Because, you know, it’s been a long time.
I have basically not had a summer, and just had bad luck after bad luck. My promising new job turned out to be awful, we lost the apartment we were looking at, I had a procedure done on my wrist that prevented me from stitching, which couldn’t heal because of the job… it really has been a mess. :( And I neglected the blog as a result. The good news is that August is around the corner and everything should improve dramatically. I have to finish out July, is all.
The Update Video
So first on the news agenda is the update video I put out at the beginning of July to explain where I ended up. This is a companion video and a continuation to the article I wrote about my absence, which you can read here:
I Want To Stitch :(
In essence, the job got worse from the point I described in the video. The factory account where I work is still in shambles, and corporate is only now starting to repair some of the damage. My manager starts today. TODAY. And the old boss quit a month ago. Yeah. I’ve broken down in tears several times over this job, and so have the people I work with. I finally put my foot down and said enough was enough. I know I don’t handle stress well, and the job was so stressful I was reaching my breaking point.
When I went to put in my two weeks, guess what? They wouldn’t accept it! Instead I got a big speech about how if I only stuck with it, it would get better, and can’t I stay until I was originally supposed to leave at the end of August? Um, no! Okay, well, can’t I give them more than two weeks that way they can replace me? Are you seriously so strapped for people it takes you more than a month to hire a new manager and suddenly it’s my problem that you won’t be able to find someone to replace me with an ample two week notice?
Long story short, my last day is July 25th, and I couldn’t be more happy to be done with it. It had the promise to be a fantastic job with good pay and full benefits, but it was bad timing all around. If they had gone in and fixed the account and everything was ready to go, that would have been wonderful. Instead it was a “tossed to the wolves, survival of the fittest” style of business and the company is about to have a mass exodus on their hands if they don’t shape up. I’m the third person to leave and I know the remaining four will follow if things don’t improve.
So anyway. Done ranting. Between working non-stop for over 60 hours a week and the fact that the job was so stressful, I didn’t have time to stitch or write. Which really sucked because both are my stress relievers. :(
Wrist Diagnosis, Procedure, and the Worst Case Scenario
So, if you have watched my Five-Minute Stitch videos you may have seen the lovely braces I used to wear from time to time. (Actually by the time of my last doctor’s appointment it was all the time.) I also wrote about it in my Stitching With Care: Pain Management Tips for Stitchers with Health Issues article.
The story: I’ve had a mysterious pain in my left wrist since March of 2012. Yeah, that long. Four different doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it over the course of two years. It was reaching the point of debilitating, like I couldn’t use my left hand or even my left arm at times at all. I’m right-handed but you realize how much you use your left hand when you can’t actually use your left hand.
I went to a wrist specialist about a month ago and he was able to tell me what was wrong. I was diagnosed with a ganglion cyst in my wrist that causes pain and inflammation. It was smaller than 5 millimeters in size (or so the doctor said) because the MRI didn’t pick it up. This is a chronic condition – there is always a chance it will come back if you get rid of it – but it is treatable. He gave me a steroid injection of Cortisone and took a needle and tried to poke holes in the cyst in an attempt to collapse it. And they gave me a new brace!
However, I don’t know how much the procedure helped… I only had three days to rest it before I had to go back to work. And since I work non-stop it didn’t really have a chance to rest. It seemed to help at first, but now… if the cyst collapsed, I’m fairly sure it refilled and came back. :( Although that’s a good thing! It means their diagnosis was correct and they can proceed with treatment.
The good news is, the doctor wants to do one more procedure when I go in for my next appointment, and since I won’t be working as much, it should be easier to rest. And if it works, great! The bad news is, if it doesn’t help, the only other option is surgery to remove the cyst. Which has a six week recovery time. Which is not good. Because I won’t be able to type or stitch or do anything with my left hand like… at all. So I really want to avoid that if at all possible!
So that’s what I’ve been up to. Barely any stitching and a lot of politics and drama. And health issues. I have 18 drafts in my posts that I need to work on. So I promise when life settles down I’ll be back in full! I have so many things I wanna stitch and so much I wanna do with the blog! I only need a few spare minutes to relax and fix things personally.
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I will see you guys in August! Happy Stitching!