After the irritating hours of Saturday – Lost Wallet! Golfer’s Elbow! Continued pain! Buying an elbow brace! – I had a wonderful surprise today in church. I was a few minutes late and so had to wait at the back until the handbell choir was done. (Our church has such a nice custom of not letting people move down the aisles while a choir or soloist is performing. You have to wait until it ends.) I had to nip halfway up to the front past my usual spot to find a place. Later, when I got up to greet those seated around me during the “handshake” portion of our Baptist service I turned around and saw behind me a friend I’d been trying to reach for two years.
(I should have posted this Saturday but I was waiting for the world to end so I wouldn’t have to do it. Hooray we’re still here; boo, I have to clean the house.)
Saturday was as frustrating a day as I’ve had in some time. Thursday I came back from the doctor with an odd diagnosis. A couple of weeks before intense, deep pain centered around my left elbow woke me up. If the pain had been shooting down my arm I would have called 911. But I’d been sleeping with my arm curved up under my head, so I figured I’d just aggravated the arm. Yet the pains kept coming back.
More scene setting: You should know my work schedule has been too hectic by half the last three weeks. And going to my doctor is always a major production because I work way out on the Northeast side of town and Dr. Smith is closer to where I live, on the Northwest. It can mean two to three hours off, depending on when I can get the appointment! I finally found time in my work schedule to go last week.
Ok, enough preliminary jabber. I finally get to the doctor and he tells me I have medial epicondylitis – golfer’s elbow. Huh? I don’t play golf, and it’s not my predominant hand. Continue reading “Minor Irritations”