Hello Gentlemen!

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


Bill's picture

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Jonathan!

Bill Carl's picture

Have a nice Holiday and a Speedy Recovery.

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Jonathan,
I can sympathize with you. I am in week 6 of my hip-replacement surgery and getting stronger everyday. I was in hospital and rehab facility for two weeks. They were wonderful. Like you, I had a most wonderful surgeon. I suffered with my hip for two years and then had to take the plunge. I am so glad I did. I know what you mean about the pain killers. They are marvelous things. I found, however, that ice worked even better sometimes.

Are you in a cast or is it wrapped? Most surgeons these days want you up and moving around the next day, if they let you wait that long. The nice thing is that you have it fixed in time for Christmas. Being pain-free (eventually) is a wonderful Christmas present.

I like the Knitting Man(ual). I've made the green afghan and the Saturday slippers. The directions were perfect...I, however, in many cases, was not. LOL If you have questions about any of the patterns, you can email the author and you will get a reply.

I hope you heal fast.

Merry (painless) Christmas!


potterdc's picture

Hi Mark,

Thanks so much for your reply. Yes, it's wrapped and in a sling, so no cast, and yes, the doctor wants me moving it gently asap, so I have some exercises to start I think tomorrow (my partner got the down low on the follow up - I was far too groggy!). The great part about having it done now is that my deductible for 2011 was already used up so the whole thing is costing me a few thousand less than it would in a few weeks in 2012! So recovering over Christmas is completely worth it. Now...I wonder how soon I can knit!

Think less, enjoy it more.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I hope you recover quickly. The fact that you are doing so well after 24 hours is encouraging. At least you have some great reading planned. Happy Holidays to your whole household.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

ronhuber's picture

Hope recovery is fast and fun with those books. Enjoy.

TinkerJones's picture

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
I posted some comments on DROPS in the very dead resources forum... so I'll copy it here...

I know this is a stale thread but I thought I'd chime in. Earlier this year I was visiting my folks in my home town of San Luis Obispo, CA and chanced upon a little yarn market called NordicMart. As it happens, this is the home of North American operations for Garnstudios and DROPS yarn products, and it's their only retail outlet in the USA. (As I understand it, the Swedish woman who runs the business was given her choice where to set up shop and she chose SLO.) The people here were very friendly and accommodating -- even by lys standards. (Nordicmart dot com -- unsolicited plug)
Since then I've spent lots of time browsing the Garnstudios patterns. Great stuff! I'm a newbie knitter and find their pattern instructions.. um.. bare bones. They are translated from Norwegian, and not always with perfect clarity. If I'm not mistaken, you can buy the pattern books but all the patterns can be found on the website for free.
Some very nice men's patterns too.
If you find yourself in SLO, go check it out.

Kerry's picture

Speedy recovery Jonathon.