Yesterday I had surgery on my right elbow for a complicated case of epicondylitis, (tennis elbow, but in my case probably potter's and knitter's elbow). I've been struggling with this all year and after three cortisone shots and 8 weeks of physical therapy and trying every known home remedy I gave in and decided to do the surgery. I really like my doc (for those of you who remember when my partner shattered his leg ice skating several years ago, he's the surgeon who put him back together) and trusted his judgment. The funny thing is, a couple of weeks ago I threw out my back loading my kiln and I have to tell you that there is nothing like a little prednisone, vicodin, and flexarul to make one think that one's tennis elbow is healed, so I was wondering if I was doing the right thing - until the doctor took my hand and asked me to simply try to raise it which culminated in pain shooting down into my hand and up into my shoulder from my elbow.
I have a week of recuperation planned - lots of Netflix and catching up on reading. The Knitting Man(ual) and Elizabeth Zimmerman's The Opinionated Knitter both arrived the day before surgery so I'm looking forward to reading those and planning my next projects. Also came across DROPS - I'm not quite sure if they're out of England or Scandanavia but they have some pretty wonderful men's patterns - check this out:
Hoping to be back to knitting soon. I'm surprised at how much mobility I have today, not even 24 hours after surgery. We'll see if it lasts!
Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season,
Jonathan in DC