Monday, July 20, 2015

Bannishing Cobwebs

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,

14 comments:

  1. Canning jars ARE absolutely adorable and strawberry cake is my favorite. My mom has a recipe for cake and frosting!! I can (and most often do) eat the whole thing in less than a week. Good thing my birthday only comes once a year!!! LOL!! Oh man I hate pain meds too....I messed up my collar bone while in college...it snapped and healed terrible....now that I'm old...er.....my left should droops...my doctor mentioned rebreaking it...NO THANK YOU!!!!! Hang in there....I have missed ya here....so glad you are on the mend and back:)

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    1. EEEkkk rebreaking your collar bone sounds ghastly! I'm doing my best to avoid any kind of medical intervention but should the need arise your mom's recipe may be needed just to help in the healing process don't ya know.

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  2. Your Farm Girl blocks are really cute, Patrica. And you know I love the machine embroidery!

    So sorry to read about your shoulder. I hope it heals on its own and you continue to get some rest.

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    1. The blessing of a full nights sleep cannot be over stated! That alone is making me feel soooo much better. Hoping that the shoulder is healing, time will tell. Thanks for the kind thoughts.

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  3. Your little canning jar blocks look fine to me! I don't know what the Farm Girl quilt is, but as soon as I post here I'm going to look for the pattern. Very cute! As are the embroidered cakes. There must be a plan for the cakes? You and I must be idiots together. (sigh) I have put up with a sore knee since the first of the year. It is arthritis behind my knee cap due to my crawling around in the attic gathering Christmas decorations. Only the one knee. Cortisone injection to the rescue! I literally have no pain now. Why did we wait so long. Well, my excuse is that everyday in my addled brain I would think, "oh, it's going to get better soon on it's own". It never did. I tried knee supports, Advil, hot and cold compresses. Not over using it, and then I thought I wasn't using it enough, so I would ride my exercyle (which by the way made it worse!)….You think at my age I would have known to go to the doctor. Aaaghh!

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    1. Angie don't look up this pattern or you'll be hooked and you'll blame me! As for the injury list - what exactly is wrong with us? You would think they were giving out endurance prizes or something. I concede to you so let's get off it OK? You and I have the same brain delusion and we just have to stop it. My shoulder feels so much better I only hope some kin dof healing is going on because the range of motion is still quite limited *sigh*. I see rehab in my future.

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  4. Ahhhh Pat! Stubborn lady! I hope you are better soon! Those blocks are total cuteness!! Give the pups love for me!

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  5. I think it must be because we're from a certain era, where doctor visits were for when we're REALLY sick ... and we never want to admit that we need a pill or two !
    I thought my torn rotator cuff was just another sign that my arthritis was working its' evil on yet another joint. Too many sleepless nights and unproductive days finally sent me to the doc... then to the specialist. Last October, I had a successful repair. I was 66yrs old and he told me that If I had been 70yrs old, he would not have done anything !!! Thank goodness I had gone to him in time. If you can, get it done ... the time healing and the physio are well worth it. Sending well wishes ;)

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    1. You are exactly right! Also because this same injury has sidelined me before I was so reluctant to believe it was here again. The repair on my other arm was 20 plus years ago so hopefully techniques have improved and I will be able to recover better should it become necessary.My left arm has been pain free and fully operational since the surgery so I know it's possible. Thanks for you encouraging words. What's the deal with letting 70 year olds live in pain??? That idea makes me mad.

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  6. I've missed your posts. So sorry about your shoulder. Hope it rights itself very soon!

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    1. Certainly the pain is so much better and that is a big plus so I do feel much better. Thank you for the good wishes.

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  7. I'm so happy to hear the shot worked! Loving all your blocks! I need to manage to get back to sewing myself!

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    1. Summer is a hard time for me to stay sewing focused how about you? Thos FGV blocks are so cute I do need to get to sewing more!

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