In November of 2014, I was diagnosed with lupus. A few months later at the beginning of February, I was put on a medical leave. Since then I have been trying to find what my new normal is. I have an afternoon of energy and then weeks where I can hardly maintain a normal life. (By that I mean daily hygiene, cooking meals, clean laundry and dishes, taking the dog for a walk, maintaining any sort of outside communication with friends and family, etc.). These are all things I used to take for granted. The current task of my Mayo Clinic doctor is trying to mix the right cocktail of drugs to push my lupus towards remission. My progress has been slower than expected or want – isn’t that always the case?
My sewing has been very sporadic, and blogging has fallen to the wayside. If you aren’t sewing much, there really isn’t much to report. I had even stopped looking at new fabric to purchase because I was feeling a bit mortal. Why buy more, when I have more than enough in my stash to last my lifetime?!? Can you tell I needed to make a modification for my mental health?
I have decided that I am going to try to spend 20 minutes a day sewing. I still don’t feel the best, but at least I can be doing something I enjoy. The hope is that I will get lost in the project and spend more time sewing. I have a few too many WIPs happening and it is starting to bother me. Can you tell I am trying to put my focus on other things than my health? Sewing is very good therapy for me. It definitely lifts my mood and makes me feel that I can accomplish something.
I started the cute little pattern that was included in the Bonnie and Camille Aurifil thread pack. There are 7 matching spools of thread and a mini charm pack of Daysail.
A slight quilting fail…
I have also made some progress on my Holly’s Tree Farm Jellybean Quilt. The blocks are pinned together in pairs. I will need to sew those together and then put the blocks in foursomes.
I am getting tired of being sick and accepting my limitations. I know I am getting better because I can actually think about the expectations of feeling more normal. I think the goal of 20 minutes a day is do-able and is necessary therapy!