Monday, March 19, 2012

Raking is a Pain in my Arms...

It was amazingly gorgeous out this weekend in normally-cold MN (it was hot!) and my messy garden was calling.  So I raked up the rest of the dead stuff and pulled out plants that were missed last fall.  I took it slow and tried not to over-use my arms because I have carpal tunnel issues in both wrists.  And it doesn't make your wrists hurt at all, its your arms and elbows that are aching, the hands are numb to the point of pain and everything swells up.

Well, early Sunday morning around 3:45 am I wake up and with excruciating pain in my left arm, so much that I took a leftover Vicodin from my hubby's back injury supply and proceeded to go downstairs to keen and curl up in the fetal position on the couch with my arm hanging over the edge, to wait it out with a Law & Order marathon on TNT.  The meds finally kicked in after and hour and a half and I could go back to sleep fitfully as the pain doesn't go away totally, just enough to relax and go to sleep.

I have surgery for my right wrist (the left may get a cortisone injection at the same time since it's also behaving badly) in May.  Horrible timing in my gardening/planting/summer project calendar! 

I'm doing the right first, as it is the "worst" according to the test results and also because my ring finger has seized up.  It doesn't bend by itself anymore, which is so weird.  Right now I can't carry anything too heavy, like lots of groceries, driving is annoying so I have to switch off hands and barely ever drive with two hands on the wheel, and I can't sand my cabinet that is waiting in the garage, as the vibrations really wreak havoc on the nerves.  It's taking me a long time to type today, as I have to stop every couple of lines to let my hands rest and stop tingling!  PITA!

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