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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

After stringing together too many ‘bad hand’ days in a row, it was time to go see a new hand specialist for my right hand. It’s been approximately a year since the digital sympathectomy on my right hand. I knew going in that it was not going to fix my hand, just slow down the inevitable. I was ok with that. So I went for it. Things were going well, until they weren’t.

I’ve been doing my physical therapy exercises every single day. Religiously. But my right hand seems to have been backsliding and there has been a lot more pain and swelling. Granted, I’ve got other stuff going on in my right hand aside from my Erythromelalgia and Raynauds. But still, my current hand specialist thought that I needed to see a Hand nerve specialist. He was worried that my Complex Regional Pain Syndrome might have moved onto the next phase – wow that would really just suck.

Silver lining from my appointment yesterday: I have added another bright minded lady doctor to my arsenal of circus folks trying to help me out :-)
Nobody wants a stuffy doctor taking care of them anyway, right? Nope. Plus, I’ve got a sassy sense of humor and I am very particular when it comes to medications [I don’t like them], so there’s that. We went through a disgustingly long list of medications that I’ve been on in the past, and procedures that I have already undergone, as well as what I might be open to in the future.

The new awesome lady doctor told me that she had “no new surgeries to offer at this point“. I had to laugh out loud at that. I asked her if I could get a rain check coupon and come back at a later time. We both kind of chuckled. I told her I was just fine with that. It’s not like I was eager to have parts of my body hacked up again. But she did want to use me as the subject of another Round Table discussion with her colleagues since she’s not exactly sure how to help my right hand, but desperately wants to keep it from backsliding any further-as do I.

For now, I will continue to practice penciling in my eyebrows, petting the animals and using my utensils with my left hand. Well, when that hand chooses to behave (Rrr!). I’ve also got a new referral for physical therapy. And I’ll be making more of an effort to show up on Spark.

‘Nuff said.

Bren
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  • OOLALA53
    You are doing such a good job! Once again, your humor in tough circumstances humbles me. emoticon
    168 days ago
  • RORYLYONS
    Oh my dear Bren I am sending prayers & hugs your way. I am so sorry you are going through so much pain, You are always in my thoughts. Your brave and so strong Bren he is always by your side. emoticon emoticon
    171 days ago
  • CTUPTON
    I am sorry you are not finding the cures you need. I hope at least something makes you wonderfully happy today. You deserve much better. Wish I was there to nearby to cheer you up! Thinking of you, chris

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    172 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    I'm sorry you are going through so much. Wishing you better days ahead.
    174 days ago
  • AAAACK
    Wow! This was a LOT to type with one hand, and even with that one not cooperating as often as most of us take for granted. I really hope that with another bright mind added to your team, something new will surface that will help heaps. You never know when a bright mind will have a flash of brilliance. New things happen in this world every day. I hope one happens for you.
    174 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon emoticon Appreciate the update and love it when I get a female doc on board as they had to work extra hard to earn that MD (whichever initials) and tend to listen more and troubleshoot with the patient. Appreciate your sassy humor and knowing about it I check to make sure there's still a sign of it when you post.
    174 days ago
  • WHITE-2
    Thinking very good thoughts for your health, dear. emoticon emoticon emoticon (Christina, also WHITE-Green).
    174 days ago
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