MRI, Steroid Shots, and Star Wars

Finally had an MRI done on my sore right wrist on 10/9, received the results on 10/13. It came up almost completely normal, except for one tendon that is apparently out of place! But the doctor doesn’t think that’s the cause of the problem. Oh, and he doesn’t agree with all of the previous diagnoses that I was given. So basically, I still don’t know why I’ve been having pain in my wrist and hand since mid-April. Six months!

His solution was to give me a cortisone (steroid) injection in the part of my wrist that was bothering me the worst. Which, on that particular day, happened to be the tendon running down the outside of my wrist from my thumb, opposite of the one that is actually out of place.  I was told it would take 5-7 days for full effect. The first 2 days were bad. Really painful, worse than my normal pain. It’s now subsided somewhat, but though today is day seven after the shot, I can’t say I’m any better overall…

So what does all of this have to do with Star Wars? First, I’m a big fan, having grown up with the films. My parents tell me I saw the original (and best) version of Episode IV in the theater, but being only 2 at the time, I don’t remember that. Like many others, I watched the new trailer for The Force Awakens last night–we won’t get into how many times I watched it–but I probably had a very different reaction from most. Don’t get me wrong. I loved seeing all the new characters along with a couple of glimpses of old favorites. And I’m not ashamed to admit I teared up a bit over it all. Especially seeing Han and Leia together.

But when I saw Finn with a lightsaber, two very different feelings ran through me. First was excitement over the thought of another lightsaber duel on the big screen. Then–maybe because of my own hand issues–I couldn’t help feeling a bit of dread on Finn’s behalf. Young guys losing a hand in their first on-screen duel seems to happen more often than not. Though now that I think about it, I suppose it could have been a Skywalker thing, since only Obi-Wan came out of his with all of his limbs intact. Still, I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch the scene in Episode VII without those mixed feelings until I see the outcome.

And here’s the trailer, in case anyone needs an excuse to watch it again: