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Splinted

Carpal tunnel is a curse. How can we exist these days without a keyboard (or teeny-tiny phone keyboards)?  My husband is a welder, a big strong man, and he also has carpal tunnel. Two different worlds, but the same ailment.

For the past three weeks I’ve been wearing my splint day and night (only off for limited periods of time). The pain was excruciating!!! It was enough to stop me from using the arm altogether until very recently.

How does a writer write with one hand??

Slowly. Very slowly and I need to be careful that I don’t kill the other hand in the process.  Keep in mind I also knit and game, so it gets a workout!  Two weeks ago I couldn’t do anything, so I did search-a-word puzzles while sitting in bed. Not the funnest thing to do when you have a story burning in your gut. 😦

But…it’s better. Sprains like this take foreeeeever to heal and it’s chronic. One long knitting session and it’s back in the splint again. My options? Surgery or acupuncture. Surgery is thousands (and no insurance right now anyway). Acupuncture is 20 visits and about $1,200.

Hmmm

Not great options, eh? So! We find a workaround. Taking it slowly, steadily. I still need help with some daily things (no slicing food for instance) but hubby is there to take care of me. 🙂

Who else is cursed with this RMD called CTS???

Steph

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A lover of words and writing since they entered my life as a young child. Now a devout lover of men (especially late teen, college and mature men) to write their stories.

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