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Arthritis? Thanks, Mom…

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Anyway, I had a checkup with my doctor this afternoon, which confirmed something I’d suspected for a few months now. I’m starting to develop arthritis in the middle knuckles of my index fingers.

For the moment, this is a minimal annoyance. It doesn’t interfere with my writing. I notice it mostly when I’m trying to make a tight fist for karate. Or when I bump one of the knuckles against something. But it’s the first sign of what’s likely to be a progressive problem.

(Please note that I’m not asking for medical advice, thanks!)

I mentioned this to my father, and he was happy to tell me I inherited this particular problem from my mother. Which seems fair, considering the diabetes comes from his genes.

Mostly right now, it’s a worry for the future. I mean, I’m a writer. I spend way too much time typing at a keyboard. I know dictation is an option, but for the moment, I rely on my hands. And between some tendons tightening up in my hands (Dupuytren’s contracture) and now this, I’m not sure what’s going to happen as I get older.

Hopefully I’ll just get some bionic hands or something. Maybe I’ll be able to moonlight as a superhero. I could write a noir-style bestseller about my first case: The Hand Job.

Okay, maybe not…

In the meantime, I guess the best thing to do is write as many stories as I can. Just in case 😉

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 13th, 2017 08:19 pm (UTC)
Hopefully I’ll just get some bionic hands or something.

oooh, I want some too! It could improve my handwriting..
Jul. 13th, 2017 10:45 pm (UTC)
Ah, yeah, arthritis sucks. Bad for this writing thing, isn't it? Barrel on through, man, you can do this!
Deborah Blake
Jul. 13th, 2017 10:46 pm (UTC)
When I injured my knee (15 months ago, although I'm still gimpy), and eventually went to an orthopedic doc, I was told I had arthritis in the knee--and therefore probably in the other one. Nothing to do with the injury, although it probably peeved it mightily both in the injured knee and the healthy one that had to pick up the slack. Swell. I get to thank my mom, too.
Jul. 14th, 2017 03:21 am (UTC)
Bionic hands... that sounds like an idea.

After getting my hand torn up by breaking up a dog fight (of my own dogs of course) I am now having issues with the knuckle of my middle finger and index. Kinda sucks how often we use those on a daily basis =p
Jul. 14th, 2017 12:12 pm (UTC)
It's possible to have knuckle replacements, just like hip replacements (only smaller, obviously). A lady I know who is a well known stitcher has had them in order to continue to pursue her career. Something to think about, perhaps.
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