Friday, March 21, 2014

Slow Start

As you can probably guess with my lack of posting, my neck issues have not gotten better. I went back to my PCP right after the start of the year.  He sent me for an MRI and a referral to an orthopedic surgeon.  After the MRI I anxiously awaited heading to the doctor.  He is part of a group I have no trust whatsoever in.  My PCP only refers to him because he believes he's one of the best in the city so I gave him a chance.  Started the appointment with his assistant who did all the question asking, verifying, and note taking.  When the doc came in, he verified all the little test results his assistant got and dropped a bomb on me. The MRI I had already gone through was unreadable and he was sending me out to get another done and it had to be a closed MRI.  With my fear and anxiety he was great and gave me something to relax.  Got that done and got back to him.  It was defiantly an ugly MRI.  Disc herniation all into the left nerve root space.  So, he then sent me to his injection guy.  I was finally able to get in with him on the 5th of March.  I am 2 weeks out and doing ok.  most of my symptoms come and go, and the longer I go the less all of it becomes.  I still don't feel 100%.  Saw the surgeon again yesterday.  He said if I feel like I need it, to go back and get a 2nd injection to see if that gets me to 100%.  Then, when it gets really bad again to go back and see him.  The next step will be based on how long the relief gained from the injection lasts.  The longer the better for me.  Here's to keeping my fingers crossed.

I was able to get some stitching done and have my first finish of 2014.

Dimensions "Horse Pals"

I am going to wait to finish it until my daughter picks out paint colors for her new room.

I also started a new piece.  A SAL with a stitching buddy of mine, InkkFreakk.

HAED "Mini Curiosity"

We are both working on it and posting pics of our progress on our Facebook page.  I am really looking forward to working on this and having a cheerleader to help me through the hard times.  I only hope I can get Inkk through her tough ones in return.  And wow, can we say confetti?  A new experience I hope to learn a lot from.

I am still going to work on Blackstone Fantasy.  I am also thinking I need to add in a small to keep my sanity during these big ones.

Those are my big dreams right now and I hope to feel healthy enough to work on them and enjoy them to their fullest.

Next month the house search begins and I am truly so excited to get my own space.  I'll keep you posted!

Healthy stitching!

P.S. Like the new look?


  1. Lena hope you really start to feel better soon, nothing worse than your back hurting.....Love your finishes and if you have a lot of confetti stitches to do if you haven't tried it google pinhead stitch. I thought it was going to be hard to do but it's really easy and the stitches hold with no problem.
    Mary Louise in IN

  2. Lena, I hope these injections help. I love Horse Pals. Good luck with your SAL, gotta love those confetti stitches! I've never done a piece with confetti stitches BUT I have a ton of patterns that do, lol! Someday I hope to tackle one.

  3. Glad to hear you are finally getting some answers about your neck, best of luck to you with the injections. Stitching is looking great and anxious to see progress on your projects:)

  4. Glad to hear you are getting some relieve. The horses came out beautiful. Good luck on your new project.

  5. MaryT- Thank you for the well wishes. Also, can't wait to google that stitch. Thx for the help!
    Laurel- Thank you for the well wishes. You can do it-just start one and slow and steady.
    Jennifer- Thx for the well wishes. I can't wait to show you guys more!
    Vicky- Thanks so much!

  6. Lena, if the shots you are receiving are the same ones I received, my first series of shots lasted nine years! I did a total of three shots. Your stitching is fabulous!

  7. Lyn-unfortunately I didn't even last 2 months. Off to surgery I went. So far so good. Thank you for the compliment, I appreciate it.