(No this isn't another post about pointy little Grace sleeping in my bed)
When you have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, you get very used to rearranging your joints when they go out of whack. I know I am probably supposed to seek medical advice, or to at least note when I pop a joint, but it happens too damn often to bother. If I went to Urgent Care every time I needed an adjustment, they would charge me rent. And taxes.
...and anyway. I can do a far better job reseating my wonky joints than a second party, no matter how many years they spent in school. Because I can *feel* where all the bits are, and I know exactly how much force to use to get them seated correctly.
The only joints I have problems repositioning by myself are my elbows and lower back. Especially the elbows, which have only recently started causing me any problems (and I hope this does not mean knees are next!).
You see, to reseat a joint, I pull it out a ways, and then gently turn or jiggle it to get it aligned, then I let it go back in. It is hard for me to pull my elbow out for a few reasons:
- It is usually my right elbow and I am right-handed,
- If I take my hand to pull the elbow apart, the wrist comes out instead.
- If I hold my forearm to unseat the elbow, the shoulder usually comes out first.
So this means in order to fix my elbow the upper arm must be held while the forearm is pulled. I can't do this by myself (and don't think I haven't tried hooking my arm around the stair pillar, because I have).
This means I have to call for outside help; usually from Himself.
Outside help is fraught, especially when using a non-medical professional, because -no matter how much you tell them not to twist or shake, that seems to be a tall order. Or maybe I ask too much of my spouse. I think nothing of rearranging my bits at the skeletal level, because I have done it for as long as I can remember. I do it to the kids if they take out a finger or toe. (pull, fix "ow! ...oh"). Personally, I don't think it is a big deal to ask someone to put my elbow back in place. But Himself get nervous and makes such a meal out of the whole operation. you'd swear I'd asked him to do something difficult.
Like re-seat a knee.