So, let's recap:
Monday, a week and a half ago: Staph infection. Bactrim DS prescribed.
Tuesday, same week: Bactrim causes nausea. Allergies cause sinus/facial/tooth pain.
Wednesday, same week: Nausea continues. Tooth pain sends me--finally--to the dentist.
Thursday, same week: Nausea continues. Root canal at 8:30 a.m. (only thing worse would be root canal at 7:30 a.m.) Tylenol with codeine causes more nausea and stomach pain. Mouth pain not pleasant. Day from Hell at work concludes with run to Federal Express at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, last week: Nausea, check. Day 2 from Hell at work. Work day concludes with tears and panic attack accompanied by difficulty breathing.
Saturday: Woke up with thumbs and first two fingers of both hands numb and pins-and-needles tingling. Continued nausea from Bactrim. General misery.
Sunday: More of the same weekend "fun."
Monday: Called in "sick" with nerve impingement in wrists/hands. Went to doctor. Changed antibiotics for staph infection. Prescribed wrist splits and Motrin. Advised office I would try to be back at work on Thursday.
Tuesday: Call from workers' compensation carrier regarding my claim. (?) Asked to see their doctor. Their doctor orders physical therapy to break down scar tissue in both arms and allow arms to heal. NO KEYBOARDING. Off work for approximately two months. Advised therapy will be very painful.
Wednesday: Wake much too early with excruciating pain in both hands/arms. Meet with office manager to discuss doctor visit, prognosis, and sign paperwork. Arrange to cancel quilting class for Saturday. ARGH!
That's where I am now. I guess you know now why I needed a blogging break, and apparently it's going to be longer than I thought. Looks like TWO FREAKIN MONTHS of no keyboarding! I don't know, yet, whether I'll be able to quilt eventually, but my hands are too painful right now to do much of anything. And I think I need better drugs. On the up side, the staph infection is clearing nicely and I only have a couple more days of the new antibiotic. And next week we'll begin crown prep for my tooth, so maybe that will be done in a couple weeks too.
Yesterday I got a call from a very nice lady who said she enjoys my blog and has bought a couple of my patterns. The connection kept cutting out a bit, and I never DID get her name, but it sure lifted my mood to hear something nice--I just wanted to mention that because the call caught me off guard a little and I don't think I really expressed how thankful I was to get the call at that time because I was a little preoccupied with having to go see yet another doctor!
I don't know if I might pop on and post anything between now and when I'm released from treatment--it may well depend on if I can get someone to type for me. I'm going to take this physical therapy quite seriously and follow all orders, including keyboarding restrictions. So, you might not hear from me for a bit. But I figure TWO MONTHS brings us right up to around April Fools Day, which seems like a good time to make my reappearance in Blogland, don't you think?!
As a last note to my students who were signed up for my Saturday class, it's being postponed to the first Saturday in April, and you'll be getting a call from the shop.
Thank you all for your support, and I hope these two months will past quickly and I'll be healed at the end of it! See you soon!