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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, part 5

Now it has been two weeks since Tina’s surgery and, yes, she also went to Washington state for a spinning class. Can’t keep a good knitter down.

Her surgery stitches were removed after one week and at the end of week two she requested a sugar scrub for her healing incisions. I will gather some supplies and show you how easy this can be to make. I will be using sugar because salt will be to harsh on the incision, we want something that will scrub but do it gently.

Collect needed items:

Supplies:
Sugar
Sesame Oil – don’t have Sesame? Then try any type of oil you prefer.
Equipment:
Scale
Mixing container
Spoon
Container for finished product

This is a simple basic sugar scrub to help exfoliate the dead skin and help alleviate the itching as well. After surgery we would expect that no seeds or luffa would be added to a scrub but as the healing continues you may add these more abrasive items as desired.

I will be making this sugar scrub and I want to use the 4 oz container. I will weigh 75% sugar and 25% oil into my mixing containers. Mix and then spoon into jars. This turned out great! I had to make one for me too! My hands are soft and feel fabulous, I know that Tina will love this.

Tonya

Weighing out ingredients
Weighing out ingredients

Mixed ingredients
Mixed ingredients

After 2 weeks!
After 2 weeks!
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, part 4

If you are not genetically predisposed to carpal tunnel syndrome then prevention of carpal tunnel syndrome may be the best option out there. I will give you some suggestions, but remember your doctor should help you make the best plan. For those that may be doing repetitive activities – you can do some stretching exercises and take frequent rest breaks. Remember to wear braces to help keep your wrists straight and use proper posture. Ha ha, yes, I suggested to sit up straight. Did you just hear your mother? You can also adapt your workplace conditions with ergonomic chairs, keyboards, and tools. Try wearing fingerless gloves to keep your hands warm and flexible. Take a yoga class! If this doesn’t help your wrist strength then maybe it will help keep you relaxed and stress free. Stretching is a big deal for athletes and it is for us keyboard warriors, too.

I’m sharing with you Tina’s post surgery photo of day two and day three, doesn’t this look better? She is able to move her hand around and use her hand to help her do a few activities. I know she is keeping those knitting projects close by and, yes, on day three she did pull out a project and knit for a while. She said that after a few hundred stitches (minutes!) her hand began to hurt so she put down the knitting. I had take her shopping, this was to keep her on her feet and off the knitting needles.

See you tomorrow for my final blog about carpal tunnel syndrome!

Tonya

Day 2
Day 2

Day 3
Day 3

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, part 3

imageTreatment of carpal tunnel syndrome – there are several options when it comes to relief of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Always check with your doctor and they will help you make a plan to suit you.

There are non-surgical treatments such as drugs that can ease the pain and swelling. Exercise, stretching and strengthening can be helpful, this may need to be done by a supervised physical therapist. A few other alternative therapies may include acupuncture, chiropractic, or yoga. Holding your writing instrument between the index finger and middle finger may offer temporary ease of pain for necessary writing tasks. Grip the pen directly between these fingers and hold in place with the thumb, the pen appears to be nearly parallel with the lower knuckles of these fingers when in use – and the final results are much less hand cramping when writing. Wearing wrist braces, especially at night, to prevent undue strain on the wrists may be useful. If you are waking at night with severe pain in the hands it is likely you are curling the hands inward and the wrists are bent. This puts extreme pressure on the carpal tunnel and it is not long before blood supply has been cut off from the hands.

Surgery may be your doctor’s recommendation and I’ll describe the options for surgery. Open release surgery, this is the most traditional procedure to correct the syndrome, this consists of making an incision on the wrist that is 1-2 inches long and then cutting the carpal ligament to enlarge the carpal tunnel. This process can take several weeks to recover before you are back to doing your normal activities. Endoscopic surgery, which has a much faster recovery time and less postoperative discomfort, is where the surgeon makes two incisions about 1/2 inch long, one in the wrist and one in the palm. Then comes the fun part, the surgeons insert a camera that is attached to a tube and from the underside the carpal ligament is cut. It does not matter which option you choose when having this surgery, it does matter that your surgeon is very familiar with the procedure and performs the surgery regularly. The only way to know is to ASK! Ask about the typical recovery period, what to expect and when you may return to work. Lifting will likely be restricted to a few pounds at the beginning of your recovery period.

Tina scheduled her surgery and I am showing you her first photo after surgery. Doesn’t this make you want to schedule your appointment now? Tina went through the endoscopic surgery mainly because less down time sounded perfect and her situation gave her that option. I learned that Tina’s accountant had the same surgery performed late last year and his situation used the open method. He recovered quickly too! I’m not sure how Tina could go a month without knitting, nor how her accountant could go a month without writing numbers. Tina would be teaching me to knit so that her projects would continue to progress if she were laid up for a long period of time. I’m also glad I don’t need to cover for the accountant. I would have needed an anti-anxiety pill to handle all that they do each day! Check back on Monday and I will show you how carpal tunnel syndrome may be prevented.

