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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about the pain in my hands because of tendonitis.  Since then, I've followed all directions from my doctor, took my medicine and even switched to using my left hand for the mouse.  The pain only got worse, and it got to the point where my hands, wrists and forearms were throbbing.  It hurt to drive, play with the dogs, use the remote control and my productivity with EnGraph was going down the tubes.  Some days I would have to quit at 3 PM and just read a book.  By the way, Professional Team Foundation Server by Mickey Gousset and Co. is fantastic.  I've been wanting to do full blown review, but I haven't yet, so I'll just say it's an easy, necessary read for anybody working with TFS.

So I went back to the doctor last week and she did some more tests and determined that it still wasn't carpal tunnel, just that the tendonitis was getting more aggressive.  She gave me some new pills and suggested that I see a physical therapist.  Turns out that Bird Physical Therapy had just hired a hand specialist. 

I went to see Kathy at Bird last Wednesday.  She also confirmed that it was just tendonitis.  She gave me a bunch of new exercises to do and told me that I was icing wrong.  Apparently even though the tendonitis hurt in my hands, the source was just below the elbow where all the tendons are bunched up.  She showed me the correct place to ice and told me that I should only ice for 10-15 minutes, instead of the 30-45 minutes that I currently was.  She also told me that since we caught this early enough, that we wouldn't have to take any aggressive measures like surgery or not using a computer.  This made me feel a lot better.  I was concerned that this might lead to me being out of work, having to sell my Saturn and living in an abandoned warehouse (again!).

Since my visit with Kathy, things have gotten a bit better.  The pain is much more manageable, and the exercises are helping.  I have my first actual physical therapy session this morning and we are going to do ultrasound heat medication and deep tissue massage.  Watch me on Where's Tim here in few.  Or better yet, get the Where's Tim Alerter to be notified if I (or anybody on Where's Tim) is moving.  It just sits there politely in your task tray until I start moving and it's ClickOnce so it updates itself.


Posted on Monday, March 5, 2007 7:23 AM EnGraph , Where's Tim , TFS | Back to top

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Hope it gets better!!

Looks like Mickey is back blogging on GWB as well :D
Left by Jeff Julian on Mar 05, 2007 7:54 AM

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Good luck with it Tim - I'm on week 3 of physical therapy after that botched injection for my shoulder on February 1st. Things have gotten better with the PT, but I still think whatever the doc did that day made me worse than I was to begin with.
Left by Lou on Mar 05, 2007 8:39 AM

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Jeff - Thanks! What did you do to get Mickey to convert to the green side?

Lou - Thanks! Are they doing ice treatment with you too? That was the worst part. She rubbed this blocks of ice on my arms and I thought they were going to fall off!
Left by Tim Hibbard on Mar 05, 2007 10:41 AM

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No ice for me - only heat and electro-stim - they said for my particular injury ice isn't good, and heat is better.
Left by Lou on Mar 05, 2007 10:46 AM

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He started here and I am really not sure why he came back, but I don't care either, just glad to have him back!
Left by Jeff Julian on Mar 05, 2007 12:46 PM

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