Saturday, January 28, 2012

Good News, Bad News.

So bad news first: the neurologist confirmed what my last neurologist had already told me, which is that I have carpal tunnel in both wrists. Having already tried physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, braces, etc., I have opted for surgery. So my blogging will be limited once they start operating (both wrists will be operated on, but only one at a time).

I'm definitely clapping about this!
Good news: I heard back from my first Master's of Public Health program, and here's what the response said:

"It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been selected for admission to the University of Michigan, School of Public Health’s ...Master in Public Health degree program in Health Behavior & Health Education...  Please accept our warmest and most enthusiastic congratulations on this recognition of your academic achievement."

Which means that my longterm goal of professionally writing science/lupus articles (like I write for this blog) is one step closer! That plus, of course, why have three college degrees when you can have four?

Edit: I should add that I used a slightly modified version of my post on prednisone as my writing sample for this particular school. Apparently they liked it!

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  1. Thanks! I just hope I'll be physically able to do it (whether at UMich or somewhere else).

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  2. Here via your mom's blog. (And interested because I have a sister with MS.) Congrats on the grad school reponse!

    And I'm wondering if you have ever tried a voice recognition system, like Dragon Naturally Speaking? I've had friends who swore by it when they were having hand problems that prevented them from typing.

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  4. Hello, and thanks for the congrats! I'm afraid Dragon doesn't work on Macs, and that's all I have. (Required for work, so I bought the same for home). However, I've had surgery on my wrists before, so I think I'll manage alright.

    Regarding your sister with MS, I did a couple of posts about what people can do to help the chronically ill. They are linked at the top left hand side of my blog. I hope they are helpful!

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    1. Yes, I read those. Very helpful, thank you!

      And there is a Mac version of Dragon: Dragon Dictate (review here: http://www.macworld.com/article/162299/2011/09/nuance_dragon_dictate_2_5_now_allows_for_dictation_and_editing_in_word_2011.html).

      But of course if you've already got a system you're happy with, no point messing with it! (I have some friends who used to work for Dragon so I got to hear more about it than probably anyone needed to. :)

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    2. Thank you, as it turns out, one of my friends from high school just gave me dragon dictate for mac as a get well present, bless her heart. I have been *very* impressed by it thus far. It even recognizes fairly technical words like "polymerases" and "nucleotides." There are a few really technical terms I have to do by hand, but so far I'm loving Dragon. Thanks so much for the suggestion; it indirectly led to my being given the software!

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  5. I had carpal tunnel in both wrists, too. They operated on one but said the other wasn't bad enough. The very day of the surgery, pain diminished in the hand on which they operated. It never bothers me now. The hand they didn't operate on? Pain, tingling. Not bad but noticeable.

    Congratulations on your acceptances!

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    1. That's so encouraging to hear, thank you! My wrists have been hurting like crazy since I was a teenager. When I was a teenager no doctor took me seriously. By the time I was old enough for them to do so, I was on college student insurance and was unable to afford the operations. Luckily, my insurance just changed, so I'm very much looking forward to the idea of not having my hands, elbows and shoulders constantly in pain. At this point I've spent more than half my life with very painful wrists, so I would greatly welcome a change!!!

      Thank you for the congratulations! I'm so excited about Hopkins I can't even explain it. It's just the absolutely most perfect fit for what I want to do...as long as I can find somewhere safe to live in Baltimore!

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    2. P.S. Thank you so much for the donation, as well! I really appreciate it!

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