March 22, 2013
Today was my second visit to pt. I am continually reminded how much we take the use of our hands for granted. Just think about all you do each day, that involves your hands.
One of the reasons for my pt is because my neck and the back of my shoulders are turning into a knotted mess, due to the CRPS. So we worked on that today...first with a tens unit and heat, then with new stretching exercises. I need to repeat these exercises twice a day at home. Ugh :/
The other reason for going is that I am having an issue with my right hand (the one affected by CRPS), wanting to pull into a fist. I wake up in the morning and it's not open, and it takes a bit of work to get it that way. It now has a deep aching pain in it, and it feels like someone is inside my fingers, plucking the tendons like a guitar string. So when I go back next week, we are going to work on the shoulder. Double ugh :/
But, as I told the pt guy today, I am proud of myself for keeping my arm working this long. I could have easily thrown it in a sling because of the pain and frustration, and said "I'm done". But within 6 months I wouldn't have use of the arm at all if I did that. I don't want to live the rest of my life one handed if I can help it. It means more pain to work it, more frustration....but it's worth it.
So if you hear me call my physical therapist a physical terrorist in the next month, you will know...it's because of the pain, not because he is a bad person. He is actually very nice :) And cute, which makes pt tolerable :)