Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hiatus

I'm on it.

I'm going to be offline for a bit.  I will be back by 10/3 for Jess and Stephanie's cover reveal.
Why am I going to be gone, you may or may not be asking?
I've been diagnosed with Cubital Tunnel.  Ever heard of it? For those who haven't  (I was clueless before the diagnosis) here's the deets:  Cubital Tunnel is nerve entrapment neuropathy in the elbow region that limits mobility along the ulnar nerve. This is the nerve that supplies feeling and movement to the arm and hand, i.e. the funny bone nerve. The symptoms are weakness, clumsiness, numbness and pain in the hand and if untreated can eventually lead to the hand atrophying in a claw-like position.  Other symptoms include tenderness of the inner elbow, tingling inside the forearm, numbness of the little finger or ring finger and inability to grip.
The cause, or one of them, is from having the elbow bent and resting on a hard surface for extended periods of time.  (A writerly thing).  It also affects people who play sports, don't warm up properly, have diabetes or an underactive thyroid.
FYI: It's recommended that the elbow remain straightened while sleeping to offset the risk of CT. 
To correct by surgery: an incision is made and the nerve is moved to an area with more fatty tissue that allows more freedom of movement and or cushioning.
Soooooo......
I'm having (minor) surgery tomorrow. Leave the light on for me.

And....

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  1. I am so sorry to hear this - and hope the surgery goes really well and the healing is fast, easy and complete.
    And a very happy birthday to Stephanie.
    Hugs.

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    1. Thanks, EC. Sounds like a plan to me:)

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  2. Good luck with your OP, look after yourself! Happy Birthday to Stephanie! Hugs, Valerie

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  3. Oh, gosh, that's horrible. So sorry you have to struggle with something like that. Hope all goes well during the surgery tomorrow. In the meantime, will be thinking positive thoughts for you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Heather. I'll take everyone that is sent my way:)

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  4. Good luck Sandra - these things are much more treatable now ... so I'm sure things will be fine ... that sort of thing is just a plain nuisance - quite understand that. Take care, rest up and see you when you're recovered ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary. I'm sure they will.
      YOU, have a great one.

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  5. Girl, I hate that you've been suffering in pain all this time! I'm lifting you up in prayer that you are quickly healed and back with us soon. You know you'll be missed.

    Happy Birthday Stephanie!

    HUGE CYBER HUGS...RO

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    1. Thank you so much, Ro. I really haven't had that much severe pain. My main problem has been being able to grasp and hold onto things without dropping them and weakness.

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  6. P.S. - The light will always be on (lol)

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  7. Sending good wishes and positive thoughts for a speedy recovery :-)

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    1. I appreciate that, Annalisa, and will take each and everyone:)

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  8. Prayers and thoughts with you tomorrow!

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    1. Thank you, Alex. That is much appreciated.

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  9. Ugg, nerve pain sucks in every way, can attest to that at my bay. Hoping the surgery goes well.

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    1. Thanks, Pat.
      What type of nerve pain have you been dealing with?

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  10. It sounds quite simple, so good luck with it. You will back soon.

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  11. We'll be waiting for you. Speedy recovery!

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  12. Sandra I will keep you in my thoughts and in my prayers. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You will be missed. I've got the lights on for you :) 💮

    Happy Birthday Stephanie 🎁🍦🎂🎆

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan. Thoughts, prayers and leaving the light on much appreciated:)
      I'll miss y'all too.

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  13. Good luck with all! I had my right one done twice . I will be leaving 10-4 for a Carribean trip if it still exists for 11 daze

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    1. Oh dear. You be careful. If we miss connections wishing you safety and fun.

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  14. Keeping you in my thoughts. More than year ago, I had some tingling in my left pinkie and ring finger, but the doctor said it wasn't carpal tunnel. My friend just had CT surgery. hope everything goes well for you.

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    1. Thanks, Jamie. I was checked and didn't have carpal either. Did they check for Cubital?

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  15. Thinking about you and sending hugs. Happy Birthday Stephanie xx

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  16. Oh Sandra, so very sorry to hear this. I've never heard of that particular one but I can see why typing, mousing and all that would make an impact. I'll have to remember that myself.

    I hope the surgery is easy and the recovery period even easier. You'll be missed but we wouldn't want you spending a lot of time here if it is a bad thing for your arm! Sending all the best of thoughts.

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    1. Thanks for all the kind words, Jeanie.
      Yes, please keep the strain on elbows in mind when you're on the computer and when you're sleeping.
      Hugs,

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  17. Hope it goes well Sandra. Nothing like constant pain to ruin everything.

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    1. Thanks so much, Donna. I'm fortunate in that I basically just have 'twinges', I just can't hold on to things. If I'm not concentrating, my wrist tips, my fingers open and I drop what I'm carrying:)

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  18. Best of luck for a speedy surgery and recovery!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stacy! Appreciated:)

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  19. I'm so sorry. I'll pray that the surgery goes well.

    Love,
    Janie

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  20. Sandra, my heart goes out to you for all to be well.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lon. I really appreciate it. I'm sure it will be fine.