Tonya

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, part 2

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by a combination of factors; such as congenital predisposition. Some people have a smaller carpal tunnel than others, which can result in pressure on the nerve. Other reasons that can cause the syndrome are trauma or injury to the wrist, sprain, over-activity of the pituitary gland, rheumatoid arthritis, work stress, repeated use of vibrating tools, the development of a tumor or cyst in the wrist. At this point little data is available but if an activity is causing you pain you may want to see a doctor to find if the problem can be fixed.

Who is at risk? Women are three times more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome usually occurs only in adults. Persons that perform assembly line work such as sewing, manufacturing, cleaning, meat packing, and some knitters may be more vulnerable.

Early diagnosis and treatment are important, you do not want to risk having permanent damage to the median nerve. There is a great amount of misinformation about carpal tunnel syndrome out there, and even those who do the nerve conductivity tests may still believe that only 50% of all people who elect to have surgery will be helped. That percentage is long gone and some medical professionals have not updated their skills. Get another opinion if this is the percentage that is quoted to you, this is what caused a delay in Tina’s situation. Up-to-date data and techniques are very important because rest of the hand or wrist will not make carpal tunnel syndrome go away, rest will only alleviate the symptoms temporarily.

Tomorrow I will be showing you treatment options and Tina’s journey.

Tonya

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, part 1

carpalI thought that it would be a good idea to cover a serious topic that many people may experience during their lifetime. In fact, we have our own example here at MMS, Tina was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and I will take you through her experience.

First, I would like to explain what carpal tunnel syndrome is and explain a few of the symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes pressed or squeezed. The median nerve runs from the forearm into the palm of your hand. The median nerve controls sensations from the thumb and fingers – the pinkie finger is the exception. The carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway of ligament and bones, begins at the base of the hand and houses tendons and the median nerve. When the tendons become irritated or swollen this causes the tunnel to narrow and compresses the median nerve. Pain, weakness or numbness starts to happen in the hand, wrist, and may travel up the arm. So if you have any of these types of pain you should go and have your carpal tunnel checked. One of the key sensations is numbness in the thumb and fingers taking note that the ring finger has numbness on the middle finger side but has full feeling on the pinkie finger side, and the pinkie finger has full feeling.

Tina has had pain and numbness in her hands for years, she even went in for a nerve conductivity test and the results were – she had issues. She had frequent numbness, tingling, decreased grip strength and a lot of pain. She would put her hands in braces to help support her wrists, but finally she went in and had surgery to correct the issues and I will be taking you on her journey from surgery through recovery. Check back tomorrow and I will be showing you some causes and who is at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Tonya

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Soap Class and Tea Tuesday

TeacupWe have two soap making classes on Saturday. They are at 10 AM and 1 PM. This beginners class is to help ease the mind of what happens in the soap pot and how to become a successful soap maker. Certainly one can not learn everything about soap in a few hours but one can start out on the right foot! If you are interested in this class, please call our office to sign up. The class is $ 80 and you will be given all your beginner supplies. We make soap in the actual class and you take home what has been made. Whew! I love these classes! They are so much fun.

So, long before you stress about the situation you can come in and learn from experienced soap makers on how to avoid the pitfalls.

Tea Tuesday!

I have been wanting to do a Tea Tuesday but documents like taxes have buried my desk. I think the avalanche has worked its way into a mole hill and is now manageable. Do you remember how Tea Tuesday works? If you do, go right to the Contact Us page and choose the Community Pursuits radio button.

If you have never participated in Tea Tuesday, here are the steps:

1) Choose a tea type you would like to try.
2) Go to the Contact Us page and select Community Pursuits
3) Send a message including your Name, Address, City ST ZIP, and a comment telling me what you like about spring. Include the tea type you have chosen and click SEND MESSAGE.

So, what happens after all of this? Well, I send each valid MMS customer who submitted information a sample of tea AND a handwritten note. (See the catch? You must be a Sage in order to participate.) Who gets handwritten notes nowadays? Our customers do! It takes me nearly a week to write all of those notes and in the end I need a cup of tea. WHEW! This activity is one of my favorite things to do. It definitely tops washing the dog.

I hope to see you in the soap class and I hope to send you REAL MAIL!

Tina

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Tea Tuesday!

Wow! If I had waited much longer it would not be Tuesday! This last week has been very weird. I spent a few days in Tacoma Washington and really put in my head that there is no snow on the ground and spring is coming. Well, I got home and promptly went straight to bed with a cold that turned to pneumonia. Well, when I woke up from my ill slumber the world was white! I wondered where spring went and why everything was covered in snow. Well, it actually never melted here in northern Utah. I guess I just imagined the warm and sunny days.

Our crew is happily planning our company garden and the tomatoes, peppers, beans, corn and other garden goodies that grow in our side acre. We are planning for harvest this year, unlike two summers ago when the nearby cattle found that pushing the fence down to devour our garden was the best day of the week. Are you ready for spring? Have you seen any little hints of the new season in your area? Crocus? Birds? Green tips on trees? Have you started your garden seedlings?

