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Wanted: Sleeping Companion

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As many of you may remember, I fell while delivering papers last December during an ice storm (I’m stupidly dedicated to my job) and received a concussion when I hit my head on a concrete step. (That was a fun post: you should read it.) When I went down that fateful day, I also landed with a concrete step across my shoulders. Since then, I have suffered with shoulder pain.

You might be wondering by now what the title of this post is all about.

I have a hard time sleeping because of my right shoulder. If I lay on it, it hurts. Same thing when I lay on my back – and that’s not a comfortable position for me anyway. If I lay on my left side, I have to try to keep my right shoulder straight. If I leave my arm resting on my body, it falls off. If I prop my side up with my hand on the mattress, my wrist hurts, and if I put my arms together with my elbows touching, my shoulder still isn’t straight enough.

I finally figured out the solution this morning. A sleeping companion!

No, not a man. Get yer minds out of the gutter.

What I need is, a teddy bear. One big enough that if I keep it close to my chest it will keep my shoulders straight. Seems the perfect solution! So today I’m going to go through the boxes from my failed garage sale of a few weeks back and dig out an old stuffed animal. I have an appointment with the doctor on Monday. Hopefully a more permanent fix is somewhere in my future. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

59 thoughts on “Wanted: Sleeping Companion

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  3. Oh Linda – I hope you find a solution soon & I pray the doctor figures out the problem. I have only wanted to be taken to the ER one time in all my life & it was a result of “moderately severe” bursitis & tendonitis in my left shoulder (I had pulled something picking up my 30 lb. grandbaby) & the pain was so bad – the only thing I could compare it to was childbirth. There is NO getting comfortable. I had some medication I took, but had to wake my husband & tell him it was either the ER or hand me gun . . . LOL, but seriously it was THAT bad. Not a big pill taker, but a few days of muscle relaxers, pain meds & a super strong anti-inflammatory got me back to normal. Being an old injury though, you might need a chiro & though I have never done acupuncture, I have heard it can work wonders. I so hope you are feeling better soon!!! (And a body pillow might be perfect for support!!)

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    • Wow, that sounds very painful indeed! I’m glad you got over it!
      I may go for chiro, or maybe physio. I’ll see what the doctor suggests. Thanks very much for your well-wishes, Sadie, and for sharing your experience!

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  4. Hey Linda, what about a Dakimakura (japanese body pillow)? You can have your favourite “person” printed on it and snuggle up to that instead and there is one that just comes to mind…;-) Though seriously I hope you feel better after your doctor’s appointment.

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  5. LOL Linda!!
    Dang – reminds me of being preggers for some reason! At least THAT is temporary…
    I Hope doc finds a way to help ease this for you my dear… shitty.
    That must be a awkward with writing aswell?

    I do REALLY love your solution…

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  6. Sorry to hear Linda 😦 Have you tried a head pillow which can assist with spinal alignment? I’m on the hunt for one myself. Back issues from the incubation of my last bundle of joy. There is such a variety these days, for side sleepers, back sleepers, front sleepers… Utilizing one of these in combination with the chiropractor and/or acupuncture as suggested may be the ticket. Be well πŸ™‚

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    • I’ve actually thought for a while about investing in a good pillow. I have neck pain occasionally too, so it might help with that at the same time. When I was pregnant I was sleeping on a water bed. It was fantastic for baby-bump support. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much for all the great suggestions and the well-wishes too. πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi Linda, been away on a personal issue for almost a year; so sorry to hear that the accident still plagues you. I agree with another commenter that you might wish to check out a Chiropractor. Years ago, our car was hit by an 18-wheeler, and afterwards our doctor advised us to see a Chiro. It helped. Now I’ve got several months of blogs to catch up on… starting with yours.

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  8. Well, I have never heard of teddy bear therapy outside of psychology, but if it works, go for it!!!

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  9. Best of luck with the doctor appt Linda. I was thinking body pillow as well for the meantime.

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  10. Linda, I am so sorry you are having these problems. A very large stuffed animal will give a certain comfort, I am sure, but I am hoping your doctor will find a permanent solution. Sending you healing vibes.

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  11. Hope it works! And hope you get some healing soon!

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  12. If you strike out at the doctors and chiropractors, might want to try acupuncture – – oh, and for night time aide in circulation/heat to keep pain away, I love the Salon Pas pain patches – $3.48 for a box of 80 here – πŸ™‚ Hope you find a plush teddy or comfy body pillow and find a way to repair the old injury soon!

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    • Oooh, I’ll look up the pain patches. I’ve never heard of them before – thanks! I’ve never tried acupuncture before, so now might be a good time. I also thought about Tai Chi as a solution. Both are Taoist arts. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much for the suggestions, Tamrah. πŸ™‚

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      • I’ve been using near-infrared lamps instead of acupuncture for some time now, but it involves practicing medicine on yourself and when you’re already in pain, I don’t think a good idea πŸ™‚ But, for pain relief and a chance to right the original injury, acupuncture is always first choice for me – – once you get to a modicum of balance, you can start trying things at home to aide – – With this old of an injury, you’ll get pain relief right away, but it will come back until the full healing process has completed – be prepared to do a few visits – and next time you injure yourself, go right away! LOL

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        • I actually have been to a doctor for it – a quack I should say. I’ve since stopped seeing him. He told me it’s arthritis (even though it doesn’t hurt all the time, just when I move it certain ways) and that I should stretch it. When I asked him for some kind of guidance on HOW I should stretch, he said, “Just stretch it.” So yeah, that’s why the delay. I finally found a new doctor.
          Thanks so much for the suggestions. I may just look for an acupuncturist. πŸ™‚

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      • Also make sure a torn rotator cuff has been ruled out. Not sure why but this seems to be an injury often misdiagnosed until months after original injury. Unless you’re a professional athlete LOL

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  13. There are also body pillows. They’re long enough, so that you can wrap your legs for added cling.

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  14. Yeah I just took a nasty fall on my bike and cracked a few ribs so I can relate. Good luck on the Teddy hunt.

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  15. When you say doctor (ie: legal drug pusher) I certainly hope you mean a great Chiropractor, because that’s what you need in my opinion, although an awful lot of time has passed. An immediate visit after the fact would have been far more ideal.

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    • I’m not big on taking drugs. I was thinking more along the lines of physiotherapy or Tai Chi. I did, in fact, go to my previous doctor (I just got a new one) who sent me for an x-ray and put it down to arthritis. When I asked what I could do for it, he told me to just stretch. Yyyeah. New doctor it is. Thanks for your concern! πŸ™‚

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  16. Best wishes to you on your teddy bear hunt and finding a permanent fix to your shoulder problems!

    And men can be just as warm and fuzzy as teddy bears.

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  17. Oh, being new to the blogging world, I hadn’t heard about this. Am hopeful that your appointment will go well for you Monday but even with that…everyone should have a proper teddy bear! πŸ™‚

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  18. While I find it endearing that you’ll be cuddling a stuffy while you sleep, I can’t help but wish you didn’t have shoulder pain! Best of wishes for the perfect sleeping companion.

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  19. Actually, a large dog would be better (except for the maintenance, of course). A dog is not only soft, but warm – like a nice fuzzy heating pad! And when you feel bad, the dog would kiss you and make you feel better.

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  20. Good luck with your teddy bear hunt! πŸ™‚

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