by wider57 22 Mar 2017

Well, I won"t be able to do any crafting for the next 3 months or so, and it's not warm enough to do gardening yet (it's below freezing today here in western Canada). Why? Well, I had to get my pinky finger joint on my right hand fused yesterday. I broke the finger several years ago and it was not set properly, so it healed bad. The joint was fusing on its own, but arthritis had set in and caused me considerable pain and discomfort, so fusion was my only choice. Once all is healed I will be ready to hit the ground running as I am getting a new embroidery machine! Wooo hoooo. I will be getting a Brother 6 or 10 needle (I haven't decided yet). I am meeting the Brother sales rep in a month so will ask all my questions and decide then. Until all is healed, I can sit back and enjoy everyone's beautiful projects and get all kinds of inspiration!

It doesn't look too bad in the pictures, but it sure is painful and I keep bumping the finger which doesn't help. What do you think of my nurse? Mocha had to check it out as soon as I sat down.


by gerryvb 25 Mar 2017

hope the pain will be less soon, but at least you have the lovely comfort of Mocha, hugs

by tonilee 24 Mar 2017

it looks painful but your friend is there to help.
hope it is better soon

by jrob Moderator 24 Mar 2017

You should be well in no time with your excellent nurse there to give kisses and cuddles. How wonderful that you will be getting a new machine. Look at some of the 6 and 10 needle manuals while you are on "sick leave" and you will be ahead of the game. :)

by parkermom 24 Mar 2017

Maybe if you lightly tape your wounded finger to the one next to it might help the bumping.

by cfidl 23 Mar 2017

I have family somewhere up there. I hope you are all healed before gardening season. Enjoy your rest, as it seems you have lots to do in the spring!

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wider57 by wider57 23 Mar 2017

Thanks for the thoughts. I have a ton of family in the US, my sister has been tracing our ancestry and we have over 100,000 relatives south of the Canadian border :-)

by pacmp 23 Mar 2017

What a loving kitty you have, hope your finger heals as expected, was the lower arm red from the ace bandage wrap? It looks almost like it was too tight of a bandage wrap or else you had your hand hanging down enough that it could have been swelling. If you are suppose to be keeping it up above the heart it really is much easier to put it on your chest like over your heart. It keeps it elevated and helps keep swelling down as well as keeps you from walking and swinging the arm to run into anything and every thing. If coloring has returned to normal please forgive my medical history background to notice those types of things, just follow those doctors orders, so all heals as is the hopes and prayers of all of us for your hand and finger and hope you find some doable ways to still satisfy your crafter within. Hugs to your sweet Mocha, Pam

wider57 by wider57 23 Mar 2017

Thanks Pam. The red is from the disinfectant they paint all over you. My arm was a touch swollen, but that's because I couldn't move it for about 1 1/2 hours, and yes, I was awake through the whole thing. I am collecting inspiration like crazy and hope to feel well enough to go on a 3 day retreat near the end of April.

pacmp by pacmp 25 Mar 2017

Glad to hear about the red disinfectant they used! I loved working and assisting in surgery and loved watching my 2 hand surgeries I was awake for though they were both very minor. Keep collecting Ideas and saving freebies from various sites as sometimes you will find ways to use things you would never have thought of. Then also be sure to check out various pinterest boards and various sites tutorials available on U Tube. Good goal for end of April!

by crafter2243 Moderator 23 Mar 2017

This looks painful. Love Mocha's reaction. I hope the pain will go away soon.

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wider57 by wider57 23 Mar 2017

The pain is already easing off - as long as I don't keep bumping it. It kind of sticks out like a sore thumb :-)

by toogie 23 Mar 2017

Congrats on getting a bigger machine and bomber on the finger pain. ..Mocha looks really worried or sorry for you.....

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wider57 by wider57 23 Mar 2017

thanks Toogie. I can hardly wait for the new machine, once I decide on which size. Mocha has been a really big suck these past 3 days.

by sdrise 23 Mar 2017

I am sorry you have to go through all this... I know first hand what a fused bone that would not heal felt like. Hope you heal soon... Congrats on the new machine too!

