Well, when our GP said “time to hit the reset button and neutralize the gremlins” we did not expect quite that speedy a reset! After our first round of appointments with specialists, things are moving fast!
Dealing with the gremlins
The rheumatologist has just about ruled out Rheumatoid Arthritis for Chris! This is a big one, and she has declared the hands and back problems are unrelated. What a relief, but so much anxiety for nothing when the Queensland GP led us down the RA rabbit hole.
Of course a readjustment of diagnosis does not take away the chronic pain which plays havoc with your life, your sleep, your moods and makes you question whether your choice of lifestyle is sustainable. But as someone said to us “don’t curse the darkness, light a candle.” And for us the candle is getting advice from specialists who know what they are doing! We feel that at last we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Chris’s problem with her hands is due to stenosing tenosynovitis (also known as trigger finger), an inflammation and constriction of the sheath through which the flexor tendons of the fingers and thumbs run. Sometimes a small nodule can also form, making the constriction even worse.
The condition limits your ability to move, straighten, and use your fingers for even the simplest of daily tasks. It is apparently common with diabetic patients. This is affecting both Chris’s thumbs which is quite debilitating as well as painful.
Since weeks of splinting and anti inflammatory drugs had no effect and both thumbs were totally stuck, it was felt the only sure fix is tendon release surgery as steroid injections are not an effective option for diabetics. We have seen the hands surgeon who will perform the operation on both thumbs next week. Chris is incredibly lucky to be treated as a priority case.
The lower back issue is still being investigated but with an MRI coming up we will know more soon. It is likely to be degenerative changes… AKA old age!
So we are at Yarra’s Edge for a while longer, as we thought would happen, but the prognosis is much brighter. We have been impressed with how quickly the medicos have taken action and are working together, especially in these Covid times.
For Wade, things are all okay and he continues to be under 3 monthly checks two years after his own health challenges.
While in Melbourne…
While in Melbourne, a few things were on our to do list and we have ticked them off in the last two days.
When Chris’s Dad died, she inherited some heirloom family pieces which were shipped to Australia and were in storage for a year while we could not travel. We have now managed to collect them and take them to our garage down the coast, with the rest of our gear! Thanks Murray for the helping hand lifting the precious items.
After the demise of our old drone, we have purchased a new one from the D1 Store in Brunswick, the DJI Headquarters in Australia. It is a DJI Mavic 2S with smart controller. With an improved flight time, large sensor, better camera and a controller allowing a much clearer view in full sun than the standard controller connected to a smart phone, we can’t wait to give the new beast a go… once Chris’s hand are operational!
And finally, the Canon camera got a professional sensor clean and service at the Camera Clinic. Our Canon 7dii has a tough life being constantly in a marine environment so we get that done when we can. Here are some of our latest images.
We have another big week ahead. We can’t wait to put the medical challenges behind us and start reconnecting with our friends. Talk to you next Friday with another update!