Wow! What a difference a month has made! I had my right hand surgery on April 10th…and the left hand done on May 2nd. It’s incredible how effective the procedures were. I haven’t had any numbness in either hand from the day the doctor operated on them….and they were both absolutely dead at times. It felt as if I had nothing at the end of my arm…nothing below my wrist. I’ve been having numbness for years and put off the surgery until I no longer had any other option.
Right up to the instant I realized surgery was inevitable, I was in complete denial about how bad my condition had gotten. I’ve been using “mind over matter” for years and only stopping whatever I was doing when the tingling became too bad to continue…then I would rest for a few moments until feeling returned…and continue knitting or sewing. I thought I could go on like that indefinitely. Not!
I learned that “mind over matter” had no effect on either hand. One simply cannot make a hand move when it is so numb that even the tingling is gone. Rude awakening! However, there is a happy ending….I’m regaining dexterity day by day and should have fully recovered my strength within six months.Yaaaayyy!
I couldn’t wait to get back to knitting and creating…this is a little Bluebird of Happiness I made as a housewarming gift for a friend who recently moved into a new “nest”
He’s made from wool felt, feathers, a couple of cabochon “moonstones” , a couple of little black buttons, and a fine black wool needlepoint yarn that I’ve had in my stash for years ~~ filled with polyester stuffing. He’s two-sided and hangs as an ornament from a crocheted loop I attached (after this photo was taken) at just the point where he would balance evenly because his rear end was heavier than his front, so I had to place it up near his head.
What fun I had working on him with my newly un-numb hands! Since then, I’ve been knitting up a storm on a little cotton cardigan for my great-granddaughter. I’m making it in a size 3T because she’s growing so fast. When she was born, she’d already outgrown the little pink sweater set I’d made and never wore it. And she only wore the little booties I made last Christmas a few times before she outgrew them, too. She’s an adorable three months now and is an amazingly happy and calm baby…lots of smiles and coos, and practically never cries. Needless to say, her GG is delighted!
So, back to knitting….did you know that one can get calluses from knitting?? Who knew! During the weeks that I haven’t been able to knit I discovered that I had them on both forefingers and my right thumb—apparently from where they touch the needles and yarn as I knit. At first I couldn’t think of what had caused them and have been applying generous amounts of Vitamin E cream mixed with Bio-Oil and lanolin (my own inadvertent mixture—I poured leftovers into one jar). When I picked up my knitting again I had an Ah-Ha moment….but it took me a while to get there.
Do you have calluses from knitting? ;o)