Wednesday, June 01, 2016

melancholy

untitled (strange music) 1993 by Felix Gonzalez-Torres
42 lightbulbs with extension cord, Felix Gonzalez Torres 
hand stitched quilt in progress (detail)  judith e martin   silk with silk and wool threads
I started to walk but it was too hard.  I couldn't make it to Queen Street.

The diagnosis is stressed muscles and pinched nerves.  Treatent is massage therapy and physio therapy.  Heat packs and special exercises to build up my strength, the left leg is quite weak.  Get back to yoga, aqua fit, and that daily walk.  Consciously work on my balance so that I'm not so afraid of falling.

My work looks minimalist, but it's not.

20 comments:

Nifty Quilts said...

Oh dear! I hope you're back up and walking without pain very soon. Meanwhile, surely you'll enjoy your stitching.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

do you know what action is stressing the muscles?

apiecefullife said...

You can't beat a daily walk, that's if you can manage it. I am sorry to read this post and hope you are feeling better soon.

Jo Vandermey said...

Oh I feel your frustration. I finally got set up for physio for painful headaches and fell two weeks ago. Sprained ankle, cut nose and bone fracture in my wrist. So now when I start physio I will add into the mix the current injuries... no stitching for this girl until the wrist is cleared... Meanwhile I read, think and dream.....
Hope you heal soon!

Karen said...

Sending you healing thoughts, Judy. Be gentle with yourself and patient, if that's possible. xxoo

Tina said...

Feel better! Yoga, water therapy and walks, that's good medicine. And sewing, especially sewing.

My thoughts are with you as you heal.

Mo Crow said...

(((Judy))) tenderly, gently

Montse Llamas said...

Patience and good luck with it, Judy.

SheilasEmbroidery said...

Sound very like my siatica a me walking for me helps when I can manage to get going. Hope you get through this in time. I've been told I am too impatient.

Judy Martin said...

I believe that the left thigh muscle became stressed and tightened up because of my fear of falling which I have because I have such poor balance. I have babied my left leg which had varicose veins stripped 20 years ago and swells up occasionally - it has become really weak it seems, and it's painful now to bear weight on my left leg. I use a cane!

I am going to turn this around. I miss my daily walk too much.
thank you for all your good wishes. I wrote about this pain because it didn't seem fair not to let you know that it is what is happening now in my life.

x

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

yes....this is something that you can turn around. You will.
and thank you for being willing to allow Us to know more of your day to day life...
it encourages the Just Going necessary in all our lives to know someone who
is so prolific faces challenges. I'm thinking that we all have some kind of "left leg"

Lesley Turner said...

wishing you the strength to overcome your fears and to heal yourself.

Velma Bolyard said...

you must take care of yourself. you must, so do all of older, amazing women.

Zann Zen said...

Please take heart. I fell down a hill 2 yrs ago & tumbled a long way, breaking nothing but suffering a concussion, which resulted in 3 months of double vision & balance issues. But I recovered and my life returned to normal. Now I'm 63 and retired & stitching up a storm. In January, I fell on the ice and broke my wrist badly -- my first broken bone ever. It required surgery & some hardware. My healing likely took longer than it would have at age 35, 45, or even 55. But the good news is, I have healed. I still have balance issues, and, like you, dread the thought of falling again. However,I recently learned from a local woman's health workshop that paranoia about falling can actually cause falling! And who wants to go through life being fearful, no matter your age? So, instead of saying I fear falling, I instead say I'm more conscious of my path when walking. All of us smart women know we need to be cautious and practice good self care. What we don't need is others fretting over us & warning us to "be careful," as if we weren't already. It's needless advice &, as far as I'm concerned, instills fear & helps nothing. Build your strength back slowly & you will heal. Even though our activity may be limited, there is still more -- much more -- we are capable of and have to offer. Sorry this was so wordy. I love your work!

DILOU said...

Je vous souhaite un très bon rétablissement et beaucoup de courage.
Dilou91 from Paris

Linda said...

I know yoga is good for balance, but I don't do it.
I am not good at self care ..
I wish you well and will think of you.

Susan said...

Much love to you, Judy. Bodies have an amazing ability to heal.

Christine said...

I'm sorry to read this post. Please take good care.

Connections Fibre Artists said...

Thinking of you, Judy ... slow and steady does it.
And like https://www.blogger.com/profile/15853978388902544613, says, we all have a 'left leg' somewhere.
ps. your work is never minimal.

Judy Martin said...

update on my left leg

it broke! on june 5 and was mended by surgery june 6 and i stayed in hospital until june 12 and now I am home again, recovering.

thank you for all your good thoughts - i still need them. xoxo