Odds and Ends

I think the way the body works is fascinating. Remember EXACTLY a year ago when my arm felt like it kept falling asleep and WebMD helpfully asked if I had been bitten by a wild animal and/or had sustained a debilitating spinal injury? I wrote it off as a pregnancy symptom, but it never went away and actually got worse, to the point where it was waking me up at night. My husband is long-suffering, but there is only so much complaining a man can take before he feels the need to fix the problem. So Josh (bless his heart) said I needed to go to the doctor.

I went to the doctor and had some tests done wherein I was electrocuted repeatedly and stabbed with long needles the size of shishkebab skewers and finally today I saw an orthopedic doctor who diagnosed me with cubital tunnel syndrome. Basically this means a nerve is getting pinched in my elbow and causing pain in my arm and fingers.

While I was getting fitted for the snazzy and alluring splint I get to wear at night now to rest the nerve, I met an older lady who was at the physical therapy place because she nearly got her fingers ripped off by a treadmill. I almost passed out just hearing about it, but get this, she’s still playing piano for her church and teaching piano lessons, only using two fingers of her left hand (and presumably all the fingers of her right hand)! She made me feel like weak sauce for complaining about finger pain!

In other news Jack has been sick off and on for about a week. He will throw up, then get a scary rash of welts all over his body, then seem better, then get sick again. Many apologies to the families at Biblestudy last night, we really thought he was better! I took him to the pediatrician about the rash and it turns out his immune system is making too many antibodies to fight off the vomiting viruses, so the leftover antibodies are attacking Jack’s skin. They said not to worry, but I have to admit I’m a little concerned because apparently this happened to my little brother too, and he has Crohn’s Disease. So we’re praying for Jack, poor buddy, and keeping things bleached and so far the girls haven’t gotten whatever he keeps getting.

One more end to report: our electric bill went down about $40 a month after we started keeping the computer equipment and TV/sound equipment turned off for most of the night and day. That’s not too shabby.

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