Shoulder surgery is for suckers

Fifteen years ago when Viktor and I were just dating, he had shoulder surgery.  He recovered quickly because, well, he was a teenager.  {side-note: I was a child bride}  Over the passing years that shoulder has fallen apart, but his *good* shoulder has become a nightmare.


When we went surfing last Fall, poor Viktor just paddled out in the water to encourage me.  He can’t hold his arms above his waist, so one of his favorite pastimes, surfing, is completely out.

surfing family

Tomorrow Viktor is scheduled for shoulder surgery, and will hopefully return to climbing, surfing, and pull-up-ing {ha!} soon.  Today I’m running around like a crazy person trying to get a week’s worth of everything done so I can take Viktor to the hospital + be his nursemaid while he recovers.

Poor guy.  I’m not used to him being sick, it’s usually me.  Anyway, don’t worry, I’ve scheduled posts all throughout the week so you’ll have something to read while I’m away.  Cross your fingers everything goes well + Viktor returns to normal soon.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Kalli :

    Only one invalid per household please.

    Happy surgery Viktor! See you SATURDAY.

    • Allison :

      Seriously! Not cool.

  2. kelleyn :

    I will definately keep Viktor in my prayers. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

    • Allison :

      Thank you, I appreciate it!

  3. Lucretia :

    Wishing Viktor a fast recovery and you a better-than-usual week! ((hugs))

    • Allison :

      Lucretia, thank you!

  4. Jen M :

    Sending quick recovery vibes to your house!

    • Allison :

      Thanks Jen, we need it!

  5. Marie :

    I can just see him paddling around like a little puppy in the water! Speedy recovery, V!!

    • Allison :

      Such a sad little Viktor.