Sunday, March 07, 2010

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis! I Haz It!

I haven't been to a doctor or been given a diagnossis or anything, but I'm 99% certain this is what I have.

Now, it's not terminal. But it is affecting my mobility and lifestyle.

Here is why.

On Friday, February 12, I got my federal tax return.

As a patriotic American, I stimulated our economy that same weekend by buying myself some new toys.

I upgraded to a 3G smart phone and I bought a Sony PS3.

That was 3 weeks ago.

Two items to note:

1: I'm right handed

2: I didn't grow up using Play Station style controllers.

So now this is happening.

Bitch hurts like a motherfucker!

This is particularly debilitating because I was forced to switch to a left handed reverse grip after I tore my right rotator cuff a few years ago.

Although my injury was incurred as a direct result of my Selfless Service To The American Economy, I'm not asking for any special treatment.

I'm just hoping that a handfull of vicodin washed down with a bottle of Jack Daniels will help a little. If you would like to contribute to my vicodin and bourbon fund, well, who am I to say no to your generosity?

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right?

Keep me in your prayers.


emawkc said...

This sounds a lot like that case of Wii Tennis elbow I developed after Christmas last year.

Get well soon. We all know how much you depend on your thumb.

Poodles said...

I get blackberry thumb. Getting old and trying to stay cool sucks.

Well Hell Michelle said...

I had de quervain's (and tennis elbow) caused from computer mouse-ing a few years ago. Had to wear an awesome specially made brace for 6 weeks, and do physical therapy -- good times!

Anyway, the physical therapist advised me to immobolize my thumb and wrist for 6 weeks while it healed. And I mean immobilize 24/7 -- while working, sleeping -- all the time except for when showering and wiping your ass.

But it worked. So if you end up doing this, you'll be doing even more things left-handed than just your, uh, "alone time".