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I’m glad you are still able to type and share with us, Gigi. And, that you are finding the best way to manage your shoulder issues. The PT will help, but it will hurt as you do it. Still, if you keep on it, it will indeed be a help. You may choose the surgery after Covid eases some and you are doing a bit better but a lot of what you say makes sense for now and there are certainly good tools to help you adjust — looks like you’ve found several!

    Good news about David’s eyes! Makes me smile!

  6. Christine Says:

    It makes sense on the shoulder plans.

  7. DJan Says:

    I do hope the PT helps, but you do seem to be managing, with help, to recover from this shoulder injury. Glad to hear David passed his eye exam. 🙂

  8. Olga Says:

    You are a strong woman, clearly determined to cope. I admire that.

  9. Arkansas Patti Says:

    Great news about David. I’m sure you are both relieved. So sorry your shoulder is still bothering you and am impressed with the gadgets you found to be helpful. Hope the PT puts you on the road to recovery.

  10. Karen Says:

    I am shocked that the radiology staff wouldn’t help you change into a gown. The results from the MRI would be so helpful to the surgeon in planning your physical therapy.

    • dkzody Says:

      Karen, I thought the same thing…shame on the staff for not being willing to help you. Or allow David to come in and assist. I’m assuming he assists you dress each day.

  11. Elephant's Child Says:

    I am so very glad that there is some assistance available – and cannot understand why the staff couldn’t/wouldn’t help you into a hospital gown if they insisted on its necessity. Good luck with the PT.

  12. Linda Reeder Says:

    Isn’t it great that as we fall apart, there are now gadgets – aids – to help us manage.

  13. Far Side Says:

    Sure hope the Physical Therapy helps with your shoulder pain:(

  14. threeamigosmama Says:

    You’re one tough cookie. Not helping you with your muumuu change, or even allowing you to keep your muumuu on during the test is unacceptable. Wish you the best in getting help with the PT. Hang in there and all my best wishes that your recovery is speedy.

  15. Nancy Chan Says:

    You are strong and you don’t give up easily. You did not let the pain stop you and you manage very well on your own and with David’s help. I hope with physical therapy, your shoulder will be free from pain soon. The water flosser is a good way to clean your teeth.

  16. DeniseinVA Says:

    Good for you Gigi, you always have such a positive attitude. I do hope the pain can be managed. Also glad to hear about David’s eye test.

  17. wisewebwoman Says:

    Ratz on those hospital “helpers” they should be more aware of those requiring assistance, they could have, duh, looked at your chart. That bidet thing looks really good and saves on TP which is so harsh on the environment. Good for you Gigi, for keeping the chin up and making the best of things.


  18. Beatrice Says:

    Good news about David’s eye test, but sorry to read you are still in considerable pain, Gigi. You seem to be finding ways to help you manage and hope in time your shoulder will be less painful.

  19. David Gascoigne Says:

    I have tendonitis in my right shoulder, but I can live with it.

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