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March 24, 2012

Trigger Finger

We just finished up a pretty much record breaking week in NH. Most days, the high temp records were broken, if not shattered. Great riding weather, Mondya thru Thursday, by anyone's definition (Friday it only got to about 70, so a bit cool for the shorts riding type).

Us, our bikes are still in storage. We are supposed to pick up mine today. Great - it will be 50, and possibly rainy. Then, next week will see lows in the 20's (19 for one morning) and highs in the 40's - not riding weather. However, that doesn't really matter - I wouldn't get to ride even if the temps were the same as this week. In fact, I most likely won't ride my bike home today - WS will be doing the honors.

I've been fighting a case of Trigger Finger, in my left hand middle finger since early January. It not only hurts, it has severely limited my range of motion, made it impossible for me to totally straighten OR bend my finger, and sometimes the pain keeps me up at night (expecially when it "locks" and I have to use the other hand to get the finger to open up). It finally got so bad that I went to see the doc on Tuesday, and saw a hand orthopedic yesterday. Got a shot of cortisone at the orhopedic's, which is usuually a successful treatment (and a shot, in the palm of the hand, is NOT, unpainful - and no, they didn't give a topical numbing agent).

Unfortunately, the shot hasn't seemed to make any differenced, except when my fingers were numb, and I couldn't move them at all yesterday afternoon. Unless it kicks in at some later date, I will be looking at surgery.

My whole left hand is shot, from the elbow on down. Maybe they can just give me a bionic arm and I'll be all set

Posted by Bogie on March 24, 2012 at 06:00 AM in At Home, Motorcycles, New Hampshire News | Permalink



I have a combintion of arthritus and tendonitus in both hands, when they flair up in combination, and I accidently push myself to far, it locks my thumb and first two fingers into a claw with muscle spasms for a minute or so. So I have some understanding of the pain, though I've never had to have shots for it thank god.

I hope they don't have to resort to surgery, hand surgery sucks....

Posted by: Ruth at Mar 24, 2012 8:30:29 AM

Good grief! You and Ruth really have my empathy (or, at least, sympathy--since I've not shared your conditions). I cannot bear the thought of such shots - not for the needle (which as Bogie knows I am pretty accepting of), but for the steroid. Steroid shots of any kind scare the bejabbers out of me.

Please keep us posted.

Posted by: Cop Car at Mar 24, 2012 10:01:37 AM

Had mine operated upon. Doc cut through the gristle rings which surround the tendons.
Cost me only 330 Euros (but then medicine is MUCH cheaper here in Germany). Took a week to heal and another week before fine throttle control worked again.
Now I am painless too :-)

(currently on a Triumph Street Triple and a Yamaha FJR1300 for the long trips)

Posted by: Ole Phat Stu at Mar 25, 2012 12:21:32 AM

Ahh, that is what I'm worried about - clutch control during slow manuevering. I've never known anyone who had such surgury - your positive experience is encouraging!

Posted by: bogie at Mar 25, 2012 9:59:39 AM

I blogged about it thrice, Bogie, see




Ole Phat Stu

Posted by: Ole Phat Stu at Mar 25, 2012 12:47:19 PM

Thank you for sharing. I know someone who has had the thumb done, and that was no big deal. Just don't know anyone that has had a middle finger done (in which the two ajoining fingers can be affected).

Thanks also for sharing your thoughts on American soldiers (2nd posting). Please let me know if that means something other than being pure derogatory in nature.

Posted by: bogie at Mar 25, 2012 2:07:18 PM

"something other than being pure derogatory in nature."
Yes, it was a political comment on US troop behaviour, who did exactly that (piss on enemy corpses) thze day before I posted that. So it appears to be acceptable amongst GIs. Thus I was merely testing to see how many Americans objected to my 'derogatory' remark, having not known/forgotten/ never been informed by US media that their own military seem to regard such disrespect as 'acceptable' behaviour.

Posted by: Ole Phat Stu at Mar 26, 2012 6:45:12 AM

I ask one question and get a whole political announcement. I DID thank you for stating your opinion and making sure I saw it. I DID ask if it meant what I thought it meant (I have no idea what idioms you use in your part of the world). I did not ask for futher diatribe, but apparently you couldn't help yourself.

In your answer you imply that I objected (I did not), that I didn't know (I did - although not the timing), that the press supresses such things (they don't), that a few ill-behaved young people are indicative of the whole military (they are not), that there was no punishment (there was - or will be), and that I find it to be acceptable behavior (I do not).

I also don't find it acceptable to entice others to repeat the unacceptable behavior on the grounds that you object to the original behavior.

Ah well, you are much smarter than I, so let's leave it at that I do not invite any more political diatribes from you on my blog.

Posted by: bogie at Mar 26, 2012 2:04:14 PM