I think I’ve gotten better.

I didn’t do any drawing today, and I did feel a little under the weather, but I’m pretty sure I’m all better.

No, my shoulder isn’t completely back up to spec, and I still can’t sleep on it, and I’m still taking Vitamin I and the occasional muscle relaxant, but life seems to be back to normal. That, for me, is going to have have to count as “all better.” Once I’m going to the gym again I can say “back in fighting trim,” and as of today that future proclamation no longer seems so far off. Like maybe Friday.

Nowhere is my progress more clear than in a comparison of photographs, one taken in the afternoon on July 14th, following my doctor’s visit the day of the injury, and the other taken about 20 minutes ago in my recently reorganized office studio.


That’s me lying on my bed in my undershirt, hydrocodone making me stupid but not taking away nearly enough of my pain. You can see the strap for my sling draped across me, and I’m looking kind of corpse-colored. That’s actually the most flattering picture I could find from that day (there’s a particularly nasty one, taken just before I decided to lie down, in which I probably could have passed for an extra in a George A. Romero movie.)


That’s me taking my own picture right here in my office. Note the happy colors of my healthy, pink face. It helps that I’m wearing a peach shirt ($3.00 at Wal-Mart, yay for summer clearance sales) instead of a dingy white undershirt, but wow… I look human. That’s what 17 days of healing looks like.

I guess now it’s time to get back to work.

–Howard

23 thoughts on “I think I’ve gotten better.”

  1. For the record

    The way you looked on the day of the first picture had me pretty scared. “Death Warmed Over” seemed the most apt phrase. I could just picture somehow microwaving a corpse and having it look like that picture. I’m so glad to have you back, I didn’t much like being married to a zombie.

    1. Re: For the record

      He is indeed looking much better. And … new glasses?

      Use low power on the microwave, otherwise enclosed spaces will overheat and explode instead of cook. This is not good; trust me.

      ===|==============/ Level Head

  2. Glad you’re feeling better, man! ^_^ It’s been almost two years since i dislocated my shoulder, and it still does funny, ouchie things when I move it sometimes or roll over on it in bed. Do whatever exercises the physical therapist tells you to do (unlike me, who is now only starting to exercise again).

    1. That picture pretty well highlights the state I was in for those first few days, which I think explains a lot. Seriously, I felt like I would never draw again.

  3. Congrats! You’re starting to look human again.

    In all seriousness, the second picture looks a lot better than the top one.

    It seems that this little trial of faith is finally ending on some level.

        1. Yup. You mumbled something about “pictures” and “historical record” as you stared into a mirror on your way towards bed.

          It was all the encouragement I needed.

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