Arthritis is something that comes to most people sooner or later. Over the past year or so I have noticed some definite signs in my left hand. Nothing particularly serious, but noticeable nevertheless. The middle finger of that hand is the guilty culprit. Instead of keeping in alignment with the other fingers some time ago it started to veer off on its own to the left, leaving a clear gap between it and the index finger. Evidence of this can be seen below.
The cause of this veering off seems to be the middle knuckle as this has become quite swollen in comparison with the other fingers. So far it is not in any way painful. I am aware of it and not just visually. There is a fairly constant minor sensation coming from the knuckle in particular. As it is my left hand and I am right handed, this development has not affected me in any way so far. The left hand is normally just used to hold or balance things. Holding a frame for example when I am stitching. I have been aware of this for some time, but decided that this was as good a time as any, to take note if the development and photo it, so that I have a record of the hand which I can now use for comparison with later photos. This way I can more accurately track any changes. I can only assume that it will get worse over the coming years, but hopefully this will be a very slow process. The right hand has not remained completely immune, alas. The upper knuckle of the index finger is very slightly swollen. Luckily this particular development has had no affect so far on using that finger and I am only occasionally aware of any sensation from it. This is the finger that I most need for stitching and just about everything else. So I hope this one stays as it is or develops extremely slowly. Signs of old age and unavoidable alas!