You're not left handed are you? When they first came out with the twist
off caps on beer bottles I seemed to have more problems than my friends.
After thinking about it (and getting the bottle open) I realized it was
like pipe wrenches or ChanelLoks. As you twist counterclockwise with
your right hand, it pulls your thumb into the cap; left handed it tends
to push your thumb away.
Oxo makes a good line of stuff.
Sleeve your wood spoon handle with some rubber hose
I would just exercise your hand and work the kinks out. Just range of
motion stuff, not squeezing a spring grip or a ball.
On 12/5/2015 5:30 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I notice that much of this is marketed at "older folks". Hence
the question, what is it about aging hand that lends itself to
favoring larger diameter handles?
<frown> I'm not keen on adding "nooks and crannies" in which foodstuffs can hide. I tend to be obsessive about keeping things that touch food
really clean! There'd be no practical way of removing the sleeve
for cleaning; then reattaching for next use.
E.g., one of the rubber/silicone (no one seems to make rubber utensils
anymore!) spatulas (spatulae??) that I frequently use gets disassembled
at each wash -- to ensure nothing is hiding up under the blade.
The *wooden* spoon is already pushing the limits of cleanliness as it
provides places for "stuff to grow". But, it can be nuked to kill
off that stuff.
The discomfort subsides quickly -- ceasing motion with the spoon
gives almost instant relief (e.g., taking a 15 second pause makes
a big difference -- but, you can't pause while baking as the chemistry
On 12/6/2015 4:48 PM, email@example.com wrote:
That doesn't answer the old age question...
It's not a question of keeping things *out* of food. Foodstuffs
get onto/into things regardless of the effort you expend to keep
them clean. You don't want places where things can "hide".
E.g., when we prepare/process chicken, EVERYTHING gets cleaned
(including ourselves) before anything else is touched.
One of the cookies that I make in large batches is "glazed"
with a sugary coating (XXX + milk + almond flavor). The
cookies are effectively dunked in the glaze, then set out on
wax paper to "dry".
As a result, your hands (and anything they touch) end up covered
with the same glaze. And, anything you *touch* gets transported into
the (bowl of) glazing! So, you don't do anything other than
glaze the cookies -- ensure they've all been baked, don't make
yourself a little snack, etc.
When I make marinara/bolognese sauce (16 qt), I "taste test"
regularly to see how sweet the sauce is becoming. Of course,
spoon can't go anywhere after it's touched my lips -- so the
sink will fill with every teaspoon, tablespoon, soup spoon,
etc. before the pot of sauce is done.
If you watch folks cook, you will grimmace at how often they
DON'T follow these sorts of disciplines -- and, often are unaware
that they are doing something wrong! ("Didn't you just have
that in your mouth?" "Didn't you just TOUCH that with your
In the medical and pharmaceutical fields, "sterilization" and
"cross contamination" are issues that are addressed obsessively.
One tablet press manufacturer even makes a "washable" line of tablet
presses -- a considerable achievement considering the mechanisms
involved! You don't want your aspirin product to be contaminated
with traces of Viagra that were produced immediately prior! :>
You should try to rest it. This is why God gave us a Sunbeam
Mixmaster with a bread attachment.
I hear that one can also buy bread and biscotti.
Not that it won't heal anyhow but it will take longer.
I can give you a simlar story, maybe.
3 years with the computer in the basement and keyboard on a "TV
table", lower than normal.
Moved back to my office, with elbow resting on shelf in top drawer of
desk. After a week, pain running down the inside of my arm from the
middle of my upper arm to the middle of my lower arm. Even though I
sat at this same desk for 20 years with little problem**. Perhaps my
chair was higher then too.
**I did want to use the next lower drawer, but it only because I got
tired. It didn't hurt when I used the higher drawer.
Went to non-regular doctor from the same practice, he did a bunch of
physical tests and asked questions. Said it was probably nothing and
sent me for an x-ray of the elbow, which I skipped. All of that was
fine until my next checkup when the office gave me my history and it
showed my history as "Pain in the elbow". I never had pain in the
elbow, it was in the "meat" like you put it, of the upper and lower
After a couple weeks the pain went away and I'm using the top right
drawer now, whenever I'm using the mouse and not typing, with the same
It's a mixture. You're a little older so you can't just do anthing at
all, but you're not that old ansd so the larger grip helps. Even
when young, you can hurt yourself but you ignored those times and
don't remember them now.
I never would have gone to the doctor for my arm 30 years ago, or even
There's some fat in a palm but I don't think fat can hurt. But I
think all the other tissues can. And there's "referred pain" but I
never believe that can.
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