Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Quite A While

On Monday morning, I drove into Kamloops to vote in the federal election, to visit the chiropractor and have my back adjusted, and to visit the doctor and have the stitches by my eye removed. I stopped at Starbucks to journal and ran two other errands before heading back to Salmon Arm. Lunch with a friend would have been fabulous only I was way too exhausted. All I wanted to do was get back to my couch.





When I got home, I could barely get out of the car for the pain which added a ring of truth to my doctor's opinion that healing from this fall is going to take "quite a while" particularly with the substantial swelling in my hip. I didn't ask her to define what "quite a while" meant. It seemed better that I didn't know.





Monday night, I was feeling pretty sorry for myself. I didn't move to Salmon Arm to sleep on the couch and watch reruns on HGTV. I have things to do and I want to get to doing them however... one does have to be realistic. I decided to sleep until I woke up in the mornings in order to give my body every opportunity to heal and after that to stop waiting, get off the couch, and do what I can do.





Often when I have a thought I want to think about, I'll send up a quick "can we talk about this tomorrow" prayer and the next day in my study something always shows up. This time it was - good emotions come from good decisions and good thoughts. Don't get up each day and wait to see how you feel, letting those feelings dictate the course of your day. Instead, set your mind in the right direction ahead of time and make decisions you know will produce emotions you can enjoy. - page 293, Power Thoughts Devotional by Joyce Meyer. 





Work on the house is obviously going to have to take a back seat until I'm in better shape but the number one thing preventing me from moving forward in the studio is storing the stash. It's in my way. SO... yesterday I worked on the stash closet... slowly but surely. Today, I should be able to finish painting the walls and by the weekend - hopefully-  the shelves can be up and I can start unpacking. We'll see. It's somewhat dependent on my wrist. My doctor sent me for an x-ray yesterday because rotating motions are extremely painful. Luckily painting is not a rotating motion - LOL.





Another project that took "quite a while" is the tree that my knitting group here in Salmon Arm put together. It was the dream of one member and took two years to finish with over 300 contributors... including myself. I came in at the leaf stage and - I hope - did my fair share. I knit about 100 leaves.





A knitted tree sounds a bit kitchy but when you see it in the gallery, it's actually quite magical. A lot of people come in, take off their shoes, and step around the roots looking at them, the bark, and the leaves in detail. There are two spider webs, a butterfly, a snail, and a squirrel perched among the branches along with all sorts of other surprises. It's very fun.

After the display is over, the branches are going to be auctioned off as a fund raiser, the roots will be sewn into a carpet for children's functions, and the bark is going somewhere but I can't remember where. The support is one of the pillars in the gallery so the tree is a very site specific piece and won't be touring to other galleries. The display is on until November 7th so if you have time to visit, I'm sure you'll enjoy the exhibit. I'm glad I was a part of it.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - as doom and gloom as "quite a while" sounds, I still have much to be thankful for and much I still can do even with somewhat limited mobility. YES YES!

16 comments:

  1. Dear Myrna, I am so sorry that this has happened to you. Your doctor is correct. Pace yourself so that healing will be complete and other complications do not arise. It will be there when you are ready. The tree is lovely, great work.

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  2. I think you do a good job in setting your mind in the right direction. That's something I'll try to remember for myself, too.

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  3. The tree is fabulous. It's too bad that it won't be touring other places.
    You really did a number on yourself! Listen to your body and let yourself heal. Getting your stash organized is a definite feel good activity. I reorganized my stash a few months ago and expanded my closet shelving and it's wonderful to look at and contemplate what I want to make. Now I have to make it!
    Feel better.

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  4. After I broke my wrist and was asking "when...?" the doctor told me the farther you are from 16 the longer it takes. Another way of saying have patience, which is so hard when you have so many plans. I like your quote from Joyce Meyer about not waiting to see how you feel, but make a plan and see what you can do. It sounds like you are on the right track - stitches out, putting away and painting! That's moving forward.

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  5. Talk to your doctor about when you can start physiotherapy. Often, we end up with additional problems from the way we compensate for the injury (changing the way you walk, holding your upper body differently, etc.). A good physiotherapist can help keep the healing process going smoothly.

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  6. What an amazing tree; how wonderful that you could contribute. (A woman I worked with many years ago contributed to one of Judy Chicago's famous needlework pieces--she was quietly proud of that.)

    Sorry to hear that the injuries are as extensive as they are. Birdmommy's suggestion is a good one.

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  7. well, rats! that fall sounds quite alarming, and your injuries are quite dramatic looking. You could occupy your mind as you rest and recover by making up stories to tell people about how it happened. Hand to hand combat with the monster from the black lagoon, alien abduction and escape from aliens, winning Survivor. . . I love your quotation about setting intentions instead of waiting to see what happens. Taking action is always a good solution. But poor you, I feel very sad for you b/c I know you were really revved up to get your space ready and get on with all of your overflowing creative plans. You aren't living all alone w/your pain and bruises, are you? Take good care, and sleep as much as you need to. Who knows what "quite awhile" means. . . your body will tell you that schedule!

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  8. Sorry you got hurt Myrna. You need to rest to get better so gets lots.

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  9. I am so sorry to hear about your accident, time spent healing now will give you a better run at the work on your house in the future. I hope that your recovery is swift and problem free.

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  10. You need to take the time you need! Heal well!
    A local gallery had a display of a knitted garden which was great. The tree looks super.

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  11. You need to take the time you need! Heal well!
    A local gallery had a display of a knitted garden which was great. The tree looks super.

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  12. The photos of the tree are magnificent and are the next best thing to seeing it real life. It has a lovely ethereal quality to it yet is still so tactile and cozy looking - what a magnificent achievement of the original inspiration!
    Great advice is flowing in from all corners regarding your debilitating fall. Not wanting to be presumptuous, but I know in my own case, that one of the hardest things to do is to accept help from others when I am out of commission. My instinct is to withdraw and cocoon when I am down and out, which, in the longer term, impacts my emotional state negatively. I am sure your friends and family are offering to assist you at every turn and I hope you are able to say yes and let people help you as you seem to help so many others. Being set up to create even if it is at a slower pace will help you keep your sanity in this trying time and if others can help you get better set up with moving things, painting etc, I am sure they will be happy to. It is almost painful to read how you are trying to paint and deal with stash organization when you can't even turn your wrist! Best wishes for a speedy recovery. :-)

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  13. The tree is fabulous! And how great that you were able to contribute. All the suggestions to get all the rest you need and to listen to your body as you heal are appropriate. I also like dagmar's post about accepting help from your friends. I know you're an independent, go-getter gal but there's nothing wrong in seeking assistance during this time of need. I believe you would willing help others in need under similar circumstances. I'm sending positive thoughts your way. Just think of all the fantastic projects you can think and dream about! Karen

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  14. I hope you are feeling better day to day. We were in Salmon Arm during the week to see family. I didn't have time to get to the art gallery during the day but had a look through the windows one evening when I was out for a walk. The tree looked amazing! What a great collaborative piece. Congratulations to all who contributed.

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  16. My goodness, what a spill you took. I do hope you are healing. Fortunate that you didn't end up with blood clots that could have been life threatening. So disappointing to move all that distance and have to put your creativity on hold while making home improvements and now recuperating from a fall. Although the knitted tree was interesting, I wonder if all the time spent to create the masterpiece could have been put to better use. Perhaps all the talented persons that contributed the pieces could have made items that were beautiful yet functional, and given to those less fortunate. Giving to the community can be very rewarding. IMHO.

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