7.28.2005

Them Bones, Them Bones

So, I went to the doctor last week because I’ve had some pain in my hand for several months now. After being referred on to a “hand specialist,” it has been decided that I’ll need a little operation to remove two bone spurs from my left wrist and hand. [Long story short, I have a hereditary bone disorder that causes these bone spurs all over, mostly at the end of long bones (like at my knees). For anyone that cares, its called Multiple Hereditary Exostosis, and its extremely rare, but in no way life threatening.] I’m glad the doctor agreed with me that my pain is real, and that there’s something he can do about it. I’m not so thrilled about going under the knife, but I know that it will be worth it, and the recovery shouldn’t be too bad. It will be maybe a little worse than getting your wisdom teeth out, but not as bad as appendicitis.

I have a little of my grandmother’s tendency to just explain pains like this away...thinking maybe its just early arthritis, and the doctors would just tell me to take pain medication and go away. I don’t want to be a hypochondriac...I hate feeling like I’m overreacting to things that are not that big of a deal. But...after about 6 months, and pain getting worse, and the fear of having to live with it for the rest of my life...I finally decided to have it checked out. I know that in the end I’ll be glad I’m taking care of it now. I wish I had a picture of the cool X-Ray to show you what it looks like. :)

The operation is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:00, so I may be away from blogging for a little while. Maybe Andrew will take this opportunity to beat me in postings...we’ll see.

1 comments:

EY 28/7/05 2:45 PM  

come to my party....i'll booze you up and perhaps tomorrow you won't feel or notice a thing. :) j/k. see you tonight!!

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