Wednesday, February 15, 2012
My complex arm injury was caused by using a device called a 'therabite' to stretch tight muscles following my daughter's jaw surgery. It involved grasping the device and squeezing as hard as I could and holding for upwards of 2 minutes at a time. (This is NOT how the device is intended to be used. This is how I was instructed to use it though.)
Anyway.... totally messed up my arm. It took 13 months from the time the symptoms were persistent (between sessions of therapy) and the time I was released by my surgeon (who did not do surgery, although he said without surgery I will always risk retriggering the inflammation). And anything that uses the same hand motion retriggers the inflammation.
Using a cookie scoop is very much the same hand motion. Yesterday I made a double batch of cookies, a single batch of cookies, and a double batch of small johnny cakes. And I washed all those dishes (which is not the same motion but one of my triggers). And I did a ton of paperwork (ditto the dishes). And today I am paying for it. The muscle that I needed all the physical therapy on is a wreck this morning and I'm having numbness in my thumb and forefinger. Decided today is NOT a good day to do the last of my workouts. I had planned to do it today, centergy tomorrow, and take Friday off. Instead I'm taking today off (to dose up on aleve and rest it), will do centergy tomorrow, and wrap up The Female Body Breakthrough on Friday.
It will be very interesting to see what my trainer has to say about my horrible January and February. I have just not felt 'good' since the stomach bug hit. Maybe I should have stepped back down to a lower phase of the program until I was totally recovered. Ah well. I will see what he recommends for 'recovery' and then move forward.