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    On Friday I decided it was time to cut out the other quilt for my 2nd DGD. It took me from noon until 6 pm with only a couple of breaks. Of course, in the heat of the moment I forgot about my fibromyalgia and arthritis so guess what? Yesterday wasn't too bad so went shopping at JoAnn's and the grocery store for 4 hrs. TODAY??? I can hardly move. My shoulder hurts all the way down to my fingertips. My right hip is giving me fits and other parts I didn't even know I used are hurting also.

    Took my meds like a good little girl and hope to start sewing in time to get the quilts (there are 2, the 1st top is done) done before Christmas!

    I never could pace myself :roll: :roll:

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    No you were just overly excited!! I have a habit of wanting to finish what I started a lot but sometimes it just isnt in the cards. Hope you get feeling better and keep taking your meds like a good girl and you will be okay!

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    Thanks, Billy. The thing is they have to be mailed to Miami and it's a really hard pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    Thanks, Billy. The thing is they have to be mailed to Miami and it's a really hard pattern.
    Don't put that kind of stress on yourself. They will love them no matter when they get them and besides, if they get them after the holidays, it makes them pay more attention to the hard work you put into them. Let's face it, come Christmas morn, there is so much going on with all the gifts, it's hard to appreciate anything. Just relax and let yourself heal.

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    No you're not an idiot. You are a self-deceiving con artist. (I have problems with my wrists right now and should not be typing or sewing) Well - you see where I am and what I am doing. So I recognize a con artist when I see one. lol

    Hope you feel better soon. remember the story of the turtle and the hare. Slow will get the job done. Can you set little goals for each day? That way you can get it done and you will be in reasonable health to enjoy the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    No you're not an idiot. You are a self-deceiving con artist. (I have problems with my wrists right now and should not be typing or sewing) Well - you see where I am and what I am doing. So I recognize a con artist when I see one. lol

    Hope you feel better soon. remember the story of the turtle and the hare. Slow will get the job done. Can you set little goals for each day? That way you can get it done and you will be in reasonable health to enjoy the process.
    Yes, Mad. You're quite right. When I told my son that I was aching like crazy this morning he just looked at me and rolled his eyes and shook his head. I know what he was thinking. The old gal's gone 'round the bend again!

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    yep... I have Fibro too.... I find for me , I just push push push.. until I drop.. I get lots done .. than I sleep , sleep, sleep...I know it's probably not best.. but I do it anyway....
    I never could pace myself either!

    Rest up and feel better soon!

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    I have to set the timer to remind me to take breaks... other wise I end up being able to do nothing but read or watch tv :roll: :D:D:D

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    I can relate. I don't have fibro (a close friend does), but I'm bipolar. Same deal. If I push too hard, the next day is a sofa day.
    Today is a sofa day.

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    I have fibro too. And, I know how you're feeling. When we push ourselves, we really pay for it, don't we?

    Take good care of yourself, and try to take a 10 minute break at least once an hour, and drink plenty of water. It'll make a big difference at the end of the day.

    Hugs

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    I would say, having fibro and more, that I feel your pain...but I'm so glad I can't.
    Sorry that you are though! gentle hugs and hope you feel better soon :thumbup:

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    I keep my iron in another room & those breaks help.A few stretching exercises does the same.But,still....if I push on thru, will pay for it the next day.Need to remember, I'm not as young & healthy as I used to be.Not by a long shot.So it all adds up.

    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I have to set the timer to remind me to take breaks... other wise I end up being able to do nothing but read or watch tv :roll: :D:D:D

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    Maybe allow yourself a certain length of time each day for sewing.If need be, send small gifts & tell them you need more time to finish their main gifts.Good luck & feel better soon.


    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    On Friday I decided it was time to cut out the other quilt for my 2nd DGD. It took me from noon until 6 pm with only a couple of breaks. Of course, in the heat of the moment I forgot about my fibromyalgia and arthritis so guess what? Yesterday wasn't too bad so went shopping at JoAnn's and the grocery store for 4 hrs. TODAY??? I can hardly move. My shoulder hurts all the way down to my fingertips. My right hip is giving me fits and other parts I didn't even know I used are hurting also.

    Took my meds like a good little girl and hope to start sewing in time to get the quilts (there are 2, the 1st top is done) done before Christmas!

    I never could pace myself :roll: :roll:

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    If it becomes a problem, send a picture of how far you are at Christmas time, then send updates weekly after Christmas. The anticipation will be fun and they'll like tracking their quilts' progess.

    Fibromyalgia: Magnesium malate! From a natural food store or online. It's malic acid from apples and magnesium combined. I couldn't function without it. That and naps.

    I can't call you an idiot. Just a loving grandmother who overextended herself. We all do it, especially around holidays.

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    oh I have done that too. finished a super king on the frame on Saturday (in less than a week). My hip hurts so bad, I couldn't get off the floor after playing with DGS, and the DIL laughed when I couldn't get up

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    I feel you pain. I have been trying to work on a quilt for DH and I... I'm really excited about it, but I have pushed myself too far at the cutting mat (takes it out of me the most, it seems). I have fibro too (diagnosed in HS)... I am sitting at the computer with ice on my back as I type. I hope you get to feeling better! Rest up! I know if I get in a hurry or push myself too hard I end up sick and making stupid mistakes which are even more frustrating and time consuming.

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    I hope you are feeling better.

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    Hope you get better soon, take care of yourself...

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    I so can relate. DIfferent ailments but still haev the pains and stiffness after a few days of fun and running. Nothing wrong with taking a day to relax.
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    Thanks everyone! I just sat for most of the day and eased into starting to sew. I managed to finish the hardest part which are Tri-Angles. Got them all done. The rest should be downhill. And I'm through for the night. Tomorrow I'll tackle the flying geese which are 2" squares sewn onto 2"x4" rectangles. Not too hard, but after that I can assemble the stars and I'll be half done! There is a light at the end of the tunnel ;-)

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    Yeah I did that yesteday paying for it today! Hope you feel better in the morning!

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    I feel your pain also for the last two days now my left wrist and shoulder has me about crying in pain, I went and picked me up some heat pads today so hope it well help, I sure hope you get to feeling good soon :D

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    i also have fibro, and i sew for an hour and take a break..
    pacing myself has been the hardest part of my life. i used to be a type A personality..i have learned that no matter how bad i want to get things done..i have to stop and relax..

    i have literally put big stones in my garden,split it up visually, and I do not go past the stone/rock. NO matter how good i feel. life is to short to put myself in pain and bed for a few days..
    the spring is the hardest..you just want to get in there and touch the dirt and plants.

    although when i am sewing, the tv is on, and it is basicly just noise..i use it to pace myslf. 1 hour/show, then break..cup of tea,check emails, stretch. use a timer, clipped to your shirt. ( i am not allowed to cook when no one else is home, unless i clip the times to myself)
    blessings my dear quilty friend..

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    Take it from me, you are NOT an idiot. As a fellow sufferer from FMS, I have learned a few things over the years that work well for me.I take naproxen sodium - Aleve- before I start on anything that will stress my muscles. I stretch and take more breaks and make sure I don't overdo. I know, you felt great when you started, but that is when we tend to overdo and suffer later.Like you, I have 3 quilts to make before X-mas and I haven't even started cutting yet ! Good luck to you and get lots of rest. Gina in MI.

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    I think all of us older people have fibromyalgia and arthritis
    Some days I can sit and sew all day then I pay for it next day. Hope you can get your quilts done and mailed soon.

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