Tuesday, 15 December 2020

What a week!

The past seven days have been quite the roller coaster here.   The vigilant eyes of Jenny, the pacemaker technician, at my regular "warrant of fitness" found that the electric lead running between the unit and the heart was faulty.  And before I could even catch my breath I had an appointment made for a venogram to check whether the existing vein currently housing two leads could accommodate another.   That is done and the cardiologist will now put in a new lead.   He seems to think this a great deal more urgent than I do and laughed uproariously at my naïve assumption that as I have a base heart rate of 25 beats per minute there was really no great hurry!   So I'm expecting to hear soon the date for that.

And on Monday I went to the physio for advice and treatment about my thumb.   He diagnosed Trigger Thumb and fitted me with a black splint which certainly keeps me from overusing the poor thumb but is a severe handicap to someone who is right hand dominant.   No stitching for a while so frustration levels are on the increase.   Rubber gloves to do the washing up, the laundry, the garden but to assist the DBEM with her shower I remove the splint.

On a more positive note the weather has been glorious for the past few days and the laundry and ironing are all up to date, the lawn is mowed and today I managed to get quite a bit of the back flower garden weeded.   Also, as my foot is now so very much better I have been out for a walk and can manage 40 minutes now before even feeling the slightest twinge.   

So in mathematical terms two negatives plus two positives equals zero.  But actually we are well in positive territory.   It is a year today since I shifted into my house here in Palmerston North and although it has been a weird year we are both still very happy with our move and enjoying our new life.  And one day soon I will be able to stitch  - at least I hope so as the basket band needs to be completed before the 31st December if the embroidered date is not to be a lie :-)


8 comments:

  1. Oh dear, Margaret. So sorry to read about your issues with your pacemaker and your thumb. I hope that will be the end of health issues for you and your mother for some time and that you don't have to wait too long to get the new lead inserted for your pacemaker.

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes. I think it will all happen soon but our Christmas New Year holiday break will be the delay.

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  2. I love your positivity but send well wishes. What a thing with your heart, my Dad had a pacemaker. Sorry about your thumb, can you stitch left handed? I managed to do a little when I broke my right humerus ball, nothing intricate but nice to still stitch.

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    1. Thank you. I haven’t yet tried left handed stitching but have taken the splint off each day to stitch on my Temperature SAL.

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  3. Oh my goodness, you have had a week of it! Glad that there are positives though.
    You could try stitching left handed with a frame maybe?
    I wish you were here to help with some Hardanger I have to do!
    I'm stitching the Noel letters that match your angels and for some reason I did a different woven pattern when I stitched the L back in the 1990s! Now I have to work out how to do it again or how to frog it!

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    1. Thanks Jo. I still frequently refer to my Janet Love Hardanger books for the fillings and woven band instructions so I'm sure you'll manage just fine. You have inspired me...I might stitch those myself next year:)

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  4. Oh Magaret, I'm sorry to hear you've been having such issues! Hope everything will be figured out and settled down soon.

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    1. Thank you. I’m not letting these setbacks affect my enjoyment of Christmas. Happy Christmas to you.

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