Good morning. How is everyone this morning? I hope you're not caught in the bad snow storm in the northeast this weekend. It's been cold here, but I think it's supposed to warm up for Thanksgiving.
It's been a bit hectic here. I've been busy making pens to fill Christmas orders. I have one more that I'm going to finish today, then I think I'll lay off pens for a while and work on something else, while I still can...
I had a doctor's appointment this week and got results of x-rays I had done a few weeks ago on my hands and right foot. As it turns out, what the doctor thought was arthritis is my hands is actually carpal tunnel syndrome and a lump on the top of my foot is, most likely a lipoma. He (doctor) believes I'm going to end up having surgery on both hands, as well as my foot. He's referred me to a hand specialist and I'm guessing I'll have to go through PT, etc before they'll approve any surgery on my hands.
I have an order for an MRI on my foot to find out, for sure, what's on my foot. I'll probably be referred to podiatry to get that taken care of. I've already had one major surgery on that foot, so the thought of another isn't horribly appealing!!
Anyway, at least I'm getting answers about what's happening. The doctor said I have muscle atrophy (wasting) in my thumbs, which is making my calligraphy and other projects much more difficult than they should be. He also said a lipoma in the foot can put pressure on nerves and make walking difficult/painful. It doesn't sound like a very fun time coming up, but as we know, nothing happens overnight, so it will all take time!!
I'm still trying to walk most days, in spite of the pain in my foot. 9,000-10,000 steps is not unusual, by the time I walk a couple of miles, work in the shop or do yard work, etc. I was dropping some weight, but with all the swelling in my hands/feet, I've picked up some this week. I've had to stop wearing all my rings because they get too tight. I'm hoping I'll be able to wear them again once I get my issues resolved.
For this week, I'm up by about 4 pounds, but I'm not worried about it, because I know it's caused by swelling and inflammation. Hopefully, it will go down in a couple of days.
How are you doing? I hope you're having better luck than I am!! I hope you were able to meet/exceed your goal(s) this week.
~~Have a wonderful, successful week~~