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Things have slowed down around here…

I just noticed it’s been 14 days since I posted anything here.  Not by choice for the most part I must admit.

Just over a week ago I noticed that my right arm was getting a bit stiff – I put it down to the amount of research I have been doing online, plus some digital art and so on.  Just a little too much time on the computer?  While the answer to that was yes, it was really just the start of what had obviously been building for weeks, if not months.

After just a day or two, the ‘slightly annoying’ stiffness had me waking up to absolute agony, unable to move my right arm, with throbbing pain and feeling like my arm and shoulder were in a vice like grip.

I knew exactly what had happened, but definitely had not realised how bad it was.  I almost felt like this was the ‘big one’ – my body telling me “Hey Sally, I warned you, but you didn’t take any notice, so rather than yet another gentle reminder, here’s something to make you really pay attention!”

Needless to say, I did.  For the past week I have had to basically do NOTHING.  Could not use my right arm at all without excruciating pain, could not sit for long, could not sleep much either.  Add all that together and you get one grumpy person!  The pain is one thing to deal with, but the inability to ‘do’ stuff is even worse.

I have been the Queen of the Sofa, reading, snoozing and trying my best to ‘rest that arm’.  I’ve even reaffirmed my disdain of “TV”! (Bonus!) I have even been able to speed up my typing left handed only…a new skill?  But for the most part, it has once again reminded me to pay attention to my body, and what it is trying to tell me before I ignore it totally and it whacks me with a ‘you had it coming’ moment.

So, I am sorry there is no new art, posts or in fact anything here lately.  Even this post is taking me quite a long time to, er, type-pick!  Yes, it may have been easier to go get some kind of ‘shot’ in my arm to alleviate the pain etc, but I am all for letting my body do it’s thing.  Yes it takes longer, and yes it means I have to stop doing the things I love for a bit, but it does mean that my body heals itself in it’s own time, and I don’t go doing more damage because I suddenly don’t ‘feel’ the damage I’ve already done.  It’s just the way I am.  Help it along a little? Sure!  But for the most part just bloody well stop doing what I was doing to end up this way and let the natural process do it’s thing for me.  A lovely partnership, and one I have to remind myself once again to pay attention to.

So, I’m figuring another week or so of taking it easy, doing some gentle exercises to help things along a little and then make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Nobody’s fault but my own for just going hammer and tongs on all the things I’ve needed to get done in the past few weeks and months – which sadly have all been computer related. Time to break that up and go do other things.  Nothing is that important if it affects your ability to function physically well.

So, other than some retweets on twitter, a few likes or short comments on facebook posts, I’m pretty much on a go slow for a while.  (I am sure this post counts for too much effort…ha!)  Luckily I can still read, if not comment!





Self taught artist back living in New Zealand after more than a decade of living in Canada. Starting over in more ways than one but always up for the challenge!

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