I just wanted to say thank you all for your kind sympathy and for praying for me. I am still in a lot of pain, but it is better. I am learning what I can do and what I cannot and using 'helps' wherever I can. Including take-out pizza! Anything to save my hands.
My hands are down - quite literally.
They've been racked with constant pain, intermittent swelling and spasms since Tuesday. Cold hurts, warmth helps short term. Rest might be good, but how does one function without their hands? Today they were good enough to drive to art class and the library, to help finish two AWANA Grand Prix cars, to bake a few cookies for tomorrow's event and to type a few words here and there. An improvement since yesterday I couldn't even hold a book (gasp) or my spoon at supper without crying. I see the doctor next week. This could be liver related, since my whole being is affected by the disease, or it could be something entirely different.
We shall see.
In the meantime we are thankful for the pain alerting me to something amiss, and thankful to have access to medical care. I'm thankful for 44 years of useful, mostly pain free hands, and thankful that my worth is not wrapped up in what they accomplish each day, but rather in Who they are at work for.