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Shouldering the blame



I need to go away for  a while.  But don’t worry, this  isn’t another April Fool’s pretend outing!  Promise.  Let me explain…..

When I joined my current firm I went for a medical with the company Doc.  All was well apart from a little blood pressure issue – but you’ve read my writing…..what do you expect?!?  It was when I was putting my jacket back on that he asked me why I was wriggling back into it. “Is there a problem with your arm?”

“Umm, I replied….it’s my shoulder.  It doesn’t work properly” Doc looked at me (and I should point out at this stage, this isn’t the “Hot Doc” but just the Doc…so it wasn’t that kind of look….more a kind of idiot boy look…..). “How long has it been like this?”

The truth was that it had been well over 2 years that I hadn’t been able to lift my arm over head height.  I’d got used to it, my life had adapted, it really wasn’t a problem.  There was only pain every now and then and  in between it was just a bit of an inconvenience that you got used to.  Like when the escalators are down on the tube.

So after x-rays and radiography and steroid injections and an MRI, finally on Monday I’m going in for an Op to make it better.  Technically it’s called a arthroscpoic subacromisal decompression and excision of calcium in reality I’m told this means, “making your shoulder not be cack like it is now”.

Unfortunately it’s my right arm, which means no driving, no self pleasure and most importantly no typing for a while. Which, in turn, means I’m saying goodbye for  a time.  I don’t think it will be that long….maybe a week…..maybe a bit less.

Anyway in my absence, read these blogs.  And I’ll use the time to catch up on a lot of the writing other people have been doing and maybe typing the odd one fingered comment. 

And if you really want to see part of what they are going to do to me then you can watch this (but not if you’re eating):

I’ll be back soon, but in the meantime, play nicely y’all…..

14 Comments leave one →
  1. 05/14/2010 07:53

    Good luck, hope it all goes well.

  2. 05/14/2010 08:02

    Expecting a streamlined, new and improved HRD soon – we HAVE THE POWER TO REBUILD YOU!!! Good luck HRD, I hope the op goes well and that you make a swift recovery. I shall miss reading your blog for amusement whilst telling superiors that I am conducting’social media research’!

  3. Alex Hens permalink
    05/14/2010 08:46

    Mend quick – can only imagine the pent up vent that will build. Stand by mid June 😉 in the meantime will watch for your one fingered rather than two fingered commentry 😀

    And am sure you’ll find ways around the worst of the layup (insert comment about you being such a big “self pleasurer” 😉

  4. The Engaging Engager permalink
    05/14/2010 09:17

    Are you sure you haven’t been rumbled by the corporate enforcers?
    If they strap your head into a brace pre-op, start worrying!
    We’ll be watching the first post with interest to monitor any subtle changes in emphasis and nuance….so if your posts start making some sense we’ll know you’ve been replaced by a branded doppleganger.
    Best of luck. Eat less cheese and if the people in white coats go anywhere near the suppository cabinet….leg it (or alternatively relax and treat it as the trendy learning experience you didn’t get round to at college)!

    PS – the posting for the No 2 makes perfect sense now….
    Job Description – “Will have to shoulder much responsibility and even more blame. Especially suitable for donkeys, mules and hunchbacks”

  5. lenamaurer permalink
    05/14/2010 11:51

    Get well soon, HRD… *Hugs*

  6. Karen (Sayya26) permalink
    05/14/2010 12:38

    Hope your surgery and recovery goes well! Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Take care though 🙂

  7. Aussie HR Chick permalink
    05/14/2010 13:22

    Am dying to make another Jedi related comment re your new arm, but that might stereotype me so am resisting.

    Good luck with the op – remember they invented pain medication for a reason, and let others help – it makes them feel useful when seeing someone they care about is in pain (even if its only to get you an Earl Grey and a bikkie).

    Here’s to a speedy recovery and decalcified posts!

    PS – if I knew what a tommee tippee was Im sure I would agree with you.

  8. BJH permalink
    05/14/2010 15:45

    Hope you get well soon … you’ll be missed!

  9. 05/14/2010 21:00

    Well damn, what am I supposed to do for my occasional dose of bollocks?

    Hope the operation goes well & you recover soon afterwards! Also hope they don’t keep you too long – from what I hear, hospital food is still the pits. 😉

  10. HR GoodWitch permalink
    05/15/2010 00:52

    Heal fast. Enjoy the break. Looking forward to your return.

  11. g-dog permalink
    05/15/2010 02:51

    Speedy recovery! I think I know what “one finger” you may decide to post with ..

  12. 05/15/2010 05:26

    Hello Dear HRD:

    OK, I could only get to 1:35 on the vid…nasty little blighter, that implement!

    Here’s to your doctor’s best procedure ever and a fast recovery. Get back here as soon as you can – you’ll be missed!

  13. Corporate Daycare permalink
    05/15/2010 14:41

    Take care and get well soon. I miss you already.

  14. 05/24/2010 07:45

    @Karen Wise – Thanks

    @Cal – I’m always willing to support the work-shy…..!

    @Alex Hens – Fully back to two fingered now….watch out world!

    @The Engaging Engager – Crikey……for one minute I actually started to worry….!

    @lenanaurer – Thanks Lena….just don’t hug my shouldler!

    @Karen – Thanks. I should be the one asking YOU how you are!

    @Aussie HR Chick – Thanks. Should I mention the T20 final…..?? Just askin’…..

    @BJH – Thanks. Although I think people could do with a break from me.

    @Geekette – The food was actually really really good. But then it was a small private hospital….(there go my man of the people credentials)

    @HR GoodWitch – OMG….its you! I thought you had left the blogosphere for good. A million thank yous. You know you were the first person to ever comment on this blog?

    @g-dog – Haha…yep!

    @mkeefer – Thanks. I actually watched the whole of my op live. It was kind of cool. Does that make me a freak?

    @Corporate Daycare – Bless ya!

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