Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Finish, WIP Update, New Start, and Health Update - Scheduled For Surgery


Lots of news today.  First of all, I finished 'Ring Around the Rosie' Hummel last weekend.  It's off to the framer at the moment.  But, I discovered this morning I forgot to take a photo of the finished design.  Duh!  So, you'll have to wait to see it until it comes back from the framer.  I need it before the 30th, because it is the retirement gift for one of my employees who last day is Nov. 30.  So, stay tuned for a photo.


Next, I have an update on the Snowman Welcome Banner I'm doing for our son for Christmas.

I need to be spending more time stitching and less time reading and replying to e-mails and blogs, if I have a prayer of getting everything stitched by Christmas!  Aaack!  HOW do some of you get so much stitching accomplished and still seem to be sending lots of e-mails, blog updates, etc?  Did you find more hours in the day somewhere and failed to give me the website link?!!


Next, I have started (just barely) on a new BAP.  It is the Mary Wigham sampler from 1790 and is actually available free from Needleprint's blog.  Check it out if you like this type of design.  This is what the finished project should look like:

This is my very small start....a row of about 15 stitches in the top left corner!  :)

This is a pretty large project (for me).  I'm doing it on 32 ct Permin Lambswool, stitched over 2 threads.  The design area is approximately 20" x 20".  So, This is on my 24" scroll rods.  I am using a conversion to WDW, CC and GAST that I found online. 


Some of you know about my serious back injury almost two years ago.  I fell down our basement stairs and fractured six vertebrae in my upper back - T1-T6.  After a lot of misery and wearing a horrible 'turtle shell' hard plastic brace for many months, that injury i about as good as it willo ever get. 

I've had lower back issues for 30 years or so...degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, bad get the idea.  The past six months I have been suffering from awful back and leg pain.  I've seen numerous orthopedists/neurologists/spinal specialists in the past couple of years.  All have told me essentially the same thing.  I have so much wrong with my back that there is essentially nothing they can offer me to give me long-term relief from the pain.

When I saw my regular physician recently for a check-up, we discussed my continuing battle with back/leg pain.  It has become so severe in the past few months that I am taking as many as 8 Vicodin a day to try to cope.  It has also caused me to severely restrict my activities, to the point where I have to greatly limit my walking.  I just hurt all the time and really need some relief of some kind!  My doctor recommended I go to a spinal specialist here in town (not someone I'd seen before).

I got an appointment, went in on Wednesday this week for some X-Rays, saw him on Thursday for an initial appointment, had an MRI on Friday afternoon and saw him late on Friday to discuss the MRI results.  My DH accompanied me on all these visits,.  On Friday afternoon, he showed us the MRI results, and explained what we were looking at.  While he concurs with what the other specialists have said regarding a long-term 'fix' for my problems, he DID say that looking at one particular disc (L3), he believe a Lumbar Laminectomy (Open Decompression) of that disc will bring me relief of the leg pain, and with PT and long-term water therapy after the surgery, I may be able to manage my other issues much more easily than I'm doing at the moment.  You can clearly see in the MRI that disc is severely pinching the nerves at that spot, plus there is a bone spur and a cyst at that location.

So, I am scheduled for surgery on December 14.  He had an opening for the day before Thanksgiving, but we opted for the December date because our son is expecting us to come for Thanksgiving, plus December is a much better time for me to be away from work; it is after Fall Semester has ended, so most of the students will have left campus for the Christmas Break

I'm nervous about having back surgery, but I'm also SOO hopeful this will make me feel 'human' again!  Prayers would be MUCH appreciated! 

I was supposed to go to Denver today to the Sampler Guild meeting; my back/legs are hurting so much, it just wasn't meant to be.  So, I hope to get a bit of stitching done before the day is over today;

Until next time, Happy Stitching!

Vicki in CO


Rene la Frog said...

Great stitching as the snowman but I'm on a snowman kick now LOL

Certainly hope the surgery brings you some well needed relif. Will certinly keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Meari said...

I hope the surgery helps with your pain, Vicki. I can't even begin to imagine what it's like for you.

Your stitching looks good.

Deb said...

Vicki---I love the Snowman Banner. I hope to someday stich a Quaker sampler like the Mary Wigham, it is going to be beautiful.Good luck finishing all your projects on time.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers in regards to your surgery.That kind of pain can be so difficult to handle.

MaryT said...

Vicki, sorry to hear about your pain, I don't know how you even function at all having to take so much vicodin. Love the snowman sampler it is going to be really cute. I will keep upi in my prayers.


Carolyn NC said...

Lovely stitching. Vicki, I'm so sorry about the pain. Will keep you in thought and prayer for the upcoming surgery to go well and give you some relief from your pain. ((HUGS))

Nancy M said...

I can't imagine having the long term pain you have been in. I just had it for a couple weeks and it really makes you feel 20 years older than you are. I truly hope that your surgery goes well and you get the much needed relief!!! Will you have lots of restrictions right after the surgery???

Mel said...

Oh Vicki I do hope your surgery goes well. I'll be thinking of you for sure!

I am so excited you started Mary Wingham. Love that piece, can't wait to see yours grow!

Anonymous said...

I do hope and pray that you find some relief for your pain. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that all goes well and you are able to manage your discomfort. Your stitching is lovely as usual!