October 24, 2014
...and then life throws you a curve ball...
This is my first post in several weeks and I just wanted to update you on what is going on with me. It is not unusual for me to post once or twice a week to show you what I have been working on. That is the problem. I am an everyday sewer. I was an everyday sewer. Up until 2 1/2 weeks ago. I have always had the usual aches and pains, but they were getting more frequent and occurring in more parts of my body. When the pain got so bad that I was having trouble walking and could not get up from a seated position, I knew it was time for the doctor. My hands hurt so bad, I could not even hold a scissors. I had only sewn a couple of days out of the last 2 1/2 weeks.
I got the results of my blood work back on Wednesday. All of my inflammatory markers are off the charts. The doctor believes it is the auto immune disease, rheumatoid arthritis. There are still others things it could be but she feels this is most likely. The goal is to decrease the inflammation and control the pain until I can get in to see the rheumatologist on Nov. 5. Some days I feel like I have been hit by a car, other days are better. My sewing days will pick me for the time being, I will not pick them. I tell you all of this so that you know where I have been. Be patient with me. I will fight to sew even on days I don't feel up to it. I know that once I get put on a treatment regimen from the rheumatologist , I will have more good days than bad.
That is enough about that! Let me show you one of the things I made before all of this started. I have sewn several Swoon Bag patterns and saw that they had a new free pattern called Ethel. Ethel is a teardrop shaped open tote with a large slip pocket on the front.
The back of the bag is one piece, great to display large prints.
The inside has a zippered pocket on one side and a slip pocket on the other.
This is a fairly simple bag. The hardest part might be the gusset but it is a large gusset so if you take your time you should have little problem with it.
Trying to sew today...I am behind in my orders and I need to start a tester bag that I am doing. Hands don't fail me now!!!