Friday, December 18, 2009

The Repercussions of Repetition and Time on my "Hand"

Violin playing, piano playing, typing, knitting, driving, sleeping -- my left hand has been giving me trouble like my right hand did seven years ago. Time for a carpal tunnel release.

I am out of commission for FIVE WEEKS! No violin for FIVE WEEKS! No knitting for FIVE WEEKS! Pure torture... and besides that, being one-handed has it's challenges:

I'm getting pretty proficient at-
  • curling my hair
  • tying my shoes
  • typing one-handed
  • pulling up my pants
But I still can't -
  • open jars
  • cut meat
  • wash under my right arm - you'd better stand to my left.
  • shovel snow - pray for sunshine, please.
  • button my pants - It's a good excuse to wear sweats every day.
  • fasten my bra in the back - Anyone who knows me well, knows I don't like shoes, bras, or coats anyway.
  • wash dishes - good time for the dishwasher to bite the dust. sigh. Thank heaven for Emily!
  • do push ups - P90X has now been put on hold for a few weeks.
Never in my life do I remember having the luxury of discretionary time at home during the holidays. In a way this could have its blessings.... At least I know it will in the long run.

P.S. I also had a blood-pooled vein removed from my lip this week. Now I have a fat lip to go with my new boxing glove! Truthfully? I feel pretty hammered on.


  1. It was wonderful to see you this morning at the temple. I agree with Randy, you look beautiful. Let's try to get you and Lana together before she leaves on the 27th.

  2. Kathryn, I didn't know until Thursday night's rehearsal that you were having that done! And DeDee is doing that on Tuesday, too? So SORRY! Maybe Randy can photoshop your head on your scar like he did mine! Enjoy slowing down if you can. And forget the bra. They're so overrated. :)

  3. You just relax and be yourself. You deserve it. Enjoy the holidays with Randy. Tell that wonderful man of yours hello.

  4. ahhh!!! What?! well - you definitely deserve some time off . . . but we'll miss you!

  5. Wow! I hope it is all worth it in the end so you can get back to doing all the things you love and without any pain!