Typically I start my year resolving to write Morning Pages (3 pages of off-the-top-of-my-head writing),which I wrote about on my other blog. But this year there is a catch. I seem to have suddenly developed arthritis in my thumbs. For someone who likes to write longhand, this is a major problem.
I haven’t been to the doctor. I have an appointment in February for my annual exam and don’t want to spend the money for an extra visit, so in the meantime I have done Internet research. At first I thought it might be carpal tunnel so I bought a wrist brace.
Although it helped a little because it kept my hand from moving too much, it wasn’t the answer. I did some more reading and my symptoms were spot-on with arthritis of the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.
I’ve been blessed with pretty good health my whole life. To people with serious illnesses, this is not even a blip on the radar. But for me…I like to write; I like to do crafts. I started thinking about all those crafty things I wanted to learn: knitting, quilting…and all those unfinished and not yet started needlepoint and crewel embroidery projects sitting around the house. Starting a new year discouraged was not where I wanted to be.
The wrist brace was a lot of money to me, and I need one for my other hand too (my left hurts also, but not as badly because I am right-handed). My mom told me she had a thumb-brace; we thought that might work better for arthritis in the thumbs. Finding anything in my mother’s house can be a challenge; she has everything…somewhere…
But yesterday we found it!
I tried to wear it when I wrote my Morning Pages today. It was awkward and slow-going. I took it off half-way through. BUT…I do think it is good to wear when doing other activities and when simply sitting and watching TV. It keeps me from using my thumb and allows it some rest.
The other thing I did was get some e-z grip pens. The light blue one, I bought. Not liking it, though it does write smooth. I think it will take some getting used to. The darker color one my mother had at her house; she picked it up at the vet’s office. I rather like that one; it is definitely better than a skinny pen.
So…these are my tools. I am RESOLVED not to let my new pain stop me from fulfilling my writing goals this year!