At the beginning of March I injured my left hand. Or rather, a careless bus driver injured my hand. Thanks to him accelerating suddenly just as I was about to sit down, I was thrown off balance and fell to the floor of the bus. Of course, I put out my arm to break the fall so I didn't land flat on my face, which resulted in my arm going numb except for a sharp pain in my wrist. At the initial visit to the doctor with a set of x-rays done, they said it was probably a severe sprain, gave me a splint to hold my wrist and thumb in place and some moderate pain killers, and told me that because it's not my dominant hand I should be able to go back to work, so long as I "go easy" on it for a couple of weeks.
That didn't go so well. I work as a seamstress for First Scene (a costume hire company), and I need to use both my hands to do my job. There isn't really any way to "go easy" on an injured hand while trying to sew things, especially in a splint that holds your thumb still - trying to work in that actually made my hand hurt more because I had to contort my fingers around to account for the restricted movement of my thumb, and the painkillers I had been given didn't really lower the level of pain much, so in the end I wound up having to take time off work. Two weeks later, not much had changed, so another set of x-rays were done, and I finally found out the extent of the damage: a fractured wrist with a piece of bone actually chipped off due to the impact of the fall, the tendons on both sides of my thumb dislocated, and various muscle tears and damaged ligaments. This resulted in me then being off work for a full month and going a bit stir-crazy because most of my hobbies use my hands as well so I couldn't do any of them either. The seriousness of the injury meant I got referred on to a hand specialist, who I've been seeing regularly since then to go over what I can and can't do during each stage of recovery. Because of the nature of my job, I need to ensure I don't push it to far and allow my hand to recover properly, otherwise it could seriously impact my career.Thankfully, my right hand wasn't hurt and I've been able to continue drawing throughout my recovery period, so my A Dress A Day challenge wasn't affected much. After the initial frustration of not having anything to do, I began redesigning my portfolio and working on creating a catalogue with the help of a friend from the LARP I started going to last year.
I finally got back to work a few weeks ago. I'm only on limited hours (so I don't over-work my wrist), but at least I'm back to doing things again. The Mini Rag Doll I made was to test my limits before I returned to First Scene, and since then I've been able to finish the Belle's Ball Gown costume that I started for them earlier this year. I'm also now finally able to start working on a pair of soft sculpture dolls that I began designing only a day before my injury occurred, along with a few other projects that have been creating a backlog since then. My home sewing room is getting better as I'm gradually acquiring more useful things for it and sorting through the stuff I already have, so I now have a permanent workspace set up for the costume and craft sewing work I do for people other than First Scene (they have an in-house workroom for the work I do for them).
I still have a fair bit of recovery to do, but I am making progress. I'm down to a splint that is just for my wrist, which gives me more free movement of my hand and makes my job much easier, but its likely I'm going to need to continue wearing it for another couple of months at least. I'm happy to be working again, and I'll be even happier when I'm back to full hours, but for now it just feels good to actually be useful again.