Seeing A Hand Specialist & What I’m Reading

I saw my doctor on Monday and she ordered tests and x-rays of my hands. Nothing on x-ray. Nothing on the blood tests.

So she’s referred me to a hand orthopedist she knows. They called yesterday and I couldn’t get in to see the doctor till after the first of the year. But they had an appointment this morning with a physician’s assistant, and I took it.

I’ll take Charlie to get his laser treatment at the acupuncture place, bring him home and head to my appointment.

I’m wondering if this hand and finger pain could somehow just be from overuse? Guess I’ll see what she says and I’ll let you know if we get anywhere with this.

Last night I started reading a new book. It’s called “The Thinnest Air” by Minka Kent. I’ve read her books before and I like Kent’s writing style.

The Thinnest Air:

Meredith Price has a rich and charming husband along with two lovely stepchildren.

After three years of marriage, Meredith Price simply disappears. Her car, phone and purse is found undisturbed in a grocery store parking lot.

There are no signs of a struggle or foul play. It’s like Meredith Price simply vanished into thin air.

Her older sister Greer flies into town, desperate to find the sister she practically raised.

Could her sister have planned her own exit? Surely she’d have known if something was wrong in Meredith’s life, wouldn’t she?

But what if Meredith kept secrets from her? Maybe from them all.

Warmer Weather:

It’s been warmer the past few days. In the seventies.

I’m really wanting to go out and take photos somewhere. Just haven’t figured out where yet. I’m itching to be looking at the world through my zoom lens though.

I know people like to take pictures with their phones. But I just love the familiar heft of that camera in my hand. Can’t replicate it.



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  2. This might sound nuts, but I also suffered from terrible hand pain. I woke up every morning with an ache that wouId last all day. could only do a short amount of weeding, painting or scrubbing without pain that would last for a few days. I did have x-rays and some arthritis was found at the base of my thumb. What made a huge difference for me was changing how I was sleeping, I realized that I was either tucking my hand all scrunched up under my chin or in between my legs, both with my thumb folded under and had been sleeping this way for as long as I could remember. Now I am very aware of how I am placing my hand during the night. I try to keep it very relaxed, sometime keeping it propped on a small pillow, It has made a huge difference. I no longer feel pain during the day at all, even when doing tasks with repetitive motions.

  3. I have both Carpal Tunnel in my right/dominant hand as well as osteoarthritis in my right thumb. I started taking Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplements as well as a B-Complex supplement, and the pain from both are totally gone. If you haven’t tried taking those supplements, I highly suggest giving them a try. All an orthopedist is going to tell you is that they can give you a cortisone shot for the pain (try to avoid if you can; cortisone is terrible for your body, especially your heart) and that you need either PT or surgery. Best to try non-invasive remedies first and progress from there. Acupuncture would most likely help you, too. I have two friends that did acupuncture treatments for Carpal Tunnel and were able to avoid surgery.

    Best of luck to you!

  4. Brenda!!!
    Hello there! I a, just catching u on your blog. It’s so good to read with you again. I am currently looking for a new book and this one sounds wonderful.
    Hope all is well with you and I am so happy to find you are still blogging.
    Holly (Down to Earth Style)

  5. Brenda,
    I sympathize with you on your hands. My right hand is so numb upon awakening. Around 5:45 a.m. I struggle with trying to get my 11 month old Brittany Spaniel’s halter on; then hooking up the adjustable leash! With typical puppy exuberance she’s pulling me outside for her morning bathroom break and walk, with me poop scooping in the dark. At least today, it wasn’t raining!
    I talked to my doctor about my hands earlier this year. After the New Year, I will get a referral to see a hand specialist also. At almost 70, my hands have seen a lifetime of hard physical work.
    Regarding taking pictures, I love to use my phone, it’s light and maneuverable.
    You have a rare talent for picking good reads and sharing your introspection of the human condition.

  6. Good morning Brenda, I too hope you get some answers about your hand. I have been having a lot of inflamation in my hands and feet in the morning, and it is incredibly painful. My doctor said is in inflamation, not arthritis, so I am eliminating things from my diet to see what the culprit is. In any case it is a challenge to find out what is wrong so I wish you luck.

    Have a great day and enjoy the weather.

  7. I love my doctor’s physician assistant. I think she may even be smarter than my doctor. I had argued with my doctor for months on how I wanted Synthroid instead of a generic drug and he kept saying no but she agreed and in one session with her I got the prescription I think I needed. The generic drugs are not always quite the same. In a book title “ Bottle of Lies” the author did her research and so many of our meds now come from China and India and have proven not to be trustworthy. I wish sensitive things like are our medicines were made here in America where regulations are more apt to be enforced. I hope you can get answers for your hands quickly. I’m having trouble with swelling in my feet and legs. Off to the doctor to see why. Not sure I’ll get answers right away either. The weather has been up and down here in South Carolina. I’ve been cleaning out my garage. I’m trying to get rid of things and in a year or so move closer to my son and his family. I have a bad back and have to use a walker so it’s slow going but going “ stuff” is. It’s a challenge. But lately all of life seems to be a challenge. Stay well & take care.

  8. I, too, hope you get some answers regarding your hand. You read some very interesting and intriguing books. I used to read on a very regular basis. Now my interest comes in spurts. Sometimes I can’t seem to concentrate and other times I can’t put a book down. I quit trying to figure it and just do what interests me at the moment. Sure makes life less complicated.

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