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wider57 by wider57 23 Mar 2017

Thanks. Things are feeling better already and I had the dressing changed this morning and all is looking good.

by michemb 23 Mar 2017

Hope your healing goes well in the meantime you have time to plan what projects to do with your new machine. Go for the 10 needles because once you start using a multi needle you will soon want to expand your embroidery projects. I love my 15 needle Happy machine. Best embroidery decision I ever made. So worth it.
Michelle in cold Montréal

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wider57 by wider57 23 Mar 2017

Thanks for the advice Michelle. I'll definitely take that into consideration.

by marianb 23 Mar 2017

Hopefully when this pain subsides you will have pain free hand. Don't suppose the cold helps with pain management at the moment. Try holding your arm up against you body when moving around I find this reduces you bumping it. Marian

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wider57 by wider57 23 Mar 2017

I've been trying to guard the hand carefully, but I keep bumping it anyway.

by Sewmum1 22 Mar 2017

Hope the pain goes away soon. It looks ouchy. You could perhaps manage to craft one handed, not easy but doable. You could be the one handed crafter!
Great news about a new embroidery machine! Something to look forward to when you are healed.

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wider57 by wider57 23 Mar 2017

Thanks. I am bored already, but finding lots of inspiration. My new machine may get one heck of a workout.

by pennifold 22 Mar 2017

I hope that all goes well with your healing process Vida. It's always the one part of your body that you will hit when you don't want it to! Lovely that your cat is empathising with you. Good luck too with your new machine something wonderful to look forward to. Love Chris

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wider57 by wider57 22 Mar 2017

Thanks Chris. I am clumsy anyway, so I'm sure this poor thing will get banged around more. I go next week to get a custom brace made, so that may help.

by lbrow 22 Mar 2017

Sorry to hear your troubles with finger. Glad for you that you are getting a new machine. I know pain can be excruciating at times just elevating from elbow up sometimes help with the pain. Someone else will have to do the dishes. That is a plus for you./lillian

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wider57 by wider57 22 Mar 2017

Thanks. Hubby is great, he bought supper last night and I pre-made a bunch of meals before surgery to help him out.

by chenille 22 Mar 2017

So sorry to hear of your troubles. Great news for a new machine though! Where are you? Here in south east B.C. we have sunshine today but still some snow and flooding in parts because of the recent rain. I am hoping for a new machine too but will have to wait as we do not have a Brother dealer near and I do like Brother machines. Good luck to you and take care.
Hugs, Nadyne

wider57 by wider57 22 Mar 2017

Thanks Nadyne. I'm in southern Saskatchewan. There are 4 Brother/ Babylock dealers in the province and I've checked them all out.

chenille by chenille 25 Mar 2017

Lucky you!

by asterixsew Moderator 22 Mar 2017

Sorry to hear about your finger. I like your nurse. Enjoy looking forwards to a new machine, I have a Brother PR650 (6 needles) its great fun

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wider57 by wider57 22 Mar 2017

Thanks. I've been leaning towards the PR655 because I'm not sure I would use all the features of the 10 needle.

by noah 22 Mar 2017

It's cold in Northern Ontario too -10 right now****Hope you heal fast hugs

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wider57 by wider57 22 Mar 2017

Thanks Carolyn. You guys have had lousy weather this winter. Lets hope for a warm spring and summer.

by airyfairy 22 Mar 2017

WOW so much to,look forward to. May your pinky heal quickly.

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wider57 by wider57 22 Mar 2017


by gdsteliga 22 Mar 2017

Oh that looks painful. Congratulations on your new purchase. You can spend the time thinking about all the wonderful projects you will be doing.
Pretty cold in Eastern Canada too. Where are you in western Canada?

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wider57 by wider57 22 Mar 2017

I can hardly wait to learn a new machine. I'm in southern Saskatchewan.

by 02kar Moderator 22 Mar 2017

Kitty kisses will help. I'm so sorry you are going through all of this. Hope and prayers you will heal quickly with no complications. I hope Mocha continues to help with lots of cuddles and kisses.

wider57 by wider57 22 Mar 2017

Thanks. Mocha has been stuck to me all day and walked across my hand while trying to cuddle closer. Ouch!

tiggy000 by tiggy000 22 Mar 2017

So sorry you have to deal with this but can see the kitty will help get you healed. Meanwhile, this is the time to hone your skills with your embroidery software. Watch lots of YouTube videos and search for freebies.