Unfortunately, once I began working in the yard, former problems with my arms falling asleep came back with a vengeance. So, off I trotted to the doctor, who diagnosed it as TOS or Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Apparently the muscles and nerve bundles (etc) on my right side which go from the spinal column at the neck and through the collarbone down to the arm are very tight and being pinched or rubbed. They suspect it may be an extra rib (apparently not all that unusual), but won't know until we do x-rays when my doctor gets back from South Africa in 2-3 weeks.
In the meantime, it's twice-daily exercises, some non-steroid anti-inflammatory meds and twice-weekly physical therapy. At the physical therapist I also get electro-massage (heavenly). I've seen some improvement in my arms and hands and have begun to stitch again. I was able to complete this wool block this week. But I also worked out in the yard for an hour this afternoon. I couldn't help myself; it was so beautiful and sunny! I hope I don't pay for it tonight. So far so good......
This is my work for Ritva in Finland. Her block is 6"x6", and she requested wool or cotton. I know the light green in the center area is wool; the rest is either perle cotton or silk perle. Ritva did not want beads, ribbons, etc., so it's stitching only.
This is all four blocks done for Ritva in this RR to date. They were done (top L-R, bottom L-R) by Hideko in Japan, Marya in California, Leslie in Colorado, and me (Cathy in Utah). Next they move on to Karrin, who will stitch her block and then send them all home to Ritva.
And now I get to start on Hideko's lovely blocks!