The selfie picture above is not as a result of a car accident, a sudden blow to the head, or watching Miley Cyrus on Youtube. No, no, no, my friends. My arms are in braces because I put them there myself.* You see, I finally, came out of the closet about my condition. I have been suffering from repetitive stress injury, i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome, in both wrists for years. Years? Yes. I noted the tingling, the inability to grasp things, the stabs of pain for years.
About a week ago, a numb spot developed between my index and middle finger of my right hand. And, it hurt like hell. That may be overstating the case, but it throbs continually. I couldn't ignore it any longer. Since my left hand has long been plagued by slight indications of the same condition, I am wearing braces on both wrists. I want to forestall surgery if at all possible.
Therefore, I want to take a hands-off policy here at the Gumbo blog. I may be tempted to keep writing two, three, or eight times a week. This urge to write always overtakes me when I swear it off. Therefore, I am counting on you to remind me in the comments that I am NOT SUPPOSED TO waste time at the keyboard. I want to rest my weary wrists.
Until tomorrow, next week, or next month, I am signing off.
* I also put the hair in a do-rag because I really, really, really need a haircut.