Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Taking a break...literally

Monday, I noticed my left wrist was aching. I thought, maybe I'd slept wrong so I ignored it...until I couldn't ignore it anymore. Yesterday, I woke up and my wrist was swollen, I couldn't rotate my hand and my arm hurt all the way up to my shoulder. I don't remember banging it or falling, but there was definitely something going on. So, after having my blood drawn for my weekly labs I walked over to the Orthopedics clinic at Duke for advice. I expected they'd tell me to go to the emergency room. Fortunately, lady luck was on my side and the nurse I spoke with got me right in to see the PA on duty. After a thorough exam and x-rays, it was determined that I either have a stress fracture or some serious soft tissue damage. The stress fracture doesn't show up on an x-ray, so the course of treatment is 2 weeks in a removable splint, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain meds as needed. If there's no change, I'll have an MRI that would show the stress fracture. So, what caused this? Possibly the steroids I took throughout my chemotherapy. Oy!

Typing isn't that easy, so I'm taking a short break from blogging. I'll write more when I'm compelled or my wrist stops hurting.

1 comment:

cazsh said...

hi - it was good to catch up on IM this morning. glad to hear you are back at work. sorry to hear that things ahve been so tough for you and derba and sofie. regarding your arm and typing, have you heard about Dragon speak? it's very good. a friend just set it up during his surgery recuperation and he loves it. ask them to get it for you at work. -carol