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I’m Taking a Blogging Break

After years and well, actually decades, of constant hand motion, my hands are taking their revenge. They want to stop moving, get repaired and heal. Today I’m having carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand to get the process started. The doctor said I will be able to move my fingertips but cautioned me to not over-use my hands to the point of making the pain return.

So, I’ll heed his warning and take life slow for a few weeks. I don’t want to get to the point where I can’t knit or type or do any of my other favorite hand activities. As it is now, even holding a book hurts. For the next few weeks I’ll be doing all my reading via audiobooks. I’ll have to figure out a way to make notes so I can tell you about them when I get back.

In the meantime I’ll read your blog posts and try to keep up on what’s happening with you. I just won’t be able to leave a comment.  As soon as I get the okay, I’ll be back with a few posts. And today, I’ll happily accept a few prayers for my right wrist and the doctor’s steady hand.

36 comments to I’m Taking a Blogging Break

  • Oh Margot, I had no idea you were having problems like that. Take care of yourself! I am sending prayers your way.

  • L

    of course, I would love to pray for you and I hope you find ease for your pain.

  • I’ve been through that too and will be thinking of you and hoping it will improve (as I know it does eventually!)

  • Kay

    Margot, I will definitely add you to my prayer list. So sorry about your hands and wrists, but I do know this is an issue for many of us. You take care of yourself and enjoy the time to just slow down and listen to your books. Hugs to you!!

  • Take care of yourself and rest up!

  • Sending prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Two of my sisters had this surgery and I know how hard it was for them to limit activities. Please follow doctor’s orders and rest your hands! If you’re looking for a great audiobook, try The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield. It’ll definitely be one of my favorites this year – great story, characters, and narrator. Take care, Margot.

  • You’re in my prayers and I hope you have speedy recovery!

  • Ti

    You got it! Prayers said.

    Heal quickly and don’t worry. We will all be here when you come back.

  • prayers for you and your hand–take it easy, being well is the important thing.

  • mark

    Of course all our prayers are with you. We are all thinking of you and hope to see you soon. Please enjoy your well deserved break, and let those around you, take care of YOU for a change. God Bless.

  • Kaye,the sister, Cogdill

    Margot….prayers through the day and for the upcoming weeks….especially for successful healing and “deep-breath” patience for you!…..oh the lull of a pain-pill nap while listening to a book! Bunches of love and prayers, kaye-the-sister

  • candice

    love, hugs & kisses to you from all of us in portland… xoxo

  • Take care of yourself, Margot. We’ll miss you while you’re gone and looking forward to you coming back without pain!

  • Praying for a speedy recovery!

  • I’m thinking of you, Margot! Sorry I was behind reading posts and just now got to your blog. Of course, you must follow the doctor’s orders because you want to enjoy all of those things again! I hope that the surgery went well with no complications and that you are on the road to healing!!

    Take care!

  • Hugs, prayers and positive thoughts for a speedy recovery.

  • Prayers are coming your way! I’ve had friends who have had the srugery and all was okay, but take it easy for awhile. You want it to last :)

  • Wishing you a restful and speedy recovery!

  • Nan

    Oh, I’m so sorry, Margot! I hope the surgery helps. Very happy that you have the audiobooks option. Rest well.

  • Oh I’m so happy you’re doing the smart thing and giving your hands a rest. My thoughts are with you.

  • cerrin

    Wow. Love and good thoughts comming from Indiana.

  • Wishing you all the best Margot! Keep well rested and enjoy the break!

  • Margot, I just wanted you to know that I’m thinking of you and hope your surgery was a success. Take care of yourself – we’ll be here when you get back.

  • A wise decision. Do look after yourself, and know that there are prayers coming your way from Cornwall.

  • Best of luck with your surgery Margot, I hope it’s a marked improvement for you, and look forward to seeing you back when you’re able.

  • Oh Margot I’m so sorry. I’ll be sending many, many prayers for quick healing. Please take your time and heal. I’ll miss you and your wonderful blogs and comments but I would rather it be for a short time now. I hope you’re already feeling better and that you have a stock of good audiobooks piled up. I’ll be thinking of you daily and I’ll keep stopping by waiting for your return.

  • Nan

    When you get back, I meant to tell you that there is a mouse that is really wonderful in terms of carpal tunnel stuff. It is made by Logitech. This is what we have:


    It literally changed my computer life. It doesn’t move. And you just move your fingers. I can’t praise it highly enough.

  • I’m just catching up on reading blogs and saw your post. I hope your surgery was successful and you’re well on the way to recovering the use of your right hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you – in the meantime, enjoy your audiobooks.

  • Oh my gosh Margot! I was away for a bit over a week and am just now catching up … I hope by now that you know the surgery did go well and I wish you the very best for continued healing. If you really are up to reading blogs I want you to sit on your hands (well,not literally of course) but don’t let yourself make comments!! You need to heal. I am so glad you already were used to audio-books, because that has to be a great comfort as you get well. I’ll be thinking of you.

  • Mog

    I will remember you in my prayers Margot, I also have trouble with my hands through carpal tunnel, will follow your progress carefully. Best wishes.

  • Irene Konow


    I just discovered your blog. I love to read and love the idea of the book review blog. I also have had Carpal Tunnel surgery. I got the right hand all fixed but the left is still a mess. Anyway, I work in Technology and many times folks many have this and other repetitive motion issues with their hands that thwart or prevent them from typing. Those folks will often get a voice to text application called Dragon Naturally Speaking. So, you literally dictate to the application and it types. It even recognizes commands such as “open a blank Word document”. It’s made by Nuance and here’s the web-site. http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm After a quick web search I saw it on the Walmart web site for $50.

    I hope you heal & I’ll be reading your older blogs since I’ve just discovered the site :0)


  • kaye

    Finally home from “the big trek north” and wanted to pop in and wish you a Happy Mother’s Day, Margo!! I hope all went well with your surgery and that you are on the road to a full recovery. {{{Hugs}}}

  • Hey Margot, I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you. I hope your recovery is progressing nicely and that you have a fabulous Mother’s Day!

  • I hope all is well for you and your hands, Margot ! Have a nice time listening your audio-books. I hope reading you soon !

  • Esme

    Best of luck with your surgery-I did not have CPT-but did have hand surgery a few years ago-it worked wonders-the recovery was just slow.

  • unfortunately, it doesn’t, it just helps get whatever is in there, out…its like a relief to say what you cant..

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