Andy has been at work this week despite suffering from a cut on his finger which he incurred whilst cutting tiles, doubtless his haste was brought on in at least some part by pervy Paul’s offers to help. I have to take my hat of to Andy for making it in to work despite his injuries, he has struggled on and even used his mouse with only the briefest of complaint. During a discussion on the matter of the injury Andy pointed out that it was one of those really nasty cuts that started bleeding every time he bent his finger. I listened in honest sympathy and vocalised my support for my disabled colleague, he mentioned that perhaps I had worse injuries but I would have none of it. I gather that when Andy recounted his day and how he had explained how bad the cut on his finger was to a man with two shattered wrists his wife was less than sympathetic….
Wayne on the other hand has had my injuries in the front of his mind and has had interesting conversations with his windscreen fitter, now I know that this sounds odd but actually windscreen fitters are a great source of medical knowledge. There may be issues with using windscreen fitters as a source of medical wisdom, not least of which is that with two windscreens in as many weeks Wayne is in danger of looking like a stalker. I was concerned that Dr windscreen had started to get ideas above his station when he suggested that my personal recovery program was not one born of an entirely sane mind, he sealed the deal with the daft suggestion that golf was the best exercise to aid recovery. I take issue with using the words golf and excercise in the same sentence, this is after all an experience that involves walking after a ball with brief aerobics when/if you find it.
I understand that things like golf and the odd exercises from the physioterrorists will encourage flexibility and share the load between the correct muscle groups but have they not read my blog? What will I do when faced with the expert skills of Mr(s) Smith? I have read enough to know that displaying my cat-like flexibility will not suffice to throw of an attack. I do think though that lefty may come into its own in such a situation, I can keep a great poker face because I truly don’t know when lefty will spasm and throw something or lash out OK that’s no good for picking locks but hey an unexpected strike may be just what I need.
I will be keeping up the technique of boiling both wrists as hot as I can this evening, I figure I need a few days to asses the benefit of the treatment. In other news I have now performed a thorough review of the medical benefits of copper bracelets, I understand that my father found them to be useful in the fight against arthritis. Both of my parents were crippled with arthritis and ten years ago my father was unable to walk or use his hands despite never breaking a bone which reminds me that I need all the help I can get. My personal opinion of ‘magic bracelets’ was not particularly high and nor was this helped by the note on a box that I read in Boots that proclaimed “should be replaced periodically as properties will reduce”. There is some evidence that copper in the bloodstream is both an oxidant and antioxidant, even that the correct level may have an impact on health but nothing directly related to bones or joints. There was a report in 1971 that suggested that copper could migrate through the skin although the report was not peer-reviewed or particularly well-regarded. From a physics perspective I see no reason why copper would transfer through the skin, if it did then the verdigris that copper leaves on the skin would be absorbed and also why would the bracelets still ‘work’ when they are silver plated?
At the end of the day the issue is over calcification of complex joints, the only way that copper could assist with this is by local application if it were to reduce the rate of calcification. My conclusion today is that these things are a charming myth but they are not for me, it will be interesting to see how long that opinion remains.