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off the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Time for another Arm Update: The good news is that I was discharged from the orthopedist/wrist specialist’s care because I officially do not have carpal tunnel syndrome. The hopefully even better news is that I was referred to a doctor whose specialty I can’t pronounce but who deals with the non-surgical side of neck problems. He will, I believe, be able to pinpoint the nerve area in my neck that is causing the numbness in my finger, and that will give Mark, my physical therapist, additional information to use in his therapy.

Mark tells me that I have made “remarkable progress” in the last six weeks and I finally do feel that my arm has become part of my body again. There is definitely room for improvement, but I’m actually thinking of starting scrapbooking again. On a limited basis of course, and with changes in the angle of my arms.

In two weeks we head back to the east coast for Christmas and New Year’s, and I’m just hoping that the cold weather doesn’t do too much of a number on my neck. I’ve been kind of spoiled with the temperatures out here, I know. But, aside from the chill, I’m really looking forward to seeing family and friends again. Time goes by so quickly now, and being at a distance makes us appreciate each contact that much more.

2 Responses to "Creaky Joints"

  1. colleen

    November 30, 2007

    I have so many ideas for scrapbooking (journa collage) piling up like the stuff I am collecting to do it. Have you tried acupuncture for your wrist? Of course, like doctors, teachers, or any profession, you have to find a good one for it to work best.

  2. sunny

    November 30, 2007

    Colleen — The journal pictures on your site have really inspired me! Do you think it’s maybe the time of year? I’m starting to have more ideas than I know what to do with.
    I’ve tried accupuncture for this without much success, but I may try it again after I find out where the pain is originating. Thanks for the suggestion.

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