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On the Other Hand...


I could just ignore the pain in my thumb

for it seems a mere mosquito bite,

a small irritation when compared

to others with far worse injuries

or ailments.


But, on the other hand, I can seek help

from trained medical professionals

well experienced in their field

who can diagnose this little



I could just complain, rant and rave

and make life miserable for myself

and all those around me as I endure

this nagging and worrisome

little pain.


But, on the other hand, I can seek help

and get down on my knees to God

giving thanks and praise that

in American I can pray

and seek help!


(Update:  Since this poem was written over a month ago, I have been to the Orthopedic Center and had a steroid shot in my thumb and, thank God, it now feels perfectly normal again.  I hope it lasts!)

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Comment by Karen Stenback on June 24, 2011 at 7:51am
That's what I figure - the baking soda won't hurt you, and may help.   As a added bonus, bodies that are more alkaline are more resistant to developing cancer....
Comment by Ruth Y. Nott on June 24, 2011 at 6:13am
Thanks Karen.  The baking soda sounds helpful and certainly not expensive a remedy to try.
Comment by Karen Stenback on June 23, 2011 at 11:25pm

I did not want shots because someone at the time told me not to - I do not remember who or why. With the surgery - he wanted to remove a little triangular bone at the joint, let a blood clot form, and that would provide cushioning for the joint in place of the lost cartilage - but there were no long term studies on this and my thinking was that at some point the clot would be worn away and then I would also have no bone there.  Luckily the glucosamine and collagen have worked. 

As far as trigger finger goes - from my reading, it seems to be aggravated by inflammation in the body - and the way to reduce inflammation is to have a more alkaline pH balance in the body - more acidic pH balances are from eating diets too high in meat, etc.  Veggies, fruits, etc., make a body more alkaline.  Also - taking some (a Tbsp?) of baking soda in water a couple times a week will also adjust the pH balance to more alkaline.  Thanks for asking, Ruth!  I hope you get some relief from the pain.  

Comment by Ruth Y. Nott on June 23, 2011 at 5:11pm
My symptoms were that my upper and lower thumb joints would click (pop?) each time I moved the thumb and became quite painful.  The doctor called it a "trigger finger" (as one of my friends had already diagnosed) and said the steroid shot "might" help, but he could only give me two and if that didn't work then it would be surgery to loosen the tendon (ligament?  I forget easily).  I'm so happy the first shot has worked so well.  I know it may reoccur though but that doesn't keep me from hoping and praying that it doesn't.  Karen, why didn't you want any treatment?  As for the Glucosamin chondroitin, I've been taking that for probably more years that you have, (and it has helped my knees) but it didn't stop this joint pain.  Aida, why don't you want anymore shots?  If there are things I should know about consequences to these treatments, I'd like to know.  Prairie Quilter, thank you for your kindness.
Comment by Karen Stenback on June 23, 2011 at 5:02pm
I don't know if I had the same kind of pain in my hands, at the base of the thumb joints - but my thumbs were really hurting - the M.D. told me that the cartilage inside had worn away and I had bone rubbing against bone - I did not want the treatment he offered (shots, surgery) - but when I started taking glucosamine chondroitin and also collagen (bought at Costco - probably doesn't matter) - after a few weeks I no longer had pain - and still do not - unless I stop taking it.  It has been about four years, now....
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on June 23, 2011 at 3:04pm

I hope your steroid treatment will last for a long time.

I could say the same thing about my shoulder. I had a surgery last December, yet the pain persists and my movement is still limited.  The same index finger that had a steroid shot a year ago has flared up again, and I don't want any more shots. Some days are good, some days I can almost cry in pain, but then, I throw my hands up in prayer "My hands are in yours, dear Lord".

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 23, 2011 at 2:11pm
I always enjoy your prose and poetry, Ruth.  Glad your thumb is better. 

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