Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Back to your regularly scheduled programing--I hope.

Two days in a row--keep it up, dude.

Pain level: 6
Dislocations so far today: left wrist, right elbow.
Subluxations so far today: right shoulder a few times, left shoulder, right elbow, ribs on right side where they meet my spine.
Meds: naproxen, hardcore dose.
Major complaint: stiffness and throbbing in the morning, left knee is being bullshit for no reason.

Paying more attention to my hands now, trying to keep track of when they become more mobile. 
Woke up at 8AM and couldn't straighten or make a fist with either hand.  By 10:30AM I had full mobility but very little strength in my left hand.  By 11AM I was able to straighten my right hand with the help of M stretching my fingers out.  By 12:30PM I was able to hold a glass of water using only one hand (either)--before I had to hold it with two.  By 1:30PM I could make a fist with my right hand.  Got full strength back in my left hand sometime this afternoon.  It's 10:55PM now and I still dont' have full strength in my right hand.  That's sort of how it's going down.  The pain is moderate in the joints of both hands.  A warm throbbing dull ache which becomes sharp and makes me flinch at the severity when I press down on my fingers.  Joints are very tender to the touch.  It gets easier as the day progresses and then picks right back up in the morning.  But it hurts to hold M's hand and that's probably the worst part.

Called Social Security again today.  Maybe they'll return my call this time.

Seeing my dentist for a cleaning tomorrow.  Not looking forward to it since this woman has a tendency to scold me for not flossing enough because of how much my mouth bleeds when she pokes it with a fucking steel hook.  I'm crazy obsessive with my flossing/brushing.  M makes fun of me all the time.  If I flossed any more, I wouldn't be able to leave the house.  She doesn't seem to grasp the I-have-a-condition-that-causes-increased-bleeding concept.  Wish me luck.

Hand stiffness using middle finger as a measure.
Time: 11:01 PM
Can touch forearm? Yes.
Angle of extension of center joint of finger: 90º
Angle of extension of last joint of finger: 115º
Can touch forearm? No. about an inch off
Angle of extension of center joint of finger: 90º
Angle of extension of last joint of finger: 110º

PS:  my keyboard is complete fail right now.  I often have to press a key about 10 times to get one letter to come out.  And my backspace key only works when it feels like it.  I'm a writer.  I have a fiction piece I'm trying to work on.  This is driving me crazy.  You know, add that to the messed up fingers and we've got a party in the works.

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