My latest project is abandoned in the middle of a shell stitch. The ruffles are patiently waiting for me to continue. But I can't. I'm on crochet restriction.
The pain shoots down my index finger and thumb and pops like lightning in my lower arm just below my elbow. The wrist is fragile and weak, my upper arm is buzzing with low grade pain. My shoulder is stiff and my neck makes funny noises... I am in crochet pain - again!
My doctor's orders are rest and treatment. No crochet for a while. And if I have to, because I just can't stay away, I will have to make it "crochet tummy time". You heard me right. Tummy time it is. I can lay down on my tummy with a pillow under my chest and crochet for 5 minutes. It is all about keeping the neck up high, you see.
My chiropractor told me she can't do miracles. She looked me steady in the eye and made it very clear that she alone can't fix this, but together we can. So like I child being giving strict orders I have chosen to obey.
I am stretching and doing my exercises every day. I am looking at my WiPs and ignoring them. I had so many "almost done" projects on my hands... The V-stitch blanket (just a few rows left), the Lacy Square pillow (just 2 more sides to join), Maybelle garlands (just the joining of flowers left to do)... Now they all have to wait.
I am frustrated and restless, being on crochet withdrawal is tough. I am taking one day at the time in hope to get better soon. So my advice to you:
♥︎ Don't ignore crochet pain for too long
♥︎ Don't crochet for hours on end
♥︎ Take breaks and do a Crochet Stretch
♥︎ Be careful with your neck, try and crochet in the height of your shoulders to keep the neck straight. ♥︎ Rest your arms on a pillow on your lap to bring your work up or sit at the dining table.
♥︎ If you already are in pain, go visit a chiropractor or physio therapist for treatment and take a break for a few days or weeks.
Crochet pain sucks. But the last time this happened I couldn't crochet in almost 6 months. I will do anything it takes to avoid that disaster to happen again. Well, I guess I might just have to escape to my sewing machine again. And maybe I will finish some of all those patchwork WiPs that has been lying in slumber like Sleeping Beauties. There is always a silver lining, right?
Note: Read about good Crochet Stretches in my blog post 8 Great Crochet Stretches.