“When Claire Meets Jamie” or “How to Fall in Love While Reducing a Dislocated Shoulder Joint!”
Better? Great! So, in Starz episode 1, Sassenach, Claire first sees Jamie seated on a low stool in a dimly-lit cottage. He is in pain and Herself writes “a dreadful hump rose on that side, and the arm hung at an impossible angle.” Now, what was the dreadful hump, what might have caused it, and how might it be repaired?
Let me assure ye, the science behind the shoulder joint is bloody AWESOME, ya ken? First, it is the MOST moveable joint of the entire human body (think of the upper limb during slow pitch or the butterfly stroke). Second, the shoulder joint isn’t one joint, but two: one between the arm bone and the shoulder blade (glenohumeral joint) and a second between the collar bone and the shoulder blade (acromioclavicular joint). Both are verra important!
Turns out that puir Jamie dislocated his glenohumeral joint (green arrow in Photo A – seen from the front). Here, the head of the humerus (arm bone) glides in a wee and verra shallow socket (glenoid cavity) at the side of the scapula (shoulder blade). Since the humeral head isna seated in a deep socket, the joint is highly moveable but dislocates with relative ease!
Why?” I asked at last. “Why did you … choose to stay?”
My throat was still tight, and my voice was hoarse. He heard it, and his hand tightened on mine; a ghost of his usual firm grip, and yet with the memory of strength within it.
“Because ye need me,” he said, very softly.
“Not because you love me?”
He looked up then, with a shadow of a smile.
“Sassenach … I love ye now, and I will love ye always. Whether I am dead—or you—whether we are together or apart. You know it is true,” he said quietly, and touched my face. “I know it of you, and ye know it of me as well.
Jamie, stop ruining all men for me. Like seriously <3