Taking A Week To Heal


  • Dictated by: Rachel, courtesy of Dragon Speak.
  • Edited by: Trevor – an amazing husband.
  • Links by: Gloria – whose better with computers than Trevor.

If you have been following this blog for a while, you may know that I am arthritic in my right – and dominate – hand. I have managed to do everything the doctor’s said I would never be able to do with a gleeful “(censored) you!” attitude since 2011. However, I didn’t realize how much of this depended on my left hand being fully functional.

Without boring you too much, I injured my left hand early last week doing something utterly stupid. I really wouldn’t expect anything less that a stupid accident to completely derail my  life but hey, I’ve gotten used to it. I spend most of last week trying to figure out how to keep doing all the things I normally do with little success, and now here we are. I have officially wrecked both my hands, because I was trying to accommodate one hand at a time. Basically if my right hand was happy, my left was mad. And if my left hand was happy, my right had was super mad. As a result I have been left with two incredibly angry hands.

SO, I am going to take a week off from, well, everything. I am not going to post anything this week – although I am hoping to get caught up with some of my blog reading. I’m going to try to not knit, type, lift more than 2 pounds, make fists, or use a knife (which means *sigh* Trevor is going to have to cut my food again). I am going to ice, elevate, schedule Advil, wear braces and try to heal up my hands.

Seriously, I don’t know how my little brain is going to handle this. My OCD and my Panic Monster start to return when the weather gets chilly – really that little bugger’s optimal time to muck up my life is from October to early April. With no outlet on how to handle that, I’m not sure what is going to happen. All I want is to find a little piece of mind in doing the things I love – right now I feel like I’m up (censored) creek without a paddle.

I know that this seems like phenomenal amount of complaining, but when I think about how my coping mechanisms are being altered I start to get pretty nervous. More than less likely I am going to try to keep knitting (no, she’s not – added by Trevor) (she probably will – added by ♠Gloria♥) but the amount of time I can do it is going to be very limited. It seems that only certain needles for certain amounts of time don’t make me want to curl up into a  ball and cry.

Anyway – You can always find me on Ravelry as RainyDayStitches for personal messaging or on Facebook as All Night Knits. If your super bored I am also on Twitter (which she doesn’t really know how to use – added by Gloria) and Instagram. I can do nice and short messages, typing with one finger on my iPod is totally doable but anything longer may have to wait.

I am really hoping that this time next week I will have TONS of amazing stuff (she does, I live with her amazing stuff allover the house – added by Trevor) (she’s gonna kill you for saying that – added By Gloria) to share with you, it will make me decidedly less boring to read about. For now, have a wonderful week and enjoy your fiber twice as much for me!

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69 thoughts on “Taking A Week To Heal

  1. rainbowjunkiecorner

    So sorry to hear about your hands but rest is probaby a good idea. I have a joint on my left hand that aches with too much crochet and all I can do is to stop for a bit because otherwise it will just get worse. Here’s hoping it is not too long before you feel better. 🙂

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  2. feelgoodknitting

    Aww, feel better soon! I hate having to take time out for injury too, but as Hubby always reminds me, take the little bit of time to heal up now or you’ll have to take alllllll the time for re-injuries!

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  3. suzetteg2013

    Take the time you need to heal. Those of us with the same problem understand fully. Get caught up in your reading and we will see you healthy and knitting in a week, and if it takes longer, then take the time 🙂

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  4. katythenightowlKaty

    As I’m enduring the same rest as you right now, as even holding my crochet hook is beyond me with an arthritis flare-up, you have every single smidgen of my sympathies, Rachel 🙂

    I do so hope that the rest does what you hope, and you can get back to your beloved knitting again 🙂

    Isn’t Dragon an amazing software? I don’t know how I would cope in the winter months without it 🙂

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      I’m sorry to hear about your hand – you also have my full sympathizes and I’m sending warm and fuzzy thoughts your way!

      As for Dragon Speak – it’s AMAZING!! After my initial injury it took 8 months to learn to write again. Without that program I don’t know what I would have done – it also kept me gainfully employed!

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      1. katythenightowlKaty

        I was fortunate to be given my software when I was studying for my degree with the Open University, as there’s no way I could have completed my studies without it – and also my Logic Rollerball Mouse, which is so gentle on my hand, an dis such a boon to anyone with arthritis in the hands 🙂

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  5. janegk

    Hi. I know what you are going through with as I had this problem. I found that if you knit with square needles that this will help your hands. Also if this does not help see a good hand Dr. I was at Mayo Clinic for my. A friend who reads your Blog

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      Square needles huh? I didn’t even know they made square needles!

      My doc is good, he’s with OSUs orthopedic hand center. Also, he’ll see me with no insurance – he may actually be a saint;)

      Thanks friend who reads my blog – now to find square needles!

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  6. lottieknits

    I really hope you hand gets better soon. I’ll try to be a good little blogger and post more this week so you’d have something at least mediocre to read 😉 if you need cheering up you know where I am.

    P.S. I love Gloria and Trevor’s little asides! They made me giggle 😄

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      Those little rascals just went to town didn’t they? It’s funny because I can see Gloria doing it, Trevor must have been feeling goofy and they just rolled with it. Their lucky they’re so loveable;)

      Also, cut it out with your mediocre crap – your stuff is always AMAZING!

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  7. tess

    Kudos to your editors who had me LOL! I am also fretting through a healing period currently so I feel your pain. Almost literally. I find hugging my stash provides a bit of a warm, happy feeling. Repeat as needed.

