Today was the appointment with Orthopedic Dr. Havig (recommended by Dick Valentine and George /Ellen Morton) to look at my x-rays and shoulder.
He confirmed â€œourâ€ diagnosis: Probably bicep tendonitis (with the possibility of a small tear). He gave me a shot (not Cortisone, but of that family of steroids), which should take 3-4 days to take effect. In the meantime, I should
- take two Aleve pills twice a day,
- ice it,
- donâ€™t lift weights,
- no heavy lifting,
- No tennis for 7-10 days.
When I pushed him about going to camp in less than three weeks, he said the shot may â€˜cureâ€™ the problem. Going to camp may undue the cure.
I am going for physical therapy starting on Friday and will continue to work my legs as best I can to keep at least the lower part of my body (and sanity) in shape. I have defined a new exercise: I go out for a â€œJalkâ€â€¦ it is one part Jog and three parts Walk; but that will only cover one-third of the need for camp. My upper body and tennis strokes + hand-eye/tournament play will sorely be lacking.
I called Steve Contardi to talk about my options for the camp; and told him that the week is unquestionably the highlight of my tennis year. He was very understanding and will hold my slot open till the last minute. I think it is at best 50-50 at this point.
I call the doctor in two weeks: if pain not gone, he will schedule MRI. We shall see.