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Then: Trigger Trotter

Now: Trigger Finger

To anyone raised in the fifties and sixties, the name Trigger conjures up visions of the "Smartest Horse in Show Business."  Yes, that beautiful golden animal who was best friends with Roy Rogers.  Known for both his quickness of foot and mind, Trigger appeared in dozens of movies.  

He also appeared in our neighborhood when we played cowboys and Indians.  Even though I was terrified of horses, I would my ride my imaginary Trigger off into the sunset.

Then of course, the boys in the neighborhood would jump out and point toy guns and pull their triggers, at which time we either fell over dead or just kept on going.  Because, after all, we girls were the fair maidens and pretty much made up the rules.  

But now that the years haves passed, there doesn't seem to be anything fair or maiden-like about this process of aging.

I was recently diagnosed with something called "Trigger Thumb."  A condition which appears more often in women (lucky us) than men and usually in the fifth or sixth decade of life.  

Simply put, it is a condition in which one's finger catches in a bent position.  And straightens with a snap – like a trigger being pulled and released.  Much like those toy guns, but this isn't nearly as much fun.  It is caused by a narrowing of the sheath that surrounds the tendons and often happens from repetitive motion.  

So, I went to see my orthopedic surgeon (yes, I do have one, since I seem to break my bones quite frequently) and after a simple, yet costly, shot of cortisone, I'm now waiting to see if it works.

If not, well, then I may just have to climb up on my imaginary horse and ride off into the sunset looking for a “Trigger Finger” support group.

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      Lindao wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • I just saw Trigger and friends a few weeks ago, Janie!  They were in the Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO—which, unfortunately, is closing.  I hope they all find a new place to reside... even though I’m not a fan of animal taxidermy.  Good luck with your trigger finger.  I hope it doesn’t affect your ability to write, since you‘re so great at it! —Linda O.



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      Tinaf wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • So sorry about the trigger finger, Janie, and I’m with Linda that I hope it doesn’t hamper you from writing these great columns!  They always make my day...



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      Cutetito wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • Hi. Janie. Omg I thought I was the only one with this ‘thing‘. I’m a bridal seamstress and got this trigger thumb a few months ago. I’m right handed and of course it’s my right thumb. It’s very annoying. My busy season is right around the corner and I’m freaking out. My doctor put my on cortisone pills to see if that will work. I really can’t do the shots right now or God forbid surgery. I’m 48 and too young for this. This sucks.tongue out I feel like I’m just falling apart, ugh.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • We need to get you a personal secretary, Janie, to type out your blogs while you say them aloud to her/him.  Seriously, though, I do hope that you are able to get relief for your finger. I know that writing is a love and passion for you; you need to be able to work your craft with no restrictions.



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      Tamra wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • Cute blog!  Sorry about your thumb.  I have a toe joint that’s going, too.  Poor us!



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      Grizzlybear wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • Sorry about your damaged digit!  Could be worse though...could be your middle finger bent in that position!estatic



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      Yana Berlin wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • Oh NOOOOOOO another thing to look forward to? after fabulous forties are over frown

      Sorry about your thumb Janie.



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      Anne Lyken-Garner wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • Sorry about your finger. I suffer from that too. It’s an extension of some problems I have in my shoulder and arm. I always tell myself it could be worse. It makes me feel betterhappy



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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • My brother in law just had trigger finger surgery!  It was day surgery...and I do believe a success.  He sells guns...shoots guns...and has to be able to shoot a gun being that he is always armed while working (selling).  I think it was painful too.



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      Darlene Sabella wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • Oh My, that is nasty,  I am older then dirt, at this time everything is falling, dropping, drooping, painful, and just plain not fun.  I am so sorry to hear you have this, please let me know how the shot turned outheartfrown



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      Geralyn Schulkind wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • Come on girlfriends,cheer up it’s not all that bad! Getting older is something that my mom, dad and brothers weren’t allowed to do. We are alive and well and beautiful!  Yes, it is just one of those things to deal with...and I do hope it doesn’t interfere too much with your writing Jane!estatic



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      Janie Emaus wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • Thanks everyone.  As far as things go, it’s not that big a deal. Just an annoyance.  Not sure about the shot, yet.  I have to give it a few more days.
      Thanks for all your comments.



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      Kyah wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • Janie, the shots should do the trick, but don’t get too many of them because cortisone tends to make the surrounding bones brittle with age.



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      Cristy McKowen wrote Jan 18, 2010
    • Hi Janie..I unfortunately know all about the cortisone shots...hate em! Usually quite painful to begin with and I have never had any success with them..I wish u the best hon..it sounds kinda funny “trigger finger” but I assure u it is not! tongue out



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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 19, 2010
    • Feel better soon!



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      Chattycathie wrote Jan 20, 2010
    • My sister has something similar.  She has cartilage growing between her thumb and index finger causing the thumb not to be able to expand out.  She went to the doctor about it.  I can’t remember what it is called, but the doctor said it is something that only Welsh people get, and our grandfather happened to be full blooded Welsh (Thanks Granddad).  He said eventually the thumb and finger will grow together and then she will need surgery.  But he said to deal with it as long as possible, because it is a slow progression, and hand surgery is not fun.  So it is something she just puts up with.  “What a drag it is getting old“.



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      Chattycathie wrote Jan 20, 2010
    • By the way, if typing becomes impossible, they do have voice activation software.  You talk and it types.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Jan 20, 2010
    • Can that voice activation thing, think for me me, too!

      Have a great day.

      Janie



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      Ladybug10 wrote Jan 21, 2010
    • i sure hope you feel better,positive thoughts and best wishes to you!never heard of that and soon our kids will have wii fingers...lol because my girls have been having a marathon weekend of games and my oldest said she has a blister on her finger from playingtongue out,if only i could get them to grab a broom and have a marathon chore cleaning day..lol,take care



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      Frannie1964 wrote Jan 24, 2010
    • I hope the shots do the trick for yahappy Love reading your blogs.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Jan 26, 2010
    • Thanks Frannie,

       I think the shots are helping!!

      Have a great day.
      Janie



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      Faye43 wrote Jan 30, 2010
    • Sorry to hear about your thumb. They do say getting old beats the alternative though happy



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      Janie Emaus wrote Jan 30, 2010
    • Faye,

       You are right and it the shot seems to have worked.

      Have a great day.

      Janie



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      Bestfriend wrote Feb 6, 2010
    • Janie,

      I had Trigger Thumsb on both my hands, one after another. I took cortisone shots on both fingers, and the pain returned within a month.  

      I helped myself by using a(sponge)splint at night to sleep through without them locking.
      In the morning , I use a tennis ball to massage by rolling it back & forth on both my thumbs for 5 minutes(while still lying down). The ball help energize and improve circulation to the thumbs. My thumbs came back to normal after one month,I will never have to go to get “shots” again.

      You can heal your fingers just like me !!

      Now I can create more happy Feng Shui Art for people to energize their homes and offices at :
      www.fengshuiart.com/



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      Janie Emaus wrote Feb 6, 2010
    • Bestfriend,

       Well, the shot has worked so I’m good for now.
      Have a great weekend.
      Janie



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      Bestfriend wrote Feb 6, 2010
    • Janie,

      I am glad the shots worked for you.
      If the doctor ever try to talk you into surgery, don’t go for it.
      I heard that it would damage or break the vain for good.

      Take care !
      Best of luck.

      Bestfriend



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