monday moanin’

Last week my doc told me that I have carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. It wasn’t a big surprise because I’ve had symptoms for a long time; numbness, tingling, and pain in my hands when I get cold along with fingers that are always so naturally chilly I can dip them quickly into boiling water and nab a hot noodle to check it for doneness. I have to strap on two lovely wrist splints every night now (very sexy) and I’ll visit my massage therapist and see if she can open up the carpal tunnel and relieve some of the nerve compression. I’ve been doing more writing and photography in the past few months, and even though I try to use good posture and support my wrists, I think that the added time at the computer has made things worse.

And here’s where the moanin’ part comes in. My body has disappointed me plenty over the years and I’m more than a little annoyed that it’s up to its old tricks again. I’ve dealt with chronic illness on and off since I was in my twenties and I’ve had to rearrange my dreams and goals many times to accommodate and care for the whims of this rather needy little body that I was born into. Living with chronic health problems has forced me to lead a more balanced life (which is a good thing), it has taken me on a journey that has taught me the value of self-acceptance, hope, and resilience (also good), but enough is enough already! So take note body, this is war, I absolutely positively refuse to give up any more territory to illness!

Oh, and that photo up yonder was taken just this morning, the sun actually came out today! The wind chill is 10 below zero but that’s okay, we are sooo sun starved here in Michigan this winter we’ll take it any way we can get it:)

My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass. ~Leslie Grimutter

13 thoughts on “monday moanin’

  1. You have an amazing attitude…I admire that. :)
    I’m sorry to hear bout the carpal tunnel syndrome – my Aunt has it pretty bad and had an operation (she’s a professional chef). She seems to be doing okay with it now.

  2. Wonderful photo and attitude. :)

    I know what you mean about being sun starved. It’s cold as the dickens here, but it sure feels good to see the sun again (we’ve had 8 days in a row with no sun…ugh!).

  3. I am starting to get some early signs of carpal tunnel and dread what it will be like in so many years! Thanks for the info and the massage therapist can do some amazing work!

  4. It’s interesting how you said that your body has disappointed you again. Sometimes I feel like a visitor in my own body. I look at myself in the mirror and thing, “Huh. So this is what you ended up in.” It’s like I’m just riding around in this thing that I’ve been assigned, you know? Anyway, I hope that you are able to get this taken care of, too.

  5. Sorry to hear about the carpel tunnel syndrome. I hope the wrist splints and the massage therapist help you get better soon. I’m relieved to have finally gotten rid of my tennis elbow, but boy was it frustrating at times, and it lasted for months! Hope your healing goes much quicker…

  6. Ouch, some years ago it was thought I had CTS, I had all the tests, they were negative, nothing else was offered, what ever ‘it’ was, it was painful and it stopped me from working ( a florist), sleeping and enjoying playing with my children.
    Looking back on it now I think it had a lot to do with, working to hard, holding a toddler on one hip and a baby, in a car seat in the other hand, grief, stress and anxiety. In the end it was a cranial osteopath that ‘got me sorted’ Good luck

  7. Ever present nagging pain of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and looking for possible Cures can wear you down. Wrists can be sore and inflamed. But don�t panic! Pain relief is at hand. There is an inexpensive non-surgical alternative. And you can be wrist pain free in literally hours.

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