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I decided to try to record a blog post and that way I don’t have to worry about typing long blog posts; so today will be all about my health issues and how I’m doing.
But effectively in June, I started having massive arm pain in this part of the arm and this part of the arm, on both sides, and my doctor diagnosed me with tendonitis and possible carpal tunnel. I was scheduled to go to do some more tests for carpal tunnel specifically; I just got those last week and good news: I don’t need surgery!
It looks like I don’t have any issues with carpal tunnel; the carpal tunnel specialist said that he thought maybe there was something muscular.
My physio, which I’m seeing three times a week, is helping a lot.
She’s a godsend.
She thinks it has something to do with my ulnar nerve.
Basically, all this is telling you more tests, more time.
Meanwhile, I’ve been following the proper procedures and filling out workman’s compensation forms.
Oh my gosh!
Filling out forms when you have tendonitis hurts. Pencils, typing…
Thank heavens for Jen.
If it wasn’t for her, I would be having a lot of trouble right now.
Beyond that, I am doing better.
It’s been a month and a little bit and it’s no longer a burning, sharp pain.
It’s now a burning ache, and if I don’t do too much, which means not going on my phone.
too much, not typing too much, not cooking too much, not changing too many diapers, that kind of thing, I’m OK. It hurts, but I’m…
The problem gets when I’m trying to do something.
So at the end of July I didn’t want to break my own rules and fail on the serial story, so I typed 1000 words over three or four nights and it was hard.
I’m not going to be able to go back to my 3 to 5000 words a week that I used to do, and that makes me really, really sad.
Hopefully with Physio, by the end of August, I’ll be able to do a little bit more, but until I know for sure what’s going on, I don’t know.
I’m also really nervous about going back to work and doing document formatting, which basically means I’m doing short keys and mouse clicks for anywhere from 4 to 8 hours a day.
And yeah, that doesn’t sound like much fun right now.
My doctor has me going back on September 1st.
I’m hoping that I’ll be OK to do that.
I’m hoping my work will be OK with giving me a little bit more leeway in getting my stuff done. I have no idea what’s going to happen and it’s kind of scary.
Right now, I am concentrating on the things that I can control.
Those being slowly, carefully, roasting coffee for Ottawa Comic Con. It’s going to be the first convention, that’s going to be in September, the first convention that we actually get to sell at since COVID started and I’m terrified.
Not only because I’ve heard so many stories of people getting sick at Montreal Comic Con and other conventions, but also because I have no idea if roasting and preparing for a month… Like, so much stock is going to be sold, or if we’re going to leave with a negative… I’m just hoping to make back our table.
That’s my basic goal.
We’ll see; and I guess my other big goal is not to get sick. On that front, Pegasus has gotten his first shot at the end of July. We’re hoping to get the next one by the end of August, early September, so that he’s covered when we go to Comic Con.
He’s not coming with us, but if we’re going to bring anything back, which is always a possibility, I don’t want him to catch this thing after 2 1/2 years! Gah.
So back to the health stuff.
My doctor gets back on Tuesday, which is tomorrow when you guys are watching this, and hopefully he’ll have some sort of diagnosis for me or another series of tests, which I have a feeling I’m going to be doing a lot of those in the future, which sucks.
And I really miss typing.
It’s my stress relief. Even like just basic typing is my stress relief.
I was really enjoying the stress relief of playing ukulele, but I… I’ve barely touched it.
Although I did dust, literally dust, the ukulele the other day just because it looked sad.
All that to say that I am nervous but I’m getting better and I am trying to prepare for Comic Con, so hopefully my doctor will be able to fix things, and my physio will help me fix things and I can get back to writing novels.
Well, I hope you’ve had an enjoyable time learning about my pain. [Fake sobbing]
I hope you’ve learned a little bit about what’s going on, and I hope to see you at Ottawa Comic Con.