I wonder if working on a different way of knitting English wouldn't work as well as or better than learning Continental. Being able to switch between the two would be good, though. Your gauge may differ between styles so pay attention for that. Whatever you do, however you ultimately manage this problem, best of luck to you. I'd hate to have to stop knitting but right now if I had to knit English I'm not sure I could manage it. I can make Ks but not Ps English-style.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper