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April 26, 2006



Birch is on hold for the moment, because... my hand hurts. My right hand. I don't know why. I'm mostly blaming it on excessive mouse usage at work the past two days, but just to be safe, I decided to use different needles for a while. And you know what? Apparently I'm knitting a heck of a lot of stuff on fives and sixes at the moment. Huh. Who knew? So I pulled out my long-neglected Trekking sock. I have about two inches of the foot left, and then the toe. And I've been meaning to get back to socks, anyway, because apparently they will keep me sane:


Cate says so. I find Cate is usually right about these things.

And apparently my return to socks came none too soon, because, um, I picked the sock up and knit from the wrong needle. I just... skipped one. Big honking loop of yarn going around the inside of the sock. Oops.

Posted by Kat at April 26, 2006 06:55 PM

Hope your hand feels better after the sock sanity check!

Posted by: Chris at April 26, 2006 07:32 PM

Uh oh. I've got right hand problems right now too, that I'm masking with ibuprofen, a thumb/wrist brace and smaller needle on my lace shawl. I really, really, really don't want it to be carpal tunnel because the surgery they do to fix it scares the bejeebies out of me.

Skipped a needle? LOL.

Posted by: Carrie K at April 27, 2006 02:52 PM

I had a lot of pain at the base of my right thumb last year, and wore a splint for a long time, and finally went in for an eval with The Hand Guy, who looked at the xrays and at my hand and shrugged.....

Luckily the exercises the occupational therapist gave me seemed to do the trick.

They are all range-of-motion. Don't push to the point of pain (I couldn't do some of the exercises at first), repeat each exercise 20 times.

I was told to start with my hand in comfortably hot water (note that this was a long time after it started to hurt, so I was past any potential icing stage).

1) stretch thumb away from hand (think "hand flat on table, stretch all digits parallel to the
table). Stretch/relax, repeat 20.

2) touch tip of thumb to tip of each finger on the same hand (I finish that one with another stretch as in 1).

3) lay your thumb along the base of the fingers of the same hand, where the fingers join the hand. Only the end joint of my thumb actually fits there, but I'm trying to get my thumb nestled in there. Again I finish with a stretch.

4) make circles with the thumb, as big as possible. 20 in each direction

5) (this one I couldn't do for a long time, ymmv) again think "hand flat on table", and lift thumb into the air as high as possible. Relax, repeat...

Now I do these any time I feel a twinge, and I mean to do them every day (and do, almost every day). Of course every hand is different, andt there are a million different problems, but -- seems pretty benign.

ps -- I read somewhere, when I was reading about this, that ibuprofen makes tendon injuries take longer to heal. Sigh.

Posted by: Vicki in Michigan at April 27, 2006 04:02 PM

Might I recommend a beer to, um, help your hand relax? I'm bringing those books in for you tonight-I'll put them in your mailbox.

Posted by: Erica at April 28, 2006 11:16 AM

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