Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cortizone injection

Yesterday I was at my rheumatologist complaining about my wrist. It just froze up a few weeks ago for some unknown reason and will not budge. I can't bend it at all and its starting to really interfere with my diaper changing, dish washing, laundry folding life. More than anything I'm afraid that the thing will never unlock. My Grandpa Arnett had a similar problem in the same wrist and had to have his wrist surgically fused. As a child I was fascinated with his unbending wrist. I got a kick out of watching him lift his elbow above his head just to get something out of his shirt pocket. These past few weeks I find myself moving exactly like him but this time around its not nearly as cool. I'm terrified of losing movement in my wrist for good.

So the rheumatologist was suggesting some different oral meds etc. and then he said, "Or we could just inject it and fix that thing right now." You all know my love for immediate gratification so I said "Lets do it!...Will it hurt?"

He told me that it wouldn't hurt so I agreed and gritted my teeth and looked away. It did hurt. He injected lido cane first which burned but numbed it all up pretty quickly. Then he injected a substance that was the consistency of peanut butter into the deepest part of my wrist with a giant fat needle. I made the mistake of looking at it at one point. Gross.

He was done and within literally 5 seconds the whole joint was free again. It was like turning a key on a lock and opening a door. Now my wrist is a little sore but I can bend it however I want. Hopefully I wont have to do that again but its nice to know that its an option. Modern Medicine really is miraculous. The doctor told me that I need to go easy on the wrist for a while. He told me to have someone else do the housework that involves using my hands for a week or two. This was hilarious to me. It did get me out of a couple of dirty diapers yesterday but I'm here to tell you, if my crippled wrist doesn't do the laundry, then this family will go naked. Well, at least very dirty.


brianne said...

I'm glad you are able to move your wrist again. I'm also happy you were able to get out of a few dirty diapers yesterday :) I had to have a cotizone shot in my achilles so I know exactly what you are talking about. Also YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER LOOK!!! :) HA, HA

Brenda said...

Okay, hello?! If it was going to fix things immediately, why didn't they just suggest that in the first place instead of talking about oral meds?

I'm glad your wrist works.

Olsen Family said...

you are seriously one of the cutest and funniest people I know. I have loved getting to know you and Kristen. Your both amazing and I am so grateful for all the countless things you have done for me. Thank you!!!

Tara said...

Ugh that sucks! You should go into my dad and have him check your wrist. Maybe regular adjustments would keep it functioning right. Hope everything works out well. Although I did like picturing you lifting your elbow to your chest to get something out of your pocket :) Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hey Staci it's Tracy - Sorry we couldn't get together this weekend but it sounds like you have had a lot on your plate this week. Hope your doing ok and I'll talk to you soon. Love you!

Christy said...

I had a cortisone shot in my knee a couple years ago. Same thing, a miracle cure but definitely not a painless procedure. Sorry you had to go through that!

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