It was 2009. I was working at the corporate offices of a credit union. I sat at a desk 9 hrs a day, 5 days a week. One day I went to click my mouse and my wrist wouldn’t move. I freaked out just a little. It finally made a loud crack and I could move it again. Now it had this constant dull ache. I thought Great, I hope I don’t have carpal tunnel, I don’t want surgery. I shrugged it off with a flick of the wrist and suffered through the pain. One month later I had to ask for a wrist brace and ergonomical mouse for my office manager. You don’t realize how bad you position your hands and wrists until its being corrected for you. Soon I had a new fancy keyboard and wrist lift and a squishy ball. But it just kept getting worse. Finally after almost a year I needed to got to DR. Doctors that I did not like to go and see. I went through all sorts of tests to determine if it was damage to the wrist from over use and carpal tunnel. ALL tests came back negative. I then noticed these little growths on my fingers. WTH! So my doctor ordered x-rays to see what they were. The came back as little growths. Oh good glad that’s settled. With no ideas from the Drs I just dropped it.
When I went to hang out with family, Gramma said sounds like you may have arthritis. I chuckled a little. What? How can that be possible? A family friend that was there said that it may be Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s a different kind of arthritis that affects anyone, any age. What?! She then explained to me the basics of what it was. Ok now I was begging for carpal tunnel and surgery to fix it. My doctor ran some tests and my RA markers were off the chart. Time to refer me to a specialist and the next 4 years of trying to get it under control. Lets hope this year goes quite a bit better. Fingers crossed. Oh wait my fingers don’t like that. Legs crossed. Is that a thing? Well it is now!
Today is National Static Electricity Day (try rubbing your feet on carpet and kissing a loved one, hee hee)
Tomorrow is House plant Appreciation Day