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Katie
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11:58 pm Apr 19, 2011

After being diganosed with RA a couple of years ago, I thought I would have to give up any kind of stitching or sewing. But I'm Back Laughing Much to my amazment, even though I cannot put my first 3 fingers up and couple other things, it seems I can hold a needle with no problem at all. Yippee.
So needless to say that after all this time I am very far behind. I have started very small and simple, 3 English stone bridges in progress. After they are done I am going to tackle The Grizzly Giant of Mariposa Grove.
Wish me luck
Katie
cinzia8
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1:50 am Apr 20, 2011

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Originally posted by Katie
After being diganosed with RA a couple of years ago, I thought I would have to give up any kind of stitching or sewing. But I'm Back Laughing Much to my amazment, even though I cannot put my first 3 fingers up and couple other things, it seems I can hold a needle with no problem at all. Yippee.
So needless to say that after all this time I am very far behind. I have started very small and simple, 3 English stone bridges in progress. After they are done I am going to tackle The Grizzly Giant of Mariposa Grove.
Wish me luck
Katie


I don't know what RA is, but I am glad you can still cross stitch: in a different way, cross stitch saved my sanity (abusive family), and I cannot immagine not being able to do it. I really hope to see some of your work in progress soon!
CInzia Razz
Katie
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2:37 am Apr 20, 2011

Sorry about that. RA is Rhueumatoid Arthritis
cinzia8
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4:41 am Apr 20, 2011

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Sorry about that. RA is Rhueumatoid Arthritis


Not you, just not being american and not being familiar with the way you shorten things! I have Rheumatism (this is the word I found in the dictionary translated from italian),I was born with it, so I am lightly familiar with it. For me, it affests my knees and, sometimes, my joints in general, but not in a painful way, just as a moderate discomfort. Anyways I have always being concerned that it could turn into arthritis, which would bother me to no end, expecially if it would affect my cross stitch activity. Shocked
Are you doing any kind of physiotheraphy (hope I spelled it right!)?
Katie
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4:48 am Apr 20, 2011

They are kind of related. Mine is my immune system attacking my joints. Most of the time it's ok, but when does what the Drs call a "flare" i cant move that joint and it feels like a little man stabbing my joint. I do have nodules on my finger that don't hurt just look yukky and some of my fingers are slightly twisted. I take medication, exerccise, use a therapy pool, but most of all I try very hard not to let it get the best of me. I must admit that at first I did.
cinzia8
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6:20 am Apr 20, 2011

I try very hard not to let it get the best of me. I must admit that at first I did.

Best therapy of all!!
rifestitch
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8:09 am Apr 20, 2011

Welcome back to stitching, Katie - I hope you continue to do well with your RA and your stitching!!!
BarBaraPrz
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9:22 am Apr 20, 2011

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Welcome back to stitching, Katie - I hope you continue to do well with your RA and your stitching!!!


I second that emotion...

I have RA too, and my right index finger is badly bent. When it's too sore or difficult to use it, I hold the needle between my thumb and second finger.
cinzia8
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2:17 am Apr 21, 2011

I have RA too, and my right index finger is badly bent. When it's too sore or difficult to use it, I hold the needle between my thumb and second finger.[/quote]

Stitching Anything to keep stitching!!
armywife
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7:55 pm Apr 21, 2011

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I have RA too, and my right index finger is badly bent. When it's too sore or difficult to use it, I hold the needle between my thumb and second finger.


Stitching Anything to keep stitching!![/quote]

Katie, welcome back to stitching! I know you are thrilled to be doing it again and i'm so happy for you. I will have to admit that one of my fears is arthritis (of any kind) that would prevent me from stitching, which indeed helps keep me sane--no kidding--as I'm sure you all understand. I'm so glad you are controlling the RA with meds and therapy and the POSITIVE ATTITUDE Laughing That is so important. (I'm a nurse also, in case I haven't said that before on here.) My other fear is losing my eyesight, and it seems to be getting worse, especially transitioning from stitching to the TV. So I guess I will have to keep my eyes on the stitching and just listen to the TV shows. I do try to choose shows that I can get a lot out of by only listening vs watching:)

I also grew up in an abusive household, and the time spent with my grandmother and cross stitching were some of the best times. I think that is one reason I love it so much. It is like a "safe place" I go that always makes me feel good.

To all of you struggling with RA, rheumatism, whatever you call it, hang in there and keep up the stitching. You are all my inspiration!!!

Happy Easter to everyone!
Pam Stitching
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