That familiar dull ache is returning. The numbness, the tingling. I know it well from the last pregnancy and boy, I did not expect it to make a comeback so early this time around – but here is it anyways and all I can do is… what? get some wrist braces and hope it doesn’t get too bad?
Carpal tunnel, enemy of the writer and many others, thank goodness this is related to pregnancy and not a permanent state! It’s certainly made me ponder what I’ll do when my hands do fail, when I just can’t type like I used to, and made me wonder how many writers have plans for when that happens – do you?
I know this is going to slow me down some, not just in the writing front, but in everything. I mean, I was washing some burnt stuff off an oven tray the other day and cringing as I did it. I’m coming up 15 weeks pregnant, I have a really long way to go… considering I couldn’t use a tin opener and struggled to get the lid off the coffee jar near the end of the last one, I hate to think what I’m going to end up like this time around. I have to get that painting done sooner or later or I am simply not going to be able to complete the job. It makes me anxious, thinking about it, trying to guess how bad it might get.
I guess I need to try and force those thoughts from my head! Take each day as it comes and try not to focus too much on my hands and the sense of wrongness I get from them.
Whats utterly depressing is that I couldn’t even hold a book up properly in late pregnancy last time around….maybe I’ll have to resort to audio books? I’ve seen the shake in my hand already, the pages wobbling every so slightly as I lie in bed at night.
As always, I’ll push on. Thankfully writing isn’t the worst cause of pain with carpal tunnel for me, I managed to write right up until the night before I gave birth last time around and I am pretty sure that I’ll be able to do the same this time, even though my pace might be a little slower as I stop and flick my fingers out and cradle my hands and wrists to my chest.
Carpal tunnel, and swollen feet, my most loathed pregnancy symptoms – at least I’m not swelling anywhere but my belly yet! lol
But seriously, back to the question: Do you have a plan? Or have you not stopped to consider? What would you do if you lost your hands in an accident? Or when you’re simply getting on in years and arthritis kicks in? Will you use a voice writing programme, or simply stop writing your stories out – is that the time when you switch from the written word to telling your well loved tales to grandchildren around the fire?
I’d love to know.