I've been battling carpal tunnel syndrome for quite some time now. I recently had the numbness, tingling and pain in my hands evaluated by a specialist. He said it was advanced enough that it wasn't likely to heal on its own or by using wrist braces or physiotherapy. He recommended I look into having surgery. Sounded okay to me until I looked up the recovery time!
From what I've been able to find on the internet, recovery from carpal tunnel surgery takes a minimum of about 2 months and can take many months. And then there is the fact that both of my hands are involved, almost equally. It is not recommended that both hands receive surgery at the same time because then the patient is completely reliant on someone else for nearly everything. That means that after recovering from surgery on one hand I'd have to go in again for surgery on the other hand. The total recovery time for both surgeries could be a year. Whatever would I do with myself when unable to use both of my hands for that length of time?! I'd be looking at about a year of sitting idle not able to do most of my hobbies!
I decided to look into a therapy that I'd heard about several years ago. At that time acquaintances highly recommended German New Medicine for some back pain I was experiencing. While looking at practitioner Candace Brown's site I discovered she also treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I called her yesterday and was dismayed to find that even with her therapy she also recommends lengthy periods of refraining from repetitive movements like knitting, crocheting, hand sewing and the like. So it looks like one way or another I'm in for some long periods of time without my hobbies. ACK! I find the thought of forced abstinence from my hobbies more frightening than the surgery and the possible associated pain. What to do? What to do?!
So now I find myself wanting to knit more than ever so that I can finish up a few projects that are in progress so that I don't have a bunch of half finished items laying around causing me to fidget even more. Bit by bit I'm working on the vest I have in progress for myself.
This is the beginning of the side increases on the Drops Designs asymmetrical vest pattern.
The perfectionist in me just has to provide a disclaimer. NO, that is not terribly uneven handspun, it's commercially spun yarn that is supposed to look like --- um --- terribly uneven handspun?