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Project 365

I’ve seen lots of blogs that do Wordless Wednesday – the blogger posts a picture instead of writing anything. While blog surfing yesterday, I came across a similar idea called Project 365 where you post a picture every day and write about it. I love photography, and I love my BlackBerry camera, so I think I’ll give it a try!

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OMG! JEN LANCASTER SENT ME AN EMAIL!

Or so says the email all of my friends received about 2 seconds after I received AN EMAIL FROM JEN LANCASTER!

I sent Jen Lancaster an email in response to this post about her pets. I wasn’t sure it went through because the two other times I have emailed her (both because comments were closed, and one of those times she was asking where she should go on her book tour) I got an auto-reply saying she was working on her book, and even though she was sorry to send a lame-ass auto-reply, rest assured that she does read all of our email. And today she sent me a reply!

 Denise,

Thanks for the kind words.  All the furry people in our house are doing much better and assimilating as well as can be expected. (Except for Maisy who wonders WTF I brought home a trio of furry devils.)
Thanks for writing and enjoy the rest of your summer!
 
Best,
Jen
who-should-totally-be-working-on-book-#5-right-now-instead-of-reading-email-gah

Oh, and BTW? She accepted my friend request on FB, too. Jen rocks!!!

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My BlackBerry tendonitis has a real name!

Turns out I am not crazy! My BlackBerry did give me tendonitis. 😉 It’s called Cell Phone Elbow, or Cellbow. But I got it from texting and not from holding the phone up to my ear. (Though the last time I talked to Sunshine on the phone, I thought my elbow was going to be stuck like that forever.) I need to find the Bluetooth headset that came with my phone in case that happens again. And, I finally figured out to use the speakerphone! (But that’s obnoxious.)

I’m just glad to know it’s something real! We’ll see if it continues to improve after school is out, otherwise I may need to go the physical therapy route. But I can’t give up my BlackBerry!

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My BlackBerry gave me tendonitis

Sounds preposterous, I know, but I can’t figure any other way. The twinges in my elbow started about a year ago (pre-BB) when I would pull my laptop out of its bag. So I made sure to not reach and lock my elbow, and to use two hands. When I tried to play volleyball at the Friday Faculty games, my usually-phenomenal serve sucked big time because my elbow hurt so much. (And it wasn’t even a real volleyball – it was lighter.)

I bought my BlackBerry in October, and used it as much as my old phone for texting and emailing. Until I realized I could do so much more on the Internet, and I loved having the full qwerty keyboard. I started using it more and more. By December my right elbow was hurting almost constantly. If I stretched for something – even to take a piece of paper from a student – I would flinch.

I decided it was time to see the doctor. He said it was tendonitis and gave me four steps for recovery: rest (don’t use it), Advil four times a day, ice it, and wear a brace. He said I’d be better in a week. (After a month, I looked it up on WebMD – they said four to five months!) Using it less only made my left elbow start hurting. Advil had no effect. Using an ice pack worked wonders, especially when I put it in the freezer at school. The brace was a disappointment. It would feel a little better, but I couldn’t leave it on very long. I tried to wear it overnight and my hand was numb in the morning. Worst of all, my arm felt worse when I took it off.

But the brace is how I figured out the BlackBerry connection. The brace has a band that wraps around the forearm just in front of the elbow, and it’s supposed to put the tendon back in place. Under the band is a little gel insert that rests right on the tendon. It feels good. When I tried texting with the brace, I felt the tendon moving as I typed with my thumbs. I just laughed. Shouldn’t I get carpal tunnel from texting, or my thumbs should hurt?

I actually think it comes from having my elbows bent so long while typing on the BB. Or, I find that when I text while leaning on a table my elbows really kill me. I’ve been careful not to lean lately, and they’ve been hurting less. Yay!

But I guess I really haven’t learned anything, because I’m blogging this on my BlackBerry. (Hey, but I want to try out the new “post by email” feature! Oh, who am I kidding, 95% of my blogs are typed on here. 😉 )

Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone with SprintSpeed

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I’m baaack…

I put all my posts back up. I will back-date things I wrote while it was down. Let the randomness continue!

And email me if you don’t know/want to know why I took them down in the first place. 🙂

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