Nipe 1Cassandra NipeMr. Ryan English Honors 15 March 2019A Good Party TrickMost people's party trick would be something somewhat normal, like balancing something on their nose or being able to lick their elbow, mine on the other hand, would send meto the hospital. My party trick was being able to dislocate both my shoulders myself and pop them back into socket, my right shoulder more so than my left. I never really thought anything ofit because it never hurt, and I referred to it as a “good party trick”, not knowing that I was slowlybut surely ruining myself. This all changed in the spring of 2018, when I was told I needed majorreparative surgery. Ever since I could remember and even before, I could pop my shoulders out of socket on command. My parents told me that when I was younger I would show people my “cool trick”, making most people uncomfortable and grossed out. My parents constantly told me to stop, and Ispecifically remember my mother telling me that I was going to hurt myself, but as most kids would, I didn’t listen. This went on until I was about 12. When I was younger I swam on a competitive team from ages five to twelve, and this ended up contributing to the cause of my shoulder issues, and where I started noticing them. During my practices, I was noticing that after swimming for half a practice, there would start to be a dull ache in my right shoulder. In the beginning it was fine and I could push through and would end up forgetting about it after getting into the rhythm of the laps. As the months went by though, I noticed that it was starting to get
Nipe 2worse. I could hardly make it through practice anymore, and would frequently end up sitting on the side as the pain forced me to stop swimming. My parents decided to pull me from swimming which was devastating as I loved the sport, but my shoulder stopped me from effectively going topractices, and it was getting more and more expensive. I switched to horseback riding, which I liked, but eventually my shoulder issue took that away from me too.