Ten little fingers and ten little toes. That’s what you’re supposed to check for when your baby is born. I thought this was just a cute saying – until my son, Luke, was born. Technically, he did have ten little fingers and ten little toes. But his left hand was extremely under-developed…
Accidents seem to happen at the most inopportune times. Back in November 2011 when my wife and I were moving into our newly renovated home, I accidentally tore my biceps tendon (below the elbow) lifting our new refrigerator. My plans for that fall were abruptly changed.
Before I saw Dr. Levine I had been having elbow pain for an entire year. I had seen other doctors and had tried physical therapy, pain medications, cortisone injections, and nothing relieved the pain. I had pain with every movement. I could not even lift a cup of coffee, unlock my door or do any day-to-day functions without pain, let along thinking of playing tennis.
One day before my 72nd birthday, while I was working out on my road bicycle I was hit by an SUV and was thrown onto the road. I saw a local orthopaedic surgeon and was told that I had a type III AC separation. He recommended surgery, but I did not feel comfortable with his suggested procedure.