Thursday, October 18, 2007

When Knitting and Taekwondo don't mix...

As an (almost) Black Belt Knitter (less than one week away!), there is a hazard that you'd figure that at some point, one will affect the other in a negative way. You get Carpal Tunnel from the knitting, so you can't use your Bahng Mah Ee (I think it's also known as a short escrima, or something like that) or your Ssahng Jeh Bahng (numchakas). But no. That's not what happened to me.

I was doing something that I do often, which is help hold a plastic board for one of the guys. Now, when it comes to adults, usually two people always hold for the singular person doing the break, for stability purposes. Naturally, being a bigger girl, I'm often called upon to hold for the men, since I'm about as big as any of them (just with boobs). So, there I was, co-holding a board with another guy for the largest guy (at least 6'3" tall, stocky, but not fat) in our school. Now, I'm often partnered up with this guy, so I know he'd never hurt anyone on purpose. Well, he had to do some sort of jump kick (was it a butterfly kick? I'm not sure), and my hands were holding the top left corner of the board, and the bottom right corner, while the other guy held the opposite corners. Sure enough, BAM! Did the board breaker break the board? No. Did he miss? Absolutely. Care to guess where he missed? If you guessed the top left corner where my hand was, then DING DING DING! You would be correct. And as you can also probably guess, it was done with such force, that my hand was injured. Fortunately, no broken bones (although I wasn't sure last night if that was the case), but the pain radiated from the tip of my index finger (which was hit), down to the meat of my palm next to my thumb, to my thumb, and all the way to my elbow. I couldn't move my thumb much at all. It was all I could do to choke back the tears from pain. I got to step out and the instructor of the night took over, but I just could not use that hand or arm for the rest of class, and driving home was terrible. After some ice on the area, some painkillers, and wrapping loosely in an Ace bandage overnight, it did improve. It's still a little swollen, and I have some more use out of it now, but there's a huge bruise in that meaty part of my hand. I even showed it to my main instructor's business partner, a 5th degree, and he even said Yikes to it.

And considering that I knit in the Continental style, I think knitting is out of the question for a few days. With my black belt testing less than a week away, while I don't have to use that hand much for the things I have to do for testing, it'd be better to let it heal up and rest. Typing isn't to bad because you don't use you thumb too much, thankfully. Or at least I don't use the left one too much.

Oh, what's a girl to do?


Blogger Becky said...

OY! Sounds painful. Take care of yourself.

October 18, 2007 at 7:25 PM  
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