Just a fast update - Trying not to stay on the computer for any length of time these days. I have been really struggling these past few months with nerve pain, tingling, numbness and muscle cramping in my upper back, and down my right arm. I finally have an actual diagnosis for what I have believed was the problem all along. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - a compression of the bundle of nerves, veins and arteries that pass beneath the collarbone on their way into the arm.
5 weeks of physical therapy (third time in 3 years) produced absolutely no relief. So, the new doctor believes it is time to move on to surgery. I will be going through a very invasive procedure to try to relieve that pressure on the nerves. Both a Vascular surgeon and an Orthopedic surgeon specializing in upper extremities will work together to open up my neck just above the collar bone.They may remove bone, muscle or whatever else they find in there that they think may be causing the problem. I will have a very long recovery time. 4 months minimum of physical therapy that will begin literally the morning following the surgery. YIPEE. OUCH.
Hoping to get back to doing some sewing (in very small doses) when the kids are back at school in September. I am going to try to get some cutting done before the scheduled surgery - which is coming up fast on July 11th. If I have things cut out and maybe even pinned... I have a better shot at being able to accomplish some sewing!
Until the surgery though, getting the boys ready for summer camp is tops on my priority list.