I saw the orthopedist yesterday and he said that if I am to have relief from the stenosing tenosynovitis or trigger thumb tendonitis I must have the surgery to correct it. That is NOT what I wanted to hear but I did want to hear that it can be corrected and I can have back the complete use of my right hand. So I agreed and it will be done in two weeks on Friday the 13th no less! Its good that I’m not superstitious. I guess I can make it two more weeks but it seems like forever.
Then it will be two weeks before the sutures are removed so it can’t get wet or used a lot until after more, yes, MORE physical therapy. But on the bright side, if things go as hoped I will be able to draw and write again pain free in a month from now.
Here is a photo that I “borrowed” from Mayo Clinic’s website to show you what is actually going on. Mine is in my thumb rather than the finger that is pictured here.
The bad news is that I have the same condition starting in both my left middle finger and thumb. There is a substantial bump in the center of my left palm now that is painful but no snapping of the finger joint yet. The doctor says we have to watch it, rest it and do not overuse it compensating for the right hand. He said that ideally he would do surgery on both at the same time but I would be able to do absolutely nothing for myself if he did, so we decided against that very quickly!
You can read more about it here at Mayo Clinic
So if any of you who may read this are in an occupation which requires repetitive or stressful use of your hand, especially females as trigger finger occurs more often in women, definitely see your doctor if you notice any pain or stiffness of finger joints, especially sticking or snapping of a joint. Surgery can be avoided if it is treated early with rest and/or anti-inflammatory medication.
Even just typing for a little while here causes my thumb and palm to swell but they say it’s okay for a short time if I don’t overdo it. So I plan to continue writing here and posting photos until I can start drawing again and posting about my art. I hope you will stay tuned!
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged art, feathers, pens on February 22, 2012 |
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I love pens. I’ve been called a “pen junkie”. Yep, I love them that much! I love to write handwritten letters and my favorite art medium is pen and ink, so I’m always looking for new pens.
When I asked my pen pal/artist friend, Jessica Gowling, the other day what kind of pen she was using in one of her videos she answered the question, but she also told me that I should check out seltzergoods.com and their 7 year pens. I did and was thrilled to see that not only did they have pens that last a really long time, but they have pens with a feather on them! So, I wasted no time in ordering a couple.
This morning I was pleasantly surprised to find a package on my porch when I went out. It was my new pens! They arrived really fast and there was another surprise there as well. The cool people at Seltzer Goods also included in the package a handwritten postcard with a smiling cupcake that said, “Thanks!”, another postcard, a cute notecard with envelope and two buttons that I didn’t even order. How nice is that? Yep, it really made me smile today.
Be sure to visit Seltzer Goods and Jessica’s cool blog Nature’s My Friend !
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged art, journal, photos on February 9, 2012 |
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Welcome to my new place!
I have a photo blog and my art site, but recently I decided that I need a place to keep everything together. My thoughts, my photos, my art, my friends are all linked here on the right side. It’s a place where you can see what’s going on with me and also visit my other sites from here as well. A sort of online journal for me I guess.
Now, a little about the title, A Feather On The Beach. One of the things that I love most is to visit the beach. I feel at home there and have since I was four years old. I love to collect seashells, driftwood, etc., but I always notice when there would be a feather on the sand as well. I always wonder what bird dropped it and where he or she may have been going as they flew over the ocean. It was like a little token they’d left behind saying, “I was here”. That is how I feel about this blog.
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