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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Stampertitis

Did you think it was possible?

Remember how I said that I was really busy crafting? Just to prove that I wasn't resorting to hyperbole, it turns out that I was too busy crafting and I'm now suffering from tendonitis in my right wrist, a condition known as DeQuervain's tenosynovitis! I much prefer to use the terms "Stamper's Wrist" or "Stampertitis". Wouldn't it be cool if stampers everywhere had a medical condition named after us? It'd be the closest that I'd come to being an athlete. Anyway, I suspect that my case has been caused by being too crafty too soon. *sigh* Not enough wrist training before launching into a career of stamping...

The following card has been made with a minimum of stamping but lots of Stampin' Up! supplies and love [Hey Robert! I hope that you had a great birthday!]. I used the Cuttlebug Baby Face alphabet die for Robert's name and a "make a wish" rub-on from me & my big ideas.
Card using Stampin' Up! suppliesStampin' Supplies
Ink:
Brilliant Blue
Wild Wasabi

Stamps:
Cheers and Wishes set

Paper:
Brilliant Blue Prints DSP
Jersey Shore DSP
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock

Accessories:
Anywhere Glue
Bold Brights Buttons
Glue Dots
Light Blue Gingham Ribbon

As for my Stampertitis, I'm supposed to give my wrist a rest for three weeks. Three weeks without crafts?! No way! I'll just have to come up with creative ways to continue stamping without using my right hand ...like using my left hand! My physiotherapist looked at Hubby when she suggested trying other options. Hmmmmm...think of stamping as your creative hobby hubby. I like that.

15 comments:

Carol Dunstan said...

Sorry to hear about your wrist Lin Mei... maybe masaging VersaMark into it would help? Mist? Or would ink be better, since you can't play with that too much, and you don't want withdrawals do you?

Lin Mei said...

Hi Carol! Your sympathy is much appreciated as are the innovative ways you've noted for avoiding craft related DTs :) The VersaMark is rather slippery, isn't it? But it does get a little sticky when it starts to dry and I'm picturing a mass of partially completed cards being stuck to my hands - making it a little difficult to eat Tim Tams. And we wouldn't want that! I guess I'll have to settle for a massage-ink...

Hubby said...

I got wrist tendonitis from hammering the back fence. So now we both have it ! Poor Lin Mei has it worse than me though - from beavering away on her cute cards :-)

Lin Mei said...

Awwww hubby - you're such a sweetie! *kiss* I guess us wimpy computer nerds just aren't cut out for real work...

thestampspot said...

Lin Mei, you poor thing. Hey, when I ended up with stitches in my right hand, I just used my left. Helps that I am ambidextrous. You could always fall back on your Stampamajig for some more support.

Look after yourself, rest up and then just ease back into it.

Marcia

kerri said...

wow Lin Mei maybe you could joing my tendonitis club

Lin Mei said...

Thank you very muchly, Marcia - I wish I was ambidextrous! That would be so awesome! I will try to rest but sometimes it is so hard to resist playing with my stash.

Kerri, does membership to your tendonitis club have privileges? Like discounts to physiotherapists, training in ambidexterity or free Tim Tams? If so, where do I sign? Sorry to hear that you have tendonitis too - is it the Stamper's wrist variety?

Dani Fender said...

Lin Mei you always brighten my day! You are so cute and make me giggle so much. I hope your wrist does heal soon as we have the weekend coming up soon. You don't want to be that lowly kid that sits in the corner and can't do anything except eat tim tams! Hey wait... That doesn't sound half bad! Where do I sign up for the tendonitis club?

Belle said...

Hope you recover soon, Lin Mei. PS: Tendonitis sounds heaps better than 'my brain hurts', which is what I get when trying to be too crafty.

Lin Mei said...

Dani, you are always so lovely and funny :) Thanks for the well wishes and the team weekend was foremost in my mind when the physio told me the bad news. I was wondering whether archery and making 20 cards would be considered "resting" my wrist...

Lin Mei said...

Hey belle - thanks so much for the good cheer. My brain also hurts when I try to be crafty but I'm now so used to it that I associate it with inspiration: Ow! My brain hurts - oooh! idea must be coming.

Kari said...

Ooh, Lin Mei, hope it doesn't hold you back too much. Can you use your left hand for eating Tim Tams?!! ;) I have a 2 year old who I could send you if you want a hand doing any colouring?! Or maybe not...! Rest up!

Lin Mei said...

Hey Kari! Thank you very muchly for offering your first born for stamping duties...but I know you'd miss him like crazy :) As for eating Tim Tams, all I really need is my mouth...and Tim Tams!

Sue M said...

3 weeks with no crafting! No way! Hope that wrist gets better soon Lin Mei and that your left stamping hand appreciates getting a good workout.

Lin Mei said...

Thanks muchly, Sue! The niggling fear that I have is that I'll get Stampertitis in my left hand too and then I'll have to learn how to stamp with my toes! Then again, I guess our feet are used for other forms of stamping...