Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The state of my wrist

Since I know you're all dying to hear about how my right wrist is...

In actuality, this is getting put up on the blog, so that I don't have to type this over and over for various people. Please bear with it. :-)

I still have tendinitis. The tendinitis is apparently a complication of the rheumatoid arthritis I have. It may never go away completely, but the doctor is hopeful that it will be alleviated with Occupational therapy. Theoretically, the occupational therapy is supposed to teach me how to use my wrist, so that it does not have repetitive strain. I see the therapist when I return from California, in the beginning of November. Blog posts will continue to be scarce around here, due to the fact that I hate dictating.

I am hoping that the therapist will let me knit again, at some distant point in the future. I'm pretty miserable about all of this, as you can imagine. :-( The fact that I may not have a working right wrist until December is very depressing. I am keeping imaginary fingers crossed that the tendinitis will be able to be alleviated enough that I will not have to wear a brace anymore.

15 comments:

Selestial said...

:( I'm really sorry to hear that, Jenny. I hope the OT helps. *hugs*

ClothDragon said...

I spent the first three weeks in physical therapy in more pain than ever and very unhappy with the whole process, but not long after that something snapped oddly in my shoulder and then it all started to work. Another month and it's almost stopped hurting altogether at rest and I have to do something to hurt it now. I'm not sure exactly how similar occupational and physical therapy are, but I'm a convert. I now believe they can make it better. I know mine was an injury and yours is a complication with a longterm condition, but hopefully you will be as lucky in the experience as I have been.

The Screaming Guppy said...

Best of luck with this. :( Such a bummer. Hope the therapy helps.

Robert W. Leonard said...

We're rooting for you. Hope you get better soon. My father had it really bad in his elbow for awhile, but the therapy worked wonders for him. Keep your spirits up.

Lorin said...

In case it makes you feel better to hear these things from strangers: I had one OT session and have had many, many PT sessions for my tendonitis. Its been rough - 2 steps forward, one step back, etc, but the up shot is that I am better. I am still in pain a lot of the time but it is nothing like before. Nothing close to before. So while it takes a long while, it will get better.

Sabrina said...

I have my fingers crossed for you, Jenny. And I really hope your wrist improves before December. I can't imagine how frustrating it is to be unable to type (or to do so, but with great difficulty). Good luck.

~Sabrina

Jenny Rae Rappaport said...

Comments from strangers are always welcome. Thank you. :-)

Soratian said...

*big hug* for you, girl. Hang in there. Therapists do good work. My husband started going to a PT early this year, and the twice-a-week sessions have pretty much fixed a hip alignment problem that's plagued him for years. So I think the OT's going to help, hope it'll let you knit again.

ryan field said...

Sorry you're having so much trouble with this. Hope it's better soon.

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Muse said...

I'm sorry to hear that. I don't know if it will help you or not, but I've had similar issues with my hands. I swapped most of my DPN sock needles to square ones. (Believe it or not, it helped.) The other thing you may want to look into is a knitting sheath. It's old technology and they're hard to find, but they take the strain of your hands better than anything else I've tried.

Good luck. If all else fails, you can always try a knitting loom or weaving for a while.

Tochi said...

sorry to hear that. Take whatever time you need. I think I speak for everyone here but we'll be around, so don't feel pressure to blog.

lynnrush said...

Gosh, that's a bummer. Prayin' for ya.

I had both my wrists casted while in high school due to tendinitis. I feel for ya.

Your Occ Therapist will get it going for you! :-)

Lyle said...

If you haven't already, you might want to try acupuncture. I has a great track record with tendinitis and all sorts of inflammatory problems including RA. I could even recommend one in Monmouth Co. Best of luck from an occasional reader.

AmyB said...

Do be careful with the braces--they can allow critical muscles to atrophy and thus make the problem worse. It happened to me.