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January 31, 2012

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The last project I finished before maiming myself was this cute little cross stitch number from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It's going to my beloved sister who started law school in Memphis in the Fall, because she has new digs that need decorating :)

It was already washed and dried, I just needed to cut it down to fit in the frame...which was easier said than done. I've been under the watchful eye of Ray the past two weeks, and nothing gets past him (mostly because he's a master of sneakiness himself). He was sitting across the room at the dining table, and as soon as he spotted me easing myself onto the floor near the mat, both his neck and eyebrows started craning upward, and he called out "Babe...what are you doing?...BABE! ARE YOU CUTTING SOMETHING OVER THERE!? You'd better not be!!!" Followed by my hurried oh-don't-worry-it'll-only-take-two-seconds-and-I'm-wearing-my-neck-brace-so-it's-okay response. So it's not as perfectly centered as I would like, because I had to furiously chop at it like a ninja before Ray could run over and stop me, ha ha!

And in other news, I finally got an official diagnosis today. I had my MRI at 8 am yesterday, which was awesome because they gave me an IV of some glorious drug that allowed me to sleep pain-free for 6 straight hours. Ray enjoyed it as well, because apparently I made for some entertaining conversation on the way home (I don't remember anything past laying down on the MRI slab, and then waking up at 3:30 in the afternoon). My doctor's office called at lunch today with the results, and it seems I have not one, but two herniated disks in my neck - between the C5/C6 vertebrae, and the C6/C7 vertebrae. It really sucks, but at least I finally have a diagnosis and can start on some medication/pain relievers.

There's really no official "cause", but I have a feeling it has something to do with working 8 hour days and then coming home and sewing for 4-5 hours. I'm also wondering if all the migraines I've been having the past couple months are somehow related to this....but who knows. I'm a gal that's constantly on the go, and the past two weeks have been rough because I've had to give up sewing cold turkey, relinquish control of all household duties, and wean myself off of email and Flickr to a certain degree (because it's painful to type). I find myself panicking, thinking I'm going to get behind on everything if I don't check blogs and photostreams as much as I usually do....or that everyone will stop reading my blog if I don't post projects for almost two months. But as rational or irrational those thoughts are, there's only one choice to make: slow down. If this isn't a wake up call that I've been pushing myself too far physically for months, I don't know what is. I wish I was at a point in my life when I could choose my sewing over my day job, but unfortunately, I'm not, and it seems I'm gonna have to scale back on my after-work pursuits for the next year or so. And that sucks. Really sucks. Because it's my passion and my stress-relief from Corporate America.

Logic

So after I got the news today and realized my recovery, realistically, might take a lot longer than 6 weeks, I decided I'd give myself about 5 minutes to wallow in self-pity, walk next door to the bakery and do some emotional eating in the form of Mile High Chocolate Cake, and then get over myself and move on. And truth be told, the cake was delicious, and I feel much better. I just needed to remind myself that I have a lot in my life to be thankful for, and this is nothing but a speed bump :)

15 comments:

  1. Awww...I sure hope your recovery is fast. I hope that you will also enjoy your down time, even if you didn't plan for it. Don't worry about your blog. We'll be here when you're ready to come back. Take care of yourself Kaelin.

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  2. so sorry girl! :( Your stitching is so cute!
    Breaks are tough... especially for your reason! I'm just starting to get back in the groove, but not as much as I'd like. Sometimes life has to come before sewing.

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  3. Just work on feeling better! We will all be patient and wait for you to fully recover and just enjoy what you have to share with us when you get back to 100%!

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  4. Don"t worry - we will be here when you get your groove back. How about guest posts? Is that possible? How would that work? Got back from vaca today. Can't wait to set up and use my new Babylock Evolution serger.

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  5. oh no! You poor thing - that is lousy! On the plus side: cake :-D xx

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  6. Glad you have a diagnosis, sorry to hear you have to wind back your sewing activities! I'll still be reading, whether you post every day or once a month (or less):) Love your work.

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  7. You well deserve some cake!! The embroidery looks so great in that frame :)
    Rest and rest some more, the sewing will still be there when you're better!

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  8. Oh Kaelin that totally sucks! We'll all still be here for you when you're able :-) sending love, hugs and prayers your way xx

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  9. So tough Kaelin, feel for you. I have had lots of RSI problems, learning to rest and take breaks is a big fundamental change- you'll come through it girl- maybe a little food blogging, a blog cull on your reader and a tiny sewing treat- dessert club only? You'll get through it girl x

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  10. Argh. I'm glad the cake made things a little better. I'm glad Ray is around to support you through this (and what I wouldn't give for a transcript of your car ride - very entertaining, I bet!). I craft for the same stress relief, so I understand the sacrifice. Hopefully, you will recover very quickly! And I bet you'll be bursting with ideas when the time comes!

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  11. Take care of yourself Kaelin! Just try to think of your sewing and quilting as a marathon not a sprint. You want to be able to quilt your whole life not just for a few years while you are young, so you need to take care of your body so that it will hold out! I think I told you that I have back problems myself and I have to limit my sewing/cutting so that I don't aggravate my injuries. A couple of suggestions, I'm not sure of your set-up, but your comment about easing yourself to the ground to cut caught my attention. You need to set up your space more ergonomically. I don't have a dedicated quilting space, so I bought a "church table" folding table at an office supply store and some 12" lengths of PVC pipe that I stick on the legs and it raises the table to a height that is easier on my back. I use it for cutting and layout of my quilts. My mother in law uses the island in her kitchen for cutting, it is higher than a traditional table and is easier on her back. Also when I had my back injury, my insurance covered some physical therapy sessions and the therapist taught me some great exercises to help with my back issues. You should look into that and see if it is covered, a doctor won't always suggest it because a lot of people just want drugs and not therapy. Good luck. I'm sure you'll be back to sewing before too long.

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  12. So sorry to hear about your pain in the neck problem! What a drag - good call on getting yourself a little extra-chocolately pain reliever. Don't fret about blogging - just heal up!

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  13. Hugs!! but I bought you some fabulous fabric at a great price today...so life is a little better. You can drape yourself in it and pretend like you are working with it. ;)

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  14. Argh, what a pain. Poor girl! Just relax and take your time. Glad your hubby looks so well after you.

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  15. I am glad you're taking care of yourself, Kaelin! Your blog somehow dropped off my reader but it's back now, and so here I am!

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