I have only two more weeks to get ready for the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY and I am pretty stressed out about that (don’t forget to order your tickets now!). I need to make a lot of Vintage Christmas as well as work on editing and printing some photographs, package cards, etcetera, etcetera.
So….last week, as luck would have it, my left shoulder started bothering me and by the end of the week, it was pretty excruciating. I had finally finished making a wreath called “Pink Pearl,” and was well into a new one. Try as I might I just could not work through the pain enough so that I could get anywhere with a wreath. Of course, this just made me feel even more stressed. I took the weekend off to make a quick trip home to see my mother since I had not been able to make it for Mother’s Day. I brought some cards with me to package and even that was really painful. Now I was really worried.
So this morning, I went to the orthopedic clinic and found out that I have something akin to tendonitis. Once I explained that I absolutely have to be able to work for the next couple of weeks, the PA mercifully understood my predicament and went right to prescribing a steroid, a pain-killer, and a muscle relaxer. I have never taken a steroid and it makes me a little uneasy but after some conversation, I went ahead and filled the Rx.
Knowing that I cannot take all three of those meds and still stand upright, I went right for the most important one: the steroid. He said it may take a couple of days for it to kick in. After a while in the workshop, I went back into the house and took a half dose of the painkiller. About an hour later, I realized that things were not quite as painful as they had been. Halleluia – maybe this will work! And even better I was able to finish the wreath I had been working on. It was not a piece of cake but I was not so distracted by discomfort that it got in the way of my working. Oh, heavenly praises.
I am posting some crummy phone pictures of the new baby, “Snow Charming.” I love the way it turned out. As often seems to happen, the final 10% of the wreath took every bit as long as the first 90%. I worked on that 10% from about 4 until just after 8 this evening. I’m tired but elated that I could finish it. I have a feeling things will be on the upswing now, barring any other calamities. And I am hoping that the drugs will not turn me into an axe murderer or some other god awful thing. I can’t work very quickly so I may not be able to produce as much but at least I can produce something. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Oh, and let me know how you like the new stuff, ok?