Thursday, August 09, 2012


Originally uploaded by Cheryl Gebhart

We spent a week in cool Colorado getting away from the plus 100 degree heat in Oklahoma. Our first morning there, my DH went fishing and I went along to sketch. I painted the flowers and wrote the journaling with my left hand (I'm right handed) because I was trying to protect my right wrist.

I learned yesterday what is wrong with my wrist:  I have what is called Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, which basically means that the ulna bone is about 1/4 inch longer than my radius bone, and this causes wear and tear on the structures in my wrist.  I had a cortisone injection in the wrist yesterday, but the most successful treatment is to surgically shorten the ulna bone.  Needless to say, this doesn't sound appealing to me at all; I will have to weigh the risks of surgery against my level of pain.  I got a new wrist brace which is more comfortable and more protective than others I have; and the pain has eased somewhat with rest.  So I'll just have to see how it goes over the next few months.  No decisions have been made.


Claire M said...

So sorry to hear about your problems with your right arm/wrist. That sounds very unpleasant. Glad to see that you were still able to sketch and paint - I give you a definite thumbs-up for doing that. I enjoyed your page.

Linda said...

Wow Cheryl. I'm really impressed with how well you did with your journaling and sketching using your opposite hand. I'm so sorry to hear about what your're going through. I wish you the best and pray that you will make the right decision for you and that you receive healing and relief from pain. Linda E.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I'm sorry that you have been having so much pain, and that it's serious enough to need surgery. (And cortisone shots are not fun, either.) I know you'll make the best decision for you--you're smart like that!

And wow! I'm so impressed with your left-handed efforts. That's one way to get into your right brain!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

I'm sorry to hear of your wrist troubles. I sure can identify...Back when I had to switch hands, I would write too much with my other hand (I didn't have a computer then) & so between that & lifting things with my one hand, my poor other wrist became overworked...But your sketches are lovely & other-handed work has such a special quality...

Cheryl Gebhart said...

Thanks Claire.

Thank you Linda for your comments and your kind thoughts.

Thanks Kathy.

Sketchbook Wandering - I'm having to be careful not to overdue with my left hand too - I think I have the same issue with it but because I don't use it as much it doesn't give me trouble most of the time.