When I MCed Pride back in October, I was helping some pals lift a speaker cabinet to adjust a stand and when I did, somehow I injured a tendon. I didn’t think anything of it until the next day. Then, I figured it was just that sore muscle thing when you exert energy to some extremity and it’s just muscles mending and goes away after a few days. This didn’t go away.
So, it’s been almost two months. I asked my doctor about it and he said he thought it was tendonitis. I gave it a little more time and my doc sent me to an orthopedist. They said it’s “Tennis Elbow.” And, you know me, Dear Reader, I play soooo much tennis.
According to Wikipedia: Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition in which the outer part of the elbow becomes painful and tender. The pain may also extend into the back of the forearm and grip strength may be weak.
That has been the hardest part of this. I have a hard time gripping anything with any firmness. The worst part is a) I shake a lot of hands and b) I lift a lot of pint glasses. Both are incredibly difficult. So, for the next little bit, I’ll have to do more fist bumps and well, I’ll still be drinking from pint glasses and my left hand has no gripping problems.
So, as I said in my Instagram post yesterday, if you see me and I don’t shake your hand, don’t worry. I still like you. I just can’t shake too well. I’d still welcome you buying me a “pint,” though.
Until tomorrow, fist bumps…
“Exercise has its hazards. Runners are sidelined by shinsplints, freestylists by swimmer’s ear, and who hasn’t heard of tennis elbow? But the fitness buff of the ’90s has a far greater worry. StairMaster Butt.” – Jake Tapper