UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

April 5, 2009

hands are important

Filed under: discussion — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:08 am

Fiber projects are being (very) slowly reintegrated into my life. It turns out that my hand problem is fairly common and sometimes it gets better on its own, which it mostly has for me. There are cortizone shots if it does not, but beyond that the extreme treatment involves surgically disassembling the hand.

I can type now, carry my own glass of water, make coffee. But I still have problems holding narrow objects. After 5 days “narrow” meant it was hard to stir sugar into my coffee. After 8 days, it meant knitting needles. And surprisingly, since my problem was tendons that wanted to keep my hand shut, now the problem is I cannot reliably hold things in that hand. Knifework in the kitchen is exceedingly scary and I have been asking for a lot of help with that.

But even now, my muscles are extremely sore and tender; and most things are time-limited. Emails are composed in several sessions now. IM is excruciating (and I have not been logged in much because of it.) Yesterday was my first day knitting in more than 2 weeks and I did one round. It was hard to finish that and I stopped in the middle. Ostensibly it was to find stitch markers, but really it was because I had dropped the needle twice already and needed a break. 

It is very possible that there will continue to be negligible content here. I am hoping to heal enough to take advantage of Yarn School without medical intervention, and that means taking things easy.



  1. Sounds like you’re on the mends. Take it slow so you can go to the yarn school. I wish I could say I did a round yesterday.

    Comment by TwistedKnitster — April 5, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

    • I had this sense of being completely useless and it was nice to disprove that to myself.

      You should knit yourself something to match your new motorcycle. Maybe a bright red cowl to cover your neck from the air? It would not be a safety hazard like a long scarf. And if you knit it in a stretchy herringbone+holey texture, it would still be non-girly and not too hot.

      Comment by UndyedYarnpire — April 5, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

  2. Sounds painful, but I’m glad that your hands seem to be improving.

    The tendons-hand-shut contradiction makes sense to me: if they’re overworked, once they stop feeling very cramped they’re still weak and resistant to control….

    Comment by skg — April 7, 2009 @ 9:05 am

    • I understand the contradiction makes sense, but it was so frustrating.

      I have been mostly good about still taking the ibuprofen to keep inflammation minimal. Taking care of it has stopped the dropsy, but I am still being very cautious.

      Comment by UndyedYarnpire — April 7, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

  3. What happened with the hand? I can relate with the “suckage” of not being able to use wrist- I “overknit” a few weeks ago and it has taken literally 3 weeks to get back to normal!

    Comment by Tara — April 20, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    • Tendinitis… just in a new form. It has mostly gone away by now.

      Comment by UndyedYarnpire — April 20, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

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