In a blog post a while back, I asked if you, the kind reader, had ever been sick while in the military.
I have a new yet related question for you: Were you ever injured or did you ever have surgery while serving? Now I don't necessarily mean combat injured, although that's fine if you want to share about that. What was it like? How did it affect your duty?
I mean things like a broken arm, surgery for any reason, or any other medical issue that required a long recovery or therapy to go back to duty.
My husband Dale had two torn rotator cuff muscles, and this past Thursday he had surgery. We were told by many it would be a painful and tough recovery. Today is D Day plus 3, and I would have to say I believe the hype. He is in a big sling with a built in pillow. Even with some high power pain killer and frequent use of the cool (no pun intended) ice machine doohickey, the slightest movement or touch to his right arm is excruciating. He needs help with a lot of daily seemingly easy activities. Nowadays Dale has an office job, although he does many things around our house and others' where he needs his dominant arm back. He can't drive for a while either.
I wondered what it would be like if he were still in the Army. What would his recovery be like? Would they medically discharge him, or just give him a profile for physical training with no push-ups? How have service members endured these life situations?
If you ever experienced an injury or surgery while serving, please share your experience below, or share it as a discussion.