My Rheumatologist recently suggested I go by the Hand Rehabilitation Clinic and get a splint I could wear all day, smaller than the one I use at night.
That appointment was today.She checked and measured my hand performance, exclaimed a few times, took some medical history, wrote notes, made a few "Hmmm" comments and basically said she felt I needed to see an Orthopedic hand surgeon to evaluate ..my ELBOW! Appears the weakness in my wrist and fingers, despite the arthritis everywhere, and tendonitis, is due to compressed nerve, the Ulnar nerve, that passes through the elbow joint and extends down and across the palm of the hand.
I commented that I did have pain in my elbow if I lean on it, but worse in my wrist if I lean my head on my hand. She asked if Dr. Morrow, the Rheumy knos that. I had not ever mentioned it specifically, as I figured it was just a part of all the other arthritic joints.
She thinks, with the right treatment , over time, the nerve could regenerate itself. But slowly. After surgery. ACK!!! Could take up to a year to notice any difference and that is with using a splint on the elbow and wrist which would hold it all in place and not bend.
Well hell! The muscles in my hand have all atrophied, will they grow back? Can i function independently with one arm and hand straight out all day and night? She said I should keep my arm/elbow open-straight-while using the keyboard and mouse. Just tried that, can't see the screen!
I'm thinking of all the things I do daily that would be compromised or prohibited, with this situation. Just don't think I can give up much more of what was me.
Best to do I guess, is wait for the Rheumatologist to get her report, and call me and let me know what he wants me to do. I'm sure he will say see the surgeon, as he has suggested that for my toes previously.
Also think I will talk to my sons, the MD one, Doug and his wife, a Veterinarian, are very tuned into me and what I do.
Or, I could do none of the above, put the splints on that I have , and get on with living as I know it. Have too much to do, and lots of people, friends and family and grandchildren to be a part of my life, as it is.
Which sure is a hellof a far cry from what it was, who I was.
Excuse the cussing, I usually reserve that for when I am in some kind of quandry. Guess that's where I am.
Anyways, that's my day. Seems kind of quiet over there I did send you all a picture of Bridget. Not the best to show her markings, but the best one I could find in the Gallery. We'll have more at Christmas for sure.
Have heard from all the grandchildren, being available for our Christmas Party at Doug's on New Year's Day. That gives me a bit more time to bake some things. I did send two of my sons' boxes out this morning. Holy crap, it cost $15.90 to send a shoebox of cookies, etc to California!! The one to Michigan was only $4.60. From now on I will only send envelopes to Duane in California!
I'll go, my arm is cramping and your eyes should all be bloodshot by now Try to have some fun everyday, no matter what. OK? Love to all, Loret