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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Like It Or Not...Take A Break!

The other day a friend handed me a bag and said, "I got something for you."  I opened the bag and found a little fabric ball inside.  The first thing I noticed was the saying that was printed on the ball.  It's the same saying that I have on my blog.  It is true, my soul is fed with needle and thread, but lately the arthritis in my hands has slowed my stitching down, which in turn has brought my mood down.  My friend went on to explain the value of this little ball...it is a Take-A-Break Ball designed to help relieve stiff or aching fingers.  My doctor suggested that I only do handwork for 20 minutes at a time because repetitive motion aggravates the condition and causes pain.  (As if that is easy...who wants to stop stitching after just 20 minutes?)  Having this little ball in my sewing basket will remind me to take those necessary breaks and help exercise my hands, but most importantly it will remind me of a friend who cares about me.

11 comments:

Jackie said...

I think we all need to remember to take breaks while we're working with our needles (whether it be sewing, knitting, etc) to avoid hand pain. Thank you for the reminder!

Kathie said...

oh I love that ball
how nice of her to give you this...
Kathie

jovaliquilts said...

What a wonderful gift! Hope it helps your hands feel better, it certainly has made you feel good otherwise!

Lori said...

What a great reminder. Although I after 20 minutes I'm just getting warmed up!

Julia said...

Boy, do I ever need a ball like that. My hands are getting worse by the day! What a thoughtful friend!

Needled Mom said...

What a sweet friend!!!! She is taking your health to heart. The ball is such a great idea.

Janet said...

What a fabulously thoughtful gift, I love it but I'm sorry you need it. Arthritis must be a curse.

Barb said...

What an awesome giftie...just love it and maybe we all should have one of those by our machines....

Quiltdivajulie said...

Did your doctor tell you about BioFreeze? (and ice?)

Good luck ... taking breaks is ESSENTIAL!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a great idea, and such a thoughtful friend.

Deb said...

Susan that is such a caring gift. Sometimes we all need little reminders to look after ourselves don't we? Tht is really sweet.

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