I used to love wearing rings - I have metal allergies, but I prided myself on my 'alternative' looks of hair dye, piercings, and sterling silver rings. However, the more ill I got, the more these things had to fall by the side. My hair thinned and I didn't dare put it through dyeing it, piercings all had to come out, couldn't finish my back tattoo for fear of reactions to healing up and my knuckles and fingers swelled too much for my rings. I felt so...unadorned!
I've been struggling with my fingers for a while now - had to give up painting, had to give up making soap, silversmithing, cross-stitch, I couldn't even spin wool or knit anymore this year. My fingers have a tendency to freeze, dislocate, or lock in place and it drove me mad. Since I flare during the winter, I was prepared to go utterly spare from boredom, but a friend of mine with EDS pointed me toward ring splints...and after a bit of hunting about I found a EDS-patient in the UK who makes splints. I've decided to place an order for some of my worst joints, made in sterling silver (which I can tolerate well) and adding a bit of 'bling' by a small amethyst gemstone. I am really hoping it will allow me to do some of the hobbies I had to give up, but I have to admit I'm also looking forward to wearing rather pretty rings again!
If anyone is interesting, this is the lass in question. Her prices are reasonable, and if these rings work, I may get a few more. But I should get my rings within the week, and I'll try and let everyone know how they work for me.