Friday, 28 September 2012


48 years young today and where did I celebrate? At Bishopswood Hospital, seeing an orthopaedic consultant about my increasingly sore and immobile left shoulder.
The verdict? Frozen shoulder - "a chronic fibrosing condition in which the fibroblast cells become overactive and lay down abnormally thick layers of collagen causing a marked thickening of the shoulder joint capsule." Apparently.

Options? Continued physio and painkillers in the hope that it goes away, failing which I may have to go under the knife. Happy Birthday to me.

It’s almost certainly yet another sign of me getting on a bit – and I’ve just realised where I went wrong. Unlike All Black captain St. Richie of McCaw, I was never granted a season-long sabbatical (a rest period he apparently needs to have any chance of playing in the 2015 RWC).

Personally I remain unconvinced that St. Richie's plan will work – after all, arguably I did manage a 14-season sabbatical between 1994 and 2007 and yet have never featured in a World Cup....go figure.


Gareth said...

Happy birthday TF. May I prescribe a couple of pints of Guinness, followed by a fine rib eye with a bottle of Barolo.

Don't know if it will fix the shoulder but at least you'll be feeling no pain!

Rich S said...

Happy Birthday from Canada TF, roll on the season.

Nursedude said...

Happy Birthday from Southern California, Flanker. Hope your shouldr is feeling better.As the saying goes, Old age ain't for sissies. I will have 52 candles to blow out on my birthday cake in a couple of weeks. My gift to myself is going back to Minnesota to see the kids and grandson.

Mike @ RugbyFix said...

Happy birthday, Unless McCaw is still playing at 48, you win. That guy looks like it hurts to walk most of the time he's not playing.

Hedley Lagrand said...

Happy Birthday mate!

Stuart Hubbard said...

Happy birthday TF. I'm seeing my surgeon 2 days before my 43rd birthday, but mine is for my knee. Injured it first day back after a 20 season sabbatical! Here's to being old enough to know better but young enough not to care!!