Calendar Poodle SAL

Monday, May 29, 2023

Here I Am

 Hello friends. Thought I disappeared, I bet. I am here. I just have not been able to post. I have not been able to do a lot of things. I have actually been depressed. I am in severe pain. My back is very bad. It is myofascial pain. I am suffering for many, many weeks now. The physical therapist who did dry needling made it better last Fall. He got the pain to go away for 4 months completely. This time around he made it worse. It is excruciating. I am only surviving by taking muscle relaxers morning, noon and night. I am on a new medication the pain doctor said other patients have had good results with it. I have to give it another week to see if it will work. I am still in the process of increasing the dose.

It is very hard living like this. Very. I asked my doctor if I could have a referral to go to a different therapist who dry needles. She contacted my pain doctor first. He told her he does not think I would experience any less pain with a different therapist doing it. My doctor relayed this message to me, but said she will refer me if I want to. I want to. My entire right side of my back is so stiff and painful, it is horrid. I just have not had any energy for anything. I have been stitching as I can. Sitting is a problem. 

I had my first appointment with the new therapist, Jen. She is very nice. You know how the first appointments go. They are almost all evaluation. She did do a few minutes of hands on at the end. She did some myofascial release therapy on my back and it felt good at the time. It did increase the pain a bit once I got home. Time will tell with my sessions with her if she can help me. She does not feel dry needling is the way to go right away. I am fine with that!

This is Our Lasting Friendship by Blackbird Designs. 

This is my friend Kathy's sampler. Eight of us in our local cross stitch group are doing a round robin with this pattern. I just completed the "June" stitching on this/Kathy's sampler. This month we stitched the wording in the center.


This is a new story and main character by Jacqueline that is about another strong woman. I am thinking this is the beginning of another series. I see similarities to Maisie really. I enjoyed this book, I just hope she continues to write about Maisie Dobbs. If you enjoy Maisie Dobbs books, you will like this also.

I would like to offer this chart to you my friends in a giveaway. 

Please leave a comment on this post if you would like to enter the giveaway. It is open to all of my friends anywhere. You need to be a sidebar follower of this blog.  I will draw a name for the winner on Monday, June 5th.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,

Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning;

Great is Your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

Thank you for sticking with me friends. Some of you have checked on me. God bless you for that. You have helped pull me out of the funk. Thank you. 💕 Long time friends are very special aren't they? Even though we have never met face to face, we still "know" each other and care for each other, don't we. Thank God for friends like you all!

Stitching and praying,