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Post  mollyhespra on 8/12/2019, 2:17 pm

...is a thing, apparently.

I've been a weeding machine lately and at first I thought my knitting was the culprit, but now I'm thinking that it's the weeding, primarily. Oy.

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Post  Kelejan on 8/12/2019, 3:00 pm

That is why you should know when to stop, so that you can carry on.
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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/12/2019, 3:17 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:...is a thing, apparently.

I've been a weeding machine lately and at first I thought my knitting was the culprit, but now I'm thinking that it's the weeding,  primarily. Oy.
Ouch! Maybe you should consider wearing a brace for a while.  After reading through your "Cheerleaders needed..." thread and seeing all your progress, I think it's safe to say you earned yourself a break! Feel better!
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Post  mollyhespra on 8/12/2019, 4:41 pm

@Kelejan wrote:That is why you should know when to stop, so that you can carry on.

Yes, very good advice, Kelejan! Gardener's Elbow... 3170584802
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Post  mollyhespra on 8/12/2019, 4:47 pm

@LilBittyBean wrote:
Ouch! Maybe you should consider wearing a brace for a while.  After reading through your "Cheerleaders needed..." thread and seeing all your progress, I think it's safe to say you earned yourself a break! Feel better!

Yes, I wear a brace to sleep, on both my wrists, and sometimes on my elbows to keep them straight. And fingerless compression gloves when I'm knitting. I've been dealing with Ulnar nerve issues for a number of years now. It was a bit of a D'UH! moment though, when I realized that weeding could aggravate it too. pale affraid
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Post  LilBittyBean on 8/12/2019, 10:20 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:Yes, I wear a brace to sleep, on both my wrists,  and sometimes on my elbows to keep them straight.  And fingerless compression gloves when I'm knitting.  I've been dealing with Ulnar nerve issues for a number of years now.  It was a bit of a D'UH! moment though,  when I realized that weeding could aggravate it too. pale affraid
Yikes! I can't imagine what you are dealing with. I wish you the best and hope that you can at least get some relief from this latest round of aggravation.
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Post  mollyhespra on 8/13/2019, 12:11 am

Thanks, LBB.  Turns out I was born with fused bones on both my wrists which "naturally" restrict movement. Unfortunately I was also born with the creativity and "busy hands" gene.  Put the two together and you get chronic inflammation.  I've been taking it easy since I posted, and will probably work on other things tomorrow that also need doing, so don't worry, I'll be fine. Thanks for your concern,  though. thanks BIG hug
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/13/2019, 8:29 pm

Dry needling (through PT) or acupuncture is pretty good with this if it becomes chronic...see how it goes with some rest.
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Post  mollyhespra on 8/13/2019, 8:32 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Dry needling (through PT) or acupuncture is pretty good with this if it becomes chronic...see how it goes with some rest.

Yes, I usually see an acupuncturist.  She's FAB!  It's been a few months since my last appointment so I definitely need to get myself back in soon what with all the extra strain on my hands lately. Gardener's Elbow... 1280598131

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/13/2019, 9:22 pm

Just as a guinea pig for my PT staff when getting ramped up for dry needling!  Very weirdly helpful?  No idea...but yes, helpful.
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Post  sanderson on 8/14/2019, 3:24 am

Molly, I got to thinking about your weeding and your hands/arms. When I get ready to pull tomatoes, peppers, or anything else with strong roots, I cut them down to 4-6", just a good handle size. In a few days, some of the root structure has died back and it's easier to pull. (Except for that 1 tomato plant that bummed up my back).

So, my suggestion is to just cut off the weeds to "handle" size as a first step. That should also help reduce their seed dispersal overall.

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Post  Kelejan on 8/14/2019, 4:07 am

sanderson:  I have been doing that as well, cutting down the long/tall weeds and then going back.  it saves a lot of earth spread around in the beginning and makes it look better much more quickly.
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