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I think you should come up with a documentary must-see list for me. Hopefully some involving the ocean, but any subject will do. Do you watch a lot of them?
I go in spurts. There are a lot of band ones, actually. Those interest you? Right now I gotta make some dinner. I am starving!!
Pbs did one on the eagles and I was transfixed!
I saw that one!! If you haven’t seen “Little Girl Blue” about Janis Joplin I highly recommend that one. Not sure if still on Netflix, but was worth renting if not through Roku or Fire or whatever you use.
So, over the last year, I have been having this weakness in my right small finger and ring finger. Pain in my elbow and wrist. Some in my neck. Had an MRI on my neck which showed some very minor changes that correlates with the Ulnar Nerve. But minor. So I did PT for my neck, which helped headache, but not arm and hand. I haven’t played my piano for close to 3 weeks because now the swelling in my inner wrist on the small finger side is really bad and I have no feeling in my small finger and ring finger. I have been sleeping in splints for over 6 months. Been getting acupuncture and massage. For the last week, I cannot open a bottle of Kombucha on my own! Now...we all know that this in itself constitutes an EMERGENCY right? So...I saw a Hand Specialist today. I have what is called “Double Crush”. Now, this does not mean that I am in love with Bono and Clint Eastwood (though I am, trust me!) it means the nerve is entrapped in two places. She thinks she can fix it by just releasing the elbow and wrist. I also have some Carpal Tunnel too, but this Ulnar Nerve issue is way worse. Have to wear a splint all the time and it stinks at work, let me tell you. All I think about is my splint is infested. Oh, and we now have one in hospital and one more positive. One in hospital is 40, and very fit. He is stable but not keeping oxygen up well. No ventilator yet.
So she wanted to schedule my surgery for next Wednesday but we have so many people gone from work right now, I can’t do it. Will be working with our schedulers tomorrow to find a time. Probably first week of December. Will be off for 3 weeks. So...Tiny...I may be watching those sappy movies too!
Sorry to put this personal stuff out there, but was easier than sending big long PM to you guys. Will be just fine! Will still be able to go on walks, etc. Just a splint and sling for a couple of weeks. And lots of frozen dinners! Lol!! Oh! And tons of the World’s Best Chocolate Milk!
Firstly, I have seen the janis joplin one because I remember thinking that she really did not have her poop in a group. Her love life was a mess. Secondly, I'm sorry about your arm/hand and I hope the treatments will help. I bet it's not fun to be in pain and it must effect every aspect of your life. Oh no! You can't even open your own kombucha?!?! Looks like you're moving to sun tea, muwahahaha! I'll pour you a glass from my pitcher! All kidding aside, I hope you feel better soon and keep the documentary list coming. I have to go find my dog. He's somewhere in the house, eating cardboard, I can hear him. While we do a food trial to see if he has an allergy, he's on prednisone and it makes him hungry. That's an understatement! I'm lucky I still have paint on the walls because he's licking everything! He will not stop chewing, even on his metal food bowls. Soup to nuts, he's a madman.
Well so glad you are letting us know!!! Man, no piano for 3 weeks? Is it your dominate hand???
ouch. If you can’t press on piano keys...ouch ouch. Yeppers, so glad you went to hand doc. Bummer it wasn’t connected to neck thing but at least you know now. Long process. Really no choice on getting this fixed....for sure. Splint for that long??? You are so awesome....no whining at all. I let the whole world know when I am in pain. Sad but true.
Uh YEAH if you can’t open a bottle of Kombucha, it is emergency....it is time. Next Wednesday?? Pretty good timing actually even tho you hate to short your coworkers another hand, literally, but this HAS to be done....NOW. No more stalls. NOW.
I Took your cue and am saving kombucha bottles and now they are falling off my fridge. Maybe it is time to try my hand with SCOBY. Well if you are down for recovery maybe we can walk thru it???? Is this your texting hand........... drum roll........ Lol
So my fab workout atmosphere at the “little gym” down the street turned into disco madness this morning. Laura sent me a video of her on the eliptical so I threw on clothes and went down there and we both got in a workout with disco shouting. I hate disco music but it was actually totally fun. I am bringing my disco ball....elec strobe light thingy down for “atmosphere”. Kinda cool with semi freezing temps all around outside the “workout cottage”. Got a lot more done when I got home.
Really curious if smoking screwed up heart rate....grrrrrr. Wrote you garbage on PM. Hi to all the online tribe!!”
Have a fabulous smoke free day.
I am cracking up about the dog eating cardboard
Oh, you should definitely make you some Kombucha! It’s fun! Easy too. I used to make fruit wine and that was fun but more touchy and a bit of a pain. With Kombucha you don’t worry so much about bad germs so to speak as the pH is so low. With wine you have to be more fussy. Plus I never drank it, just gave it all away. But it was fun. I just like learning and doing new things really. So, yes, get you a SCOBY and go!
Well, wouldn’t do much good to whine about my hand! It is what it is. Been going bad for a while. Yeah, I’m right handed. It’s just this last month or so the wrist is swollen and hurts. Good thing we don’t walk on our hands as I’d really be in a world of hurt! Lol! It will be fine. Probably be December 2nd. Will find out tomorrow but that is maybe soonest I can get off. Yeah, she said a splint for two weeks. Will be fine!! But..honestly...Nightswimming had a role in it flaring. Just the way it’s played. Will be canceling my lesson tomorrow I think. Or maybe just go and hang out with him a bit and catch up on other stuff. That’s fun too. Trying not to think of potential longer term stuff right now.
So, you mean NOT smoking made your heart rate go up? I’m not following. Let me read what you sent, lol! Smoking definitely is not good for the heart. This disco gym...sounds very fun though! Just you and the one friend? With a strobe and disco ball?? Woohoo!! I want to come!
Im gonna take a little walk before bed. Will write more in the morning. Can see stars tonight and that isn’t gonna last much longer.
Holy carp! He's a machine! He's been licking everything! What a weirdo. I can't wait til we are done with this malarky. What a world.
I’m feeling a need to send hugs out tonight to my Tribe. The night is clear and beautiful and the stars lovely and bright. Tonight...I’ll send the sound of the waves on the breeze, across the sky, under the near full moon, East... where the sun always rises, yes? Mmmm. Goodnight girlz.
And here is one from my strong friend John