Two months after injuring my hand/wrist, I finally started occupational therapy yesterday. The weird thing is, I can’t pinpoint precisely how I hurt myself. All I’m certain of is that this is the second time I’ve been dealing with this issue since October. I know part of it was due to writing, or rather handwriting, a portion of a story I was trying to re-write. But now that I’ve been told that it’s not carpal tunnel (which was my first assumption) but is actually De Quervain’s Tenonsynovitis–inflammation of the tendons that are responsible for thumb movement–I think the actual injury may have been caused by the origami folding I do for my Etsy shop. Since it’s the second time in less than a year, I am giving serious consideration to giving up the business, but it’s hard to let go of something I’ve been doing for ten years, even if it causes injuries that interfere with writing.
I’ve had to stay off the computer a lot since getting hurt, as dictation software frustrates me and typing with only one hand isn’t a great option, either. The latter is how I’m writing this blog post. The self-imposed restriction meant that I unfortunately missed posting about the publication of my short story, “Fortune’s Dance” in Fantasy Scroll Magazine when it went live last month. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.
I’ve been given a rough timeline of up to five weeks of therapy to heal my injury. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take that long!