Saturday, September 26, 2009

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

I was diagnosed last Friday, September 18, with Carpal Tunnel Sydrome in my right wrist/hand. As someone who loves computers, plays on computers, works on computers, majored in college in computers, I figured I would get CTS eventually. I was just kinda hoping for like 20 more years without it. But alas, it is now here.

I am NOT going to have surgery. That freaks me out and I've heard nothing but bad things about it. So I've been icing it, taking ibuprofen for it, and sleeping in a wrist splint. The splint I'm using is actually the one my mom used for her thumb when she tore it up a couple of years ago, so it has a thumb abductor on it. Bascially, my thumb is immobilized when I have the cast on, and it's pretty much impossible to write or use a computer like that. So I can't wear it during the day. I'm going to buy a new splint without a thumb abductor soon, hopefully tomorrow. That way I can wear the splint pretty much 24/7. I'm hoping that doing all of this and catching it early will prevent me from needing any surgery or anything at all.

Google: Carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming more frequently recognized and may be occurring more often. It may result from repetitive motion or the use of devices like computer keyboards. It affects the median nerve, the nerve that supplies feeling and movement to the thumb and "thumb-side" of the hand.

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

If there's actually anyone who follows this blog, you've probably noticed an explosion of backdated entries in my archives since yesterday. That's because I just found out that the blog feature on the boards is being disabled. In fact, my blog was actually deleted before I knew about it. They brought back some of the blogs for the sake of us being able to back up our old entries. Sad thing is, all of my layout formatting and all of the comments that people have left me there over the years, were gone when it came back up. I was the 24th person to ever sign up for a blog when they first enabled the feature in late 2004. My first entry was December 31, 2004.

I've copied most of my old entries over here. Some of the entries were really trivial/painful/embarassing, so I decided to let them go. (By the way, if anything you read in those archived entries seems strange or out of context, it's probably because it was written in the context of those message boards.) Reading over everything since last night, it has made me really nostalgic. It also brought back some old hurts that I had moved past and forgotten. It's a strange thing to look back at the person you were almost 5 years ago and compare that to now. It's like I'm not even the same person anymore.

This blog back-up also made me realize that I used to blog about absolutely everything. I would just talk about how my day was. Now I've started to feel like I should only bother to post a blog if I have something really profound to say. But maybe it's better the old way. Maybe I should pick up my old philosophy of talking about things all the time. I had a pretty depressing social life (or lack thereof) and really really difficult schoolwork, but I still seemed pretty cheerful in those blog entries most of the time. Maybe the blogging was helping me keep things in perspective and helping me deal with all of the crap I had to deal with back then.

In any case, I know that I enjoy blogging now. I think a lack of free time has alot to do with why I don't blog as much. But you know, if I stop and think about it, I really didn't have much more free time back when I used to blog every day. Especially when I did all that blogging the first semester of my freshman year of college. That was one of my most difficult semesters classwise, and I had a job for the first time ever. So if I pulled it off then, I should be able to pull it off now.