It’s common in a man of your age

“Bloody cheek!” I exclaimed, “I’m in my prime here!”

I have a torn rotator cuff, which is far more debilitating than I would ever have believed. It seems the rotator cuff is a group of muscles, which support and aid movement of the shoulder. In all honesty I had never heard of it before, even if it is common in those of us over 40. What makes it worse is that I kept myself really toned when I was younger, then quite suddenly turned into a couch potato. My muscles didn’t get the opportunity to gradually adjust. Now I spend 95% of my time driving a desk there is little chance of the muscles being used properly, and when they are taxed there is no warm-up/down period.
The injury is not new, but I severely aggravated it last week shifting some rather large logs. The doctors think I should re-evaluate what I think is acceptable for one person to lift

The outcome of this incident is no time at the lathe (or in the shed for that matter) for the next few weeks, or possibly longer if surgery is needed. Time will tell I suppose. I have an appointment with my GP on Monday, and I am hoping she signs me fit for work. I am bored to tears sitting at home not being able to do anything. At least at work I can be getting on with some work as long as I avoid lifting equipment or pushing trolleys.
Worst of all, I can’t drive. Reaching and twisting my left arm causes excruciating pain, so no gear changes.

Stay tuned foks, I will return to turning at some point.

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