The good news and the bad news

Well, my thinking was that after nearly five weeks not doing any craft at all it was sensible to try a little of everything. You want to go to the initial physio assessment with up-to-date knowledge about what hurts and exactly where. I took the exactly part of it literally; this morning I drew 2 biro crosses on the areas of my elbow which hurt the most. I reckon people thought I was going in for cosmetic surgery as I have massive issues with….one of my elbows!

Last night with this in mind I’d started off with a bit of garter stitch knitting on my big stash buster blanket. I did two rows which is five hundred stitches. It all felt ok, too ok really considering that on my call with the medical insurance people I’d said it’s a pain level of 9/10 when I do anything, and 6/10 resting. It was back then, but maybe not so much now. It seemed common sense to move on to some crochet, just to properly test the water. I did four rows, or so, of the grape. Then swapped to the green and completed the block, while watching the penultimate episode of The BBC’s The Woman in White. So far, so good, which is fine, but have I healed myself and what will I say to the physio?

It all felt a bit iffy really this morning, but not so bad. Not a 9/10 anyway. Next stop was a bit of the dreaded sock, if this caused the problem before I should see how it feels now. Wow I did feel fuzzy about what to do and where I’d got to. Plus I had to look again at how to pick up the side stitches, where to put which needle and so on. I opted for a crochet hook then slipping them onto a second DPN this time. I’m now at the same point I’d got to before. Next time I’ll be breaking new ground, hurray!

I can’t tell you how much I loved my crochet time last night and the sock knitting today. All the focusing and concentrating on new skills again, the satisfaction I felt was immense. It was like after a session of meditation or yoga, complete calm had descended. I really miss my yarn.

I took my sock knitting when I went to see the physio this afternoon, just to show him how teeny the silly little needles are (I actually do love them) and how the yarn is wrapped around my fingers. I mimed the repetitive movements you make. I told him how I’d got too involved in redoing a section in April, totally immersed in the sock knitting zone for far, far too long. He laughed, but that’s ok as I saw him about 18 months ago when I had a knee injury, and so he’s got an idea of what I’m like. At least it wasn’t full on laugher like some years ago when I had to answer the ‘What caused this injury’ question and had to admit it was kneading bread. She laughed like a drain. That was a bit weird.

It was actually a pretty enjoyable appointment, I always like a good chat with nice people; I asked if he and his fiancée had got into using the new ice cream maker? I remembered she’d said they both needed to lose weight, then gave him an ICM for Christmas 2016. The they’ve made is chocolate with marshmallows mixed in apparently.  Actually, he told me she’s now his wife and he looked pretty happy when he mentioned their August wedding. Later he was using jabby fingers stabbing them into my wrist, hand and elbow joint and bending the joints in various ways to assess the pain, he stopped with a concerned expression in response to my “Ow, oh my goodness!”

“Did it really hurt there?”

NO, it’s your description of dislocating your finger playing rugby!” (It was sticking out sideways. He then paused to demonstrate and show me the resultant swelling. Ouch.)

When asked on the telephone assessment what aspects of life is your injury affecting, I’d tried to think of specific examples, without lazily responding “Everything.” Consequently he had quite a list in front of him: driving; holding the steering wheel, holding a handset to talk on the ‘phone, texting, lifting a kettle, or a watering can, any crafting and the last, which made him laugh (again): putting on mascara. Why is that one funny? One eye done and the other naked, might be more of a hilarious sight me thinks. It’s time for a ‘Men?! What are they like?! Huh!’ I reckon.

Good news first? I always request the positives to sweeten what comes later.

The good news: I called for an assessment Friday, I got an appointment for today Tuesday. Fast.

I’d exactly done the right thing resting it for so long.

He could see my thinking about testing it before the appointment, but it was not that clever a thing to do (it does really hurt now and I should not be typing this, but we bloggers waffle suffer for our craft. Wait, should I move this bit to the bad news part?!)

It is treatable.

I guessed correctly that it’s tendon stuff.

I have an exercise to repeat 30 times, on both arms. I already have a 1kg dumbbell.

The bad news: He’s booked up next week, so the first really jabby fingers “YOU’RE HURTING ME” appointment isn’t until the first week of June.

