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Knit one Purl two

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Two days ago my knitting supplies which I had ordered, arrived. In my excitement and joy at picking up a hobby I had let fall by the wayside, I spent two days doing really nothing but knitting. This morning I picked up my knitting and my hands felt clumsy and awkward. I knitted a little bit and then suddenly realized that my joints in my wrists and hands were on fire. Excruciating pain accompanied the slightest movement. I put medicated cream on them. I soaked them in a "tea" made of herbs and Epsom salts. That helped more than anything but it did little to alleviate the pain.

Needless to say I did not knit today after those first pained rows. I found the day to be boring and really missed my knitting. I have to consider my future. I've ordered more yarn as well as therapeutic gloves which are meant to support the wrists. Iwill obviously have to put strictures on my enthusiasm. I will have to curb the number of hours I spend knitting. And my hands will have to heal completely before I can think of beginning again.

One good thing about knitting...It keeps your hands busy and takes your mind off of food. I ate very little in the two days I was knitting. Today, a friend picked up on a remark I'd made the other day when I said a meatball sub (hero, wedge, grinder, hoagie) sounded good. He wanted to do something nice for me so he told me to order a sub and have it delivered. However there is a minimum for an order so I had to order three sandwiches in hopes that my family will eat them later tonight or tomorrow. (my daughter and husband were away since yesterday at the viewing of a movie marathon, so I was home alone all day.) For the first time in memory, I stayed in my Pj's all day.

So here I had all this food --and all I ate was half of the meatball sub....and two garlic knots. So not terrible. And I didn't have lunch either. (that was an oversight)...So I di not overeat despite the availability of food.

I hope my hands are better by tomorrow so Ican knit. It will take some playing around and experimenting to see how much i can tolerate. The gloves should help, once they arrive.
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    I have found that when my hands are busy, there is less going into my mouth as well. But I have also taken to walking outside when mom is cooking so I don't get assaulted by the smells and wondermoo food she cooks. And it's an excuse to get out of the way so I don't have to do cleanup. HAHA But that luck has ended as my father has now told on me and my secret sneak out! Old fart head!

    I am so terribly sorry that your hands are so sore, but you are right about having to scale back a bit. I have not done anything overly stressful since the yard clearing earlier this week. And I am not too proud to admit that I HURT! Nothing is touching the pain, but I am still trying to stay moving. walking in the rain last night has made my left leg ache like all get out, and the extra walking did little to help alleviate the pain, but it was a nice evening all in all. :)
    2766 days ago
    Needlework is such a great way to keep hands busy. I pray you will be able to continue. Blessings!.
    2766 days ago
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    The curse of arthritis -doing too much at once and causing a flare :((( So very sorry. I know a lady who swears by some sort of therapeutic glove -she wears them when playing cards and it helps her cope with it. She also gave me the lead on how effective Pennsaid is for taking the bite of painful fingers -I just happen to be having some nice trigger fingers and she gave me some drops and wow, couldn't believe it -was amazing -but its prescription and expensive. I also have to splint my hands when ever I am not using them to give them a rest. I also should be doing that in between bouts of exercise or cleaning or any other heavy or busy work that uses my hands a lot. Have you ever had resting or working splints made for your hands?
    Hope the pain eases for you soon..
    2766 days ago
    Yay for knitting! Boo for overdoing and having your pain flare up! I wish I had known you were picking it up again, I would have warned you to start back slowly. When I take more than a few days off, I have to set a timer so that I stop every 15 or 20 minutes and rest my joints for the first few days I'm working again. If I don't let myself adjust gradually, I pay for it in pain. I have been working pretty steadily all winter, since I've been stuck in one spot with the new knees. I put in 6 hours earlier today and 3 hours tonight. But it is also my job, I have to get inventory built up for the tourist season!

    You, my friend, need to let yourself heal. Then, when you are ready to pick it back up, try knitting while you watch tv. Knit from one commercial break to another, then let your hands rest until the next set of commercials. It's easier than setting a timer :-)
    2766 days ago
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    Glad you have found a hobby you enjoy !. Take your time and rest a little.
    Hope your hands will feel better soon ..
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    2766 days ago
    Take your time & let your hands heal. I too love to knit & crochet.
    2766 days ago
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