19 August 2009

Wrists, Knees, Noses, and Voice

Well, there are a lot of great things to post about, but I think I'll wait on a few of them. Check this out:

Professional wrist brace

What do you do when you are suffering from carpal tunnel in both wrists, only have one brace, and have a master's thesis to write (it's coming along nicely, thank you)?

Awesome wrist brace

Make your own brace using a bent fork (we had more forks than spoons so I felt less guilty bending one), a hair elastic, and an ace bandage. (Yeah, be careful with that fork sticking out there.)

Oh, and my amazingly knowledgeable physical therapist who has been chasing my knee pain around and around with exercises, massage, and ultrasound, told me to take a break every couple of hours and ice both wrists. That, the braces, sitting on some books so my elbows are level with the table, tendon exercises, and sport cream are making the pain tolerable (though my neck is paying for the looking down at the screen).

I wussed out yesterday when I was supposed to schedule an appointment for my deviated septum surgery. Tell me, should I do local anesthesia or the full deal? (I think I'd rather be completely out, but is that dangerous?) Plus, what is the deal with them saying I'll have to stay in the hospital for 4-5 days? I don't remember it being that long last time, it may even have been a walk-out surgery . . .

I met my voice therapist today. She is b.u.b.b.l.y. When I scheduled the appointment with her on the phone, I thought, "Yikes, either she's desperate for business or she just really likes her job." From what I can tell, she loves her job. We have yet to begin the rolling around on the floor and singing. Sounds like fun.


  1. The only thing that could make your home made brace more McGuyver would be some duct tape.

  2. Do the full thing - so worth it. At least it was for my wisdom teeth surgery - and your surgery sounds a lot more serious than mine. I'm sorry things are so painful! And what's the voice therapy for?

  3. Duct tape, hmmm, have to think about that one. Then it would be harder to get on and off for icing. :)

    Voice therapy: for the ever-problematic sore throat. Apparently the way I talk is giving me nodes (is that word?) on my vocal cords.

  4. Hmmm...4 or 5 days? It was same-day last time. I'd do the full anesthesia. Last time I did local for some minor stuff, it was the sounds that about did me in.

  5. Wow, I've been away from blog land for a long time and I come back to find you all broken. I love the fork brace, just the kind of thing I would do. ;)

  6. mishky go big or go home. general isn't dangerous as long as you have a good anesthesiologist (that's spelled wrong I think). I dunno what they're like in Germany but over here in America we have great doctors that get you out in the same day. I should know about these things, I did have that surgery less than a year ago.

  7. Although the 4-5 days make me wonder what the deal is over here, it's also a little bit comforting since I don't have family here to take care of me. And at least I don't have to pay for it? And I thought about the sounds, too. We'll see. When I went to my appointment on Tuesday, I was going up the stairs and ran into someone coming out of surgery--twice! Once on the main floor and once on the second floor (that's third for you Americans). She looked just awful. Dead. And she wasn't that well covered up. Yikes!