by James Beldon, Sr.
English Translation by Courtney Hanrahan and Richard Laurion
Hello, Doctor. I’m here to look at my shoulder. It’s been hurting and I think there’s a problem. Someone told me it might be the “R-O-T-O something (sp) cuff. I used to play football and I remember taking a really hard hit that jolted my shoulder. Ever since then the pain would come and go but seemed to have gone away. Ya know, I played in a Deaf baseball league for years and was a pitcher. It just started to act up again recently while I was playing in the Seniors’ league. It really came on when I would play with my grandkids. It seems that my joint has worn-out. Folks have told me I need surgery but I’m wondering if there is another treatment option. The pain is right in the socket. So, I came to get your opinion on what might be wrong with it and what to do about it.