One last workout …

This could be my last upper body workout for a long time. My doctors appointment is in 90 minutes and after reading my MRI report and the info the doctor gave me I suspect (and hope) that I will be getting a cortisone shot. I’m willing to try anything to avoid surgery so if its possible the cortisone injection followed by physical therapy will help, I’m all for trying it!
If I get the injection, I know that I wont be doing any upper body workouts except abs and physical therapy for quite a while. So What Would Scooby Do? (WWSD) He would get in one last workout of course! The pain on my face in the below picture is not faked, my shoulder really hurts. The only way I could do pullups is to use my right hand to lift my left up to the bar. I should have taken a video of this ridiculous process but basically I have to lift the left arm very, very slowly up into position. Once there, I can hang and do pullups without too much pain but there is no way I could lift the left hand by itself. Also when I’m done, I have to use my right arm to lower my left arm back down.

Now just so you dont accuse me of being a hypocrite, let me explain my rationale. I know I always say that joint pain is bad and that you should stop immediately, I stand by this. In this case though, the pullups themselves dont cause shoulder pain. What causes the pain is simply trying to raise my arm, once its there, its fine. If I’m causing any additional inflammation, its just by the mere act of raising my hand passively. How is that for justification??? T-70min, I gotta make this workout count!!!