“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

I would like to tell you that it is one of those punishments of delayed childbearing, but the ugly truth is that I have had arthritis in my hands courtesy of Reiters Syndrome since I was 25 years old.

One would think that over 15 years would be plenty of time to adjust to my limitations.

I am, apparently, a slow learner.

So, my lovelies, you are here to advise me in the future of a few simple facts:

42-year-old arthritic women have no business crouching in a plastic playhouse for a half an hour in the humid Arkansas heat, tapping sixteen 2.5 inch screws with a manual screwdriver while holding their hands over their heads.  Even IF it is an awfully cute playhouse.  Even IF their gi-normous freakishly tall husband has no more hope of fitting in that playhouse than a camel does of passing through the proverbial needle-eye.

And if I should ever be tempted to go on another Lilliputian construction spree, I am to be reminded that:

Failure to heed these warnings may result in the most intense shooting pains imaginable from the fingertip to the wrist of every digit, which may make the average workday of a scientist-writer a complete living hell from which no bleeding-stomach-ulcer-inducing amount of Advil will offer escape.

The fact that this country does not allow the over-the-counter sale of morphine is criminal, I tell you, criminal.

May 1st, 2007 at 10:50 am
5 Responses to “The sacrifices of motherhood”
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    Paul Says:

    They make these most wondrous of devices, it’s called an electric screw driver. They even come in battery operated models if you are too far away from those electrical outlet thingies. I think the time and agony saved would have more than payed for the purchase. I know your husband is aware of these wonderful inventions, he must have just forgotten about them. Surely he didn’t enjoy watching you suffer.

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    Moose Says:

    The only one I have anymore is my 3/8″ corded drill. Since we were screwing wood screws into a plastic house that was also sitting in the sunlight, I thought the power option may be a bit too much. I could just see us having to superglue the roof on… ;-)

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    Cinnkitty Says:

    Owie..owie..owie!!! Hope you are getting some rest and relaxation, although….I’m thinking typing up a blog probably doesn’t feel so great either!

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    maggie Says:

    Damn. Cultivate friends in Canada, you can get OTC codeine there. Not as nice as morphine, but still…

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    Gerbil Says:

    oh. ow. ow. ow. OW. I hope by now the pain has eased