Well....the good news is that the hand specialist giggled and told me that yes, I can crochet.
The bad news is that I got a cortisone shot in the palm of my left hand....ewwwwww....the thought of it skeeved and scared me more than the shot itself!
He also predicted two more shots in my future (uhhhhh...NO!), 3x a week occupational therapy for a month (with the $30 co-pay each visit=$90 a week=not happening), and possibly surgery.
I am treating myself to a take-out lasagne dinner tonight, I think.