Frozen shoulder is NOT a friend to the knitter. Carrying groceries bags, no less, is the cause of my chronic discomfort (though I have to admit; 4 heavy grocery bags on each arm). At 3 weeks of realizing, my shoulder wasn't going getting any better, I made the Physiotherapist appointment. I apparently caught it early, which meant my range of motion wasn't as bad as some. Still, I couldn't raise my right arm or hand above my shoulder (now it's my ear - progress is
S-L-O-W). So here's the news:
There are 3 stages of Frozen Shoulder:
Now you may think, that's not so bad. Try putting your hair in a ponytail while only being able to lift your elbow, not quite, to your shoulder height. Then add a "cut me with a sharp knife' pain to your shoulder joint. And you end up with bad hair days that last a year - did I mention brushing is a challenge. I could deal with bad hair and limited knitting, and most important, sleep deprivation for a month or so, but here's the lowdown on approximate healing time:
Can you hear me crying?
I have a kayaking trip in the summer and plan to be ready for it. I very dutifully perform all my physiotherapy exercises twice every day, take Advil at night, with hubby rubbing Motrin or Voltaire on my guilty shoulder. I'm 6 weeks into this, with 3 and a half months until my kayaking. I'd say, that doesn't sound promising.
As it stands with my knitting, I'm finally on the edging of my Heirloom Circular Baby Shawl in Handmaiden's Maiden Hair. Whew! I truly envy knitters and designers who can spit out lace shawls, circular or triangular within a month. In any case, I can't wait to finish and block it! Then it's onto knitting a Blankie of a different kind.
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