Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Pain level: 5
Dislocations so far today: right thumb
Subluxations so far today: Right shoulder a couple of times, right elbow once
Meds: Ketoprofen-- 1 twice a day.  And a couple of Tylenol 
Major complaint:  more stiffness/pain/swelling/itching/tingling in my fingers, hand, and wrist (R MUCH >L)
Temperature:  99.8ºF

For the second night in a row I've been feeling really warm and flushed and dizzy.  I took my temp. last night and it was 99.6ºF.  Tonight I started feeling it again and my mother agreed my face was really hot to the touch so I took it again and it was 99.8ºF.  Now, that's not super-high.  Hell, I'm not even sure it is technically high enough to count as a fever.  Even a low-grade one.  But it feels like one.  I feel a little dizzy and I'm having difficulty concentrating because all I want to do is lay down.  

My eyes feel like they are burning up even after some Visine drops. 

My right hand has been a joke today.  Purple and blue colored, swollen, and painful.  I haven't been able to make a fist yet, although being able to touch my fingertips to my palm around 7:30PM was nice.  It's ridiculous.  I'm calling Dr. E tomorrow to make sure that he has faxed/sent over all the info the specialist in Boston will need, and to make sure he knows what is going on with this hand of mine.  

Scary moment of the day:  My right index finger was bright white from Raynaud's while sitting at the dinner table.  The rest of the hand was blue.  M suggested I run it under hot water, so I did.  I couldn't really feel the water all that much so I kept checking the temperature with my other hand.  And then all of a sudden it was like a thunderclap of nerves.  Like every nerve in my hand switched on and started screaming at me.  It was like when you sit on your foot for over an hour, and when the feeling starts to come back it hurts--it hurts like mad and you can't put weight on it?  That weird tingling, burning, stinging pain?  My hand felt like that but worse.  I couldn't move my fingers for a good minute after the pain faded. Like the muscles weren't even there.  Then it was gone and back to "normal."  Still swollen but at least a healthy pink color.  I vote we not do that again, okay Hand?

Hand stiffness using middle finger has measure
Time: 9:27 PM
Can touch forearm? over an inch off
Angle of extension of the center joint of finger: 35º
Angle of extension of the last joint of finger: 100º OW!
Can touch forearm? Not even funny how much this isn't a possibility
Angle of extension of the center joint of finger: 20º
Angle of extension of the last joint of finger: 60º

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