The bad news: I suspect I'm going to have to take a break in needlework. Tuesday evening I spent an hour or so trimming the hexagons I've been working on. The company from which I bought the precut papers suggested using 2 1/2" squares do fabric for my 1" hexagons. Since I am the queen of anti-preparation (I am NOT a fan of any kind of prep work, including quilting. I'm always too anxious to get right to work on my projects), being able to quickly cut my 2 1/2" strips and 5" charms into 2 1/2" squares so I could start basting my hexagons sooner was music to my ears.
The hexagon on the left is an untrimmed one; the hexagon on the right has been trimmed. I figured that trimming back the excess after the hexagons were basted would be a fairly mindless task that I could do while watching TV ... and during that night's ball game, it seemed like a perfect time to trim.
After an hour or so, I noticed that my index finger on my right (dominant) hand was rubbing the scissors (a standard pair of 4" fabric scissors), causing some pain. I assumed that a blister was forming, but when I looked at my finger, it looked fine so I kept trimming. When I was done, I discovered that the pain I was feeling was due to what I suspect is some kind of nerve issue - I'm guessing that there's a nerve on the outer part of my finger which was rubbing/pressing against the scissors? I have to admit that I was a bit concerned when the tingliness and pins-and-needles feeling were still present when I got up Wednesday morning. The finger is not numb - there's feeling in the finger, but there's also pain - not enough to incapacitate me/my finger, but enough that I find myself favoring that finger and using other fingers as much as possible.
I tried quilting Wednesday afternoon ... and while I could quilt, I needed my needle grabber to pull my stitches through the fabric and my stitches were slightly less consistently sized. I quilted for a couple of hours that afternoon, and after dinner, I thought that I'd trying basting hexagons ... I thought that perhaps basting hexagons might be easier on that finger, but after basting a half dozen or so, I realized that I used that finger more for basting than I did for quilting. While I can't be sure whether the pain is any worse this morning, I can't help but wonder if either or both activities were good for that nerve? The thought of not being able to quilt or do any kind of needlework - even temporarily - is causing me much distress. I love quilting enough that I'd be willing to suffer through the pain - if I could be assured that I'm not causing any long-term or permanent damage.
My first inclination was to just deal with this, figuring it would pass ... but now I'm wondering if I ought not go see my doctor ... if for no other reason than to know how to treat it and to know if/when it is safe to work with my needle and thread. :-(