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I'm going to confess right now - I HAVE NOT BEEN QUILTING - lately.  I still want to (and I will!), but a medical problem had me out of service for a while.  Before Easter I was having what I believe were tension headaches.  My mother was ailing (stress!) and there was/is probably will always be drama & trauma with one of my DDs, the mother of my DGD.  The headaches grew progressively worse.  If I took an otc medication famous for relieving headaches, I would get some relief.  So, 2 or 3 times a day I was taking headache relievers.  My DH finally made me go to the Dr.'s.  On that day I began having trouble seeing "straight", couldn't seem to focus to drive, watch TV, or anything else.  However if I shut one eye, either one, I was okay.  The Dr. listened to my story and said that it sounded like "rebound headaches".  Whenever the pain reliever wore off the headache came back even worse.  In other words, a vicious circle.  The only way out was to take nothing at all.  As promised, the headaches got worse before they got better.  The first three days were awful, I couldn't stand light, sound, TV, etc., just stayed under the covers with heat on my head.  The next two weeks weren't too good either, the headaches somewhat better but still pretty bad.  Doing anything was tough bc of my unfocused, double vision.  This was scary.  After 2&1/2 weeks I was able to go back to work.  After 4 weeks I began to have pain free periods, hallelujah!  But when the headaches finally went away I still had sinus pain on one side of my head & face, so I was put on a "strong'' dose of antibiotic.  Ten more days and I finally felt pretty good but, I still couldn't see right.  The ophthalmologist did a very simple test and, to my great relief, said "You have a nerve problem".  I felt like kissing him!  Finally, a reason for my poor vision!  I had Sixth Nerve Palsy, the muscles in my right eye were on strike, but most cases clear up in about three months, and, thank you God, mine has.  I'll never know whether the headache, vision & sinus were related, or maybe I just got all three at the same time.  But, the moral of the story is:  Don't over medicate a bad headache.

I am very grateful to be feeling good and seeing straight again.  For a long time I couldn't see to read or use the computer, so I felt like I lost touch.  I can now read "regular" print, use the computer, drive, and sew.  (But don't look too closely at my work!)  I've only done some mending and some clothes for Piper.  It'll take me a while to get back to the quilting stuff, but not too long, I hope.  And it's great to be "following" all of you again!  Happy Stitching!

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Comment by betweens on January 22, 2012 at 5:24pm

Geesh so glad that you were able to find what the problem was and able to get a remedy! That sweet little girl is just darling. I am addicted to Toddlers and Tiarras, if I had children I am sure we would have been pageant family for sure.

Hope to see some quilting now that you are able to get to the bottom of your double vision.

Comment by Jennie Steward on July 17, 2011 at 12:27pm
Terry...so glad that it wasn't anything more serious and you were able to "fix it".  Looking forward to seeing some of  your work soon.
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 17, 2011 at 10:47am
Three months seems like a long time to suffer through headaches and impaired vision, but I'm glad that it all came right in the end.  Cute DGD and outfit!
Comment by Janet/MO on July 17, 2011 at 8:33am
Oh what a horrible ordeal to go through!  I hope you never have to experience stuff like this again.  Your dgd sure is a cutie. 
Comment by Pam/NY on July 17, 2011 at 5:24am
Geez Terry...that was a rough ride. There's nothing worse than headaches. Do they think it was a virus that caused the nerve to go bad? Glad to hear you are getting better. Piper sure is growing up! What a cutie and I'm guessing you made her outfit. Keep getting better...the quilting will be there.
Comment by Gayle/La. on July 17, 2011 at 12:18am
Terry   I really hope you are over the worst of those headaches and all those other problems.  If Piper was the reward then I am glad you beat it.  She is adorable traipsing around barefoot in the cutest little dress.  Hope you are completely over all the bad stuff now.
Comment by ranchmom/OR on July 16, 2011 at 8:09pm
So glad you are feeling better.  Please take care of yourself. 
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 16, 2011 at 7:55pm
Yikes!  Sounds like a tough go there for awhile.  So glad you are better and will soon be back doing things you enjoy. 
Comment by Sheila M/FL on July 16, 2011 at 7:46pm
Thank goodness your well again and Pippers dress is so darn cute I could just eat it!
Comment by Connie/KS on July 16, 2011 at 6:24pm
So glad you are feeling better. We've missed you on here. Hope you continue to improve and can get back to normal really soon. Piper's dress is so cute and so is she!

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