About a month ago I noticed a small, hard lump on the back of my left wrist.
It was painful.
The first thing I thought was, “oh God, please let this not be what I think it is.”
Even though I know better, I’ve been trying to pretend it wasn’t there for a whole month…and after I busted up my thumb, my wrist was pushed far down on my list of things to worry about.
That was…until yesterday.
Over the weekend, the lump appeared to have grown bigger and it was more painful than ever.
“Water more than flour” as we say in Trinidad!
I told my sister about it and she insisted that I get it checked out…no matter what it turned out to be, we would deal with it.
I wasn’t so sure.
I had a lump removed from my left breast three years ago, it was a precaution because of my family history and we knew that it was more than likely benign. So no worries there.
But this hard, little lump…this now really painful lump striped all bravado away. I was scared.
I needed to prepare myself, so what did I do…
I Googled it.
Turned out this hard, little bump is kinda common.
It’s a Ganglion Cyst. My doctor confirmed it today.
You live and you learn; before my wrist tried to grow a horn, I had no idea that these things existed. These lil bad boys are also called “Bible Bumps” because in the past the standard treatment for this bump was smashing it with a heavy book, which was…you guessed it, usually a Bible.
They commonly occur at the back of the hand at the wrist joint and what causes them is unknown. Some say trauma, some say a flaw in the joint capsule or tendon covering but whatever the cause,
there is a little hard-on bulging out of my left hand I needed to get rid of it.
So after seeing my doctor, who said he removed one for a friend by smashing it…I did the thing the internet warned against. I smashed it with a bible….ganglion style! HA!
Hurt like a b****!
You can read more about Ganglion cysts here.