So, updates. I haz good news! I went in for a nerve conduction study on Friday, and it turns out I have not totally destroyed my nerves. Yay! It appears that the ligaments and tendons are just waay overstressed. So a long rest and some physical therapy have been prescribed. There’s also been some talk of rheumatoid arthritis, which I hope turns out to be as likely as the nerve damage. Of course, with Dragon, even that diagnosis isn’t as scary as it might’ve been otherwise. I mean, it’s not like I’ll have to stop writing or anything, and writing is really the most important thing to me (outside of you, my cat and geology), so that’s a little bit of all right. If necessary, I can get all y’all to bang on the rocks for me.
Physical therapy is going to be awesome. I’ve known for some time that I need to work on my hand strength. I also bought arthritis gloves, which even if I don’t have arthritis will go a long way towards helping my hands feel better. And now that I know the nerves aren’t damaged, I’m not so worried about their bellyaching.
Thank you all for supporting me through this time, which actually hasn’t been a very difficult time, but when you’re facing possible surgery it’s still a little intermittently nerve-racking. Surgery may still be in my future, but hopefully not for a very long time.
Meanwhile, for you Doctor Who fans, you’ll love the name of my neurologist: Dr. Song. Right?!
Speaking of Doctor Who, I’m getting a comfy chair. I’m even going to name it “Comfy Chair.” Those of you who know your Doctor Who might be rolling on the floor laughing. The rest of you are just looking at me in complete bafflement, and all I can say is, you really need to catch up with the best show in the universe.
Now all I have to do is teach Dragon all of our ridiculous little words (and persuaded to recognize Doctor Who), and were set. For those of you using Dragon and having trouble teaching it an ambiguous phrase, it helps to train it with British pronunciation or some such different accent. That way, it knows the difference between Dr. who and Doctor Who. I feel very clever for having figured this out.
I’ll let you know if the kittteh approves of Comfy Chair. I’m hoping for a long and happy relationship.