I think I have carpal-tunnel syndrome.
For the last three-days (or has it been longer?), I’ve had a terrible shooting pain on the inside of my arm from my elbow to my wrist. It feels better when I shake it but when I stop it hurts again.Webmd.com lists this as a symptom so I probably have carpal-tunnel syndrome. I’m sure no one will believe me when I tell them because everyone things I’m a hypochondriac but it makes sense. I’m a writer. I type a lot. My hands also fall asleep when I sleep, so much so that it wakes me up in the middle of the night. I’m aware of how ridiculous that one sounds but it’s true.
I wonder if that’s a symptom of carpal-tunnel syndrome.
Pregnancy is also a symptom – wait, I take that back. Pregnancy is also a cause of carpal-tunnel syndrome. I’m already terrified as it is to be pregnant. Once you start knowing people who have had babies you learn about the gross/terrifying/painful things that happen when you have a baby. Those things scare me but I’m also afraid I’ll start wanting to eat dirt.
That seems like something I would do.
But back to carpal-tunnel.
One of my middle school teachers had to have surgery for her carpal-tunnel. I don’t remember her name but she was a doctor. I’m not sure which kind exactly but I’m sure she diagnosed her own carpal-tunnel. She terrified me with her story of the surgery and how painful it all was (why does everyone insist on being so terrifying?) and then I saw her scars. Also terrifying.
Beau said that today they can do carpal-tunnel surgery with a laser but I’d rather just wear one of those wrist splints.
My middle school teacher, the doctor, had to wear one of those. Not attractive.
I’ll be right back.
Well I’ve looked it up and numbness is also a symptom of carpal-tunnel so it’s pretty much a sure thing now. I also just wasted 27 minutes watching YouTube videos on how to relieve carpal-tunnel syndrome but I can’t trust those people — you should SEE some of their fingernails.
Anyway, at least I’m not craving dirt.