This is what it looks like to be in the one percent. No, I’m not in the securities industry, bumping up against protesters in Zuccotti Park. Last time I looked, I didn’t have an income of $717,000 or assets worth millions. I’m not one of the 1.2 million people that Barron’s says ” look a lot more like regular folk than most of us really realize.”
I’m in the other one percent, the one with the real pith-and-marrow folks who sometimes have a bad reaction to a medication. I opted for a new procedure to correct the Dupuytren’s Contracture that was cramping my style.
There’s a history of Dupuytren’s in my short, swarthy, brown-eyed Italian family, in spite of the fact that the contracture is most common in tall, blue-eyed Nordic men. Collagen slowly builds up over the years and thickens into a rope-like cord. In my palm, I had a painful lump that caused my finger to curl until I couldn’t straighten it, lay my hand flat, or play the piano.
The new FDA-approved, non-operative, minimally invasive solution? An injection of Xiaflex, a protein that breaks down the collagen in the hand. And surprisingly, in other places as well.
Unintended consequences I never, neh-ver expected: swelling, bruising and pain in my hand, up my arm, down my side.
But what went wrong finally went right.
The sweet sounds are back...