Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Naked Scribbler Benched

Paul here, sort of...

Maybe it was throwing all those sliders. (No, Jim Born, not the little burgers you ate at White Castle).

Maybe it was swimming, by conservative count, 900,000 strokes since college.

Maybe it was just my aging tendons and muscles saying, ala Roberto Duran, "No, mas."

Anyway, I tore the rotator cuff in my right shoulder, the body part I use to pitch, bowl, type the word "poop," shoot the bird, and rattle a cocktail shaker full of Pisco sours.

Hurts to type.

Hurts to mouse.

Going on hiatus.



  1. sorry to hear it. Fell better.


  2. Wishing you a good recovery, Paul.

  3. Awww, shit.

    When I tore my rotator cuff, I though I was having a heart attack.

    My deepest sympathies - do the physical therapy - but don't rush it. I know that's asking a lot, but take it from me, if you push it, you'll lose ground.

    Kathy Sweeney

  4. That's a tough one, no doubt. I hear the surgery's awful, so better stock up on the mojitos and vicodin.

  5. So sorry, Paul! Take it easy on yourself.

  6. Paulie, I'm on my way over with chicken soup and surgery horror stories. Stay strong!

  7. I'll be willing you virtual vicodin, Paul--in Patty's chicken soup. Hope it feels better as fast as possible, and stop typing "poop"!

  8. ain't patty a real trooper!
    i hope she's put a few drops of wine into that soup - makes all the difference.
    speedy recovery.

  9. Ow, ow, ow!! Dang, Paulie - feel better soon.

    Hmmm. Should I send chocolate cake over with Patty's chicken soup? It'll make the vicodin taste better and go nicely with the Mojitos. :-D

    BTW, I'm sure some of us could take shifts in typing 'poop' for you, if you needed it. :-D

    Haul the dictaphone recorder out of mothballs and USE it for any ideas you get. :-)


  10. Ow. Bummer. Feel better soon, please ;-)

  11. Dang, Paul, we all know that rotator cuff surgery takes you out of the rotation for a year, 'til you're back on the mound again.

    That's an awful lot of poop to miss out on.

    I'd say "hope you're better soon", but that hardly seems realistic, does it?

    'Ow' in empathy, indeed!

  12. Yikes! Sorry to hear it Paul. I know that particular injury hurts like a bastard. Here's to strong drugs and speedy recovery.

  13. Many thanks for all the kind words. Flowers, Liquor, Drugs.

    No joke, my surgeon, Dr. Scott Powell, was an original member of Sha-Na-Na and sang "At the Hop" at Woodstock.

    Note to Jim Born: Woodstock was before your time. Some music, some drugs, lots of mud.

  14. And don't forget sex...at Woodstock, I mean.


  15. Go-Lo, with a torn rotator cuff, Paul just might have to, uh, er...never mind.

    Courtesy of Miss Emily Latela.

    If it's not one thing, it's another. Right, Paul?

  16. Paul, I so know what you're dealing with. I've got the same in my left shoulder. Do whatever they tell you to do, and get it better. I can't have surgery, so i can't advise you about it, but if they say to do it, yeah.

    Kathy's right - if they say do the PT, d it. I've done PT at least 4 times in my life and it's been a royal waste of time EXCEPT for the rotator cuff. The therapist got me functioning again, no joke. And I HATE exercise and I HATE PT, so if I say you should, trust me!

    Sucks being mortal, doesn't it?

    Do everything that feels like it's helping even if it doesn't make sense (I've used stuff like "biofreeze" and other topical stuff on it and it works. It shouldn't but it does.

    Feel better.