The 30 times exercise will aggravate it, it will become more painful, but alternating ice and heat treatments will help the healing. I’m not starting them until after the bank holiday weekend though. I did not tell him this part. Otherwise there will be much sighing and groaning over what should be a relaxed and lovely weekend.

THE BIGGEST BAD NEWS (which isn’t really going to surprise anyone, is it?) NO MORE CRAFTING STILL. Arggghhhhhhhhhhhhh. The lovely Lucy and I had a good chat after her comment on my last post, she really cheered me up and said she hoped I’d stay happy and would send me healing vibes. It worked because I have stayed happy. Rather than crocheting or knitting, I’ve bought some new plants and baked bread, visited some good places and had cups of tea with friends. I do miss all the moments where I pick up needles, a hook or I sew something, but I did do the right thing instinctively by stopping it all. It’s just not much of a craft blog when you’re not able to craft, it is? Thank you very much for stopping by to read and for your caring comments and messages on my last.

I will be back with my monthly Taking Stock post next week.

What about you? How are you doing? Did you watch the wedding? It was lovely, warm glow time here.

PS: Does anyone know where I put my hot water bottle???

20 thoughts on “The good news and the bad news

  1. Sorry to hear you’ve been in pain and discomfort. Hoping you have a speedy recovery and that time flies till you see the physio next.
    We watched the wedding here, my youngest daughter got all dressed up as if she was going to it for real plus I got her out my wedding dress so she could see it and my veil. It was a lovely ceremony and they seem so much in love and what about that sermon “love IS the way”

    • Thanks Jean.
      It was really lovely. I grabbed my tissue box the moment William and Harry arrived together!
      Yes, the message is a good one but it was too long and it became rather weird (Fire? Planes?!) I liked the BBC’s shortened version on the Highlights programme. That came across better.

  2. Good for you looking after yourself. You won’t know yourself soon. :) It really is worth doing the right thing. Your recovery will be so much quicker. Seeing your lovely sock reminded me I need to give mine some love!

  3. I admire your attitude: good news first, focusing on positive things. That in itself helps you to heal!
    Taking pictures was not on the list of activities affected by your painful elbow. Can you still take them? As I can neither crochet nor knit, the thing which attracted me most to your craft blog were your lovely photos 😃. Which shows that even a craft blogger who temporarily isn’t able to craft is by no means doomed to silence.
    I watched the wedding and related stuff the whole day (in bed as I was ill) and I loved every minute of it! The new Duke and Duchess looked so happy and lovely!

    • I’ll be posting a Taking Stock with photos next week. That’s ok as it’s a very fast process, and if I’m sore I just stop.

      I hope you feel better soon. They did look radiant. It’s super to see so many of the Royal Family together again. It’s rare that we have the opportunity.

      • Exactly! There weren’t so many of them together at Christmas, or last year’s Trooping. This was a perfect occasion, and such a joyous one :)! (Do you have a favourite member – or several members – of the RF?)

  4. Wishing you well with the jabby finger treatment.
    I had pains in my left elbow, took me years to work out it was caused by driving a car after Mr E who rams the handbrake on so hard it hurts me big time to release it. I very nearly had surgery too, which would not have done the trick at all.
    Good Luck.

  5. I hoped by your next post you might have healed! Oh well, you’re getting it seen to, so hopefully not long now! Physiotherapy seems to be a bad idea if it puts you in more pain?!

  6. I’m sorry that you’re having to go through this and it’s putting a halt on your crafting. You’ll just have to read even more – unless holding a book aggravates it too!?

    • Thanks Jan. I was reading a huge brick of a hardback (which yesterday I couldn’t even fit through the library letterbox to return!) but devised a cushion on my lap strategy to read, or propped it on the pillow next to me. Hope you’re well.

  7. Sorry you’re sidelined from crafting. I am suffering from a “trigger finger” on my left thumb and it sure does hurt. Hang in there and get better. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. It was a lovely wedding. I put it on “just to see the dress” and then ended up watching it all!!! Glad you are keeping busy despite the no crafting rule. X

  9. I can sympathise, but your gammy arm will heal and the hiatus will have been worth it :) I had to laugh at the thought of you wearing one of a pair of socks.
    The Royal Wedding wasn’t big over here. Lovely, I’m sure, but just, you know, far away….;)

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