“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Gag. What an irritating aphorism, especially when one is deep in the throes of creative or social activity. What about “Only the good die young?”
But here I am. I did not listen to my body. And now I am dictating this blog post to my husband Matt (thanks, Matt!) because I did not heed the warnings of tender wrists, and thus need to limit my computer use, music time, and need to stop doing everything that uses my hands in order to heal.
Just the other day I made a proclamation that all the “helpful” people who have been telling me that I should “take it easy,” can all go to hell. The next morning I woke up with my wrists on fire. There’s got to be some middle ground here, people!
I’m putting a call out to the universe: I’m up for wise, gentle input. I’ll do my best to listen. But if that wisdom could come in a more palatable package (in the form of a hip little frog with a round belly) I might be more likely to listen. . .
If you haven't already, you might look at the book, “Playing (Less) Hurt.”
Also, I've heard that B vitamins can help with wrist trouble, but I have no proof or medical background to back that claim up.
Because I am an Alexander Technique teacher, I recommend lessons to everyone…in the meantime, you might try lying on your back like this: http://www.sussexalexandertechnique.co.uk/takecareofyourback.php
I know it says that this is for back care but it does help to balance the entire body and, if you think about it hard enough, your wrists ARE ultimately connected to your back…!
B vitamins helped me — they are meant assist healing of inflamed nerves, I believe. anyway they helped. also (you'll like this) sleep. I got tendonitis in wrists and hands while recovering from a shoulder injury and seriously, the nurses said, get extra sleep — it is the only time the tendons completely relax, which helps with healing. picturing frog on lily pad, zzzz….
and to be gentle to yourself after immediate recovery, there are these nice wrist braces that Ace makes…
thanks for the nice ideas, everybody!
I will try these good suggestions… and am trying to be gentle and listen and rest a lot.