The Good, The Bad, And The Occupational Therapy Script

Crossed for a quick fix
Two and a half months and things are just slightly starting to get ridiculous. I've worked on ONE amigurumi project since my left index finger began to bother me and that kept me away from my hook for two whole days afterward.

I kept resting my fingers and using ibuprofen like the doctor recommended, but things just were not getting any better -- so I made an appointment with my rheumatologist.

The good news? The pain in my left index finger is not rheumatoid arthritis (RA). That means I don't have to worry about the possibility of doing permanent and/or crippling damage (yet).

The bad news? Joint fatigue. I don't really understand it since my left index finger has been my tension finger for oh... 22 years now -- you'd think that it would be used to towing the line (pun intended). But somehow the joints in that finger have become significantly weaker than the others.

The treatment? Occupational therapy.

I suppose it's only fitting. Now that my daughter is in full-time kindergarten and I finally have my days to myself (no more dragging her to her occupational therapy sessions) -- I need to see an occupational therapist. It reminds me of that classic Twilight Zone... "time enough at last!"

Oh the irony. Well, I suppose there's time enough for me to call and schedule that appointment now. Wish me luck!


  1. So glad it's not RA. I hope your OT can have you back to what you love soon!

  2. Oh that's still bad! I know I've had my share of sprained wrists and huge back aches because of the crochet positions :p. I know how it feels to be "grounded". I hope you get back to it soon enough... Maybe you could try scrapbooking and cardmaking in between. I love doing all of them. Good luck!

  3. I so so sympathise as I had the exact same thing in my pointy finger earlier this year. , I gave my finger more or less complete rest for two months, then I discovered a ganglion had formed on my wrist. My husband squished it and it miraculously disappeared, and hey presto my finger was mended. So I think I had a tendon strain rather than joint strain, but like you I was mighty relieved it was not RA.
    Hope you get some releif soon

  4. Is it in the joint? Trigger finger? I have had several trigger finger/thumb release surgeries after cortisone shots only relieved the pain and swelling for a while. Bandaid the joints before going to bed at night so you keep the finger straight through the night -- sometimes helps....