Have no fear I won't be talking about house cleaning in this post so you can read on without trepidation. The cobwebs I'm talking about are the ones which have been residing in my brain due to lack of sleep and a whole lot of discomfort.
You have probably noticed that I haven't been posting much and there's a good reason for that but before I get into the details let's have some eye candy shall we?
I have spent some time in the sewing room and so the design wall is sporting some cuteness. The Farm Girl Vintage Blocks continue to fascinate me but I have to tell you that that block on the left kicked my butt.
See these little canning jars? Super cute, right? Not one of them came out the same as any other and all of them are wonky in the extreme! I barely got out alive! I'll be doing this one over but for now I'm walking away while I still can.
Embroidery continues to claim my attention with these adorable designs. Delicious strawberry cake.
A delightful vanilla confection.
Devilish, dark chocolate! Don't they all look good enough to eat?
Now, as for that lack of sleep and discomfort. For the past six months I have been dealing with a shoulder injury acquired while clearing brush on our property. I've mentioned before the brush clearing and burning we do in the winter months and in January I thought I pulled a shoulder muscle while working outside. Nothing a week or two of rest and ice and heat wouldn't fix. Fast forward to six months later and not only has my shoulder NOT improved but it has gotten progressively worse to the point of constant pain. I have been unable to sleep except for snatches sitting upright in a chair for at least the last two months and that alone has been wearing me down.
Finally, I decided to go to the doctor. I know what you're thinking, what a dim wit, right? But in my own defense I will tell you that I've been down this road before. I felt I could handle it on my own. 20 years ago I underwent shoulder reconstructive surgery on my opposite arm so I knew what I was dealing with and do not relish the possibility of a repeat performance. I also hate to take pain meds because of the dopey way they make me feel so what could a doctor really do? The end of this tale is that I probably have a torn rotator cuff just as I suspected after it did not heal in a few weeks. And just as I suspected there isn't much to be done but let nature take it's course. It will either heal on it's own if it's a small enough tear or it will have to be surgically repaired. I should have gone to the doctor sooner because he did inject the joint with cortisone which supplied almost instant relief and the first good nights sleep I've had in months.
I tell you all this as a cautionary tale. If something is hurting don't be an idiot like me and wait months to seek treatment even if you're sure you know what's wrong. I could have had pain relief sooner if I weren't so stubborn. Cortisone didn't work for me 20 years ago but apparently they've improved it since then - go figure!
Back to happier subjects. I'm feeling well enough to return to the sewing room and there certainly is plenty to do on Dogwood Lane in the summer time to keep me jumping. Thank goodness I still have both legs!
Linking up to Design Wall Monday for the first time in a long while. Hope you'll follow the link and see what other creative folks are doing.
Until next time,