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Monday, August 21, 2017

Updates...

Because sewing friends are the best; people have been reaching out to check on me and it is much appreciated!!

I had a moment of improvement and then back to having issues. I went to see a hand specialist and she was more investigative than my regular orthopedic doc. As a result of her findings, I'm in this figure-8 splint for....dun-dun-duuuuunnnnn...another 6 weeks! aarrgghhhhhhhh!

I have to wear it 24/7 with the exception of showering. Because I still have swelling, I'm still icing/compressing/elevating as needed.

The physical therapist asked what activities I need to focus on returning to. I told him work, cooking, and sewing! e.g., chopping cilantro was actually painful...but TACOS! He said we will get me back to doing what I need to do.

I'm not restricted from using my hand completely; but my pointer and middle move in unison and the ring and pinkie move in unison. No heavy lifting, no gripping for now. Otherwise, I should feel free to do normal things as long as 1) it doesn't cause pain and 2) I'm performing the exercises 3-4 times a day.

I'll go back once per week for 3 weeks. If it is not getting better, she will reassess. If it is improving, I go 3 additional weeks in the splint.

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The last time I did my hair I flat ironed it. And the portion that was "new hair" (~3" worth all over), was SO SMOOTH AND SHINY! Ahhhhhh. It was a battle because my coils POP, but I totally prefer my hair straight (I would not be able to routinely straighten my natural hair...can't take the heat). And so I went back to relaxed hair and got a fresh cut. My stylist drives me insane sometimes but she really is fantastic. No more trying new people!

 
I love the back. Love. Love. Love.
 
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I've got a lot going on right now (good stuff!!) so I'm not totally going crazy yet. :)

Saturday I saw Kendrick Lamar in concert...



This weekend I have friends visiting from out of town. Next weekend is Labor Day. The next weekend my daughter's birthday. The following weekend I'm visiting my son in Phoenix. I'm going to try to sneak a visit in to my parents somewhere in there too.

So while my forced sewing hiatus sucks...it could be worse :)

16 comments:

  1. I love, love, love the new hair cut! Glad you got a better answer to your hand and with your schedule the 6 weeks will fly! So happy that things are good for you right now!

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  2. The new haircut is very fitting--love the back too. Like Carolyn said, the six weeks will fly by, especially since it looks like you've got a couple of exciting weekends coming up.

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  3. Your new haircut totally suits you!

    I TRULY feel your pain in having to recuperate for another 6 weeks. You definitely had more of an injury than I did, but I have been surprised at how slowly the process of healing can be. You look like you are having a wonderful time, and have some fun things on the horizon. Enjoy!

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  4. Love the hair!

    Also, so sorry to hear about your hand. Back problems aren't quiet the same as hand problems when it comes to sewing, but I do know the struggles of physical therapy and how frustrating it is to have restricted mobility that prevents you from doing the things you enjoy. It sucks, but worth the effort.

    Also, I'm not sure how, but I totally missed when you moved over to this blog?!?!?! It must have been when I was overhauling a lot of my digital media, but I feel so terribly ridiculous because I'd assumed you'd just stopped blogging (though still active in the community obviously), but I'm so happy to see that's not the case because you've always been one of my favorite bloggers. I've definitely got the new site saved now on my blog reader, and it looks like I've got a lot of posts to get caught up on!

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  5. Love the new hair! With all that you've got going on, that 6 weeks will fly by.

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  6. Sorry to hear that things are still not right with your hand. It must be so frustrating for you, even though you are maintaining a positive attitude and doing all you can to help yourself.

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  7. Oh no! So sorry your hand has not yet improved, hope it feels better soon!

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  8. Glad even though your hand is splinted you're happy and busy! The next few weeks will fly by.

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  9. Great to see your lovely smile! Hoping your hand heals properly and quickly so you can get back to the activities you enjoy. I'm taking a moment here to be thankful that all my parts are in working order at the moment! We so often take things for granted.

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  10. I love the new haircut so much! I hope the recovery goes well and you are back to sewing asap!

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  11. Your hair looks fabulous! Sorry about the hand but it will get better and you will be sewing up a storm, I just know it.

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  12. I PRAY you continue to heal 100%!!! And I LOVE your hair ... FIESTA :)

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  13. Glad you are feeling better and keeping busy. FYI - Textile Discount Outlet (Textile Warehouse) has a AWESOME Groupon going on now! If you are coming to town you can get one and get some fabric shopping in!!! (Cheeeese! LOL!)

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  14. Your hair looks great!!!! Wow, I am glad you are busy and so sorry that you are having such issues with your hand. Sounds like you have a hand specialist now and hope that things continue to improve.

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  15. What an ordeal for you. I hope your new doc gets you put back together and sewing again soon.

    Sounds like you have been putting your enforced hiatus to good use though. :)

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  16. Have you tried the Fiskars spring loaded scissors? I also have a problem with my hand and they make cutting so much easier!!

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