Turns out I have carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s a kind of repetitive strain injury in the hand and wrist, so people in jobs like mine that require a lot of typing are likely candidates. Add to that, pregnancy has been known to bring it on and, yep, I’ve had it since the start of my pregnancy.
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes tingling and numbness in the wrist, hand and fingers. For me, it has gotten progressively worse and is now so bad that I wake up at night with excruciating pain that radiates from the tips of my fingers up to my elbow. Often I get this through the day, too.
It’s so bad now that it is impairing my capacity to use my hands, especially my right hand. Simple things like holding a fork or toothbrush, opening a door, signing my name, using a phone, carrying a bag, navigating the Internet on my laptop, have all become difficult and sometimes impossible. Typing this post is also causing extreme pain, and I’m having to fix a lot more typos than usual as my fingers spasm on the keyboard.
So I’m going to take a little break from blogging. I’ll still pop in and share things on this blog whenever I have a good day, and I’ll keep reading your blog posts whenever my hands will let me use the mouse.
Baby B is due in four weeks and hopefully the condition will go away after that. If not, I’ll have to undergo an operation as my job is to write and that’s going to require the use of my hands. So either way, I’ll be back. See you soon!
(photo from here)