I made an appointment with an acupuncturist. So maybe (please locate wood and knock on it) this will be the answer. There has been no improvement in my hands and wrists, and actually now my ring and pinky finger have begun to do their own little dance without my permission. If I stretch my hands out, or touch my index finger to my thumb, those little rebels just shake involuntarily. I'm trying to have a good humor about it, but really I am devastated and kinda grumpy. I tried to cut felt the other day while practicing mind over matter (the felt cutting is for this amazing request of a pillow monster in a cockatiel hoodie) and my wrists and forearm felt like they were burning after only a couple of minutes.
I keep having fantasies about how perfect life will be when my hands are healed. I will get a part-time job making coffee again, which is not so bad really because coffee smells so good and it's not a job you really take home with you (unless you count that free bag they give you and that is a good thing, oh yes). I will spend more time designing my pillow monsters and I will learn how to make movable pillow monster limbs, I'll be more patient and have better craftsmanship, I will do yoga and respect my body and read every book at Barnes and Noble (while drinking a cafe mocha with extra whipped cream on top) on ergonomical what-have-you and put it into practice in my studio, and everyone will join hands and sing and world peace will ensue.
Thanks so much to everyone for your comments, they really helped--more than you know.