Saturday, August 6, 2011

With a thankful heart....

Someone mentioned that I should show my sewing project(s)...well this is a quilt top that I finished a few months ago when my shoulder was still bothering me. It is 87 inches square. This was taken in harsh-middle of the day sunlit. Actually it was overcast and sunny by turn...either way this does not render the true color....I happened to be out in harsh light.

Anyway, I really had trouble when I sewed the long seams to put the quilt together because my shoulder/arm just ached. Then it got worse...but you know what? I sewed the lining for the backing today....with not a single pang. And I am planning to pin baste it in the next few days if nothing happens. Not so long ago, I could not have even thought about pin basting it...I could not even get down and reach back under the shelf to plug in the computer...it literally brought me to tears. I am still careful with that one, but I can do it. It is just it was such an unexpected thing, I will always remember it.

I am so thankful to be back on my feet...at least once a week I do something and think 'That didn't hurt!' When going to Sarah's it was getting into Roger's truck...it is an older Ford Ranger, but it is 4-wheel drive and I actually have to grab the handle above the window to get in...plus step up first on what is the step board....not so long ago it was a real struggle to find a way to hold on and pull myself up on the passenger's side.

And you women, you know how we grab the covers and flip it up in the air to spread it out better when we go to make the bed...I can do that with not a single twinge.

I had to miss a lot of therapy when I was sick, and thought I would start it again when I got over whatever I had, but I am finding that just living my life and doing the things I do normally seem to be doing the trick. When I quit therapy, I could not get in the truck without a struggle, I couldn't reach and hang clothes on a couple little clotheslines I have in the basement and I can now, and there are several other things that I can do that I couldn't do before I got sick.

And I am just so happy to be able to do them....I don't know how many times I have told Roger 'Look, this doesn't hurt!' So many simple things I cannot think of all of them. There is not much I can't do, but still have a little range to get back...but I think it will come with living. I can reach around behind my back with that side much farther than I could when I first got sick. I can put a belt on after I put my jeans on, and don't have to think and put it through the loops before I put the jeans on.

Well, this has been a self-centered post....I wanted to say a little about this but kept wanting to explain farther. The point of the post was supposed to be about being thankful for what we have....especially good health.

14 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

I'm so glad you are better.

A couple of years ago I had a really big problem with my rotator cuff in my right shoulder. When my MD prescribed PT, the PT gal just about killed my neck. I discovered by doing my daily chores and continuing to work/exercise my shoulder, back, arms, neck that I brought it all back myself with time and consistency.

Your quilt is lovely.

Hugs,
Lois

TexWisGirl said...

glad to hear it! we take so much for granted until it's gone, so i'm very glad to hear you've got much of your pain-free movement back again!

Montanagirl said...

Amen to that one - and lovely quilt too!

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a beautiful quilt. As soon as it cools down I must start sewing again.

Glad you are feeling better....

Gill in Canada

Debbie said...

isn't self-centered what it's all about, shoot, i've been doing it all wrong!!!

gorgeous quilt....lot's of hard work and love!!!

Denise said...

The quilt is amazing, so beautiful, and I am happy that you are feeling much better.

don said...

The quilt top is very attractive. I enjoyed reading of the extent of your recovery. I agree..good health is a major thing in our lives.

Carletta said...

Love the colors you chose Rose. It's a beautiful quilt.
Glad to hear you're feeling much better. I agree that we all should be thankful for good health even if some days are better than others.

Ginny said...

Well, self-centered is fine on a blog, because our blogs are all about US and getting to know each other. If you told me what your shoulder problem is, and also how you got sick, I have forgotten, sorry, a senior moment. So I would be interested to know more. I know I really am getting old when I want to know more about other's aches and pains, I have plenty myself and just like to learn. I have to use a wheelchair or scooter much of the time, and this weekend I had a little window where I could actually walk around some small stores. So I completely know your feeling!!!! I hope you continue to improve! The quilt is just beautiful, a large piece of art.

Joyful Quilter said...

I love the colors in your quilt. What is the name of the pattern?

I'm glad you are feeling better.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I love reading about your projects and life... Keep it up!!!! My entire blog is about ME --that's what blogs are supposed to be about---US and our LIVES...

You are a talented lady and I'm thrilled to see your work.

Glad your shoulder is so much better.
Hugs,
Betsy

Barb said...

Happiness is reading this blog post, and to know that you are feeling much better ~~ GREAT! We tend to take for granted that we are tougher then any hurts, but sometimes the hurts can get the best of us...you did the right thing to take it slow and wait for the better to come! The quilt is sweet, my colors in that quilt, thank you for sharing the pic. Have a good week, finally we have had some nice rain showers, and things look a bit greener in PA!

Beth said...

We're a community and as such what happens to us matters to all of us.
It's great that you shared this and I, like the others, are glad that you can do again the things you loved to do. That's a beautiful quilt!

EG Wow said...

I'm so glad you are feeling a bit better and finding joy every time you can NOW do something without feeling too much pain.

The quilt is very pretty with pleasing colours and a pattern that seems to change a teensy bit when I focus on different squares.

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