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!