A Small but Welcome Improvement (Part 2)

The title isn’t entirely true. This part is about all the bits of yesterday that weren’t welcome, and weren’t improvements.

When I first woke yesterday I was aware of a cold stiff finger. Fortunately it was mine, otherwise this could have been a very strange post. The little finger of my left hand is now following the ring finger of my right hand into arthritis.

I’m not sure whether it’s good to spread the load between hands or not.

Two hands with inconvenient fingers, or one hand with two inconvenient fingers?

 The third arthritic finger is likely to be the little finger of my right hand (it does get a bit cold and stiff at times) so the situation is likely to deteriorate soon anyway.

I doubled up my dose of turmeric, applied a pain-killing gel and cursed old age. There’s not much else you can do, apart from staying positive and, despite all my efforts, this isn’t really one of my strengths.

I am more Dylan Thomas than Pollyanna.

After the brief ray of sunshine that was my visit to the dentist, I arrived at the shop with two minutes to go. I hate being late, even by arrangement, so this was good.

Then I started entering more soul-destroying stock onto eBay. Every one I do is one more step towards my wages, and one more step towards becoming cold and empty inside…

And having come full circle, in a distinctly literary manner, I will leave you all, facing the cold, bleak, dead, stiffness of my existence.

Yes, that positivity stuff definitely isn’t working.

14 thoughts on “A Small but Welcome Improvement (Part 2)

  1. Clare Pooley

    Join the arthritic fingers club! I have also been told to keep all my joints moving as much as possible as often as possible. Use it or lose it, as the saying goes.

  2. tootlepedal

    I don’t like to teach grandma to suck eggs but have you tried actually hauling on your fingers and vigorously wiggling them about? My physio assures me that you can’t actually pull your own digits off and I have found it very helpful on my arthritic thumb and toe. It is very counter intuitive I agree.

    1. quercuscommunity

      As you seem a trustworthy sort so I will give it a go. I’d not actually thought of it but it makes sense, and in winter I do flex my feer under the duvet before getting up and creaking my way through the day.

  3. arlingwoman

    Goodness Quercus. Someone may delight in that awful stuff. You could try getting a chuckle out of that. I’m sorry about your fingers. Are you taking turmeric or curcumin. I suggest the latter as it is more concentrated with the needed components of turmeric. The likenesses on that coin are not good.

    1. quercuscommunity

      I’m on turmeric as it’s easily available. I may have to review that. The double doses seemed to do the trick today. No, they are dreadful coins, though it seems to be the modern way.


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