Okay, so I had a birthday last week. I told my friends I was 48 going on 15...maturity-wise. It was a great birthday, though. I was biking around Indiana, with 21 friends, seeing as many covered bridges as we could in a week. On the evening of my birthday, we had a party that I will always remember. It was such a good time!
I really have the best friends in the world! They really made this day special.
Now...for the aging part....
I've been dealing with a sore thumb for months. In June, I went to my doctor. He thought it was tendonitis. I took steroids for 10 days and wore this big clunky splint for 5 weeks. It went from mid forearm to mid hand, immobilizing my thumb and wrist. Needless to say, this really interfered with life, but I wore it religiously. After 5 weeks, my thumb still hurt. On top of that, my wrist was starting to hurt from fighting the brace. I decided to quit wearing it and called the doctor to see what my next step was.
Yesterday, I went to a hand specialist. He was a big, burley, 'good-ole-boy' kind of guy with a big booming voice. It took him about 3 minutes to find that arthritis in my CMC joint is my problem. (That's the bottom-most joint at the base of your thumb, near your wrist. He gave me a cortizone shot in that joint.) Holy H**l! That hurt like crap! I think I might have taught that 'good-ole-boy' some new curse words! Within 5 minutes of him finishing, I thought he had set my hand on the floor and stomped on it!!
I had to be fitted for a new brace and learn some hand exercises from a physical therapist before I could leave. She tried to hurry through it and more or less just handed me the list of exercises because she could see I was in pain and wanted to get the h**l out of there. The hour long drive home was filled with whimpering and "Holy s**ts." Hope I don't have to do that again! I'm happy to say, that today the pain is the same as it's always been and hoping it improves.
The new brace is a lot smaller and only covers from wrist to mid-hand. It's flexible and makes manuevering easier. The good news is that the physical therapist said that my biking hand position is actually good for this.
I'd like to think my vehicle will last forever, but now I feel it's starting to fail me. Is this a preview of what's to come? Well...I plan on fighting it tooth and nail!!! I am only 15, after all!!