Interesting things I found along the way-you never know.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Traumatized Hand # 17


THE UNFORTUNATE DEMISE OF MY RIGHT HAND

From a right-handed mystery writer


Here We Go Again!!!
          Not only do I have a bad thumb with Lefty, but Righty also made my right thumb get trigger finger too!! I can't believe that Righty would be so jealous!! You'd think Righty would be happy that it's doing so much better.
          Saw the doctor today, gave me cortisone shots in both thumbs and a brace for Lefty. While I was there, I mentioned to him that Righty has been getting numb and tingly in the middle three fingers. He looked at Righty and announced, "It could be coming from your neck. Or it could be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."
          Oh great, I go in with both thumbs bothering me and the doctor gave me a pain in my neck and/or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!
What's with that?
          This is becoming rather frustrating, one thing gets better then another thing or two crops up and makes everything hurt...again. Now I have to see another doctor for possible neck "dysfunction".

          Refrigerator is enjoying this so much it developed mold on the bottom, a real smelly one at that.  Apparently, it thought I'd have to clean it up. Well, I fooled it! My husband cleaned it up and he was rather aggressive with it too. Serves Refrigerator right!!


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Traumatized Hand #16



THE UNFORTUNATE DEMISE OF MY RIGHT HAND
From a right-handed mystery writer
Righty is almost good

          So-o-o, Righty is doing much better. I can now make a fist (closed hand-finger to palm) but not ready to squeeze tightly.  This is a vast improvement from when I started 4 weeks ago. I can type about 20 minutes, give or take a few minutes before fatigue begins to rear its ugly head. Righty has been having more fatigue than pain. My Occupational therapist said it's a good thing.
          My new exercises, for Righty, include strengthening and playing with putty. Actually, it is a lot of fun sitting at home with my fingers in the purple stuff,
          One more week and I can get relief for Lefty's thumb. It's been a real trial dealing with something that seems to have no future relief. The therapist and doctor are suggesting surgery on Lefty to remove the inflamed tissue. Not looking forward to another surgery this year. I just had one in March with Righty!

          Refrigerator has been keeping a close eye on Lefty. After all, they were in cahoots a while back. It's probably trying to figure out if Lefty is still interested. Since I have been babying/caring for Lefty, it's not had a need or want to stray for attention. Too bad Refrigerator


Friday, October 26, 2018

Traumatized Hand Blog #16


THE UNFORTUNATE DEMISE OF MY RIGHT HAND

From a right-handed mystery writer

Righty is almost good

          So-o-o, Righty is doing much better. I can now make a fist (closed hand-finger to palm) but not ready to squeeze tightly.  This is a vast improvement from when I started 4 weeks ago. I can type about 20 minutes, give or take a few minutes before fatigue begins to rear its ugly head. Righty has been having more fatigue than pain. My Occupational therapist said it's a good thing.
          My new exercises, for Righty, include strengthening and playing with putty. Actually, it is a lot of fun sitting at home with my fingers in the purple stuff,
          One more week and I can get relief for Lefty's thumb. It's been a real trial dealing with something that seems to have no future relief. The therapist and doctor are suggesting surgery on Lefty to remove the inflamed tissue. Not looking forward to another surgery this year. I just had one in March with Righty!

          Refrigerator has been keeping a close eye on Lefty. After al they were in cahoots a while back. It's probably trying to figure out if Lefty is still interested. Since I have been babying/caring for Lefty, it's not had a need or want to stray for attention. Too bad Refrigerator


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Traumatized Hand Blog # 15


THE UNFORTUNATE DEMISE OF MY RIGHT HAND
From a right-handed mystery writer

Revenge of the Ice Box

          Finally, I'm getting the upper hand. For weeks I've been dealing with my thumbs and right hand. I have been coping well, making adjustments to my daily activities and with help from my sister and husband, laundry and cooking are coming along. I'm driving short tips with no trouble steering. So I've been ignoring Refrigerator and it's been ignoring me, just the way I like it.
          I'm typing for short spurts and got back to writing our next mystery novel.  I'm back to swimming 3-4 times a week. So life has been sailing along, almost back to normal for most things.
          Well! Refrigerator has been rather quiet the last 3 weeks. I wasn't worried too much about it since life is getting back to normal (no traveling this year. though)


SILLY ME!
          I was maneuvering my car into the garage-which I have done millions of times. But for some reason, I overcorrected and messed up my right fender- car vs side of the garage.
          The Refrigerator- it planned this for weeks. That's why it's been so quiet all this time. The nerve of it. I feel revenge beginning to boil up within me, I must retaliate! Now!
          But how?




