13 June 2012

Ready to Return

I haven't had much to say lately about any knitting projects.  That's mostly because since May, I've been wearing a hand brace on my right hand, due to "extreme arthritis," as the doctor called it, in my right thumb joint.  It hasn't been that I couldn't knit, it's just that it was extremely uncomfortable.  So I'd knit a few rows/rounds, and that would be it.

Yesterday, I returned to the doctor for a follow-up.  It does feel better - for instance, it doesn't wake me up at night! - but the doctor pointed out that because it's arthritis, it won't ever be cured.  The idea is to make it bearable.  So his instructions were to wear the brace at night, and if it gets really bad again, but otherwise to take naproxen twice a day and it should be OK.  I'm gonna be trying that "plan" starting tomorrow, so I hope things will be OK at least most of the time.

Most of all, I'm hoping it will mean I can knit more.  The good thing is that it will likely keep me from overdoing it, because if not, OUCH.  But I've been itching to knit a bit more than I have been.  I currently have a pair of socks started, and of course, have said that by the end of the summer, I want to finish my Narrangansett sweater.

I'd cross my fingers, but I don't wanna tempt fate ...

5 comments:

sprite said...

Congratulations and good luck!

Lynn said...

I'm so sorry to hear abt your hands. That is one of my biggest fears, that my hands will give out and I will no longer be able to knit or stitch. I'm glad you have a plan to keep going!

Marie said...

My grandmother used to crochet to keep her fingers nimble because of her arthritis. I hope moderate knitting will do the same for you.

Marji said...

Naproxen is hard on the tum. I hope they mentioned that. I always take mine with food.

kathy b said...

Keep knitting Bridget...maybe a little at a time

Maybe one of those magic arthritis bracelets.....who knows what works these day!!