Not sure if anyone even reads this blog now since it went on hiatus but I thought I'd write an update anyway. Even if it's just for the spambots (hello Semalt).
The problem with my hands is apparently due to low Vitamin D levels which you need to absorb calcium properly. Calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth. Low Vitamin D problems can cause stiffness and soreness in your hands, which is what I have and would explain my issues especially as my x-rays came back clear. This may also explain my back pain but it's still very vague.
My hands being stiff and sore make it hard for me to do dextrous things for long periods of time, i.e. drawing or using fine grip. This has meant that since my last blog post in September 2013, I have done very little creatively. This has left me feeling empty and hollow - dramatic as this sounds, it's true.
I am receiving treatment from an Occupational Therapist, which fingers crossed (or maybe not) will help improve my hands. The ligaments in my hands are clawed and have been since I was 11, but it was only last year it became an issue. The combination of increased Vitamin D (hurry up sunshine) and therapy will hopefully allow me to do, make and create as much as I used to.
I am trying to do smaller activities to try and gain some strength back in my hands, hopefully I would like to re-open my Etsy shop with anything I can make. But we'll see. For now, any aspirations I had of working in design/illustration will very much need to be on hold until I can manage larger amounts of work. It feels a little like that ship has sailed though.
To those who use their hands to make and create - just 10-15 minutes of sunshine without sunscreen when you can get it. Whilst I love my Dr Lilith Sternin paleness, a little sunshine wouldn't have been a miss. Look after yourselves people, seriously.
Until whenever. x