Thursday, March 7, 2013

Index Finger Imaging at QEQM

I can't remember whether or not I've mentioned this before, but I have a very peculiar lump in the first knuckle of my right index finger. It's been there for a long time, maybe even years, but lately it's been growing and bothering me a bit, producing a dull pain especially when I clench my fist. (Not that I clench my fists a lot, but never mind.) I've long suspected it's probably a touch of arthritis. A few weeks ago I went to the doctor to have it checked out.

The doctor said she doubts it's arthritis because it's not in any of my other joints. But she didn't seem concerned. She referred me to St. Mary's Hospital for an ultrasound, and said I would have to schedule an appointment once the hospital acknowledged the referral.

Then, quite by surprise, I got a letter from St. Mary's saying I could just walk right in, no appointment needed. Sweet!

Yesterday I hopped on the tube and went to Paddington, where St. Mary's is located, and was directed to the third floor of the QEQM building. (I idly wondered what that could possibly stand for. Queries Envolving Qualitative Medicine? Well, no -- turns out it stands for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.)

When I got there, I was told that -- oops! -- the hospital folks mistakenly thought I needed an x-ray. Because I need an ultrasound, I do in fact require an appointment in advance. So they sent me away again, to return on March 21 at my now-scheduled appointment time.

So my knobby knuckle remains a mystery.

Here are the daffodils amputated from their mother bulbs on Tuesday by Olga. They opened yesterday on the warm kitchen windowsill, even though their siblings in the yard are still tight yellow buds.

(Top photo: A store in Plaistow with a little bit of everything!)


Ms. Moon said...

You've probably got a cyst. It'll be all right. I love your daffodils.

ellen abbott said...

I have arthritis in my thumb joints, also my finger joints but those rarely ache. Not great for an artist. Love the rescued duffs.

Lynne said...

I'm with Ms. Moon. It's probably a cyst. I have a couple of fingers with knuckle joints avec bumps and they don't bother me too much but sometimes they do, especially like you said when you clench your fist. Good luck with your imaging! Keep us posted.

Jenny Woolf said...

I have one too. The doc said he thought it was a "something node" (I can't remember the name) and it is associated with arthritis. Maybe you should tell your doc to look up something nodes :)

Anonymous said...

Isn't it great going through the medical maze? I'm much older than you and I recall the dr. coming to the house when we were sick or had a problem. Life was so much simpler...yes, we didn't have so much technology to rely on but we survived. Can't wait to hear the prognosis on that finger!