They're avid golfers. They invited me out to play a round with them. I told them I'd never played golf, but I'd go out with them and wave the club at the ball. They bought me a nice pair of golf shoes (Adidas Tour 360s, for those who might know what those are), a box of Titleist NXT balls ("You'll like the way those feel." Oh, yeah, like I'd have any sort of an opinion on the subject.), and a glove, and we headed out.
They hit the ball. I discovered that that stupid little ball is &*$^&$& hard to hit, never mind hit in any specific direction. I alternated between hitting the ground - hard - and not hitting anything at all. I made good solid contact with the ball about twice in 18 holes, and got incredibly lucky once with a 9-iron (knocked the ball to 5 feet from the hole from about 50 yards away). Even so, I had fun, as I wasn't out to do anything but enjoy a nice day in the sun.
About halfway through, though, my right hand started hurting. It didn't stop. It wasn't bad, and only hurt when I flexed it a certain way or whenever someone shook it firmly. Over the next couple of weeks, it didn't get any better. Finally, while I was in the mall today, I decided to stop in the doc-in-a-box there and get him to take a look at it. The verdict: Most likely a sprain. He gave me a prescription for 500 mg of naproxen twice a day and told me to massage it with ice three or four times a day, not to do anything that hurt, and splint it if I thought it might keep people from squeezing it too hard. If it doesn't get better in a week, I'm supposed to go back, and he'll probably order an X-ray just to rule out any fractures (though he didn't think I'd broken anything; I didn't, either, as I don't have any of the signs).
It doesn't hurt bad, and if it would just get better, it wouldn't be a problem at all. That it's not improving much is what has me a little worried.