I have a syndrome
I woke up halfway through my trip to Vancouver with a kind of numb, pins and needles feeling in the two smallest fingers on my left hand. I thought I must have been sleeping on the hand and it would go away on its own. But 3 weeks later and it's still there. According to the internet I probably have something called ulnar tunnel syndrome, most common in old people (I'm 34). The problem stems from the elbow and bending your arm too much. I had probably been overdoing it at the gym - going every day and doing a lot of front crawl swimming. I hadn't even heard of ulnar tunnel before - why don't they warn you about this? I'm seeing a physiotherapist tomorrow for a consulation. In the meantime I am not supposed to bend my arm - I'm even sleeping with a towel wrapped around it - which only stays on for about 20 seconds. In the worst case scenario they have to operate on your arm (fun!), but at the moment I'm taking anti-inflammatories in the hope it will go away on its own. I don't take illness very well and have been a bit tetchy and dramatic (huge understatement) about it. My poor long-suffering fella has taken the brunt.
And this had been such a healthy year for me so far. Still, I can put that down to a) not being a vegetarian any more - sorry Bambi. And b) getting the flu jab last November. It's coming up to that time of year again and I recommend anyone who gets a lot of colds to get it. I've had a year of NO COLDS. And it's been great. A couple of times I've felt like I was about to get a cold, but it only lasted a couple of days and then cleared up by itself. It only cost £17 but I would have paid £1700 to be cold-free for a year. You don't have to have the injection done via your doctors, but quite a few travel places do it now. So book early. And watch your ulnar tunnel - cos you never know when it's going to get messed up.