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Friday Ramblings

 

 

happy

 

Life is in a bit of a holding pattern for me at the moment; my latest book, Cid, is with a final-check beta reader (who is fabulous) so I can’t wait to get it back and create the pre-orders items (plus the paperback setup).

Also, I go to see a medical person today about my high anxiety. Unless you live with it, or have experienced it, it’s not something you can easily explain. Each sufferer is different. Mine seems to be isolated to driving these days; I went out last night (with hubby as co-pilot) and still, had that tight feeling in my gut.

Otherwise, I have one new book in the works, but after that I am considering using Patreon exclusively to showcase my work. The world of book piracy has me fuming (I found a site where one of mine had over 1,000 copies out there for FREE) can you imagine the royalties lost??? I can, and on that book alone, at $3 a copy, that’s a $2,000 loss to me. Money I deserve for creating that book. The blood, sweat and tears involved.

Oy. OK I’ll go all crazytown if I stay on this topic. So let’s move on.

I will say, this is the first day in a couple of months where I actually feel like working. I made some muffins earlier (of the six, two remain), plus hopefully the muse has not left me for good and I will write again. I feel that’s coming sooner than I think. (thank goodness). I did knit some, and have painted too. Job hunting is in there as well, but after this length of time I wonder if anything will ever break this record.

I know this is a long, rambling post for me…so if you’ve made it this far, thank you!

Today is a nice day out, we had rain yesterday, so the plants look happier. My mood is improving and I hope new meds will boost it even more. My husband and cat are my loves and I spent as much time with them as possible. They are my support system in this strange town since I know few others, and my online family. You rock!

Thank you for reading!

Steph

 

 

Posted in Personal

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