Woe is me…

You know, I’ve been battling this chronic right shoulder issue for months now and it keeps me from playing golf and pickle ball. Painting can only be done in small sessions. Even bike riding sucks if you hit a bump and you’re not prepared. It sends a little pain throughout your entir…

What’s that?

What girl?

Thikhamporn Mendoza, 17, from Laplae Sriwittaya School in Uttaradit’s Laplae district spends her free time helping her family to earn extra income to cover her father’s medical expenses related to his oral cancer.

Despite the disability that makes her unable to walk or write with her hand, Thikhamporn is mobile in her wheelchair and uses her right foot to write. She can write beautifully in both Thai and English, her teachers said, leading her to be selected to represent the school at a recent Thai writing and calligraphy contest.

She is also good at painting with her works also receiving awards, while she receives a GPA of 3.0 or greater every semester, teachers said.

Thikhamporn said she was lucky to have a caring and loving family so that she did no feel discouraged or inferior due to her disability, while her school also was supportive and did not view her physical challenge as a problem.

When she has free time, she copies student assignments into report books for payment and sells keychains she makes at the market with her mother and on her online page “Meso Kores Dir” to earn extra income for her father’s medical bills and to save for her education.
Yeah, but what about the girl that has no foot at all????!!!!!???
I’ll shut up now.
ht/ the big owe

38 Comments on Woe is me…

  1. Always someone “worse off.” Everything is relative, and He never gives us a cross that we cannot bear when we ask His help.

  2. I have the same issue with my left shoulder. This puts my pain into perspective. This and the story about the three blind Eagle Scouts you posted a week or two ago.

  3. Fur –

    When I start feeling sorry for myself I turn on the ID Channel. At least a family member hasn’t murdered me … yet.

  4. Back when my best friend was going through chemo for lymphoma, I was bitching to her about having this pain in my neck that wouldn’t go away. After a few minutes, I stopped and said, “I should shut up now, shouldn’t I?” She said, “Yeah. That would be good.”

  5. Bad Brad,

    you know… you crazy bastard… I’ve been starting to think that this is exactly what it is.
    I do not believe it’s my shoulder at all.
    I think it’s in another part of my arm.

  6. Fur — Doggonit! Get thee to a chiropractor, ASAP! It’s your cervical vertebrae. My arm hurt so bad I couldn’t even rest my elbow on anything. Whole arm. One correction and it was greatly relieved. Three, and it was “cured.” You lose the natural ‘s’ curve in your neck as you age and especially if you spend a lot of time at a computer. That nerve bundle that runs from your spine down your arm gets stretched and pinched and it feels like terrible, deep muscle pain and sometimes hand tingles.

  7. Here’s one more miracle cure! Husband was very close to shoulder surgery when we spent a weekend away and his shoulder pain was gone. He called the hotel to find out what kind of mattress was in the room – Tempur-pedic. We bought one and the pain never returned.

  8. You probably injured your arm attempting to lift too much at the gym. I had to cut back to
    the five pound weights from the six pound weights.
    None of my business but that’s what doctors are for, like a chiropractor or an orthopedic dr.

  9. I strongly disagree about a Chiro. I play a lot of racquetball and a lot of player my age have had serious problems. Some have had surgery and said it was with out a doubt the best thing they have ever done. Others couldn’t be helped unless they have a shoulder replacement. You need a real doctor. You can’t tell squat without and MRI.

  10. Well at least with chiro you aren’t out the big bucks for a battery of tests that often reveal zip. And everyone could use an adjustment now and then. 🙂 Might help. Wouldn’t hurt. Low tech.

  11. BFH

    Odds are it’s a bicep tendon. A very common sports injury and most of the time improperly diagnoses. It never really totally goes away. You need to manage it. I use two Aleve in the morning to control inflammation. Aleve works better for me than any prescription medication I’ve taken. You need to get that tendon cooled off though before can can resume anything physical. I would ice the hell out of the entire arm in the evenings. That Hemp cream does relieve pain but I’m not sure it actually cures anything.

  12. BFH –

    I see everyone is chiming in so I will too.

    I agree with BB, I have a lot of injuries(all drs say surgery) and every now and then they raise their ugly head and make my life miserable.

    After many years, I have noticed that without fail , if I over exert on a hot day and combine muscle exhaustion with dehydration I’m doomed. Not for days but months.

    I have found that my personal path to peaceful coexistence with my body is control inflammation. I will take supplements and add ginger, turmeric, ect to my diet.

    Email me if you think this may be you. It was years before I realized to treat the inflammation but …. I’m back and active again.

  13. Tempur-pedic mattress and massage. I was thinking of a chiropractor years ago and a want to be boy friend lawyer sent his runner over with 8 inches (down BadBrad) of lawsuits re chiropractors. Never went.

  14. BFH – You need to work up to it. Start out with 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

    Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags.

    Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I’m at this level.)

    After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag…

  15. Okay…I agree with Pam …during pain add a comfy pad atop your mattress. Mine is about 2 inch gel filled if I remember correctly. I love it but my husband hates it. I sleep and don’t awaken with pain and he loves that. 😍

  16. I had/have that problem. Doc. had MRI done and come to find out, I have 2 torn rotator cuffs. I looked it up and found that with surgery, a HEALTHY 35 year old male takes 1 year to heal (I am an ‘older’ woman). During that time you have to leave your arm in a sling (except when getting physical therapy). So, how do you eat, get dressed, wipe your @$$? You don’t!! Use other hand/arm. NOT!! Never had the surgery. Naprosyn (not Naproxyn) works well.

  17. You have Delayed Bortorigmus, clear as day
    Spongeworker’s Disease
    Symptoms include:
    High stool
    Shortness of pants.
    Best to do Sitz baths in vodka, and smoke cigars.
    Lazlo has torn right rotator, and a bunch of torn tendons in the left forearm
    I do poultices of dark beer and smoke cigars
    And a generous interior whiskey rinse

  18. Hey Brad, my wife told me the same thing about 8 inches. She had the nerve to tell I couldn’t tell the difference between 8 inches or a foot.

  19. Well, I tried to tell her 8″, and she said I didn’t know 8″ from my foot. Or something like that, she won that won that one. I don’t win much around here.


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