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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tennis (elbow) Anyone?

Approximately three weeks ago, I spent, AT THE MOST, 20 minutes snipping bamboo shoots off a bamboo spear. Well, several bamboo spears.

I decided to create my own 'teepee' to hold up plants in my vegetable gardens. We have bamboo in the yard that Tim had chopped down even weeks before, so all I needed to do was 'shave' the twigs off the main branch.

But they're pretty hard so instead, I used those big pruning shears to snip them off.

And I didn't last long because the mosquitoes were just eating me up alive. So I did what I could, which had to have been less than 25 minutes.

And that was that.

The next day, I could not bend at the elbow on my right side. This continued for WEEKS. I can't use that one arm to pick up a toothpick without feeling pain in the elbow.

And still, to this very second that I write this, it is still sore. Depending on how I am positioned, I still cannot pick lightweight objects.

It's dumbfounding to me, that a few minutes of my day has caused me such discomfort *for this long*.

Just another pain to add to the list: the arches in my feet, the right side of my hoo-haw area (while I run)...what's next?


  1. oh no! is this what life after 40 brings? :-P

  2. What the heck is a hoo-haw area? I've never heard of that.

  3. Audrey: I think this started around 38 and it has just gotten worse as I age.

    Jim: hoo-haw/hoohaw/hoo haw is slang for down under...not Australia, but the vagina...I thought that sounded better than saying "the pain in my p....."


  4. Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis is a condition that causes extreme burning pain over the bone at the side of the elbow. It is majorly observed in tennis players and in men than women. Some prevention which one can take is, halting any form of activity that leads to pain and inflammation, applying ice or cold water pack on the problem area, trying to raise the elbow at regular intervals, physiotherapy also helps.

  5. You don't need to be in pain from this: