Never mind Forza Claw or Alan Key Arm, it's official!!I have Tennis Elbow! Thank you all so much for your help in trying to self-diagnose this affliction, you are lovely! My GP was very impressed when I told her of some of causes you'd given me for your own symptoms, but I still don't have the foggiest what caused mine!
After gently pressing and moving my arm around, she decided that an anti-inflammatory gel plus a support bandage would be the best course of action. Not the most attractive looking thing as you will see, but a means to an end.
If it doesn't improve we may have to look at a steroid injection… well I wouldn't look as I can't bear needles, but hopefully it won't come to that anyway. Actually I did have one once in my shoulder and although it felt ghastly, when given it solved the problem. I'd pulled the deltoid muscle in my arm lugging Sam's wheelchair in and out of the car boot, but as he needed almost constant care then, I needed something that would work rapidly! It did, and all was well
We are very lucky to have an excellent GP surgery, but as it serves at least four of the surrounding villages, trying to get an appointment to see someone is pretty tricky. My own doctor, who is lovely, only works there half of the week and then they swap surgeries to somewhere near Tring on a Thursday, so I was lucky to get to see her at all!
She has a fabulous bedside manner and never makes you feel as though you're wasting her time. That can of course sometimes be the case when you've waited so long that the problem has all but disappeared!
I remember many years ago in another part of the country taking a two-year-old Sam to see a doctor, as he had been sick about 12 times and I was very worried. The GP told me that when HIS son had suffered with the same kind of bug he'd sat him in a corner with a bucket and told him to get on with it! He then suggested I do the same with Sam! That was a bit of advice I didn't take
The support's not that uncomfortable, but I have to admit to leaving it in its box on Sunday night when Colin took me away to a fabulous country house hotel and spoiled me rotten with beautiful flowers, a sumptuous meal and an overnight stay. Bliss
Actually, a wee favour to ask, if you can recognise the name of the pink coloured rose in the bouquet, I'd be really grateful, as I'd like to buy a rose bush with the same flowers on it. They're a kind of pinky purple colour. Stunning.
Must dash, to get this to my editor and then into work, so I will literally SEE you later
Have a lovely week and I hope the sunshine has warmed your souls.
Love Ali x