Taking it Easy


Last week I was diagnosed with tendonitis of my right wrist. Good grief. Really? My suspicion is that this had been coming on for a while, and the small tinge of pain I was feeling on occasion was aggravated recently when I started adding more planks to my workouts (don’t do these on your hands folks!) and then spending the better part of a day sitting at a weird angle and cutting fabric with scissors (I usually use a rotary cutter). Soon, the discomfort was unavoidable and I had to face the fact that something was not right. Luckily, it is temporary, and I have been instructed to rest it, allow it to heal, and not do any repetitive motion to aggravate it. I’m managing to do more things with my other hand, and for the most part, avoid things that hurt it.
I have managed to do a little English paper piecing, which is surprisingly not painful. But just a little. Afraid that I may make things worse and not even know it, I’m only letting myself do a few at a time. Those few sure feel good. I like to remind my hands that they can still make things. After finding this great Japanese tin of tea cookies, I filled it with supplies to keep in our family room, for when when the moment strikes. I love the portability of English paper piecing.
Truth is, I feel a little like a mess lately. I have a few extra pounds from the holidays that are leaving me feeling sluggish and slow. And now my wrist. Not being one to have aches and pains often, it’s hard to just go with the healing process and be easy on myself. It’s hard to snap out of feeling blue. I’m trying. Each day, I try to remember simple things- to be good to myself, like drink lots of water, eat healthy food, and go to bed at a reasonable hour. I am taking more of Vitamin D, and upping my iron intake (I am perpetually deficient). Really these are the same things I tried to do every day before these physical and mental setbacks, but now I’m also trying to clear away the rest of the chatter and just be easy on myself.

  • erin

    February 3, 2014 at 6:14 am

    i’m so sorry, blair. i know this so well – the tendonitis and the having to rest when you don’t want. also, the extra holiday pounds and lack of energy. 🙂 i find that most of my tendonitis has to do with my neck and shoulder – stretching really helps me. if you want some tips, just call. xo.

  • mims

    February 3, 2014 at 6:17 am

    oh! the joys of growing older. My canary in a coal mine is my left ankle that I sprained 20 years ago. IF I eat wheat or corn it gets inflammed. I’m also struggling with the Thanksgiving to New Years spread of 10 lbs. Being 50 plus has it upsides, but these are not it.
    I swear by curcumin and a grain free diet. HOpe you can relax more into taking it easy.

  • sarah

    February 3, 2014 at 7:25 am

    sending thoughts for a speedy recovery. don’t be too hard on yourself. taking time now to plan future projects, instead of the ‘doing’ may help. keeps you in it and allows some rest. ps. love the paper piecing.

  • sofy

    February 3, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Oh that just sucks.
    When you get something like that, you realise just how much you actually use your hands! I remember feeling desperate when I had a very little touch of it.
    Hope you can take the time to take extra care of yourself, and maybe enjoy it. Though I grant you, my special-me-time definitely involves being creative..

  • Rosalind

    February 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I am so sorry to read about your wrist problems. I had a similar issue from using my hands too much lifting children and exercise. My Dr prescribed an anti-inflammatory called voltarin and it fixed me straight away. I had tried rest and a lot of physical therapy but the voltarin were the thing that worked. I didn’t take them long – just a few days and all came right. Wishing you a speedy recovery!!!!! I know how frustrating it can be!

  • Robin

    February 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Ugh, I’m so sorry to hear this, Blair. I know how this goes and am dealing with a bit of the same. My craft of choice is knitting, but try as I might, I can’t do it (ever) for more than 20 minutes a day without getting into the world of wrist and arm pain. When will I learn? I should just enjoy the time I have and do a little bit every day instead of going for marathon sessions. So… now I’m in a period of no knitting. Again. And I totally hear you on feeling sluggish and dealing with negative mental chatter. Hang in there! Go for long walks, find some good books. And it sounds like it might be the perfect time for more house cleaning and “redecorating”! It’s such a mentally cleansing and creative endeavor … and as a bonus, it shouldn’t hurt your wrist.

  • Mary

    February 3, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I don’t really have any words of advice but I did want to share some thanks I have been meaning to communicate for the longest time…. About three years ago you posted about making little crochet hearts and linked to a video. I have NEVER been able to knit and had never considered crochet. But that little post started me on a journey which has brought so much joy to my life. I crochet everyday and love it. My second thanks to you come from a post you did at the end of the summer about your exercising regime. I realized I TOO could find 20 minutes a day to take care of my health and bought the 30 Day Shred videos. I have been much more consistent about exercising and just feel better and stronger. I just wanted you to know that your honest and creative thoughts and ideas and going out into the world and impacting people for the good. Thank you!

  • lisa s

    February 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    hear you ! my right wrist and left shoulder always give me trouble… and the work we do doesn’t help. rest up. sending hugs. xo

  • Blair

    February 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Hope your big house cleansing has pulled you out of the dumps today. Feel better, I’m sorry your creativity is being impacted by your wrist.

  • Byrd

    February 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    This is a bummer and I blame it all on the month of January. Go easy on yourself, take a break and do something different for yourself. It will be okay. Take care, Byrd

  • Beth

    February 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    This is the time of year that I always make a point to notice that the days are getting longer. Soon the forsythia will start to bloom. Hang in there.

  • Natasha

    February 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    This is a comforting post, albeit, I am sorry to hear about your wrist. Something about February causes me midwinter blues as well and then when you have restricting pain on top of, well that just adds. You are right that this is a good time to be easy on yourself.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Thank you friend, as always. xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I thought about your comment this week, tried to keep the corn and wheat consumption down. It helps EVERYTHING. Thank you for the reminder!

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Thank you Sarah. I am happy to say that as of yesterday, my wrist started to feel much better. There’s something to this whole resting thing I guess.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Thank you Sofy. Happy to say it’s feeling much better. I’m relieved and happy I can slowly start doing some stitching again.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Thank you Rosalind. Voltarin is exactly what my doc prescribed for me! It really worked, but not as quickly as he had said, which at first had me a little worried. But a week later, and lots of resting my hand, and it’s much much better.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Thank you Robin. I love to crochet, but can’t do any marathon sessions for the same reasons as you. I have taken advantage of the down time to think about the rooms and spaces around here and, yes, doing a little more redecorating. Long overdue. And glad to say a week later the wrist is turning around.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Mary, your post literally made my day the minute I read it. Thank you so very much for taking the time to write me. I love knowing that friends like you are out there, and that I’m not just writing into a black hole. Crocheting has been such a fun hobby for me too (I, like you, didn’t think it was possible for me to learn until I did) and I am still doing those videos every day (I bought more). 20 minutes of power work and sweating, and I feel my day can properly begin. Like you, I feel stronger and am so very proud of myself. And you! Thank you! xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

    It’s better, finally! I need to learn to crochet with a better hand positioning, and no more marathon cutting sessions! xo

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

    It really did! The Seahawks win certainly helped too! : D

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

    January is a tough one, right? Thank you so much for your thoughts Byrd. I am happy to say I’m finally feel better all around.

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I love the forsythia! Nice reminder, thank you!

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 6, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Thank you Natasha. It’s much better, finally. And there’s been lots of sun, which I know helps me too. xo

  • melissa

    April 7, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Hey blair, just seeing this bc i want to patch some pants with paper piecing- but you know I struggle with tendonitis, too. I find that b complex vitamins + d3 help me when it flares up, and I know it sound crazy, but I do a rub with castor oil at night and that helps me. I also get acupuncture twice monthly so I can keep working. Hope that you’re all better now!

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