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Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.


Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2018, 15:43:24 PM »
Hello @Sewbusy  I remember you (and Tiggersew) sorry to hear you've had such a rough time and glad you are now feeling better.
At leisure on the leisure penninsula


Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2018, 16:18:18 PM »
Welcome back @Sewbusy, its lovely when people from the old place find their way here.

Sorry to hear of your problems but hope things are on the up.
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Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2018, 18:30:02 PM »
Oh Sewbusy, you have had a horrible time, steroids might help our ailments but the side effects are not so good.  It is good that you have managed to lose the weight gained, and now you can look forward to a lovely new wardrobe, bet your sewing machines are itching to help you.

It was good to read that Tiggersew is still around and has been helping you with odd jobs.  Hope he is still sewing – he was very talented.


Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2018, 13:11:50 PM »
Sorry to hear of your problems Sewbusy. I have Fibromyalgia and Osteo Arthritis and have also been diagnosed with bliateral fast developing cataracts. I have been waiting since July for an opthalmology appointment, and was told the waiting list is 50 weeks, with a further 50 week wait for surgery. I have very little sight in my left eye at present, and expect to be totally blind by the time I get the cataracts removed. I have the option of going to a hospital some distance away to be seen faster, but I can't drive there now as my eyesight is too bad., so would need to have an appointment when DH is home to drive me there.  Meanwhile it's back to the opticians to spend yet another pile of money on glasses that  will only last a few months


Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2018, 07:07:50 AM »
Apologies for this long post.

@Mamashep  I understand so well how devastated you must be feeling. At my regular eyetest in Oct 2017  the optic said,I had bilateral cataracts developing. Never having been blessed with good eyesight a new prescription affords me with what was at the time  eyesight which was normal to me, having worn variafocals lenses for too many years to remember so I was happy that I could 'continue'. One of my RA meds can cause visual problems but I was assured that aspect was fine. Forward 6 months and I felt my sight had deteriorated, particularly for driving and my night vision plus  when awakening I felt I had to 'peel' my eyelids open! I could still read and daily life was OK though hadn't done any sewing for years due to the RA.

So, urgent appointment with optician who said dry eye syndrome,- eyedrops will sort that, but your eyesight is "not legal to drive'. I live alone and the RA limited my driving but I had better days so I worked around them for appointments, etc. and when really bad I do have family who are supportive but they do work full time. But this was like a punch in the face and I reeled mentally, my freedom and independence gone.

I was quoted approx £2.500 per eye to have surgery privately, first operation 2 weeks for surgery.  29 weeks was the waiting time for an initial appointment at local NHS hospital and other hospitals within a 40 mile radius. I saw my GP who fully appreciated what this had done to me and she referred me  for urgent appointment and I had the option to see a specialist at a local Private BMI hospital who undertook NHS treatment. First appointment late July and he made provision for the first op late October. Surgery went fine, 31/2 hours stay and home now waiting for 2nd operation which I believe will be early new year.

I didn't appreciate just how bad my eyesight was until after the first op (on what was always my 'bad eye'). Two days and I could see individual blades of grass and the frost on them! It's a tad disorientating with the odd vision but.
I'm adapting and I can drive  I've also have managed to thread the needles on my sewing machines and thread the overlocker!

Do please ask your doctor for an urgent referral. 

I remember so well the fabulous kilts you used to make and hope that you will one day be able to sew again albeit only when you can.