what’s been keeping me

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Yup, dear friends, the three dreaded letters: R S I

I had had brief and informative encounters with the beast before, but they were always short bouts which would disappear completely after 3-4 days of being a bit more careful with my hands. Not this time. A week after I noticed the first symptoms, the pain was still there, and getting worse. After 10 days of desperation I bought a wrist brace (pictured), which only resulted in moving the pain from my index finger and wrist to the elbow and shoulder. For a few days I didn’t know if it was my mind or my body which had gone mad (with the pain jumping back and forth, seemingly at random, around my arm and hand). And then I finally went to the doctor. The most I could get from him was reassurance that nothing was broken or sprained (I was happy to hear that, at least), and a long-term referral to a physio to learn some preventive exercises.

A few weeks down the line, I am mostly better, though still feeling twinges of discomfort every now and then. But one thing’s for sure – there won’t be any knitting or crocheting for a while, as the idea of that dull incessant pain coming back is still terrifyingly fresh in my mind. When this started happening, one of my crafting buddies (no doubt responding to my incessant complaining – I am not good company when I’m sick or injured) said something along the lines of “Oh poor you, you must be missing knitting so much.” I knew what she meant – I had thought that would be my primary concern as well. But when every movement of my right arm, hand or fingers was painful, I came to fully realise for the first time ever the extent to which I use every each one of them every single minute of the day and what incredibly valuable tools they are. When things like brushing my teeth (with my right hand), cutting bread for a sandwich (with my right hand), opening doors (with my right hand) became difficult, feeling sorry for myself because I couldn’t craft was really the last thing on my mind.

I will say one thing though (in response to another friend’s query) – knitting was not to blame. It was my office job which consists of, well, typing and scrolling, from 9 to 5. Knitting is innocent, I swear! ;)

Take care of your valuable tools, my friends. Hugs!

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

9 thoughts on “what’s been keeping me

  1. Isn’t is awful? I am so sorry you are in pain. I have had problems myself since doing excessive work on our house. It takes a lot longer than we think to undo the damage. Sending healing vibes!

  2. Uh, uh …. bas mi je zao da te je tako nesto snaslo ! Cujem od mnogih ljudi da im ruka strada od upotrebe misa …
    I bas to, tek onda shvatis koliko su ruke vredne.
    Nadam se da ti je vec mnogo mnogo bolje, i da ces se u potpunosti oporaviti !

  3. I’ve been dealing with the same maladies, lately. It’s super frustrating, but a reminder that we should listen to our bodies (or at least, that’s what I’m telling myself). Also, I’ve found acupuncture to be really helpful, if you’re looking for different approaches. Take care!

  4. I am so sorry to hear of your RSI in your right hand. How utterly horrid. No, we don’t know how much we use what we’ve got until we find that we can’t. I can sympathise because I have RSI in my left upper arm and shoulder. From sitting incorrectly at work – for which I only have myself to blame. I know that I am incredibly lucky that this is not affecting my right side (I am right-handed too) but it is a complete pain (literally) that I can’t type an email without my left side starting to hurt and then even go numb.
    Which also means no yoga and no working out (I’m not too sad about that but I would like to go back to doing yoga soon).
    I was told that my muscles bunch up and that this causes the pain, so I am supposed to apply heat. Would something like swimming help you? Warm water may help and you wouldn’t need to use your hand as such though I don’t know how your arm might be affected.
    Get better very soon! It will get better eventually. My very best wishes.

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