Anonymous asked: What kind of hand injury do you have? D:
That’s the fun of it—we don’t know! Four months later.
We all pretty much agreed that the most basic diagnosis was that it was an RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury) caused by an excessive amount of computer work in a short period of time. What we don’t know is what is actually injured, and why it’s not recovering.
X-rays have ruled out stress fractures, and the fact that the injury is the fingertips and not the wrists, combined with the fact that no doctor can replicate the pain, and the physical therapists tried flexing the nerve to test its inflammation still doesn’t trigger it, we don’t quite know what’s going on. We don’t believe an EMG or MRI would show this type of injury, but it isn’t ruled out.
The inflamed nerve theory is shaky at this point, and the only other one we have is soft tissue damage, which takes a long time to recover normally, but definitely wouldn’t be great at a remote location like the fingertips, especially since nearly everything (writing, typing, clicking) necessary to get by in the modern world requires me to potentially reopen the “wound.”
3-4 Aspirin a day has done nothing, so the doctor is recommending a prescription strength NSAID called “Nabumetone” (formerly Relafen) for pain relief and possible inflammation relief (In case that really is the issue).
Thankfully, he scored me a visit to the hand specialist tomorrow, so I’m excited that something might be discovered. Any progress is appreciated.
In the meantime, I’m going insane not being able to draw, bored out of my mind not being on the computer for more than a few minutes at a time, and constantly terrified that any day at work now I could be fired or given to another team where I’ll push myself (see: make things worse) because I’m scared of them knowing how bad the situation is. It’s been a really rough four months.
Some good news I guess
The shirt I ordered wasn’t stolen! The company was just backed up by like a month, doesn’t respond to anyone’s attempts to contact them, and mentioned when the order would ship on their FB page which I had to check because they didn’t communicate otherwise!
My other thing was still totally stolen though.
I'm guzzling chocolate right now
Bad mood. Need to rant. Feel free to ignore. In fact, I’ll put it under a break so as to not clog your feed too much.
The winner for my mini-print giveaway has been selected! Thanks for playing everyone—I might do another one of these sometime in the future, so if you didn’t win this round, there’s always next time!
And as always, thanks for following my tumblr, even during my art hiatus. I promise to draw a whole bunch when my hands are better to make up for all the text posts.
Well, maybe not all the text posts…
While over at my cousin’s house, I finally saw a picture of my Dad young and without the beard he had for 20+ years. When I say “finally,” I mean this is the first time in my 24 years of life I’ve ever seen my Dad like that. I never saw my face, or my brother’s in his until tonight. He doesn’t see the big deal, but to me it’s huge. I have one of my other cousins hunting through their albums for more shots, because I need even more.
I’m considering trying to recreate the photo and see how close I can get to it.
So, I’ve been thinking lately about who I might cosplay next if I decide to do any new outfits. I have already done Sherlock Classic, BBC Sherlock, Hipster Sherlock, and Lupin III (Green jacket).
Here are ones I’ve considered so far:
I got the idea for Spike after people at Fanime2013 thought I was Spike when I wasn’t wearing my BBC Sherlock jacket+scarf. Taking the hair color as artistic license, the cosplay wouldn’t be too hard to pull off, and I could have it as an alternative costume while still having my Sherlock length hair (The only difference is how messy it is!).
From Ano Natsu de Matteru. When I first saw his hair I thought “Oh man, I can do that with my long curls easy!” Unfortunately, he’s a short character, and like usual, NO ONE WATCHES THE SHOWS I DO, so no one would recognize me.
Professor (Hershel) Layton
Layton was actually supposed to be my very first cosplay. A friend back at Uni had even found a pattern for the jacket, but we fell out of touch, and it never got done. I wanted to go around challenging people to riddles, and I’d have chocolate hint coins under the hat.
-Oreki Houtarou (I think my face is too long for it)
-Oscar (From Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna. If he wasn’t a a psychoic gay crossdresser, I’d consider it)
-Lupin III Red jacket (I still like Lupin ;_;)
And I don’t know who else I can pull off. I usually try to play to my height and hair and cosplay characters with practical outfits that can be reused.
So far, most of my AOD veteran friends didn’t get in either, so I’ll need to see the final listing to know how many of the people who got in I even know.
Seenday might be doing one of Hyperbooster or whatever’s mall things where they have some booths in Japan Town, but I don’t really like being out in the open like that, so I’m quite likely to pass.
I stayed up last night, and then rolled out of bed to check my phone, saw I didn’t get in, and crawled back into my bed.
I was going to make a page break here and vent (see: whine) about everything I don’t like about the lottery system, like the roulette wheel having a memory (then it’s not a fair-freaking-lottery), or the head of AA arbitrarily deciding whether you’re “professional,” but I don’t think I can do it without sounding holier-than-thou or condescending to newer artists.
Would’ve been nice to be tabling practically in my back yard for once. I might still visit on one of the days, but I only go to conventions to table.
I’m going back to bed.