Monday, February 23, 2009

My apologies in advance...

It seems that I am in a semi-permanent state of lurk mode. I have been suffering the last few months with what we are assuming to be carpal tunnel and I do not see the surgeon until April.

Due to this I am avoiding replying to my email lists and only replying or sending very short messages when necessary. I will keep my blog posted with the goings on here, but please forgive me if you think I am ignoring you. I can assure you I am not. It is just too uncomfortable to be on the computer any length of time.

Thank you all for understanding.


penni said...

I'm sorry to hear this, Holly -- it's not "just" that you can't come out and play with us -- I know it also hurts.

Traci said...

I totally understand.... here's hoping it's not carpal tunnel and something that's easier to remedy... *hugs* take care of yourself

Jules said...

Oh no!! That stinks. I wondered where you were. April is a fair wait. My mum had the surgery done on both hands and wished she hadn't waited so long!

a corgi said...

(((Holly)) I'm so sorry!! I know that can be very painful!!!

(you know over at my blog you don't need to apologize for anything, no obligations, no hassles; no worries there :)

take care of yourself and I hope you get some relief from the pain soon


dreameyce said...

This may not help with everyone, but when I have CT symptoms, I work more with clay/kneading clay more.

I've also heard of many doctors recommending that people with CT symptoms work in clay (As a form of PT), because kneading clay is one of the few things that exercises those muscles.

It's obviously not a cure, but it does help for me, and other PT sufferers I know of. In my case I've been diagnosed with very mild CT, and wish to keep it at the "very mild" point, and since I was first diagnosed with it 11 years ago, think I'm doing OK at keeping it at bay *G*

I personally work in polymer clay. Walmart (And every craft store) sells a polymer clay called "sculpy", which feels like ceramic clay, but isn't messy like mud clays, doesn't dry, and if you decide you want to sculpt anything, and keep it, you just bake it in your home oven!

On that note now that I think about it, a firm 'stress ball', with gel may be of help also. Not the really soft ones, but the firmer ones. The point is, whatever you knead needs to have enough firmness to exercise the muscles of your hand, and 'inside' your wrist, but also be soft enough to really knead.

This is of course not to take place of any medical treatment, but I know it works for many people to keep symptoms at bay :) Computers as a whole are complete abuse to ones body! Back, hips, neck, wrists, fingers, and eyes! It's the most fun self abuse I've ever heard of! *giggle*

coopercreek said...

Holly, I'm sorry to hear that you're having pain, and hope that you find a remedy for it soon. April is a long way off. I'll be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers for a speedy recovery.


Sherilyn said...

Hugs to you, Holly...hope you can get some relief soon!

I'm waiting for some relief, too...seems my headfirst tumble down the stairs did quite a bit of damage to my L4, L5 and S1..they are now 1 big disk with no room in between. I go in later this week for a spinal nerve block, but will have to have surgery in the near future. Yuck! I'm starting Water Aerobics/Therapy next week, trying to strengthen and still lose weight, and hopefully postpone the surgery as long as possible.

Here's to a speedy recovery!

Sharrie said...

Sorry to hear that you have to wait so long. Do you sleep with a brace on that wrist? I go to get a date for surgery on Thursday. I had the EMG last Friday and was told that it was CT and to such a degree that surgery was suggested. The brace helps me. Mine gets worse from work in the barn.

Holly said...

Thank you everyone for understanding and the suggestions.

Sherilyn - you are in our prayers. I do hope the therapy will help you a great deal.

Emily - what a great idea. Maybe I will pick up some sculpty & just massage it around. I am so un-artistic it is not funny so I am not sure what I could actually sculpt LOL.

Sharrie - thank you for your advice as well. I do have a wrist brace and I cannot sleep without it. The numbness is incredible if my wrist is not immobilized. I will keep you in my prayers as well for a quick recovery.

*hugs* to all of you! I will be in Kansas for the National for the entire week so I do hope to meet you there!