Is knitting hazardous to your health?

Back to Monday… 

We were home from Pittsburgh for about an hour or so and I started to feel a tingling sensation in my left hand, wrist, arm, shoulder and neck.  I had a tingling in my wrist a couple of weeks ago but this wasn’t going away.  Since I was already at the computer, I checked out those symptoms on-line (possible stroke or heart attack) and decided to go to the hospital.  After numerous tests (and I mean numerous), they ruled out a stroke and heart issues.  I most likely have a pinched nerve.  Could be serious but not life-threatening. 

Did I feel a bit like a hypochondriac or stupid by going to the hospital for a little tingling?  After it was all over, yes.  But given my family history and my recent bout with a blood clot in my leg, I thought it best to get checked out.  I wasn’t 100% sure I was alright and I wasn’t willing to risk my life by staying at home. 

Seriously: If you think you are having a medical emergency, get help.  It’s better to feel stupid after it’s over than to suffer permanent damage or even worse, be dead. 

I had a bad reaction to the adhesive pads they used for the heart monitor and I have itchy red welts to prove it!  I’ve never had a reaction to something like that before but I’ve never had those pads attached to my body for that length of time either. 

Lightbulb moment: Can my knitting be the cause of this pinched nerve? 

I did start these at the hospital. 

Knit Picks Ms Ida Chain Link Mittens


 And I forgot to mention that yesterday was International Beer Day

The Lace Hem Top is still a WIP.  After I figured out the short row shaping and bound off the shoulders, I was not happy.  I ripped out the last six rows and will attempt (for the last time, I hope) to get it right.  I am a perfectionist and I want this to be as perfect as I can make it.  Mr. Aitch will be out this evening so I can devote my entire attention to finishing this project.

1 thought on “Is knitting hazardous to your health?

  1. Love the mittens. Yes, you are so right it’s much better to be an alive idiot!

    I have a similar reaction to a particular plaster. In fact I still have a mark from where this type of plaster was used during my stem cell transplant in May! I found out then that you can take an antihistimine to alleviate the itching if needed. You wouldn’t think a bit of plaster could be so mischievous.


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