Saturday, April 18, 2015

My Hand Recovery - post op 12 weeks

Its been nearly 13 weeks since my accident and to be honest it has been a hard 13 weeks for me. I never thought getting up the January Sunday morning that I would start an odyssey of recovery like nothing I have gone through before. You truly don't know what life has in store and never in a million years would I thought I would ever be going through this.

I still vividly remember that beautiful day learning the new scooter. The fence planks still look brand new even though I think they have been fixed for awhile. I still occasionally have a nightmare where I am again slamming into the gate. It was the worst instant pain I have ever gone through. I am still amazed that I didn't break anything- actually a broken arm would have been a far quicker recovery than three cut tendons and surgery to repair.

I have been going through about 12 weeks on occupational therapy and likely more weeks to come still. My OT told me my tendons are now as strong as they were pre accident but they are still very tight but I have made huge leaps and bounds in getting my fingers and wrist moving again. I am near functionality level with my wrist both ways but I still have way more to go. 

I also still can't make a fist, it is more of a wrapping my hand around a pole. I can touch my inside hand after some stretching and a splint to pull at my fingers. I have had a total of 5 splints made for my hand. The first was a static one which I began to loathe because I wore in 24/7 for weeks. The only relief was when I started on the second splint- a dynamic one which started getting the fingers moving. It had a ton of pulleys and rubber bands. I cried after that was given to me because it hurt. 

I was finally allowed out of that one about two weeks ago even though I was already transitioning out gently. I also got a gentle splint to get my fingers moving and than a more aggressive one as well that bends my fingers for about an hour at a time. 


So this is that wonderful splint that I have to wear up to two hours a day. I usually last one hour, take break and than do another hour later in the day because I feel like my fingers are getting numb. 


This is the splint to get my wrist moving forward. I am able to move it back okay but now with this one, I can have way more mobility with my wrist. 


Finally here is my wrist as it has healed. I have been told that the scar will fade and shouldn't be that noticeable by next year. 

Its been a long road of recovery and still have some more to do. I can do more each and every day plus why would a bum hand stop me from doing the things I love to do I still craft a ton and even have sewn some. I don't have to wear a splint 24/7 any more and yes I get weird questions about my fuzzy nails (velcro for the splint). People ask about it and I tell the why. It makes me sound sort of like badass though if you know me, I am so far from that. 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Casing the Catty # 25 BABY Blog Hop

My house is not a baby house and hasn't been for quite awhile and around me very few babies are entering the world so this week's CTC was hard for me.  

The baby section in our occasions catalog is super cute but I haven't gotten anything because I haven't had the need to. My kids are 9 and 5 so no diapers are here any more.

SO I admit to struggling a lot with this one and finally settled on creating a digital page. My Digital Studio is no longer going to be supported after May 1 so I figured one last hooray using it for a challenge. I love MDS and use it a lot. I will still use it but will miss the new digital stamps being offered.

I was inspired by page 38 of the occasions catalog. I left my picture section blank and figured I could also change out name if I would like to print it out o gift to someone.



You still have time o check out MDS- maybe if they get a ton of downloads, they will keep supporting it. It has been a favorite to work with over the years. I am pretty attached to it. 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sick Day = Craft Day

The oldest is sick today so no school or softball. It is so hard because it is such a pretty day so I made use of being in all day (only going out to drop/pick up he younger one from preschool). So I caught up on some scrapbook projects as well as a cute art display sign for my fridge. 






Friday, March 20, 2015

Casing the Catty #23

SAB and Occasions Inspiration

So this week is all about using elements from both the SAB catalog and the Occasions for Casing the Catty

I really loved page 5 in the SAB which had a pretty card using the Best Year Ever DSP. I trimmed five pieces down and attached them using dimensionals. I than used my new favorite stamp set  So You and added some fun punched stars for some accent.

you could use about any of the sayings for this card but how fun to remember the good times!

So I was able to do all of this by myself this time because I have more movement in my left hand. Only like 5 weeks more  (I hope) in the dynamic splint. Though it doesn't stop me from creating!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Casing the Catty #21


 This week is about casing from the Everyday section in the Occasions catalog for Casing the Catty. I still am only one handed and am now in a dynamic splint to get my cut tendons moving. I have been doing simple crafting  (okay not as complex as I normally do).  I really liked the Crazy about You stamp set when I first saw it. I liked that I could build sayings and not just use it for cards. 

When I was going through the catalog, I was looking for simple to CASE and the little gift bag on page 30 (US) really struck me as one I could do. I do think I need the Bouquet die so once my hand is better, I will be getting that because I would love to make all sorts of flowers.

I used my all time favorite framelit- the banner one to cut out from the Adventure Bound dsp- this pack is awesome. I than cut out one from Whisper white and stamped the Happy Birthday- I was thinking more masculine. I stuck it all on by stapling it (just used my regular old one) and using the string from the Hello Life kit, had my daughter tie a bow. 


Who won't love getting a gift in this super simple gift bag. This set seems like I could use it for so much. I would have liked to layered the flowers and leaves on there as well but I can't cut that easy right now. 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

T-shirt problem?

So I have had my Cricut Explore about 10 months and I use it all the time. For the first month, I used it every day but now I use it a few times a week.  The big thing my family loves is t-shirts because we can make custom ones all the time. I did cute ones for the rodeo for the girl and I but the boy I though could use the one I made last year but he asked so of course for Go Texan day, I created this.


He loves it and specifically asked for it to have a cow print on it. My little cowboy is going to look so cute.

So I have been wanting a few Softball shirts for games to rotate out and this one has been floating in my head for a while - love how it turned out. 



Finally, the hubby asked for  Save Ferris shirt- between the Goldbergs and watching the movie again with the kids, I created this. Love how it turned out too.



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Monday, March 2, 2015

My Cricut Craft Room Spring/Girly



It has been awhile since I posted on My Cricut Craft Room which was because we all took a break for the holidays and lasted slightly longer. Now that we are back I have the perfect Spring project to kick us off because spring here in Texas means the start of softball season. We are two weeks in already with ten weeks to go or more. 

I decided to jazz up my door with a monogram B decorated like a softball and flowers. I love how it turned out!



I got a large letter at the craft store and painted it neon yellow. Once it dried, I cut out using red vinyl the baseballs from the Team Spirt cart. 


I than cut out the flowers from the Mother's Day out cart and hot glued them onto the front for a pop of color. These are Miss O's team colors so when they change, I can pop it off to change out!

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