Wrist and Shout.
About two weeks ago, I had this little, nagging pain in my right wrist. Not so much at the bendy part, but on the outside of it, right on the bone. It was sore to the touch, aggravated by movement, and hurt when I woke up in the morning. It seemed to get worse every day.
So, because I'm a very bright girl, I didn't do anything about it. Instead, I went to the gym, continued to work feverishly in efforts to meet some writing deadlines, and even finished a scarf I was working on. (Crochet. Yes, I am a Grammie-in-Training, it seems.)
Thanks to all of this injury aggravation, I finally had to get myself to the doctor's office yesterday. The phone call to the nurse/receptionist, as always, was awkward.
"Hi. It's Kerri Sparling. I think I have carpal tunnel or some nonsense."
The nurse laughed.
"Hi, Kerri. Sure, can you come in this morning at 11:45? So we can check out your nonsense?"
(They are so patient with me.)
"Thanks, see you at 11:45!"
When I arrived, my wrist was throbbing after a morning's worth of mouse-clicking and typing at work. After being weighed (five pounds since the wedding - more on that later.) and having my blood pressure checked (120 over 72 - good to go), I waited for Dr. CT to visit me.
"Carpal tunnel?" She said, walking into the room with a concerned look on her face. "And hi, Kerri. Carpal tunnel in diabetes is common, but let's make sure that's what you have going on."
"It hurts here," I said, pointing to the outer right hand side of my ... well, my right hand. "And when I lift it in a pulling motion, it doesn't hurt. But a pushing motion and a lifting motion kills."
She took my hand and pressed on the sides, asking me to flex the tendons. "Here is the worst?"
"Yes. Yup, right there."
"Well, the good news is that it isn't carpal tunnel. It is tendinitis, though. I'm sorry because I can tell this is making you very uncomfortable. What I want to do is start you taking Advil three times a day, wearing a wrist brace while you sleep, and layng off the mouse as much as you can. We need to let this rest so it can heal properly, okay?"
I'm like an addict. My Internet-itchy fingers started to quiver.
"Ah, staying off the mouse will be tough because I work all day on computers and I have a tendency to write a lot when I get home at night."
She shot me a look.
"Okay, okay, Dr. CT. I will be mouse-free as often as possible." Possibly a lie, but I'll try, anyway.
Tendinitis. Another side dish that seems to come with diabetes. Fantastico. Anyone else have any experience with this one? I'm looking for fast recovery and yet the ability to remain bloggy.
Edit: Great idea from George and some folks on Twitter - might need to Bedazzle that shit! Now I just have to order one. ;)