I’m sending Raspberry Quince and Peach Oolong Tea as my primary teas this week. If you would like tea on this fine Tea Tuesday, along with a spring-themed hand-written note from me, then please submit your name through our Contact Us link. You should give me your name, address, desired tea to receive and a fine comment about spring coming our way. I’ll get the notes out the door with some wild postage and send the smiles to you.

Please note, I will only send tea to existing MMS customers. Thank you for being honest. This *free* offer gets put on relays and various scammer blogs and I get a ton of messages.

Second, go to our Contact Us page and choose the Community Pursuits radio button.

It isn’t hard to do and I am sure a few of our regular Tea Tuesday pen pals will pop in here to tell everyone how much fun it is to get fan mail. ;-)

Tina

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Bottles must go!

16 oz bottle, on the right
16 oz bottle, on the right
We have some 16 fl ounce bottles that are a size 24. These are HDPE and a bullet shaped bottle. The bottle height from foot to base of the neck is 7-1/4 inches. We have many cases of these bottles and our construction project for our work area is about to begin. These cases must be moved or the bottles will be sent to the recycler. Here is the deal. We will sell these bottles for the cost of transfer from us to you. The rates for these bottles are:

  • UPS Zone 8: $ 48.00
  • UPS Zone 7: $ 44.00
  • UPS Zone 6: $ 40.00
  • UPS Zone 5: $ 36.00
  • UPS Zone 4: $ 32.00
  • UPS Zone 3: $ 28.00
  • UPS Zone 2: $ 24.00

Here is a run down of the specifications:

  • 16 fl oz size
  • natural HDPE plastic
  • full case of 230 bottles
  • closure is 24-410
  • only full cases will be sold
  • height of bottle from foot to top of shoulder 7-1/4 inches
  • diameter of bottle is 2-7/16 inches
  • Stock is limited to what is on hand.

Want to know how to order these bottles? It is very different from the way you will order your regular supplies. You must go to our Gift Certificate page. Once there you need to:

  1. Enter your name and shipping address
  2. Enter your address as the Recipient Address
  3. Enter your payment information
  4. Write in the Gift Message box that you are ordering the Construction Bottles.
  5. Choose the Other Amount and enter the value according to your shipping zone from us to you.
  6. If you don’t know your shipping zone then enter the Zone 8 value of $ 48 and write PLEASE CHECK MY ZONE
  7. We will NOT charge your card until we know your zone. We then process your order and ship the bottles immediately. Cool, eh?

Our construction team will be so happy to have these boxes moved and we hope these bottles will help your project. As of February 22 all remaining bottles will be recycled. We must clear this area so construction can begin.

Want to know your zone? Check this chart! Your zone is listed by your ZIP code’s first 3 digits on this Zone Chart!

Thank you! Have a great week!
Tina

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Calendars and Freebies!

mapOur new calendar is in the warehouse now. I am so relieved. We changed this calendar a bit and made it a foldable type that fits under your keyboard, or on top of your keyboard if it is a lap top. YEA! Now you will know when the holidays roll around to disrupt the shipping schedules. We have even included a map of the USA for all the UPS deliveries so you can plan for the number of days in transit. Double Yea!!!

We are shipping these in orders as time permits, please request one on your order so we know you will get one. I have mine stashed under my keyboard for quick checks on vacation planning, class scheduling and even for the Day Light Savings Time adjustments. May I suggest to anyone who cares, listens or wishes to follow through with legal proceedings: Daylight Savings Time does not save time, daylight or assist with any business endeavor. DST only disrupts sleep, causes accidents, skews travel and alters business in a way that is harmful. Can you tell the lost hour of sleep is already making me cranky?

On a wonderful note, I would like to remind all our customers that the Gifts and Teas program is ongoing and gifts can be chosen for any order of required size. The new Cure Cards are now in our Gifts and Teas area and you can get these fun cards for free with a qualifying order.

The Sampler 7 is still being a bit difficult. In the past week we have had two orders for just the Free Shipping Offer. What do we ship? I don’t know. In this world where we commonly say “When I get time…..” may I suggest we all slow down, have a cup of tea and read to understand instead of scan for speed? It has been a while since I have done a Tea Tuesday, but today I think we should. Please send me your name and address through the Contact Us page. This is private and your information is kept private. Your name and address is only to be used to send a free bag of tea and a hand written note by little ole me. Would you like a funny for the day? One of my Postcrossing recipients said, after receiving my postcard, that my hand writing is archaic. So… you be the judge and let me know if my handwriting is archaic or not. So, if you remember how Tea Tuesday works, just jump to the link and send a note to me. If you can’t remember how this works, or you need a refresher, then follow these simple instructions.

First, I will only send tea to existing MMS customers. Thank you for being honest. This *free* offer gets put on relays and various scammer blogs and I get a ton of messages.

Second, go to our Contact Us page and choose the Community Pursuits radio button.

Remember to tell me about your favorite tea AND write your address. If you want, you can tell me what is happening in your life and I will have some fodder for what to write about. If you don’t give me subject matter then you are subject to my terrible puns, dog talk and utter nonsensical drabble. You have been forewarned. ;-)

Have an awesome Tuesday everyone!

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