After a few thousand hours and miles, it became clear that we would need to sit still for a bit to tend to some medical needs. We had such a great time last summer out in Utah we unfortunately accumulated a few injuries, Lee in particular. She had one serious enough that warranted surgery. After a few months of conservative treatment, once we got back to the east coast, it was time to get serious to find out what exactly was wrong and what we could do to get it fix.

Turns out we don’t know exactly how the injury occurred, but speculate that a rather particular challenging hiking trip and about 50 hours a week of housekeeping duties over the summer resulted in a torn rotator cuff, bone spurs and a broken bursa sac in the right shoulder. We had thought and hoped that our winter location, where Lee would be working in the office, the rest would make things feel a little better, but in fact, things got worse. Pain and mobility were becoming a real issue and needed to be addressed sooner rather than later. In February, about the same time we were beginning to decide what to do with Lee’s shoulder, Jim’s mother got sick and was in the hospital. It was clearly a sign that we needed to get back to Florida and take care of ourselves and help the family. So we reluctantly left our winter location in the Outer Banks of NC and headed back to Florida. Here we could get Lee to her doctors and check on Jim’s mother.

A few rounds of physical therapy for the shoulder proved to be not helping, so a visit to an orthopedic gave us the bad news that the shoulder really needs to be repaired via surgery. We were fortunate to find a great doctor and we scheduled for the beginning of May.

Surgery revealed the injuries indicated on the MRI but thankfully the rotator cuff tear wasn’t nearly as big of an issue. So a much simpler surgery was planned and recovery, while still ongoing has been much easier then anticipated. She was back to work after 2 weeks instead of 6-8 weeks and now 5 weeks later has about 60% mobility and range of motion back. They say it can take up to a year to get back to 100% but with each day, the pain and limitations become less and less. Thankfully, working in an office setting is tremendously helpful during recovery. Slowly but surely, we will be back doing more active adventures, particularly golfing and fishing which I am really missing right now.

Sometimes life just happens and there generally is a reason that is not always clear at the time. These are the moments we are grateful for our house on wheels to take care of what needs to be tended to.

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