Patient, me, walks into the tiny room. All white and sterile looking. Two calming pictures hang on the wall. Both of ocean views. It helps me a little. Skinny nurse walks in and takes my vitals. She states they are alright.
” What seems to be the problem that brings you here today Terry?”
” Well it all began when I couldn’t say no. You know I have a real issue with this. Well there was this elderly gentleman who needed my help. He was moving to a new home and he needed it cleaned. I went with him and swiftly glanced through the rooms he wanted cleaned. I thought not too bad, so I said yes I would help.
Well from there which took a lot longer than a couple of days, actually it was more like a week. I used my arms until they felt like they were going to break off. All my nicely filed nails broke from being in water so much, but I did get the job finished.
From there I went to a client’s home to work and she insisted I go buy her ten cases of soda. All the lifting and transferring sent my arm into a screaming outrage. I went to a friend’s house to visit and there was another friend who was a Massage Therapist.
She checked out my slightly swollen arm and did some massaging on it. She said she found five trigger points in my tendons. Now it has been a few days since then and I have been busy sorting out Al’s room, but my elbow has shown me that it doesn’t like it. Thankfully I was pretty well done with that job.
The other issue aggravating my elbow is the pup I have. He is a real corker. Never sitting still. I place him on the leash and he takes off like hell running. I try to control him and keep ahead of him by hanging tight to the leash but it doesn’t always work. He took off on a quick burst and I didn’t realize it. He ended up not being able to go past the end of the line but my entire arm jerked forward. I thought I may have dislocated my arm, but I didn’t.
So this is my story. I could barely type yesterday keeping me a way from my blogging friends. It just caused so much pain. It always feels when it hurts bad that I just hit my funny bone. Sometimes my middle finger will go tingly and painful when I get that pain in my elbow.
I have begun the every four-hour cycle of taking ibuprofen and I found some Icy Hot in my medicine cabinet so started using that last night. If I don’t use my arm much I don’t have much pain. I had to order in last night because I couldn’t lift things to cook. I was supposed to go out to dinner but I knew I could not drive one-handed.
So my question is, it is no worse, and slowly getting better, but how long will it take for the tendons to calm down or heal?”
The nurse looks at me as she finishes jotting down her notes. ” I don’t know Terry, but you can explain this story to the doctor when he comes in.”