Where Have I Been: A Story in Gifs

I've kind of been missing for a little while, haven't I? Have you missed me? Well, if you've been wondering where I've been the last six weeks or so, pull up a chair, get a cup of tea and listen to my story.

In early July I woke up one morning unable to bend my wrist or straighten my fingers. I don't mean it hurt to do either of those things. I physically could not bend my wrist or straighten my fingers. Considering I dealt with carpal tunnel in both wrists during college, I just put on a brace and went on about my business. About a week later, my wrist could bend about 60% of its normal bendiness and my fingers could straighten more or less. I figured that was a good sign and decided I just needed some more brace time.

Soon after I went to the doctor for a completely unrelated issue, but brought up my wrist. Mr Doctor Man poked around on my arm until I nearly screamed and declared that, nope, not carpal tunnel, it's severe tenndinitous starting from my tricept, down my forearm and into all my fingers. This led to the following exchange, recreated here in gif format:

And scene.

The problem was that avoiding computers for any length of time was an impossibility. I make my living being on a computer 9 to 10 hours a day, five days a week. The "compromise" ended up being no extracurricular computer use for at least six weeks.

But I kinda need use of my hand and arm for the long term, so I followed his instructions.

And avoided any extracurricular activity on a computer, instead watching Pitch Perfect a few too many times.

This meant giving up Working for the Mandroid, email, social media not done on my phone, everything.

Fast forward to now: I have been given a (semi-) clear bill of health!

As long as I use my brace and I don't start losing feeling in anything, I can once again return to the world of the internet. I'm returning to over 2,000 emails, a list of books to review as long as my brace-covered arm, a shelf of new arrivals and an extreme determination to conquer everything. I hope anyone who has stuck around during the impromptu hiatus will stick around a few more days. We are almost ready to return to your normally scheduled Mandriod ramblings. So...

 

I think it's nearly impossible to determine who creates gifs now, so all these gifs belong to their creators. If one belongs to you and you'd like me to remove it or give you specific credit, I would be happy to comply.