The title of this post sounds like a lot more fun than it actually is. Usually I associate the word shenanigans with ‘silly or high-spirited behavior’ (one of the definitions when you type the word into Google). In this case of hand shenanigans I will be applying the definition of ‘a devious trick used especially for an underhand purpose’ (definition from Merriam-Webster). See what I did there? Underhanded, haha. I’d even use ‘tricky or questionable practices or conduct’. So what’s the problem with my hand?
Well, the day after I drew the Birch Mandala the thumb joint swelled up and got painful. I could hardly write or do much of anything with my right hand. Using a computer mouse and typing hurt. Not cool thumb, not cool. Needless to say, this is why I haven’t produced much artwork lately.
The tape wrap is from my physical therapist who usually works on my back. Then I went and saw my regular doctor (not a hand specialist). I actually couldn’t see my regular doctor so I got to see a different one who I shall call my substitute doctor. He gave me this thumb spike which is basically a brace that goes halfway down my arm and keeps my thumb from moving. He says it’s most likely from over-use.
Sassafras doesn’t mind. My hand minded though. The first night I wore it I’m guessing it was too tight because it made the tip of my thumb numb and tingly and it took the entire next day for the tingles to go away and I wasn’t even wearing the brace.
I wore the brace for about a week and after my thumb got super swollen and unhappy I ditched the brace. Heating also didn’t seem to help. So now I’m taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen) and icing it. Which seems to be helping. The level of swelling has gone down noticeably.
I went and saw my physical therapist on Monday and she wrapped it for me again. It could just be a coincidence but the swelling has stayed down since then. Hurrah for small improvements. I am so done with this nonsense. It did give me a perfect reason to get a manicure, though, since I can’t do it myself anymore.
I’m learning how to do things with my left hand: teeth brushing, utensils for eating, driving (watch out! just kidding, I’m perfectly safe), using my computer mouse, holding everything, opening things (which is harder than it sounds), applying makeup, attempting a few drawings. I haven’t tried too hard with writing yet. When I had the brace on I could only type with my left hand and that was super annoying.
So there you are. Hand Shenanigans, indeed.