Saturday, September 21, 2013

An injured update


When even my father - who is not a mail enthusiast but who reads this blog occasionally - comments that it's been a long time since I've blogged, I know I'm behind.

So here's the non-mail-related personal update. It's been a rough couple of months. I've still been happily sending a lot of mail, but my body has had a difficult adjustment to my new job. I like the job itself, but I am back sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, and am having a resurgence of some repetitive strain injuries I've had in the past, which has caused a lot of pain in my shoulders, arms, and hands. My workplace is being very accommodating and we're slowly changing my setup to try to ameliorate my pain, but the end result is that once I get home, I do not relish the thought of typing or being on the computer. So I've been minimizing the laptop time in my leisure hours.

As if that weren't enough, this week I had a major setback. I tripped and fell at work, and caught myself wrong as I hit the ground... along with terribly bruising both my knees (I fell hard onto concrete), I broke my left thumb. I'd not broken a bone ever in my life before, but my left thumb is very broken at the smaller top joint, and the break is a bad one. (That's a funny thought, no? Like, what is a "good" break? Well, a good break is one that is likely to heal cleanly and easily.) I have been in a lot of pain, and am more than a little bit down. Typing is a great challenge now, and I have to type all day at work, so please forgive me if I lay low from the blog for a while.

Fortunately, I am right-handed. Learning how to do things like dressing and grooming with only one usable thumb is a challenge, but at least I can hand-write mail without too much trouble. So I'll leave my computer for now, beg your pardon for all the time away from the blog and all the weeks to come that may be quiet, too... and go pick up my fountain pens and write some letters.

15 comments:

  1. Awwww... you poor, little Muppet! I've had a bad fall or two myself, and you have my complete sympathy. My only advice would be to keep moving, but slowly, so you don't stiffen up. Good luck, Dear. Feel wonderful, very soon!

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  2. Aw no! I'm sorry you're having such a rough time and that you broke your thumb! I was really hoping I would get to meet you at the Correspondence Salon tomorrow. I hope that you can still make it!!

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  3. So sorry about all these physical setbacks. Hope you recover from all very soon. I also had an acute resurgence of repetitive motion injuries in my right shoulder/arm two+ years ago, and after doing office work for 40 years, my body forced me to go out on disability, and then to just retire. There was no way I was going to completely recover unless I stopped working. Fortunately I was 62 so COULD retire. Hope you get it all sorted out.

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  4. It is a shame to hear you are injured. I wish for you: happiness, healing and a full mailbox.

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  5. Huge sympathy here! I just had surgery on my right (dominant) hand thumb on Thursday so I'm going through the learning as well. It's incredibly difficult! Good luck, please rest as much as possible! We will keep writing letters & look forward to blog posts when you're fully healed & feeling better. You owe us nothing, we are just happy when you can post. Sending good vibes your way & struggling along with you, heh. Good luck!

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  6. Oh goodness!! I'm sorry to hear about your injury, hon! I'm sending you lots of hugs, and well wishes! <3

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  7. I can commiserate, when I was a teenager I lost my left index finger tip and smashed my thumb so badly they thought I would never have a nail again. It took me a long time to figure out how to deal with clothing, then I healed and its a distant memory! Heal quickly.

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  8. Oh, no! Lay low as long as you need to in order to heal. Your posts will be missed, but mending is a much higher priority. I hope that the pain is diminishing and your spirits picking up a bit. Hang in there.

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  9. ohh, get well soon! don't go too hard on yourself. try to rest more and don't worry about laying low for some time! everyone needs some time off something once in a while! take care!

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  10. So sorry to hear of your troubles and setbacks! I do hope your thumb mends well, if not quickly. Glad to read that you are focusing on what you can still accomplish - a positive mindset goes a long way toward good healing!

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  11. Oh no! Poor thumb! You really are all aches and pains. I hope you feel much better soon. I can recommend Tiger Balm for the back muscles. No doubt Alex is looking after you really well. Hugs xx

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  12. Your workplace seems like a treacherous minefield! Take it easy and heal that bod'.

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  13. Hope you are feeling better now. I bet the floor was in pretty bad shape after the beating you gave it! ;)

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  14. Oh my dear, yes a big OUCH, and I second and third all of the comments for a quick healing. I broke my arm several years ago, non-dominant, which was good, and learned to do tasks one-handed, but what a literal and figurative pain! Thinking of you.

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