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Ramblings from a water soaked, one armed, weekend warrior.

Posted Sunday, November 27, 2011, at 6:05 PM

No, I did not lose my arm but it is about as useful for the past week plus. Last weekend I was trying to move as much of these wood chips as possible and while moving the large logs left in the piles, I did something to my right arm.

Yes, I am right handed but as everyone learns who loses the use of an arm, or even a pinky, you never realize how much you use it 'til you lose it. While it is not totally out of commission, it is hard to type or even use the mouse on this computer.

Have you ever hit your "funny bone"? The one that is not so funny in your elbow? Well, I did not hit it but I must have injured the same nerve because my arm hurts like I am constantly hitting it and the right side of my arm, including the pinky and the finger next to it is numb.

Of course, it would probably get better if I stopped picking up 100 lb logs out of the wood chip pile. Can't seem to do it with one hand so.....

The good news is that after another long, soaking day of working on the pile, I have moved enough to satisfy me for a while. The two main gardens are covered and the rest can be done with smaller loads using the garden tractor.

My experiment with the scraper blade loading the trailer went well. By the time I finished, I was almost professional (except a professional would use a front-loader).

The unloading was a continuous challenge but if I paid attention to detail, that worked out well also. When I did not pay attention, I ended up unloading by hand. Of course, one time was during a pouring down rain. Oh well, at least it was not freezing.

I would have liked to have brought in more wood for the fire, but between the chips and watching the Titans, I ran out of time. Thank goodness the Titans won, but they kept it interesting.

I would write more but with these numb fingers, and aching arm my spell checker is working overtime. Is it time for a pain pill yet??

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I like potatoes so that sounds good. If it does not work, I'll cook'em.

Heat feels good as well.

It is strange that it does not hurt while I am using it to lift wood, etc. but it is weaker.

I use my left arm more when lifting. Maybe I will become a lefty like one of my brothers.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 28, 2011, at 6:47 PM

As silly as this sounds, I remember an old wive's tale about slicing a white potato and setting it on the part of the neck or shoulder that may be pinched.

Apply a heat source.. hot water bottle, heat pad, etc.

Have your sweetheart heat up some olive oil infused with lavender (or plain, lavender is just for the scent) and let her massage real good.

This site has a few home remedies, and it even mentions the potato, lol! http://www.ehow.com/about_5120435_home-r...

Feel better soon!

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Mon, Nov 28, 2011, at 8:56 AM

There is a GREAT chance I pinched something but I have developed a bad case of allergies to doctors. Besides, I already know it hurts and is numb so I hate to pay someone to confirm that.

If I will stay away from straining the arm, I will see if it goes away. If not, then I will take some allergy medicine and go see a doctor.

Thank you for your concern craftin_mom. If anyone knows a home-remedy for reducing the pain or helping this condition, feel free to write it here. I will probably give it a try.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 28, 2011, at 7:31 AM

Oh goodness, I hope you didn't do too much damage. Any chance you could have pinched a nerve in your neck or shoulder?

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Nov 27, 2011, at 7:27 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.