Ever wonder how someone with so many arm injuries managed to do a post with a ton of drawings? The answer is, it really came back to bite me in the ass.
Besides overdoing the drawing, I was typing on my iPad because my voice software wasn’t working well. (It’s old.)
And I scrunched myself over in decidedly non-ergonomic positions, slacked off on my strengthening exercises, and forgot to ice after extended activity. I forget my body when I’m feeling creative.
Anyway, you get the idea. My arm is toast. I’m wearing a carpal tunnel brace and two tendinitis braces. I look like I have a robot arm. I also, once again, have a close personal relationship with my ice pack collection. And I’m doing these special exercises called nerve glides.
I’m running around town doing acupuncture, massage, and hand therapy, and tomorrow I’m getting a treatment called prolotherapy, which involves injecting an injured tendon or ligament with an irritant, allowing it to heal more strongly around the injection site.
Prolotherapy helped twice before. If it doesn’t help now I’m going to try cold laser.
I ordered a new computer complete with an ergonomic mouse and the latest version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, my voice recognition software. I’m just waiting for the ergonomic mouse to arrive to set it up.
It’s too upsetting to think that I will have to abandon this blog. Blogging made me feel like I was actually doing something other than constantly going to the doctor. What I might do are text-only posts when my new voice software comes, or maybe do very simple drawings like the one above. I never used those services that provide free photos for bloggers, so if you can recommend any good ones, that might help. I’m not sure whether looking for good photos will be hard on my arms.
I know that some of you are occupational therapists or know about physical therapy (cough cough, ahem, Jenny from The Lyme Road, Victoria from Lemons ‘n’ Lyme, and I may have forgotten someone). And if anyone else, therapist or not, has any recommendations, please let me know.
I know I owe a few text-only guest posts, so those might happen once I get my new software.
It might take me days, weeks, or months to heal. I’m not sure, but please wish me luck and send me healing thoughts.
I hope everyone had a good Hanukkah and Christmas.