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Back in the saddle again September 23, 2010

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Business practices, Random musings, Work-related injuries.

I’m back, baby! I can’t believe it’s been one month to the day since my last post. My only excuse is that I was completely overwhelmed with work and life – so much so that I decided to go on vacation and then actually went on vacation – with a Trados-free computer! I spent 9 glorious days on Seabrook Island, South Carolina and am pretty refreshed. I have been digging my way out of the backlog of e-mails, blog posts and listserv e-mails for the last day or so (not to mention sending in my quarterly payments to the federal and state government a week late – hope they don’t mind too much) and finally feel like I have control of things again.

Work consumed my life for the last several months. I had two very large jobs for a client in Germany two months in a row and a 12,000 word job for my favorite client. My arm really hurt (and to some extent still hurts), so I took some desperately-needed time off. In my case, I occasionally get a case of tendonitis in my arm from being overworked. My massage at the beginning of the month was one hour of torture on my upper body. My massage therapist didn’t even get to my legs or lower body. She spent the entire hour on my arms, hands, shoulders and neck. She said it’s the worst I’ve ever been. Every single muscle was tight, and it extended to other muscles that you wouldn’t expect (like the muscles over my collarbone – which made me cry out in pain at the slightest pressure). I was a writhing mass of pain. The muscles in my forearms were particularly sore, and the pain eventually moved into the elbow. I can’t straighten my arm without pain, and it’s actually gotten better with 9 days away from the computer!

As fate would have it, Ted Wozniak mentioned a homeopathic remedy for wrist pain and carpal tunnel during a discussion of disability insurance on the ATA German Language Division listserv the other day.

I’ve been using apis for years and I swear it not only takes the pain away but prevents carpal tunnel and arthritis. Apis is concentrated bee venom and is an old homeopathic remedy for arthritis. The best part is that you only take it when you have pain. When the pain goes away, you stop taking it. And the periods between pain have gotten increasingly longer each time – from 2 or 3 times a year 6 ot 7 years ago to maybe once a year now. I’m still using the same $5 bottle of apis I bought 3 years ago.
I buy mine at www.homeopathyworks.com and use Apis Mellifica 30C in the 4 dram bottle. (I see the price has gone up to $7.19 for that.)

I have ordered a bottle and will report on the results in a little while. I have also resolved to take it a little easier and am also looking forward to life calming down a bit.

But it’s good to be back.



1. Anamaria Argandona - September 23, 2010

Welcome back, Jill. Missed you! Take care of your arm, and thanks for the great tip about Apis. Will order some right now. 🙂

2. Torsten - September 23, 2010

Ever tried voice recognition software. Though I use it, I keep working with my hands (inserting terms and correcting a few things), but I never had any problem with my arms or hands again.

3. Torsten - September 23, 2010

Sorry, this was a question (“Ever tried voice recognition software?”)

4. Janis Abens - September 23, 2010

Yes, Torsten… DNS and VoiceXpress (Swedish) were true panaceas…..my one and only cure… acceptance of voice recognition is, surprisingly to me, slow….

5. Patricia Bown - September 24, 2010

And what should I see when opening the homeopathyworks link but a pill for poison ivy! I had a recent encounter, so maybe I will try this, too. Thanks!

6. Corinne McKay - September 24, 2010

Welcome back and congrats on taking a true vacation! Maybe we can start a movement among freelancers 🙂

7. Guohua - September 25, 2010

You worked yourself too hard. That’s what the title of your blog says! 🙂

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