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Saturday, September 28, 2013

This week sucked! I thought it was going to be a good week, after all I was getting my cast removed on Wednesday. Turns out that the cast removal wasn't as awesome as I had envisioned.

After 4 weeks of immobility my right wrist does not want to work anymore. I've lost a good amount of range of motion and there's sharp pains involved when I put pressure on hand with the wrist bent. I can't use my right hand to get out of a chair, for instance. There's sharp pains if I put my hand on a chair arm and try to push myself up. The wrist feels swollen and it hurts to put pressure on several points on the wrist. Fun.

Likewise, the hand is uncomfortable. My little finger flops over on top of my ring finger when I try to make a fist, of course I can't really make a fist because the little finger no longer bends in far enough!

On top of all of that I already have psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that enjoys short walks, smooth jazz and fusing joints together with calcium.

Life is just one big party! Let's look at the depressing numbers:

Weight : 213.0
Gain : 1.4
Total : 107.0

Yay! another gain. This would be awesome if I was sickly skinny and was under doctor's orders to gain weight. Unfortunately that isn't the case. I'm trying to get it together, but lately I've felt like I'm living in a fog, in bizarro world where up is down and right is wrong.

I'll keep trudging on, maybe this week my hand and wrist will feel better enough to allow me to actually pick up a weight (something which I can not currently do with my right hand).

Ken Heaston
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    1722 days ago
    You always make me laugh. :) I am sure it is disappointing when you've waited for the cast to come off for so long! Keep pushing through and you'll be back to "normal" in no time!! :)
    1722 days ago
    Hope the hand gets stronger this week. I know it had to be disappointing to be in more pain after the cats is off but hopefully it will go away and you can get back on track. If anyone can do it brother you can and you have proved it time and again!
    1722 days ago
    No physical therapy? Like WTH?

    Sounds to me like ANYONE in your situation should be getting some TLC through physical therapy sessions ... AND .... encouraging words and empathy throughout the healing process. I mean, there is a healing process in your situation, isn't there?

    Well, not knowing anything about what I am trying to comment on, I can only remind you that healing of any sort is a bit of a waiting game. And waiting sucks. But while you're waiting, don't wait to keep doing all that you have to do in order to be happy and content with yourself ........without hindering the healing process.

    Wishing you all the best!

    1723 days ago
    hey bro! I'm so sorry your life feels that way right now. I wish I could help. Hang in there! I'm sending you lots of good energy!
    1723 days ago
    Yep, these downer weeks are a challenge but you are so much more than this week. I know you will find a way to shine through this week. Work on sorting through that fog, and find your focus again.
    1723 days ago
    keep on keeping on, that's all we can do sometimes
    1724 days ago
  • JULIA_211
    I can understand your feelings of disappointment. It's going to take a lot of patience, but you'll get stronger again. If you had it in you to lose all the weight you've lost, you will overcome this too!
    1724 days ago
    Hey again DD says take a vicodin 30 mins before you exercise the hand. A stress ball is good to squeeze. There are exercises on the internet, if you can't get to a physio.

    Not being able to make a fist is a good thing especially at the moment :)

    you gotta move it man!!!
    1724 days ago
  • SKATER787
    @BABE is right. You have a great sense of humor. Hang in there!
    1724 days ago
    I hear you bro!!! This week has been another downer for me too. Pain is the worst, and feeling like you are 90 when you are nowhere near just sucks you dry.

    Hey but you didn't get to care about others so much as you do by having no suffering. It's the only good I can think of for pain. You remember and empathise with others.

    Let's give September a couple of days to pass and then rock on into October!!! :)
    1724 days ago
  • GODSCHILD2_2011
    Try to stay focused and look at the big picture...keep your eyes on the prize!!!

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    1724 days ago
    Getting old isn't for sissies, and I ought to know. Heard that a friend's 49 yo brother in-law- died tonight from cardiac arrest. He has (had) a wife and two teen-aged kids. Things could be worse my friend. The hand/wrist/arthritis situation sucks big time, but...... I was feeling crappy a little while ago too, but now things don't seem so bad.
    1724 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    Sorry about your wrist and the weight gain Ken. I wish I could snap my fingers and fix it all for you, but all I can do is send my virtual hugs and well wishes

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    1724 days ago
    Sorry about your wrist! I have broken both (3 years apart) and had surgery to repair, My left wrist is not painful at all ever, My right wrist only hurts when the weather is weird. But I did lose range of motion in both (enough that I can no longer play my violin). Hopefully, your wrist improves. I exercised mine while in the bathtub. The warmth of the water made it easier to move my wrists farther. It got better-hopefully, yours will as well. It takes time to heal.
    1724 days ago
  • _BABE_
    LOL Ken, you really should go on the stand up circuit with this are very funny.

    I am so sorry you are in pain...have they recommended any physiotherapy yet?

    Hope you feel better soon and don't sweat the gain.

    1725 days ago
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