I have been to see the Physio, she made me stand on one leg, twist, turn lean here and there all the while wielding a measuring stick. She poked, pressed twisted and turned my legs until I felt like Twizzle!
She made me lie on a hard mat and balance my nether regions on a block of very hard foam and stretch, I had to curl my knees up and rock backwards and forwards.
The verdict is that my lumbar discs are compressed. I have to start a regime of exercises to loosen up so that they can re-hydrate themselves. This will take 4 weeks to build up to the complete routine and then it is possibly for ever.
Years of heavy lifting have taken their toll and now I am paying the price.
I will not be able to manage my garden, it is just too big. Stairs will become an issue so it looks like a bungalow is in my future.
I can do that, I can and will do what it takes, this is nothing compared to what many have to deal with.
I am still walking Ben, still cooking, still sewing and all the other things that are part of my life.
At the moment I am not driving, it is a bit too risky for me and anyone else out there.
I have been sewing, not as much as usual but enough to keep me quiet.
I want to make a table runner for someone, I looked in blogland and found this, I made 4 but it is not quite right.
I had a little play and found the "snowing" fabric ( I have this in several colours ) so had a go at this.
I have made 6 and have 2 more cut out, I was going to sash them but have decided just to sew them together, put a border or two on and quilt and bind them. I tried 1 with a narrow trunk and it looked like a dirty mark so went for this size.
I will show you tomorrow what it looks like.
Then I got really daring, I had a class booked at Button Up and Stitch to make a messenger bag. swallowed the pills and got a lift there and back.
Front with a full sized flap
Inside showing a pocket and the magnetic catch.
Back view, with a zipped pocket.
I used the "snowing" fabric as it went well with the little birds that I fell in love with.
Considering how rough I felt I am more than happy with my bag. But, I am going to alter the pattern. I would like the flap shorter and with a loop and toggle closure, the corners to be rounded and I want to add a layer of fleece to make it softer and to protect the contents more.
I do have 2 books on bag making I just have not got around to much more than a quilted tote bag. Not good. I enjoyed making this and see a few more in my future.
I also had a parcel from Switzerland on Saturday.
It is my Santa Swap for this year, my parcel should be in the post by next Thursday, I am waiting for a delivery to replace an item that arrived broken. It is annoying but i do not need to post until 1st December.
I have 2 more ready to go and will send them all on their way together.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. At last a diagnosis and the relevant treatment.
2. A few hours out sewing with like minded people.
3. Fran,s packing is completed.
4. A quiet week ahead,no deadlines to meet.
5. My Christmas sewing is all done.
I do enjoy making all the Christmas gifts but get side tracked into making more than I need to just to try ideas out. There are just so many things I want to make, I may have to have a yard sale to make room.