so i cannot currently straighten my left hand pinky finger after a long day of tiling.
monday is now the day i go in to mosaic the screen porch floor. it looks like it might take 6 mondays to do the whole porch. today we also got our electric upgraded for LSE. the service there had never been upgraded since we got it and basically the wires coming in were for a 60 amp service. that’s not much and we are running a lot of fans and lights and more fans and lights and some coolers and freezers. so now we have 200 amp service but we need to split some of the loads up to more than one breaker. anyway, i got there at 745 and GRU at 815 and before GRU got there i had already flipped one of the oven stones. oh you should see the perfection of stone once they flip. the tops get black from burnt melted cheese or flour. they get crusty and black and then flip them and brand new stones shine up. it’s satisfying like mowing really tall grass is satisfying or painting a dingy wall with a thick and full white roller. so i was on my knees tiling and when i am on my knees i rest my weight on one hand or the other. most of the time i rest my weight on my left hand, and lay the tile with my right. for hours and hours i did this and by 6pm my hands stopped working right and my hands were tingling like they were asleep. i was trying to press down on the tiles and my strength was gone. my hands barely worked and so by 7pm i had to stop. even though i had a bit of cement left, and i desperately wanted to use that cement and tile for a bit longer, i had to stop because MY HANDS STOPPED WORKING….. that’s heavy stuff.
i cleaned up and headed home and realized that my left hand was still numb. i had it gripped on the steering wheel…. i tried to stretch it and the ring finger and pinky would not extend. they would not straighten. it is such a strange feeling to have full control over your fingers for nearly all of my 45 years and then have my last 2 fingers remain curled as my brain told them to straighten. that was 7pm. now it’s 11pm. my pinky finger is still curled up. i can straighten it with my other hand but not without assistance. i imagine it will be back to normal in the morning but for now it still freaks me out. my ring finger will not straighten either but it’s almost straight. i can make a fist. i can curl my pinky and other fingers into a fist. it’s the straightening i can’t do. i should have stopped at 3:15 and picked up my son and called it a day but at that point i was still waiting for GRU to come hook the electricity back up and so i kept working.
i have reading glasses now. i ran into walgreens to pick some up and they said 2.00 and 2.50 on the glass and i thought, “cool. these are cheap” at the counter the guy said “that’s $10.59,” and i said “i thought they say 2.50?” turns out thats the magnification. 2.5. i felt like a dummy. i did not know about that part of reading glasses. for reading books the 2.5 seems fine but my chrome book has such fine font i think i need 3.25 for writing or reading here. anyway, i can;t remember now if i mentioned how i needed reading glasses. my wife was encouraging me to read this book she read and loved and then one of my favorite podcasts were also talking about the book and so i started to read it. that’s when i realized i needed some magnification. i still need more for this chrome book. my son says he thinks there is a way to make everything bigger on my chrome book and he will help me. i am at the point already where my 11 year old is showing me how to do stuff on the computer.
my pinky is stick curled. it’s bothering me. i feel like after 4 hours it should have learned to stretch back out again….
i am so beat down tired, in mind and body. i’ve got to get away from this blasted machine and have a glass of milk. i love milk.