If we pause to think, we will have cause to thank.
Day 2: Today I am thankful for 2 things: the right to vote and the availability of healthcare. Even though I was unable to vote today (long story), I normally am a big supporter of the voting process and typically encourage others to vote. Thank you to all of those before me, both men and women, who fought for our ability to live in a democratic society and then granted the privilege to all American citizens, even though it took a while for everyone to have this right.
On to my healthcare thank you…even though many people to not have the opportunity to have private health insurance and are not able to see a specialist when they need to due to hoops to jump through, I am thankful that I have this available to me. I have had a wrist injury that I have dealt with for going on 6 weeks and finally decided this morning to call the bone/joint specialist for an appointment. To my luck and surprise, I was able to get an appointment today to see the doctor. Within 45 minutes (shockingly I was seen within 10 minutes of my appointment time), I visited with the doctor, was sent for X-rays, given a cortisone shot, given samples of topical anti-inflammatory gel to apply 4 times a day, and was provided with a splint/support wrap to wear for the next 4 weeks. Should be all better by then…why did I wait soooo long! In case you are curious what diagnosis I was given, it is called De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis . Complicated name for basically inflamed tendons that connect my thumb to my wrist. It has hurt to wash my hair, pick up anything with weight in my right hand, among other things that I won’t mention. I am ready for some relief though it does make typing a bit of a challenge. I have no use of my right thumb and never realized how often I press the space bar with my right thumb until this afternoon.
To reiterate, I am thankful for my right to vote and availability of good healthcare! What are you thankful for today?