I have mentioned before the Show Us Your Hands project. Well, with help from a friend I sent them a picture of my hands to be included in the Interactive Community Collage and to be part of the 1,000 hands poster project of persons with autoimmune inflammatory disease.
I have mixed feelings about this- my hands are a roadmap of my life and you truly only learn to appreciate something when it suddenly doesn’t work as well as it used to. I think this is an important project, however, and I’m glad I talked myself into contributing.
Here is the picture I sent them:
My hands are in pretty good shape in this photo- there’s a little swelling if you know what you’re looking for but hardly any redness at all. There is definitely more in my left hand than in my right.
In other news, I had a magic “Ah-HA!” moment that I wanted to share. The magnetic notepad we normally use for the grocery list finally ran out. I took the magnet off the cardboard backing and used an envelope from the junk mail recycling for the new list. Not only does this let me re-use old envelopes before recycling, but it gives me a handy way to keep this week’s coupons with the list when I go to the store. Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of this sooner?
Later today I see the podiatrist. A chat on the phone with my sister over the weekend reminded me that she went through a Morton’s neuroma (on the same foot, even, I think). This is, strangely enough, hopeful. Wish me luck!