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  8. spynner5

    Yikes…. I went thru the same several years ago; carpal tunnel, tendonitis were the biggies, but pretty much everything that could go wrong with hands did… and there went both music (classical & flamenco guitar) AND fiber play. I was NOT happy… but I did what I needed to (rest, braces, fish oil tabs, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic,etc) and it worked. I’m not back to speed on the guitar but can play my dulcimer and the fuzzy play is coming back, too. Moral: Don’t give up… you have help & people who love you. You will get there…

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      Thank you. I feel your pain with the music – I was a classically trained pianist before my hand injury. I never got back to it- not enough spay it control of my right hand. That and my last 3 fingers are like flaccid male appendages for all they’re worth;)

      I hope you continue to heal, if you ever need to vent PLEASE feel free to PM me – I will be here. Take care, you’re officially my inspiration:)

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  9. sindel17

    Maybe you can video blog? Your blog is one of my favs so I hope you find a way to enjoy the rest and are back at it soon.

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      Me on video! Eekkk!!! Podcast would be the way I go, I just don’t know how to put audio in blog form.

      Thanks for saying you like the blog, it made me all blush-y and giggly;)

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  10. Pimla15

    I totally understand. After a time spent in a frenzy of quilting my right thumb was throbbing and I realized, much to my displeasure, that the only thing I could do was to stop quilting and let it rest. Spend your creative outlet on the knitting pics each day. I’ve enjoyed them and wish I had taken on the challenge, too.

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      Thanks – the pics have been fun, the bonus being I can totally manage it with two goofy hands!

      I don’t know if there is a challenge for November – but I know someone with lots of flare time on her hands to check! 😉
      I will let you know if I find something – or Gloria or Trevor will relay the message:)

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  11. salpal1

    I am so sorry – I know how hard it is to sit and have your hands idle while others wait on you But reading is good, and if people can do pencil drawings with their toes, it seems like maybe you could: take photos of things and post those; hold a stylus with your teeth and do very short posts; learn to crochet with your feet (that one will keep you busy until your hand heals!) and all kinds of crazy other things. Find a way to use this time to have fun – watch lots of videos on things you always wanted to try but never had time. You have time to learn about them now!

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      Crocheting with my feet can’t look worse than when I try it with my hands:)

      I am currently taking a break from a marathon Scrabble tournament. I filled my Netflix queue, got 7 Lucy Neatby DVDs from the library as well as 4 books on spinning. I refuse boredom as an option.

      BONUS! This will give me things to talk about when income back from double braced hands hiatus!

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      1. salpal1

        Absolutely – you will have learned so much!

        FOUR books on spinning? Wow – you will have the rules memorized! Then it will just be practicing technique. I expect to see beautiful things in a few weeks!

        Do video the crocheting with your toes, now, won’t you?

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        1. allnightknits Post author

          Oh yes, if I master crocheting with my toes I could become a YouTube superstar!

          The spinning books are great, I feel so much smarter 😉

          Also, I got 5 Lucy Neatby DVDs and they are AMAZING! I have watched them through and I am throughly in love with them. I will most definitely be checking them out from the library multiple times. Totally worth looking into by the way.

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          1. salpal1

            I don’t know Lucy Neatby – are they knitting DVDs? How great that you have a library with such things. I’ll have to go to the big city to see what they have in that area.

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            1. allnightknits Post author

              They are knitting DVDs and they are incredible! I would look into it for sure, and when I have the money I am totally going to buy them – they are the best reference guide I have found so far.

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      Thank you. I am Dragon speaking the pattern tonight and Trevor will edit it do HOPEFULLY it’ll make sense. Email me if you get confused – it should be in your inbox tomorrow!

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      1. Rob's Surf Report

        Thanks! I actually figured out how to cable and right now I’m going to town on a test swatch so I’ll be all limbered up! And if it takes a little longer don’t sweat it – I’m on a mission this season.

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        1. allnightknits Post author

          Good for you for figuring it out, I am a bit of a stitch dictionary harlot – I have to have a template to figure out what to do with it.
          – I am emailing it. No. Correction. Trevor is emailing it to you shortly.

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  12. musingrunner

    I am so sorry that you are hurting. I have a muscle that gets tight in my neck if I knit too much, so I have to lay off sometimes when I overdo it. I am praying for your speedy recovery!

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      Thank you, as always you are too kind.
      I just can’t wait to ease back into knitting, my plan is to start with my sweater – it’s screaming at me to be knit!

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        1. allnightknits Post author

          Awesome, because I haven’t knitted on my sweater in maybe two weeks 😦 Oh well, it’s not like it is going anywhere, just wish I didn’t have to fiddle with the bugger at the moment.

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      I am catching up on knitting videos (feel free to insert laugh here). Lucy Neatby has a collection of videos at our local library and they are just incredible.

      When I can knit again, I can’t wait to try this stuff out!

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  13. Maggie.Vincent

    Hi, Rachel,
    Just wanted to drop in and thank you for stopping by my blog.
    You’ll have completed your week-long enforced break by now, so I’m a bit late with this one, but my current addiction for non-knitting periods is Pinterest. I’ve been leaping from board to board like a mad thing!
    Keep well.

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  14. Maggie.Vincent

    Just in case you didn’t get my Ravelry message; my name on Pinterest is Maggie Vincent. I’ve been trying to work out how to put a link to my Pinterest on my blog, but am still in the dark.

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