Last week, I noticed some pain in my right hand. I attributed it
to the baking I was doing ("stirring" viscous dough with a wooden
spoon). I had been doing a LOT so figured my hands were just tired
(it is pretty strenuous).
Today, after just ONE batch of biscotti, the pain has returned.
("pain" is a poor choice of word; more like discomfort... a feeling
I could live with -- if necessary -- but would much prefer NOT to!)
But, I can't figure out *where*
in my hand the "discomfort" originates.
It's not knuckles (I'm familiar with aching joints from having munged
a few fingers over the years). It's more like the "meat" of the palm.
But, I think it actually *is*
the "meat" (flesh) and not the underlying
Again, probably related to holding the 1/2" diameter shaft of the wooden
spoon in my palm and forcing the spoon through the dough for 20-30
minutes at a time.
So, this puts the marketing of all those "large/wide handled" utensils
in proper perspective! I guess (old?) palms don't like to be clenched
as tightly? Preferring a more "open" use?
If this is indeed the case (i.e., I'm getting old :< ), then how is
the larger grip making things less "painful"? Spreading the load
over a larger surface? Allowing my palm to be "less clenched"? etc.
Is the pain actually *in*
my flesh? Or, is that just what it