Sunday, December 12, 2010

The symptoms continue

I talked with my son on the phone the other day, asked him if his arm ever bothers him now since his rib resection in 2005.
He said yes.

My heart dropped.

"But, he said, not like before surgery.
It hurts sometimes, when I'm walking around for a long time with it hanging down. I still have to hang my hand on my opposite shoulder to relieve the gravity pulling down on my arm.
Only once in a while, but yes, it still happens."

My son was the first one to blaze the trail of rib resection surgery in our family.
My heart is sad at this news of his continuing symptoms, because I know all too well that ache can keep you from plugging into life when it gets intense.

I wonder what could help him now?