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knitting as pain management
Created By: Kathy Mann

I took a knitting class 2 years ago, but basically could only knit and purl, and didn't understand how to read a pattern. Last January I started getting severe pain in my lower back and didn't know why Ibuprofen wasn't taking care of the pain. I went to my doctor and got a cat scan and then was sent to an urologist. The Urologist discovered I had a huge kidney stone, (my doctor called it "the mother of all kidney stones")

Due to insurance limitations I had to switch doctors and wait for an appointment with someone on my plan, which took about 3 weeks. In all this time I was in severe pain most of the time. My regular doctor prescribed me Percocet but I really didn't want to be on those all the time. I ended up being on medical disability for the entire summer.

I've crocheted for over 30 years so that wasn't really a challenge for me. I decided to get some knitting needles and some dishcloth patterns and learn to knit a little better. Yarn was not a problem, I have loads of yarn. Since I was definitely a beginning knitter I had to pay very close attention to what I was doing. My knitting was a pain guage for me, if I could still knit, I could make it on Ibuprofen, when I couldn't, it was time for the Percocet, when that didn't work, it was time for a trip to the emergency room.

I finally had my last of 4 lithotripsy's in September and discovered, not only do I like knitting, I love it! I've made quite a few blankets, which I donate to charity, and have even made a few hats and booties. I still can't figure out how to make a baby sweater yet, but I know eventually I will. Since I had to have so many surgeries to finally get rid of that stone, I really didn't get a vacation last year at all. My daughter & I made a day trip to Ocean City, MD and while she layed on the beach or played in the surf, I sat on the beach knitting a blanket for charity. I've improved quite a bit on my knitting but find that I still have to pay more attention than I do with crocheting.

I've always wanted to be a knitter, and I guess that I will have to always be greatful to that evil kidney stone for giving me the time to practice, and to learn to love knitting. I still knit and crochet for charity mostly, but have since made my grandson a few blankets too. Now I can truly say "so much yarn, so little time"

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