Thursday, March 20, 2008

My Poor Little Carpal Tunnels

A few months ago, after my big post about knitting for myself, I was planning to announce my big sweater project, but it's on hold for now. As is pretty much every knitting project.

These are hard times. I've got a steady job, a great little home, Internet access, a working computer, a fabulous dog who loves me... but I cannot knit.

Well I can knit. But not for very long. Typing, too, is a problem. You see, I've got carpal tunnel syndrome. Not too bad, as yet, and I can knit for a bit, especially on something small and non-heavy, like socks. But, only for a little while.

After sitting on the couch and crying one evening, I have embraced a few solutions:

1. I have BRACES. My friend says they look a bit awkward, and they are hard to knit with, but if I wear them after knitting they do help.

2. I got a split keyboard at work. And an automatic hole punch. Laugh away, but medical records requires a lot of paper-punching.

3. Also, I've begun to quilt again. It's much easier on my wrists to quilt. I can wear one brace on my left wrist, which is the worst one. I'm working on a baby blanket. I'm considering moving my mother's machine back to my home and creating some gigantic project to hang behind the tv.


So, this is why I have been absent so much from the blog. The blog may have to expand and not be about knitting for a while. Please bear with me...

1 comment:

Elaine Flournoy said...

after working at my computer for years - 10-12 hours a day as a business writer, I was having horrible elbow and wrist pain on my dominant side.

I switched my mouse to my non-dominant side, and although it took a while to get as coordinated with it, my bad pains went away.

I wonder if you try this with your work day, if you might find some relief??? A cheap thing to try.

Good luck.

Elaine