Health update

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 17:40
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
I'm slowly regaining movement of my hand. Today I can do most normal things as long as they don't require supporting any weight on that hand. Yesterday was quite horrible, though. I feel like I was practically sitting in one position all day, doing nothing useful whatsoever, because my wrist hurt so much.

I mean it - I even had to eat with the left hand, because I couldn't hold a fork/spoon/piece of bread. I think that explains it quite well. Also, getting dressed in the morning was a challenge, and I had to pick out clothes that I could get "easily" on or off.

I wasn't even aware that CTS could be this painful. I had heard of the condition, of course, but never experienced it until now. Let's just say I hope it will be the first and last time.

By now the only constant pain left is a slight burning feeling, and a slight swelling. I guess it will fade on its own, too... hopefully soon.

Oh, and no more trackpad for me. Not even as an emergency solution.


Thursday, September 7th, 2017 14:22
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
So, my computer mouse has been acting up for a while. Some time ago, it started registering single clicks as double clicks. Annoying, but not often enough that I couldn't live with it. Well... that problem has been getting gradually worse. Then, recently, another problem started to occur: You can no longer drag and drop anything with this mouse, because it will simply let go of it mid-way through the motion. Any drag-and-hold motion like autofilling columns in an spreadsheet, is of course also affected by the same problem.

While I can deal with the occasional single/double click failure, I can't deal with these new problems. However, I also didn't feel like buying a new mouse, so I simply put the faulty one away and replaced it with a trackpad I had in one of my drawers. Now, I'm not a big fan of trackpads, but I figured I could use it for a while.

Well... wrong. I've been using it for about a week now, and my wrist is not liking it. At first I thought that I just wasn't used to the new pattern of movement, and it's not like it hurt that much during the first couple of days, either. By now it hurts much more, though. Hello, carpal tunnel infection.

I mean it: It hurts as f#&%.

I probably don't need to point out that I made a nice little trip to the electronics store today? Bought a replacement for my beloved trackball mouse, came home, and threw the trackpad safely back in its drawer. For now, at least. But honestly, I don't know if it even deserves to stay there, because it's not even usable as an emergency solution if the emergency lasts for more than a few days.

I've learnt that much by now.

Oh, and I'm now wearing support on my wrist, so my hand movement isn't perfect at the moment. However, neither typing nor using the trackball on the new mouse causes a lot of thumb movement, so I think this should be okay. I hope the pain decides to fade soon, though...
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
Being human is torture. Sometimes.

Today is one of those days. My chest hurts. My shoulders and hands hurt. Even breathing makes my whole body hurt. Most likely, I'm just tired because I didn't sleep nearly enough, and therefore I'm also more inclined to pay attention to pain.

But, still...


Pillow stuff

Friday, June 16th, 2017 18:15
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
I bought a new pillow a few days ago. A weird one that looks like this.

... That might be one of the best things I've ever bought. Seriously.

As some of you may know (because I know I've been whining about it in my journal before), I have a lot of problems with pillows. Sometimes I wake up with a massive headache after sleeping on unfamiliar pillows (like in hotels and such). Even my own pillow at home can be a problem, because it has one "correct" position - if I drop it in my sleep or wash it or try to knock it into a better shape, it's very possible that I'll wake up feeling headachy and possibly nauseated even after sleeping on that one.

And of course this issue is not easily remedied by simply buying a new pillow, because I don't really know from looking at/touching a pillow in a shop whether it'll work for me.

This new one, though? Let's just say that I've read about these pillows various times, but they're usually very expensive. They also look very strange, so I couldn't imagine that I'd be able to sleep on such a thing. For those reasons, I simply never tried them until now.

I've had this pillow for a few days now, and it's seriously an absolute wonder. It's a little lower than I usually prefer, but getting used to that took only a couple of nights. I sleep mostly on my side, but I prefer to lie on my back if I'm "doing" things on bed - like reading, clicking around the net on my phone, lying in bed watching sports etc. This pillow is supposed to be ideal for both positions, because it's slightly higher on the part that goes under your neck. Having extra support there feels surprisingly comfortable. I know that I also used to have a tendency to lean my head back in my sleep. With this pillow, I don't think I can even do that, and supposedly it should help with keeping your head at the right angle to your spine even in your sleep.

Of course I can't tell whether that's actually what it's doing. I can, however, say that I slept very well on this pillow for the time I've had it - and I haven't had even one day of waking up with what I have always thought of as "pillow-related" pain. During the first couple of nights I switched back and forth between this and my regular pillow, but by now I truly like this new one. Also, one more thing about it is that it's actually less hard than it looks. Sure, it's hard in the sense that it stays the same shape even when you sleep on it, but you can easily squeeze it a little - it's not a solid "block" of a pillow (which I always thought these things were, honestly. I suppose they come in various qualities and softness levels, though).

Denmark trip

Monday, June 12th, 2017 18:09
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
I went to Denmark for the day yesterday. The trip was mostly nice, and I also managed to buy a bag/backpack (well, it has straps for carrying on your back, at least) for the Portugal trip. Now I just need to see that I can fit everything I need in there, but I think that should be okay.

