When things get a bit… dislocated

You know when you feel super motivated or excited to do something, but then life happens and stops you from doing what you wanted? I’m sure you do. We’ve all been there.

So yesterday, I had a great upper body workout and I had posted on here for the first time in years so I was in a really good mood all day. Then at night, I dislocated my shoulder. Stuff happens.

So I have what is called “chronic shoulder instability,” which basically is when (in my case) the ligaments in your shoulders are extremely stretchy which causes your shoulders to pop in and out of place. I’ve always known that I have really flexible shoulders; for example, I could clasp my hands together in front of my body and bring them over my head and down to my lower back all without unclasping them. I used to do this all the time to stretch them out, or honestly just because I could. In retrospect, I now know this probably wasn’t the greatest idea. My shoulders popping in and out of place has been happening to me for the past 2 years or so, on both arms, but they always have popped out and then immediately popped back in. But, the reason last night was different was because my shoulder stayed out of it’s socket for about a minute. I honestly had no idea what to do. I just laid there, screamed and freaked myself out AKA I did everything but remain calm. If you’ve ever dislocated you know how disgusting even the thought of a bone being out of place is, which is why I was freaking out. It feels SO cringy. Eventually I began to move my shoulder backwards and it slowly moved back into place. I’ve been wearing a sling during the day because I don’t want to forget and make any sudden moves. I also wore it to sleep so that I wouldn’t accidentally move it in my sleep. I’m scared to move it because the joint just feels loose? I don’t really know how to describe it, but I’m just worried it will happen again.

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I went to the doctor today and got an X-ray and a referral to see an orthopedic doctor. I should hear the results in 24-48 hours.

Anyways, the purpose of this post is not just to complain about my shoulder. The point is to say that there is always going to be something that is less than ideal going on. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be able to do unassisted pull ups by the end of the year. Obviously I won’t be able to practice those or work out my upper body for a little bit, and I thought of that immediately after, but that’s okay. I was given this advice by one of the senior citizens that lives at the retirement home that I work at: “just roll with the punches.” That’s what I kept repeating to myself. I still managed to workout this morning even though I couldn’t do anything involving my arms which is kind of limiting.I still managed to sweat and get my blood flowing and got a great pump. There was so much more that I wanted to do, but all I could do was think about how important rest is in recovery and just how minor my injury actually is in the grand scheme of things. I’m grateful that it’s not worse and that I’m not in pain. It’s normal to get frustrated when things stunt your progress, but dwelling on it is not going to make it any better. A positive mindset is everything. Move on, smile, and realize just how lucky you are.

Has anyone ever dislocated a shoulder? If so, how did you treat it? I’m so curious to hear more about it, so please let me know!

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