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Thread: To Thank You All For Being Such Neat People

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    When I signed on here, I had mentioned that I had a bad car accident.

    August 13th, I was heading north less than a block from my home when a guy heading south cut me off with a left turn so he could get into a parking lot driveway. He smashed into the front wheel on my driver's side, and plowed me up over a curb and into a block wall. My knees smashed into the dash board, my right ankle was jammed onto the pedal. My left thumb was jammed back into its joint and won't budge, my left wrist, arm and shoulder are all messed up. I had a concussion, whiplash, back and neck injuries, and nerve damage to my legs. I have been bedridden until recently.

    A neurologist that I saw last month had the nerve to tell me that I would never walk or drive again.

    "Well, I'll show you," I thought, and decided that I had to take matters into my own hands. With the help of a walker and a cane, I am getting better at walking every day. I found that it is next to impossible to push the foot pedal on my sewing machine but I had the determination to do it and I work at it a little at a time. To sew without the use of my left thumb is an enormous challenge, especially when my whole left arm is weak and painful and just about every other part of my body is in pain 24 hours a day.

    I made the Raggedy Ann and her clothes using my own pattern, some time ago. I hope to be able to get back to that level of sewing some day. Until then, struggling with another pair of potholders will keep me in the "quilting" realm.

    Although I have only been at the quilting board a short time, you have all been so kind with your encouragement and positive comments, not only to me but to each other. It brightens my day to be "around" such kind and thoughtful people.

    I have an appointment with an orthopedic doctor tomorrow. Hopefully he will give me a better prognosis. Wish me luck?

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    You go girl!!! Things may never be exactly the same, but adaptaions can be made and it sounds like you are doing it.

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    ((((HUGS)))
    With your grit and determination, I have no doubt that you will go even further than where you are now. A good and postive state of mind is your best bet now, but you already know that don't you :wink:
    Sending you lots of postive thoughts and a basket full of good luck!! :D:D:D

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    What an awful experience! I hope that you continue to progress & regain your strength & mobility. Hopefully the orthopedic doc will be more encourageing than the previous doc, expecially after seeing what you have accomplished on your own.

    Was wondering if a knee lever control might be easier for you for now? Is this something you could convert your sawing machine & cabinet/table to for the time being? Maybe with the help of some folks here? Just a thought that came to mind as you described using your foot pedal, & especially since I am sure that being able to sew is very theraputic to you.

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    Do not let them tell you NEVER. I have a grandson that they said would never walk. He is on the school Baseball team and rides a bike. He walks and runs. :D

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    Hope everything goes well at your appointment. No one knows the pain until they go through it themselves. Hang in there.

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    Hugs to you, please keep us up to date on your progress

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    Keeping you in my prayers.

    Blessings to you,
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    I hope and pray that he will be able to give you some better news.
    Many times it just takes a different doctor with a little different specialty and they may know what can be done to help you.

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    You GO GIRL!! You have an amazing attitude that is going to see you through this! I'm proud to be associated with you!!

    Will keep you in my prayers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    What an awful experience! I hope that you continue to progress & regain your strength & mobility. Hopefully the orthopedic doc will be more encourageing than the previous doc, expecially after seeing what you have accomplished on your own.

    Was wondering if a knee lever control might be easier for you for now? Is this something you could convert your sawing machine & cabinet/table to for the time being? Maybe with the help of some folks here? Just a thought that came to mind as you described using your foot pedal, & especially since I am sure that being able to sew is very theraputic to you.
    I appreciate your suggestion but it would not work for me. My Bernina has the needle leg-lift lever which I love and I can't use that because my right knee is in such bad shape. I have to lift the pressure foot manually with my right hand instead. Considering that, I wouldn't be able to use any type of knee control. My entire right leg is the worst. I have to use the foot pedal with my left foot. It is so kind of you to try to come up with a solution.

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    "If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again."
    Flavia Weedn

    It sounds like you are slowly picking up those pieces -keep going & grasp onto your inner strength. I admire your courage & determination. Hopefully at your visit tomorrow you will learn some techniques to make life easier for you.

    If you need to rest your body for awhile, just hop on this board & time will fly! Supper you say? I just had my morning coffee!LOL

    You certainly will be in my prayers.

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    I just don't know how to thank all of you for all of your kind thoughts and wishes of encouragement. I appreciate it so very much.

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    Hugs to you! I hope the new Dr. has more positive news for you!

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    Hi Robin....(((((((HUGS)))))) and prayers are coming your way. Sorry to hear your accident was on my b'day. You have a great attitude which will take you to your next level of recovery. I am also in Southern California, so if I can help in any way, let me know.

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    You are an inspiration. Just think, as soon as that foot can get you machine running, it won't be long before it's working perfectly for you. Best thoughts and wishes!

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    Just keep doing what you have been doing, sounds like your doing better everyday.

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    I love your "I'll show you!" attitude. Have you checked with the occupational therapist at your local hospital for ideas for your machine? If anyone would have a workable accommodation for your new challenges, the OT would.

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    Bless your heart. The human will is quite something isn't it. Keeping you in my prayers. Blessings

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    Prayers and unlimited support for you! I admire your grit & determination what an encouragement you are to others around you. Please ask your Dr. about rehab In water (pool or jacuzzi type). It will take determination but talk to anyone and everyone at your insurance company about what rehab coverage you have. Use it all! Have you talked to your Bernina dealer about whether they have the features you need for the left leg? If they aren't helpful call the company itself or email them. Maybe there is a tenacious person in your family/friends that would help with contacting and follow up? Sending encouragement and support to you!

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    First off......Glad to hear you are improving....Now, my neurologist twice told me that I am going to end up like "Christopher Reeve's"...
    The first time I came home and just cried all day....This was in 1998.
    I have severe neck problems. I have MS....She said if I ever got into a car accident then I will be in a wheel chair.
    Well, here it is 2011, and she told me this again in Sept of 2010. Told me if ever I was somewhere and went numb, couldn't move, etc. to call 911 immediately cause time matters.
    Well, I went to neurosurgeon and he said, yes, it is bad, but this will not happen....I could have kissed him!

    You don't happen to go to the same neurologist do you.....LOL

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    Keeping you in my prayers.

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    I am recovering from over 30 blood clots in my lungs. When I went into the hospital they told me I would have died in 2 hours or less. It has taken me 16 months now, and I am still in the recovery stage.

    I have a Brother $200 machine with a push button on/off. I love it because I do not have to use my legs (long term probs). Might you be able to afford this for awhile?

    I will pray for your strength and courage to heal.

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    You message gives me inspiration. Keep trying and don't ever quit. ((((HUGS))))

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    God Bless and many well wishes for continuing strides to your goals. Hugs...

    Sharon

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