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  21. That doesn't sound like fun at all. Wishing you the best. Rest well and don't be in any hurry.
    Happy Birthday, Stephanie.

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  22. Thoughts with you tomorrow. You won't be mobile for a while, but slowly you'll start doing things again. I have the beginnings of carpal tunnel and already wear a wrist and elbow brace to bed just to keep my arm straight.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear you've got carpal. That's very smart to wear a wrist and elbow brace at night.
      Everything I've read and heard is that it takes awhile. The surgeon seemed to think I'd be bouncing back fairly quickly....Hope he's right.
      Thanks for the good thoughts:)

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  23. Oh wow Sandra...that is tough to deal with. Having pain and stiffness and that tingling sensation just sucks. I will be thinking about you tomorrow and I know things will go well. I bet physio will come afterwards. After this I am certain the pain and other sensations will ease. Take care..I really mean this-Hugs to you!

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    1. Thanks for all the good thoughts, Birgit. The worst has been the loss of mobility in my hands. So I'm really looking forward to getting that back:)
      See ya soon.
      Hugs back.

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  24. Hope the surgery goes perfectly and you make a speedy return! That's a condition no writer wants.

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    1. Thank you so much, Nick.
      Isn't that the truth? I was scared to death that I wouldn't be able to use a computer for months, but doesn't sound like that's going to be the case. Whew.

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  25. Stopping by again to wish you luck and speedy healing.

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    1. That is so sweet. I really appreciate it, EC.
      Hugs,

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  26. Sandra; hope the surgery is successful, your recovery is quick; your pain is minimal and see you in a few weeks....all the best to you from me and da tabbies ☺☺♥♥

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    1. Thank you so much, FSG. I appreciate all the perfect wishes:)

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  27. Sending positive vibrations your way. I will keep you in my thoughts. Take the time you need to recover.

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    1. Much appreciated, True. Having my last cup of coffee before I'm cut off liquids:)

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  28. Holy cow. I am SO late visiting, and now you are on your way to the hospital. I realize this is not exactly major surgery, but they need to put you out to operate. I'll be thinking about you.

    Yes, I knew about this disorder because I came across it in my research of upper extremity disorders, which encompassed my dissertation.

    I can't believe you'll be gone so long, but I'll be here when your return, dear Sandra. Besides getting better, stay out of those hurricanes harmful waves, too.

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    1. Thanks for all your concern, Elizabeth. It is much appreciated. I'll be back before you know I'm gone.
      Hugs,

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  29. Hope all goes well Sandra and enjoy your break.

    Take care.
    Yvonne.

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  30. Wishing you a good surgery and recovery. Take good care, rest up and I'll look forward to your return (as will everyone.)

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. Your thoughts were and are much appreciated.

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  31. Thanks for the lovely wishes, Elizabeth.

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  32. Oh, goodness! I had no idea. I keep my fingers crossed for you tomorrow! Be back safe!
    Warm hugs and wishes of speedy recovery!

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  33. It sounds similar to how carpal tunnel effects the hand? I'm not fully sure. What I am sure about is this must prove how dedicated of a writer you are. Considering it's cause is writer/athletic related.
    You'll feel better before you know it! Looking forward to reading your October posts.

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    1. You're right, Harlynn. The symptoms are the same. The only difference is the location of the nerve: wrist or elbow.
      Thanks so much. I am feeling better.

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  34. Love and good energy coming your way. Heal quickly!

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  35. Sandra!!! I am so sorry you have to go through this! You will be in my prayers! Sending you healing energy! Thank you for sharing this with us! Good information for us to know! The light will be left on for you! Happy Birthday Stephanie! Big Hugs Sandra!!!

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  36. I know you're recuperating, and hopefully watching lots of fun movies, but just wanted to let you know I've been thinking about you. Hugs...

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  37. I'm sorry to hear. I wish you a good and quick recovery. Keep well! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  38. Oh wow. Surgery is never fun, but I hope you use the recovery time as an excuse to watch trashy TV and read lots of fun books! Hope you have a pain-free and restful recovery.

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    1. (Oh--also, am I the Stephanie you're saying happy birthday to? If so, THANK YOU! That warms my heart!)

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    2. Steph, you are so funny! Hugs...RO

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    3. Yes, you were the birthday girl.

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  39. I am so sorry to read about this Sandra, hope the surgery goes well and wishing you a speedy recovery too.

    All the best Jan

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  40. Hope the surgery went well. Sending healing thoughts your way. Sorry to hear about the pain you have been in. :(
    ~Jess

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  41. The light is burning brightly for you and for your return, Sandra. Take good care in the meantime...and thereafter. :)

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  42. Sandra, you are missed
    your silence is deafening
    you are a delight~

    Just to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers~

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    1. What a lovely message.
      Thank you, Jan.
      Hugs,

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    2. Jan, I just saw about your grandson and great. I'm so sorry. How can I reach you? Your comments are turned off:(

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  43. Stopping by to wave hello! Hugs...and hope you're doing ok. RO

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  44. The light's still on Super Sandra! Hugs...RO

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    1. I'm blinded by the light:) Thanks, Ro:)

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