Even though I like to complain about my arguing neighbors, noisy construction, and electronic woes a lot, I try to keep my blog a fairly positive, happy place, but *sigh* I don’t feel very positive right now.
I’ve been resting my wrist. Some days I haven’t even done anything other than eat, shower, and read. The bad news is, not only does my right wrist still hurt, the left one, and my forearms, hurt now too. The good news is, with all the rest, arnica cream, and epsom salt, it seems to be maybe a little better than it was at first and usually only hurts when I’m doing certain things. I did more research, and I think that it might be an RSI (repetitive strain injury) in my extensor carpi radialis longus and brevis muscles. But whatever it is, the treatment is going to be rest, which could take months for a healthy body and even more for me since I already have a chronic illness and related health problems and take a lot longer to heal. But this is a problem because 1) it’s not just computer work but everyday things causing pain (even reading requires holding something and changing pages), and 2) everything I do for fun, and more importantly the only type of work I’m able to do, is computer-based. I can’t just do NOTHING for months, which means I might have a continuous battle ahead of trying to balance resting with living and keeping the pain to a minimum. But as I said last time, I guess we’ll see.
I know it may seem like I’m being overdramatic about some wrist and arm pain (trust me, it’s not like this is the first injury or RSI or ache or pain I’ve ever had), but it’s really upsetting because it just seems like every time I’ve tried to move forward in the past five or so years since my health problems started, it’s blown up in my face or some new problem has popped up to push me back. This time I was working on something that had the potential to help me make more money and not have to leave this apartment in a few months, but that plan is definitely out of the question for now, possibly forever. I know I’m not the only person with problems and that things could be worse, but that still doesn’t make it any less tough.
And the incompetent plumbers and maintenance here where I live are only exhausting me more with the problems they created. But my shower actually worked normally today for the first time in over a week, so fingers crossed that it will continue to work because I really don’t have the energy for people coming in to work on pipes and whatnot.
Back on topic though, I’m trying to fix my computer area to be more ergonomic, I’m still using epsom salt and arnica cream, and I might try a tennis elbow brace. In the meantime, if you have any work-from-home job ideas that don’t require a ton of wrist movement, I’d love to hear them. Or if you just wanna offer moral support and virtual hugs, that’s appreciated too <3 I’ll still be here blogging, so don’t worry, this isn’t a hiatus announcement or anything (and please don’t tell me I should take a break, I need this blog now more than ever, and I have plenty of posts scheduled ahead).
Anyway, I’m not used to getting so personal on my blog, so that’s enough of that for one day, I’d say. And now back to your regularly scheduled blog post…
I won a giveaway! Thank you to The Fox’s Hideaway and Tor Teen for my copy of The Rains :-D I’ve been interested in this one since I first saw it, so yay!
And [easyazon_link identifier=”B00D7JWTTQ” locale=”US” tag=”beckriam-20″]The Palace Job[/easyazon_link] and [easyazon_link identifier=”B00FJ352U6″ locale=”US” tag=”beckriam-20″]Bird Box[/easyazon_link] both went on sale, so I bought those ebooks since I’ve wanted to read both for a while now and needed the pick-me-up that new books always give :-P
Since I don’t know when Cover Characteristics will officially be back, I wanted to let anyone who’s interested know that I’ll be posting covers featuring snow globes on 12/12 and my favorites covers from books I read this year on 12/19. If anyone wants to join in on those topics, go ahead and come visit so that I can check out yours too!
Books I Received for Review:
Books I Finished:
Scrudge & Barley was so touching, despite the silly cover, and a wonderful A Christmas Carol retelling. Whispers of Old Winds was not bad but kinda strange and not quite for me. Shade Chaser I’d been waiting for all year since it was supposed to come out in February, so I snatched it from NetGalley and read it immediately and loved it! Shatter Me was ok. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t feel connected to it either. But since it’s so popular, I’m continuing the series to give it a chance.
Song of the Week:
No song this week.
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared book covers featuring snow.
– I reviewed The Three Sisters by Sonia Halbach, a fun, unique YA Christmas fantasy.
– I got festive with a Christmas book tag!
– I reviewed Scrudge & Barley, Inc. by John Inman, a fun but touching M/M retelling of A Christmas Carol.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)