Health is not valued till sickness comes. ~ Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654-1734)

This is the most exciting bit of knitting that I’ve knit in a long time:

It’s just an inch of 2×2 ribbing, but it makes me exceedingly happy. It’s the only sock knitting I’ve done in almost a month. With the exception of the Rock-a-thon, it’s also the only knitting I’ve done.

I’ve been battling back pain for a few months and a few weeks ago it got to the point where it was disabling to every aspect of my life. I hobbled to my doctor, who referred me to a physical therapist. The PT declared me a classic case of a twisted pelvis.

Yes, it’s as painful as the description in the link makes it sound. I’ve broken bones before and had surgery. This pain is worse than any of that. So, I am a model PT patient. In addition to the formal therapy I’m doing my stretches, lying on my side as much as possible and walking with a cane (just call me The Gimp).

Up until today, I didn’t think I could knit because it hurts too much to sit. After my PT appointment today, I met Felicia at Pikes Perk. We spent the afternoon knitting, gabbing and watching thunderstorms roll over the city. I accomplished that tiny bit of sock knitting while relaxing on a couch. That inspired me to rearrange my couch pillows so I can knit and still keep weight off my problem area.

You have no idea how happy this makes me. Suddenly, being ordered off my feet doesn’t sound so bad.


7 responses

  1. That sounds awful! I hope you’ll get better soon. How do you cope with the pets? Dr. Fuller was a wise man.

  2. kristi and otis | Reply

    Man that sucks! I hope PT and rehab can help the symptoms and knitting can return with a vengeance.

  3. Sorry you’ve been in so much pain. 😦

    I’m happy that you were able to make some knitting progress and hope you have a complete recovery ASAP! 🙂

  4. Just happened across your blog, and it caught my eye b/c I was diagnosed with sort of the same problem in March. My s.i. (sacroiliac) joint was misaligned on my left side. I’m a law student, and sitting in class had been unbearable for half the semester, not to mention the fact that any back bending was unbearable. PT fixed me right up though–about 3 weeks in and I was feeling much better. I only regret waiting 3 months to get it checked out! By that point the pain was crippling. Glad you got your prob. quickly diagnosed and hope you feel better soon. My advice would be not to overdo it even when you start feeling better b/c you can easily (trust me) re-injure yourself.

  5. Yikes! I had similar problems in college — walked bent over like my grandmother for a while. It is a dreadful pain. Glad you’ve found a way to knit. I hope you get some relief soon!

    I stopped by your flickr page to catch up on photos. I love the ones of Sam and her bunny. While being boarded one time, my Dalmatian started eviscerating his stuffed toys at the rate of one a day. I got frantic calls from the boarding kennel owners — just like the one I’d gotten years before from the vet’s office when he was boarded there! LOL!

    He doesn’t eat the stuff; he just pitches it around to let me know he’s MAD! He gets to this point at day 3 of being boarded. [grin] Or anytime I go back to work full time after being off over the summer. He knows better than to eat MY things, so he murders his toys. What a hoot! I’m impressed with Sam’s decapitation! Neat job!

  6. That does sound crazy painful. Hope it wil be much better soon.

  7. Sorry to hear about your back – glad to hear you can still knit!

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