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March 24, 2012




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....

Cop Car

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.

Ole Phat Stu

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)


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!

Ole Phat Stu

I blogged about it thrice, Bogie, see




Ole Phat Stu


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.

Ole Phat Stu

"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.


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.

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