Friday, May 5, 2017

Things That Go Bump!

And, no, I'm not talking about 'in the night' though for me it is horrifying!

There's a bump, a really big bump, in the palm of my left hand. I'm right handed so I didn't realize how much I used my left hand until the bugger started hurting because I'd hit it or clutch something too tightly. Since it was getting bigger and bigger, I visited a plastic surgeon last week who, after examining the 'thing' for a bit, looked up at me and said, "There's another one behind it." Good Lord! Only me. I'd been having some pain and lots of cramping but I put that down to my Lupus acting up. No, can't blame that this time, though I do think some of the cramping is a by-product of Lupus.

Anyway, I have two ganglion cysts nestled in my palm when most pics I've looked at show growth on wrists, fingers, sides of the hand, even toes. Really? I get it--them--in the palm of my hand. The pic shows one similar; however, mine is located between third and fourth finger. This is the stuff horror stories are made of. In real life you don't have things sprouting from your body, right? I do. It's hard to grip anything without it hurting and I can't open my hand all the way without some pain. Typing, well, that's an adventure because I never know when the 'claw' will make an appearance. My fingers just fold inward and ache like hell! Sometimes it takes a good twenty minutes to massage what I call a spasm out. I've been wearing a wrist brace so I don't bang it too much and that also hinders writing.

All this while I'm scrambling to finish a novella before my surgery which was supposed to be Tuesday but was postponed until next Tuesday, May 9th. Doc says I should not have much pain, will be back to work by end of week, and can possibly be whirring away on the keyboard in 3-4 weeks. My plan is to have the story done and will only have to peck the keys doing edits and necessary fixes.

I also intend to use some of the time to get a few more of my 'returned' books up on Amazon's Kindle Unlimited. I think I can handle that with one hand.

So, that's what I've been up to and I hope to be back in full swing by early June and I'll update you then. Meanwhile...

Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out. - J. Hali Steele
(In this case I'm having my beast 'cut' out!)


Nancy Gideon said...

Oh, ouch!! I can relate! I wrote my first 6 books in long hand then typed them on a manual typewriter. Then on to the word processor which wasn't much better. I developed a knob on the inside of my right wrist and that baby would HURT! I decided on surgery when I started randomly to lose my grip - not a good thing with a baby at home! Surgery went great - got me out of doing dishes! Other than a slight scar on my wrist that occasionally raises an eyebrow, it wasn't at all a bad decision. Hint: when they tell you to keep it elevated, do that!

Diane Burton said...

Hoping your surgery is a success and you get some relief from the pain. Hugs.

CJ Burright said...

Ack! I hope the surgery goes well and you get back in tip-top writing order fast!

J Hali Steele said...

Thanks everyone! Spent half a day doing pre-admit stuff. Nancy, great advice - I will keep it elevated and, though I love to cook, there will be LOTS of ordering in. :)

Victoria Craven said...

Wishing you the best and hope you can finish your novella.