On Tuesday, I went to see the occupational therapist. This was an eye-opening experience. I thought my finger was doing very well, however, the occupational therapist felt that my finger was in very bad shape. She strongly urged me to take a week off from work so that healing could really begin.

I went into work the next day and told them that I would not be there this weekend. I explained to them that the occupational therapist felt that my finger was not healing because I was using it too much at work. There is no way for me to do my job without using my hand at least a little bit. When I would come home from work, my fingers would be completely swollen and back to looking like they did the day I injured them. I understood that working was not the best thing but I also didn’t want to leave work in the lurch during the holidays.

So, here I am getting ready to have a weekend off. I haven’t had a whole weekend off in over a year. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything special planned because I’m focused on getting the swelling down in my finger and getting some mobility going.

Today, my fingers are still swollen but not as bad as they were at the beginning of the week. I have a little bit of range of motion with my pinky. It can only bend maybe 15-20°. It needs to be able to bend a full 90° and the end joint of my pinky needs to be able to curl in, which it cannot do at all right now.

On a brighter note, I was able to cross stitch two lengths of embroidery floss last night. The movement really helps the two fingers that have a flareup of arthritis in them. I am studying ways to reverse arthritis but that is a long-term project. Right now I’m trying to get the inflammation down so that I can bend those fingers completely. That will encourage the pinky to bend further as well. The most interesting thing that I have found is that arthritis is often caused by bad digestive tract microbiology. I had no arthritis at all until I came back so sick from India. I have had digestive problems ever since then and I think that is the cause of arthritis in my fingers. So, in order to heal my arthritis in my fingers, I need to get the microbiology of my digestive tract back to normal. That is something I have been trying to do for quite some time. Recently, I’ve had some success with a couple of things I’ve been doing. So I’m hopeful that I will be able to heal my gut and my fingers at the same time.

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