Saturday, December 26, 2009

Ah, the post Christmas lull

Pain level: 6 now, 7 when I woke up
Dislocations so far today: right index finger is a mess, right shoulder once while sleeping, right ankle once, left wrist once.
Subluxations so far today: Right shoulder multiple times, left shoulder once, right wrist twice.
Meds: Naproxen--hardcore dose.
Major complaint: Inflammation and stiffness in morning--especially hands.

This cold weather is kicking my ass.  We always get up super early Christmas morning and giggle like 4-year-olds until M's mom can get breakfast ready.  This year, alarm went off and I was in so much pain from the joint stiffness, I didn't think I was going to be able to do it.  My hands were so stiff I could barely hold my fork and it hurt to open gifts.  Besides hurting really bad until my meds kicked in (Have I mentioned that it takes 5 hours until my hardcore naproxen starts to take a dent out of the pain?) it was a really nice Christmas.

While over at my parent's house, I dislocated my right index finger while picking up a package.  While trying to pop it back in, I managed to relocate that joint but in the process dislocate the knuckle joint of the same index finger.  UGH.  I put it back, but my finger hasn't be right since.  (Typing sucks.) Still sore as hell and for a few hours it had this awful black bruise-like spot below the first joint that dislocated, but that's gone now.

Today has been the same.  Woke up and just wanted to curl into a ball and stay there. (Didn't, but you know.)  My knuckles were throbbing really terribly and just hurt.  The stiffness is really pronounced.  Normally, I can bend backward every single finger far enough to touch my forearm, but this morning I couldn't even straighten any of my fingers.  I still can't get my fingers to touch my arm, but by now they do go way past 90ยบ.  But I have been sleeping better.  Somehow.  o.O

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