Sunday, January 15, 2017

Not doing that much photography right now

About 9 or 10 weeks ago I woke up one day with severe pain in my right wrist. I thought that it was a temporary thing and didn’t bother with it doctorwhomuch. The pain became worse as time went by, and finally my wife made an appointment for me at our GP for 14 December 2016.

I visited the doctor—no, not the one/s on the right—and after he finished checking me out he said that I had acute tendinitis due to my work as a software developer which I’ve been since 1991. He gave me 2 injections into my wrist and told me that the pain should be gone in about 2 weeks. However, the pain never went away.

The pain became so severe that I found it difficult to turn a key in the door, or turn a door handle. The simplest every day activities caused pain in the wrist, and the most difficult for me to handle was the fact that it became unbearable to do my photography. I could take one or two photographs and then it would become necessary for me to nurse my wrist. The end result was that during the December holidays I only went out twice to take photographs compared to 6 times in December 2015.

So, on 6 January 2017 I saw the doctor again, and having learnt about the continuing pain, he referred me to a specialist doctor for sonars to be done on my wrist and hand. Before we entered the doctor’s offices I told my wife that I didn’t think that anything would be found and that it was probably just pains from getting older. The sonar was completed and the result is that I have arthritis in 3 fingers and in the wrist, plus I have the beginning stages of carpal tunnel syndrome and an internal ganglion cyst in my wrist, nd finally that I have fluid buildup in my fingers where there should be none.

I dropped off the detailed report at my doctor’s offices, and later that day he called me to tell me that he is referring me to an orthopedic surgeon and that his receptionist will call me with the appointment details. So, now I am waiting for that to see what happens next.

I know I haven’t been posting here much, but I have thought about posting, though. It’s the thought that counts, right? Here are a few photographs from a while back!

Playing with fire!
A little steel wool experimentation! – 12 Oct 2015

Playing with fire!
Some more! – 12 Oct 2015

Nature in Rietvlei Nature Reserve
There’s mushroom for all of us! at Rietvlei Nature Reserve - 1 Nov 2015

Nature in Rietvlei Nature Reserve
White-fronted bee-eater at Rietvlei Nature Reserve - 1 Nov 2015

Nature in Rietvlei Nature Reserve
The lonely road at Rietvlei Nature Reserve – 1 Nov 2015

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