Tuesday, October 14, 2008

About Kim « Sunshine and Moonlight — A Journey with Multiple Sclerosis

I learned about Kim through the Wellsphere portal. She is writing there just like myself. I sent her a "friend" invitation. Kim also has a personal blog where she has written about Carpal Tunnel and Multiple Sclerosis. My intention is to build a dialog with people suffering from CTS and to interview them online with Skype or using chat forums. I'd like to do the same with health care personnel from various parts of the word.

About Kim « Sunshine and Moonlight — A Journey with Multiple Sclerosis: "Somewhere around November 18th or 19th of 2007, I started feeling what I thought were Carpal Tunnel symptoms in my right hand. The symptoms included: tingling of my fingers, numbness, and I was having trouble typing. I went out and bought wrist guards, and things designed to help CT patients. The symptoms continued for about two weeks and I promised I’d visit the doctor after Thanksgiving.

Helge: CT wasn't her only problem. Her post continues.

"On the day after Thanksgiving, I woke up with blurry vision. I wear glasses, so I thought maybe I was in need of a new prescription. I could see, just not clearly. By Sunday, I started to notice that I was tripping over my words (and my feet); I felt like I couldn’t think of what to say when trying to talk, and the vision was worsening. (In retrospect, we think I may have been experiencing some other more silent symptoms for more than a decade without knowing what was going on. Falling down outside of a friend’s house for no-reason, vertigo, having difficulty seeing — getting dizzy — in rooms with bright, fluorescent light, swearing that I bought Diet Snapple and getting home and realizing I bought something totally different and not understanding how the wrong drink jumped into my cart at Wal-Mart. Those who know me know that those might have just been normal-Kim..."

Helge: Kim's Bio tells more about her. But there is more on her blog and in her Wellsphere blog. I've stumbled upon her personal blog earlier but didn't read about the CTS and MS problems she has written about. There was another blogger that caught my attention. Paul Brown is writing on Wellsphere and has a blog with the name "Healing Hands". His post about CTS caught my attention. I want to talk with him as well. Paul has an extensive IT background.

Repetitive motion of the hands, arms, and shoulders can lead over time to numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the arms and hands. These injuries are known by a collection of terms: Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI), Collective Trauma Syndromes, and by the most common term: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a specific diagnosis, the term is sometimes inaccurately used to describe any RSI that affects the hands.

Helge: Below is a kompressed version of Kim's BIO.


Kimberly A. Fabrizio is the executive assistant to the President of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In her role, Fabrizio has liaison duties to virtually every division of the University and serves on the President’s Cabinet. Previously, Kim served as Education Director for WQLN Public Broadcasting of Northwest Pennsylvania (PBS/NPR); Newspaper in Education Coordinator for the Erie Times-News; and Manager of Career Advising for Triangle Tech. Kim holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Gannon University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Communication Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree with the Fielding Graduate University, focusing on Educational Leadership and Change, with a specialization in media studies. Additionally, Kim is a former Advisory Board Member and Research Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research, and a graduate of the Grantsmanship Training Center, Los Angeles, California. She also serves as a high school writing coach for WriteAtHome, Inc. She has served as an adjunct lecturer at Gannon University’s Dahlkemper School of Business where she taught undergraduate courses in Marketing and Organizational Behavior. She also trains local organizations in the strategic planning and team-building processes.


Unknown said...

I'll be happy to talk to you, Helge, about CTS, and especially as it related to computer use.

I deal with lots of clients who have repetitive strain injuries...

Helge Keitel said...

Paul Brown, thanks for your comment. We could talk over Skype. My ID is "visualradio".

CTS and computer use is an interesting topic. Bad ergonomics and heavy use can lead to RSI and even to CTS.