Saturday, August 11, 2018

Traumatized Hand Blog #14


THE UNFORTUNATE DEMISE OF MY RIGHT HAND

From a right-handed mystery writer

The Medicare Puzzle

          Lefty's thumb injection of cortisone only lasted 48 hours. Little or no relief past the 2 day weekend. I spoke to my Occupational Therapist who is working with my Righty, she suggested a thumb splint.
          After several phone calls and an act of God, I got the order from the doctor (who left town) for Occupational Therapy and a splint to keep Lefty's thumb joint stable thus relieving severe pain.
          I proudly presented it to my therapist only to find out they can't do the splint until I have finished with Righty's therapy
          "So I'm supposed to stay in pain for another 4 weeks?"
          "What can I say, that's Medicare at its best," she replied.
She gave me several helpful suggestions while I wait for Medicare, i.e. cold compresses, an over the counter thumb splint, etc. They give relief to Lefty's thumb as long as they are on, cold and the splint. But they don't help during normal daily activities.


          I am really getting irritated with Refrigerator. It mocks me more and more. I can't pass by it without some cold stare, never, never,  warming up to what I am going through, CAUSED BY IT. Someday, I don't know when I will get my revenge!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Traumatized Hand Blog#13



THE UNFORTUNATE DEMISE OF MY RIGHT HAND
From a right-handed mystery writer
TRIGGER THUMB Unbelievable!!

          Lefty was not feeling well at all, in fact, Lefty was hurting rather badly around my thumb. I called the doctor and said,  "Lefty is really sick!!" I made an appointment for 3 days, (on a cancellation).
          The doctor sat down, moved Lefty's thumb twice, causing excruciating pain and announced, "You have Trigger Thumb."

          Immediately I wanted to say, "But I haven't  shot anyone...well lately in my books." I was able to keep my mouth shut, (It wasn't easy). He went on to explain it in long and big words. In essence, it's like a trick knee in my thumb. But popping my thumb in place doesn't work.
          He gave me a Cortisone shot in my thumb which hurt worse than the original pain.
           "What causes Trigger Thumb?" I asked.
           He shrugged, "Don't know, but it's fairly common ."
          "Could it be from overworking Lefty since Righty has been out of commission for a while?"
          "Don't know," he replied."
          In the injection, he included Lidocaine for pain. So my thumb felt numb and prickly like it had a root canal.


          I could swear Refrigerator is smirking at me, all day long.  The cold, ridge, dark smirk that could get nasty.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Traumatized Hand Blog #12



THE UNFORTUNATE DEMISE OF MY RIGHT HAND

From a right-handed mystery writer

New beginning
          My right hand is doing rather well! Typing now for 15 minutes at a stretch. My hand feels tired but no pain. I use an egg timer to be sure I don't go over the time allowed to type. I've begun our next Skylar Drake Murder Mystery, Game Town (temporary title).


          After several weeks of intense range of motion therapy, I can almost make a fist but only with little resistance (still no squeezing). I can do most chores around the house except for chopping foods and lifting heavy items, i.e. laundry hampers, grocery bags, etc.
           I've been busy with our new book, and working on my hand therapy, basically ignoring Refrigerator.  Lefty has been feeling ignored and looks for avenues to get my attention. Why Lefty actually felt pain in its thumb all week, maybe it's trying to get my attention... it worked. I used heat on Lefty's thumb and massaged it. Lefty seemed to feel better. At least Lefty isn't plotting with Refrigerator for some type of revenge. You just can't be too careful with these cold, rigid, aloof edifices like Refrigerator.  And I noticed it's been very quiet this week. Not sure what's up.
          After several weeks of intense range of motion therapy, I can almost make a fist but only with little resistance (still no squeezing). I can do most chores around the house except for chopping foods and lifting heavy items, i.e. laundry hampers, grocery bags, etc.

           I've been busy with our new book, and working on my hand therapy, basically ignoring Refrigerator.  Lefty has been feeling ignored and looks for avenues to get my attention. Why Lefty actually felt pain in its thumb all week, maybe it's trying to get my attention... it worked. I used heat on Lefty's thumb and massaged it. Lefty seemed to feel better. At least Lefty isn't plotting with Refrigerator for some type of revenge. You just can't be too careful with these cold, rigid, aloof edifices like Refrigerator.  And I noticed it's been very quiet this week. Not sure what's up.