of the cause of the pain and stiffness. I don’t know what I’ve done to myself that will not let my right arm relax, but I think I may have found part of the problem today. It might be my neck. I sort of suspected this before, and my stretches and ice/heat applications have focused not only on my shoulder, but my neck as well. Today I decided to go back to where I started, with my nice little heated massage pillow.
I had already been feeling fairly tense when my health insurance enrollment guide landed in my mailbox. It reminded me that there is an informational meeting tomorrow. I tried to read the benefit guide and it just is so full of legalese that it made me even more tense. So, I decided I’d lie down on the pillow. It felt relaxing, but I could really feel a pull in my muscles coming from near my spine at the top of my back. I moved the pillow and thought I would rocket through the ceiling! You know that bone at the top of your spine, right before it goes up into your neck? Ya, that one. Well, the muscles to the right side of it are so knotted that pain shot through my shoulder and down my arm, as well as up into my neck. I did my best to stay with the massaging for a while, and I think I’ve worked some of the stiffness out. Hopefully, that will get rid of one of the major sources of pain I’ve been feeling lately. If not, I have an appointment with the doc tomorrow — after the insurance meeting. In addition to the recent pains, I need my flu shot, a retest of my parathyroid, and a yearly update of my meds. So, the trip won’t be wasted if I start to feel amazingly better. Why didn’t I just jump back on this thing on a regular basis? So, the good news is, I may stop whining soon. Aren’t you pleased? If you’re a quilter and you don’t have one of these pillows, I’d highly recommend it. They’re made by Homedics. It can really get the tension out of your neck and shoulders after a day of quilting!
In other news, we’ve had some rain today. Much appreciated, as we’re 16″ below normal rainfall in the Willamette Valley this year, and we are beginning to feel a bit crispy. My lawn is almost shouting for joy. It’s managed to absorb a bit of the morning mist we’ve had lately and was getting slightly green, but I think today’s downpour may just help it turn the corner. I was thinking I wasn’t quite ready to let go of summer yet, but now I’ve decided I’m really ready for fall. Bring on the rustling leaves, the soft slant to the late afternoon sun, and that wonderful earthy smell that comes with autumn. Not to mention the gorgeous full moon to be seen tomorrow night. Well, if the clouds go away.
I’m going to see if I can get a few small pantograph quilts done today. Chances are the IQ may be able to handle life without the stitch regulator. I can’t do it for custom quilts, but we might make it through a few digital designs.