Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bad Hands

I've been having problems with my hands and feet . in the last few months.

It starts as a stiffness in the joints, then rapidly progresses to swelling and general mobility.

It started in the left hand, lasted for a few days, transferred to the right, lasted for a few days, dropped into my right foot, then reversed course through my hands.

Some times, like this last weekend, I have full mobility of both hands. There was a little stiffness in the left, but I was able to attempt a series of projects (which lead to dismal failures, all interconnected, but none traced to a lack of mobility).

By Sunday evening, my left hand went from stiff, to swollen, to alarmingly painful. The fingers were also cold to the touch.

The worst part was that I couldn't find a comfortable position to sleep in, since the only way to make the hand stop hurting was to dangle it strait down from my shoulder. I sat in a kitchen chair for most of the night, and got a couple of hours sleep.

Saw my doctor Monday morning, got a shot for the pain and swelling, and a specialist in the afternoon.

Yesterday, I ran over to a clinic after some morning meetings, where they drew six vials of blood for various tests.

There is so much that I want to do this Summer getting projects ready for shows, as well as jobs around the house, and I can't do it without both hands.


Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Are they still thinking gout?

9:28 AM  

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