August 04, 2005

Wrist-Watch

Something is wrong with my right wrist. Nobody knows exactly what, but it hurts when I move it. The physiotherapist says it is not a bone injury (and I asked her twice; she says its not CTS). She prescribed a wax bath yesterday, which consists of molten wax being poured on one’s hand till one gets a fully customized hot white glove that one can crack into a million pieces as soon as nobody’s watching. Today, she prescribed an ultrasonic session which consists of having gooey gel rubbed into one’s wrist with an electrode by a person who stares at you for no earthly reason, till you have to check whether you are wearing your clothes upside down or inside out.
And when you get home, you are supposed to tie up the wrist in a crepe bandage (those clips that come with the crepe bandage are not anger/frustration-proof.) And if it’s still hurting the next day, they make you tie a flat object into the bandage as a splint. Yours truly has been roaming around town today waving a bandaged hand with a comb peeping out of the bandage all day!
It is a revelation when one tiny part of your body decides to act up. Small tasks become impossible. And dad bragging about breaking his right arm twice and doing just fine for two months without his right hand means nothing! He does not have to pull certain stunts that women have to as a matter of routine!
Ok. That’s about as much as I can manage with just one finger of my right hand.

16 comments:

shub said...

u are mad, typing out this long a post with that injury! take good care of that wrist dear!

Pleomorphous said...

My Twin!!

I had the same problem on my right wrist. Still have it occassionaly. I suspected CTS and got myself a brace when the pain became unbearable.

Doc says it sn't CTS, but my mind believes otherwise. Then I took this homeopathic medicine called Ruta. Helped bring down the pain.

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

This is a good time to ask for a secretary. Came across your blog on kaaju katli's... love your writing

First Rain said...

Rest your hand. REST YOUR HAND! and the last thing you should do is type.

Take care and get well soon.

Ash said...

Take care, Inky, and try to stay out of trouble till you leave ! :)

Rabbit's Paw said...

Waxing and combing? Good luck with that 'harey' wrist!TC :)

Joker said...

:)) @ rabbit. anyways take care please *HUGS*

kaaju katli said...

:-) Looks like you've been experimenting too. Take care of that wrist :-)

Kahini said...

Put hand in splint and keep it there. Splints are available at a medical store at Sarojini Nagar Market - not the clothes area, the other side. It costs about 350 bucks, I think. You have to go there and try it on, there are several sizes.

Massage wrist several times a day for about 10 minutes at a time.

Use your left hand as much as possible. The splint will more or less immobilise your thumb anyway, so you won't be able to use your right hand.

When you use the comp, POISE your wrists over the keyboard. Don't let your wrist rest on the keyboard, desk, etc. Try and use the mouse as little as possible. Learn keyboard commands.

I went to Dr Vijay Kumar of the Kumar Pain Management Centre. It's in Vasant Vihar.

Anonymous said...

Whoa! Look who's talking!

Rest that arm, mum. You need to really let it heal through inaction. See, my entire body healed through inaction. Keep away from the keyboard for a while--that wouldnt hurt. I'll pitch in with the posts until then. A bad reputation is much better than a spoilt wrist. :)

Tc, Le Bow.

Pleomorphous said...

Yes, try using the left hand as much as possible. For that matter, don't strain your leftie so much that you cannot use it either!

Anonymous said...

Much commiseration,McFlown.

Aarthi said...

I had the same problem a few years ago. Same wax treatment followed by physiotherapy. The wax does help, but only in the long run. And the reason, believe it or not, was overuse of the wrist (typing, playing TT and writing).
Take care and give your wrists all the rest.

garfy said...

All the best and get well soon... I have to stop typing now! :(

cactusjump said...

molten wax - whaaat?? hope it heals soon.

Rash said...

why are you typing then haan?