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Measurements update; shoulder update/rant about healthcare in the USA.

Monday, November 8, 2004 by  
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I don’t think my arms or chest have ever been this sore before. Today they are even more sore than they were yesterday, especially my triceps. My arms are still just below 15.25 inches (cold), so I can’t update my arm stats as I’d hoped to do today. I think after they fully recover from Saturday’s workout they should be over the 15.25 inch line. My chest is also closing in on my goal of 42 inches: it’s just under 41.5 inches as of this morning. As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m going to keep going past my original goal of 42 inches and shoot for 43 inches (or more). Same goes for my arms – if I can surpass my goal of 16 inches then I will. I’m not going to hit 16 inches and stop bulking. Hitting 16 inches is going to be hard enough as it is, so we’ll see what happens. I’m definitely going to keep bulking until at least the end of January 2005. I may even take it into February. I’m enjoying the hell out of this – it’s been a long time coming.

One thing that puzzles me is my shoulder. My right shoulder (the one that kept me out of action for almost a year) is about the same – a little pain here and there, but okay. It was my left shoulder that scared me a few weeks ago. The pain was similar to what I was feeling when I first injured my right shoulder. Frustration blinded me, and I decided that I was not going to stop lifting, and would (perhaps stupidly) work through the pain knowing that if I blew my shoulder out completely they’d have no choice but to operate. This, I “reasoned”, would at least spare me from months of frustrating and ineffective pre-surgical treatments such as cortisone shots and physical therapy. What’s odd is that my shoulder seems to have improved to the point where it doesn’t even hurt this morning. It also didn’t bother me during last Saturday’s workout, which is amazing because it was killing me during my October 31, 2004 workout. Again, I have to stress that I don’t suggest that anyone follow my lead here. I’ll be the first to admit that pushing through real pain is risky at best, and probably flat out stupid. Still, I have made my choice and, thankfully, things have actually improved. I’ve seen a lot of “specialists” over the past year and sometimes I feel like they are just running down a list from a set playbook. Even after looking at my MRIs I got the feeling that no one knew exactly what to do to really fix the problem. Or *cough*insurance companies*cough* perhaps the doctors’ hands are tied. I know the impingement is still there: I can feel my shoulders pop and groan when I move my arms in a circle. Nothing’s going to fix that but surgery, I know it and the doctors know it. So, I’m not wasting my time with any more rubber bands and posture exercises. Of course we all know who is pulling the doctor’s strings: it sucks that the insurance companies have a larger say than the doctors when it comes to my health.

Sorry, I didn’t mean to go off on a rant!

Cardio time – have a good Monday!

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