|This is not my hand. I get pretty tough on my clay. Plus, I have a lot of more it!|
A very unfortunate thing has happened to my wrist to prevent me from working on my clay too much. I'm not sure what the problem is, but I'm hoping my doctor can help to figure out a solution.
Working with polymer clay is taxing on the hands and every time I work with clay too much, I can really feel it afterword. But this time, it's more serious. Last Friday, I was washing floors (on my hands and knees- the only way floors really get clean) when all of a sudden, I couldn't put any weight on my right hand. A sharp pain in my hand prevented me from cleaning any more floors (this time, it's not a lie, hubby!). The weird thing is that I can't even tell what it was that caused it. It had been a few days since I had done any heavy clay work. But, come to think of it, I did lift weights that morning with semi-heavy statues...maybe I should explain...
I was working out (the only time I get to work out is while on vacation- how sad is that?!) to this annoying workout video that my sister had gotten rid of because it was too annoying for her. I think it was Dennis Austin. Anyway, my mom was short on hand weights, but not on religious statues. I grabbed two that felt about 3-5 pounds. I should have known I would get punished for using holy statues as hand weights, and making a joke about my holy workout on top of it!. I don't remember feeling any sharp pains while working out, so it might not have been it. But I did spend a considerable amount of time in downward facing dog during the P90x cardio workout the day before. That's a lot of weight on the wrists too.
I'm forced to take it easy on my wrists, which means minimal clay work. They do feel somewhat better when I'm not putting a lot of weight of them. I'm not sure I will be done with my beads by next week, which means no shop opening. Hopefully with lighter use, my wrists will heal completely and I can resume clay smashing and down word facing dogs, but no more holy weight lifting for this girl!