Today has been significantly less nice, though. I woke up hurting absolutely all over - headache, nausea, cramps, dizziness, you name it... It feels like I spent most of today either sleeping or moaning about being in too much pain to even do anything useful. Even trying to eat has been difficult, and I only managed to eat properly after sleeping for another hour just half an hour ago or so.

Right now I feel a bit better. I'm still tired, but not hurting or feeling like I'm about to throw up anymore. I guess I will still go to bed very early tonight, though. (Perhaps there is still something not quite right if I'm sitting by the computer at 6:30pm thinking of "going to bed early"?)

On a nicer note: I rediscovered some old writings on my Google Docs account - including some half-written fics that I had more or less forgotten about. I don't think these are fics I'm going to finish anymore, but it's still interesting to see them again.


Thursday, May 18th, 2017 02:14
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
I just woke up with a maddening headache. Probably because I'm sleeping with a different pillow than usual, and it's absolutely not working. If I try to lie down, I feel like I'm going to throw up, but if I sit up that feeling isn't there.

I also wore shoes for too many hours on end yesterday, so my feet are hurting and my legs are cramping.

... and I'm in a crap mood, obviously.

I'm so tired that it physically hurts, and I don't quite dare to lie down again because of the headache and nausea.

Might have to try again soon, though, because I also can't sit here for the rest of the night.

I don't like this. Sigh.


Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 17:16
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Scenery - Sundown)
My timing is horrible at times.

More specifically, my body's timing about health stuff is horrible. I started getting a toothache earlier today. Well, toothache or a wisdom tooth coming up and pressing on the tooth that is already there, I don't even know. If this persists, the timing is horrible, because it won't be easy to get any treatment for it during the Easter holidays. It's not too bad, though, so I hope it just goes away for a few days, and then I promise to go and get it fixed over the holidays.

Okay, tooth? Deal?

Also, speaking of Easter, I don't really have any sort of holiday mood about it this year. Maybe I will feel it more during the weekend, but not yet.

Right now I'm mostly a little envious (though not in a bad way, if that makes sense?) of people who are at The Gathering 2017, which is a huge computer party that has been held during the Easter holidays for several years already. I dreamed of going there already as a teen, and when I see pictures and TV reports from it nowadays, I still dream of going there. It's just such a cool thought - thousands of people sitting in this huge arena with their computers, gaming and making graphics and spending time online and doing generally whatever it is that they normally enjoy doing at the computer. Seems like a huge geek fest, and a dream to be part of. I know many people don't sleep very much during the week either, but there is apparently a space to have a lie-down even inside the arena somewhere.

I can't really imagine travelling to something like that by myself, though... which might be the reason I've never been there. Also, the friend I would trust enough to go with is less into this sort of stuff than I am, so I don't think it makes sense to try to convince him for next year either.

I still get to enjoy the reports and pictures from there, though, which is interesting, too!

Health stuff

Friday, January 20th, 2017 11:42
zimena: A cup with a hot drink inside. A heart drawn into the liquid, and the text "Coffee, love?" diagonally across the pic. (Misc - Coffee)
I don't feel very good at the moment.

I've been feeling strange for about a week. It's hard to say exactly what has been wrong, as it's nothing specific, but pretty much every daily task has felt like an insurmountable challenge. When I had to go out to do some grocery shopping and errands yesterday, I did not enjoy being outside at all. In fact, I spent most of the time out just hoping that I could be done with this soon, so that I could go back home. Not that being home is much better, because I don't really feel like doing anything there either. For example, I wanted to change the tablecloth, but I just sat there for two hours thinking that I should do it, but I just couldn't make myself get up. It takes maximum a few minutes, including removing the old tablecloth and everything that is on it, but I just had no energy to get to it. I also have fun stuff to do, such as calling the best friend or writing an email for a person I truly enjoy writing to... but I just... don't get to any of it.

Then, a few days ago, my feet started getting swollen. Not so much in the morning, then more and more as the hours passed until evening. By bedtime, I would have problems getting my socks and pants off - and I usually wear stretchy, comfortable materials. I tried wearing compression stockings, too, but it didn't help very much. Also, today my wrists are swollen as well. I don't know if I can describe it as actually painful, though - more like, sore and "heavy" in some way.

At least I'm going to the doctor later today... but I'm not sure I truly want to go there, because I don't know what to tell him. Okay, the swollen feet/ankles/wrists are actually visible issues that I can point to and possibly get some answers about, but the rest of what I described in this post feels so abstract that it's hard to put to words.

Perhaps I'm even writing this post mostly for myself, because now I already put it to words once. Let's see if that will be helpful.

EDIT: Got medication, but can't start it until tomorrow morning, apparently. Also, was told to wear compression stockings and try to sit or lie with my feet up as much as possible.

Good excuse to go to bed early, find an extra pillow for my feet, and then watch some more Yuri on Ice?

No, but seriously, apart from the medication, this is nothing new. The other tips are the same ones I had already tried before going to see the doctor, so I hope the meds will help. Apparently I'm supposed to feel better in a few days' time, even though I should keep taking meds for a week.

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