Personal Narrative Relating A Shoulder Injury To The Song "Let Me Fly"

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I felt it pop, and pain engulfed my shoulder like ants cover an anthill that has been stomped into the ground. Instantly I was fuming with anger and adrenaline. I kept my grip on the blocker knowing if I gave up ground, it would be a touchdown. I felt a numbing pain shoot through my shoulder again and this time it popped audibly as I put my helmet between the numbers on the ball carriers jersey and wrapped my uninjured arm around his leg to end the play. As the ref blew his whistle I pulled myself from the ground and carried myself to the sideline, gently holding my injured shoulder in place with my other hand, clenching my teeth from the pain. All I could think was this the end of my season, it had only been the first game, how long until I can get back on the field? How the hell am I going to get my pads off? I sat on the bench and felt the pain increasing as the adrenaline from the game wore off. The trainer asked me to move my arm in a circular motion, but the pain of just lifting it was unbearable. He confirmed I had dislocated my shoulder and helped me remove my pads. While he banded a big bag of ice to my arm with clear plastic that closely resembled saran wrap he explained that I would need x-rays to make sure I hadn't torn any ligaments. A torn ligament meant surgery, and shoulder surgery required at least six months of rehab.The next day I visited the team doctor expecting bad news. Doctor Barrick had an unforgettable appearance; he looked more like an NFL linebacker than a doctor. He couldn't have been older than thirty and a mountain of a man at about six foot three, two hundred forty pounds. His most memorable feature was his muscular neck that must have been at least the width of my thigh and gave the impression his head was attached directly to his shoulders. Dr. Barrick started moving my arm; he stuck his thumb behind the ball in my shoulder which was extremely painful. Then he popped my shoulder out and back in like there was nothing holding it in. The x-rays he had taken showed that I had no broken bones and everything was in place. Then came the bad news, he explained that I had loose ligaments in my joints, and will easily dislocate when moved the wrong way. Therefore playing contact sports wouldn't be a good idea. I thought he was joking, I've played football ever since I could fit into pads and I've wrestled for nearly ten years, contact sports are my life. I could feel the blood pumping in my head, my heart rate elevated from the news. There was no way I could just quit football or wrestling. My dad raised me to play football, he expected me to play in college and I knew this would disappoint him. I asked Dr. Barrick if there was anything I could do and he said, "The only thing I could do was build the muscle around the shoulder to help hold it in place."On the way home from the doctor's my mom kept asking me questions and I would just ignore her. I was too upset and frustrated to talk. All I wanted to do was listen to my...

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