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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Recuperating with Crochet Therapy

Yesterday I picked up a crochet hook for the first time in five days. FIVE DAYS! 'Why is that?' you ask? Well, I had surgery on my left hand last Friday for severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Ugh. I still have some extensive bruising and I still have some mild swelling. This morning my wrist is so very tender that it hurts to even lay it on the desk as I type, so I've been typing (mostly) with my right hand.

First two things I made post-surgery. NFL color schemes are
purely coincidental. Those colors just happened to be closest to me.

One thing I hadn't realized until just the last few days was exactly how severe my carpal tunnel had gotten. For years (and yes, I mean years) I'd had issues with numbness and tingling in my fingers whenever I would crochet, type, even holding a glass of water with my left hand would cause an aching pain in my wrist. Normally, I'd stop what I was doing and shake my hand until the pain and numbness went away. However, the past 8 or 10 months I hadn't been able to feel anything with the first three digits of my left hand (thumb, index and middle fingers). The only sensations I was able to distinguish were pressure and pain. I'm happy to report that yesterday while I was crocheting I actually teared up at the sensation of Red Heart yarn being pulled between my finger and thumb. I could FEEL it!

I'm going to continue using my crochet as physical therapy to help reduce the swelling and stiffness associated with surgery. I can honestly say that this is one of the smartest things I've ever done and I look forward to getting my right hand done in the near future.

I'm adding the following images just so you can see the bruising and maybe have some idea of how it might feel if it were you. I apologize if they're upsetting to you, but God gave us a wonderful thing when we were created, the ability to choose. So view them if you choose.

As always,
Peace and blessings,
~~Karen~~


 

The "mummy" hand. I had to be immobilized for two days after surgery.
 
After two days, I was instructed to remove the bulky bandage
and use a band-aid over the stitches. I was also told to start using
my hand as much as I was comfortable using it.
 

Here's a better view of the bruising after a shower
to get rid of the Betadine and blood.
It covers my palm and goes down my forearm ...

The bruising also goes around my thumb and across
the knuckles over the back of my hand.
 

6 comments:

  1. OMG! That looks really painful! Sounds like it will be worth it when it all shakes out though. Ugh. Hope it goes by quickly!

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    1. It's tender that's for sure!
      I get my stitches out on Monday so I'm happy about that =D

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  2. Oh my word! I have chronic hand/wrist pain in both hands, and seeing those pictures all I can think of is how much pain you are in! I am also so glad you can feel your yarn sliding along your fingers! Crochet has been good therapy for my chronic illness situation as well. Best of luck with your healing! ��:-D

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    1. Thank you very much, I hope all goes well with you.

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  3. My keyboard translated a flower emoji at the end of my comment into two question marks for some reason. Please ignore them? Thx and, again, heal well!

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