Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Knitting with Pain?

I've been fighting an elbow pain for a couple of weeks now. And though I'm careful, and get repeatedly reminded by stabs of pain, I keep using the arm. I'm right-handed, and of course you reach for the coffee, pick up your kid, remove something from the oven, automatically with the dominant hand. The same hand your kid decided to suddenly hang her 35 pounds from, while you weren't looking. Ouch.

So I've been ignoring it for a long time, but yesterday, as I was knitting a dishcloth, I got a shooting pain up my right arm. It made me drop my needle, and I believe my mouth dropped open in astonishment, though it's hard to remember, what with the sparklies in front of my eyes. Dangit. Let's blame it on the cotton, shall we? Let's see... I'm 38 years old, been around the doctors offices a bit, and I'm thinking he'll tell me to stop using the arm and take anti-inflammatories. Do you think that that includes spinning? Could I learn to do that left-handed?

On a positive note, I actually read a magazine last night. Did you know there's some very good parental advice in these things? And an “Ask about Etiquette”section. Quite illuminating. And, yes, I do believe I could write children's books, but I don't think I want to be added to that company's mailing list...

I'm going to read blogs for a bit and live vicariously through you all. Has anyone noticed that I do that fairly often? Happy Knitting!

7 comments:

del said...

I hope the arm pain isn't anything serious!

I know, I LOVE it when I can down with a magazine...uninterrupted.

AR said...

Hope the pain goes away soon!

Liz said...

Ugh. Sorry you're having arm issues. But seriously, how is anyone not supposed to use an arm? Even if they don't have an obsession that requires repetitive stress to the extent that ours does? I mean, really!

Jennifer said...

Yeah, I think you're right. You're going to be told to rest your arm, and take lots of anti-inflammatories to calm it down. I hope you feel better soon!

Julie said...

I hope that pain goes away real soon!

Brigitte said...

Oh...that's just NOT good... You need to rest it up a bit. Knitting at stake here...!

:(

Marlene said...

Oh no. Not good. Perhaps you can find a way to work around it. I once thought I would never knit again because of persistant back pain that was aggravated by knitting. I eventually found a way to knit and NOT hurt my back, but I have to be careful where, and how, I sit when knitting. Perhaps if you support that arm while you knit? Of course it all depends on your knitting style, which COULD be adapted if necessary.

Of course there is an alternative; you could just resign yourself to never knitting again and then send me your stash. You have my mailing address.

Didn't think so.