Too wet to go out,
Too painful to knit at all
So I sit in the house
And go through withdrawal
It frustrates me that I can’t knit. Knitting keeps me sane, knitting keeps me out of trouble, knitting makes me feel productive.
I have come to appreciate the things I took for granted: driving my car, chopping an onion, attaining double gold star on the Leaf cup in Mario Kart Wii.
I’m also mad at my body for betraying me.
The Ace Bandage and gloves have seemed to ease some of the pain in my hands and wrist. Limiting my Crackberry usage to once every hour helps. But it’s cold, I have no where to go, and a few American Idols to catch up on (is anyone else disappointed in the quality of singers so far this season?). I’m going crazy!
So I sit in the house,
just the cats and myself,
Looking with longing
At my knitting shelf
Cue the Knitlist. I believe that at any given time, 100 people will have the same idea, thought or action. Aching hands is no exception. Every so often the Knitlist will cover these topics:
1. Copyright (a flame inducing conversation, best to delete)
2. What their DH, DS, DD* thought/thinks about their craft.
3. Yarn they have used.
4. Someone in public commenting about their knitting.
5. Carpal tunnel/ aching hands
Anyway, on the Knitlist, someone mentioned that she too had pain in her wrists and have postponed a visit to her doctor for fear that she may be told to stop knitting. Replies poured in and after deleting the obligatory “You HAVE to stop!! You HAVE to see the doctor!!!” someone suggested that perhaps the knitter was not getting enough calcium.
As I get more seasoned, I realize that I can’t treat my body like I did before the Teen and the Boy were in the picture. I can’t survive on coffee, Girl Scout Cookies, and a slice of bread. I have to actually treat my body like the temple it is. So I take a multi vitamin with my coffee and watch what I eat. Apparently, the caffeine saps the potency of any calcium in the vitamin. Yikes! Since I don’t ‘do’ milk**, I am denying my bones a needed supplement.
Still waiting for my appointment, I did some research (it’s wonderful having a sister who works in a library!) and found that I need to find calcium in other sources. As a thirty something female of childbearing years, I need 1000 mg of calcium a day.
Fat Free Kitchen gives a list of foods that will assist in daily calcium consumption. I’ve already added yogurt and greens to our diets. One positive is that I have dropped eight pounds since a new consciousness of my diet appeared***.
I’ll be producing socks, mittens and dare I say, a sweater, in no time.
* Darling Husband, Son, Daughter.
** I won’t go into reasons why, but milk causes a noisy household.
*** This post was originally written five days ago