June 24, 2005

This post is very hard to write

Hey, how come I haven't posted in several days?! Well, y'see, 'member about a year ago when I wrote about my left arm falling asleep and taking a while to wake up? No? Well, maybe I'll provide a link. Maybe.

Anywho, my right arm fell asleep last Saturday night. (I wrote a post called Saturday and intended to write a follow-up called Sunday, but it's too difficult to do right now. In fact, a LOT of things are difficult to do right now. I mean, try brushing your teeth with your left hand (or, if you're a lefty, you're right hand). And running a high-maintenance printing press with a nearly useless right arm is pretty darn challenging, lemme tell ya. (I am typing with my left index finger right now. This is taking a long time.)

What's wrong with me? Near as I can tell from googling like crazy is that it's a condition with a long Latin name which I don't recall right now. It's a neural numbness that can be brought on by a combination of several factors. In my case, it was nutritional deficiencies (why do I keep forgetting to eat?!) coupled with the 15 beers I drank at the Fairfield County Irish Festival and afterwards.

My right hand is gradually (but slowly) becoming more and more useful -- and I'm still taking the time to comment in others' posts here and there -- but I may be giving my own bloggery a rest for a few more days. Unless I have an idea for a kewl short post. (Believe you me I just can't write a short post about the New London eminent domain SCOTUS ruling, though Stephen's been doing a fine job!)

Take care, y'all. I should be back to blogging by mid-week or sooner, I hope. Don't ferget me, now! ;)

Posted by Tuning Spork at June 24, 2005 11:11 PM

Please go to the doctor.

Posted by: Jennifer at June 25, 2005 07:29 AM

Do what Jennifer said and take care of yourself.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at June 25, 2005 08:28 AM

I third that motion. Then, in July, I'm coming up there to force you to have lunch with me before I smack you silly.

Posted by: Ted at June 26, 2005 07:46 PM

Well, the only therapy for this condition is time. Things are getting better. I can turn doornobs! I got up the nerve to shave lefthanded (first shave in a week!). I'm taking my vitamins every day!

Ted, maybe we oughtta start thinking about lunch. What kinda restaurants do you like/dislike? Stephen and I know what's where 'round here. Got a pref?

Posted by: Tuning Spork at June 26, 2005 08:04 PM


I mean of course you are right about the symptoms, but the cause deserves more expert attention. Something caused your nerve to be damaged. Hopefully it is healing now.

In diabetes, somthing I know about, one of the complications of uncontrolled high blood sugar is people start loosing feeling in their extremities (e.g. fingers and toes), because the capillaries get leaky, and blood is caustic to nerves. Though a nerve can heal to some extent, once a nerve goes, it is gone, and subsequent wounds and infections (because you don't feel them) are responsible for a third to half of all amputations.

So take care of those nerves.

Posted by: edith at June 28, 2005 10:12 AM
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