I suddenly realised that you’ve probably all had months of sleepless nights wondering about my tennis elbow. And no spellcheck, I do not want to put a z in realised.
So a quick update.
Well basically it’s still the same. Lots of bloody nasty pain and inconvenience. Not being able to do things without pain that most people take for granted. Like brushing your hair or putting your bra on or picking up the sugar jar or a thousand other things. Waking up in the night and almost crying from the pain.
But I did see the elbow specialist. I didn’t realise that joints were split up between so many people. Some specialists do shoulders, some do shoulders and knees, some do hands and apparently a very elite group do elbows. And the one I saw was one of those arrogant condescending types that some specialists seem to be. I was so not in the mood for him right from the start. He spoke to me like I was an idiot right from the start and he was one of those people who presume to know all about you after having known you for about two minutes.
The first thing he told me was that I was very bloke like. (It was all to do with the way I took my cardigan off). I don’t take that as an insult because I am in fact very bloke like, I’ve never been the girly girl but still it’s a big call on his part. Then he gave me a lecture about being a control freak and a Type A personality. And how my elbow would never get better because I was a type A personality and never gave up control and never let anyone do anything and bla bla bloody bla and that if I wanted it to get better then I had to rest it for twelve months. And I just sat there and thought where the fuck do you get off mate. I work part time, I go to school full time, I run a house, I run a hobby business, I have three kids and I’M RIGHT HANDED. And if there weren’t so many useless bastards in the world there would be no need for us so called Type A’s who should really just be called the people who get the bloody job done.
So I could see what he was saying but the way he went about it was all wrong and I felt like getting real bloke like and punching him in the face. So the whole idea is that you don’t take painkillers, you don’t use strapping and you don’t have cortisone injections (whoops). the idea is that you must feel the pain, so you can tell what things cause the pain and then you stop doing them. You learn to lift things differently. If you are waking up in tears through the night it means you have worked it too hard through the day. Basically there is no cure except rest. Every time you feel pain you have put your recovery back. So work out what things cause pain and stop doing them or work out a way to do them that doesn’t hurt.
I have been trying very hard because I really want it to go away but like I said this doctor, well he was a real prick. I must remember to tell my doctor not to send anyone there who is a bit sensitive because you don’t really need to pay $245.00 to be treated like an imbecile.
So rest easy everyone. No miracle cure, just slow and steady progress.