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CRPSpatient
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   Posted 3/24/2011 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   
A happy topic... hobbies and distractions are a vital part of my day - to keep my mind active when I'm stuck in bed or a chair, to distract me from the pain, to help ward off the feelings of depression that come creeping in...

I make teddy bears - I got into it a few years ago and became addicted. I make them mainly as presents, or as special orders if someone asks for one. They've all got their own little characters and personalities, and are so good as distractions. I also draw. I love my garden and camera as well, but they're only an option when I can get out and about.

How do you entertain yourselves?

Laura
CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Somac, Cipramil. Have a spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio.

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   Posted 3/24/2011 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
When weather permits gardening. When I cannot get outside I play computer games. I also try to spend a lot of time with my grandson, he is my tonic.
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JCG32
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   Posted 3/24/2011 6:09 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a good topic because I am trying to find things to help distract too.
I have tried beading,chrochet,reading,board games,pain pottery,making greeting cards,journal
I want to try to volunteer and maybe cook more too. These are hard but goals.
I love the bear idea.
 

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   Posted 3/24/2011 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
My kids are my main distraction but I wish I could find something else to fill my time too. The kids all have their own lives and I find myself alone alot. I would love to learn how to make quilts. That is 1st on my list as a hobby to keep my mind occupied.

Great topic Laura, thank you and take care.
Gentle Hugs,
Shannon

Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraines, Possible Graves Disease, GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety

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CRPSpatient
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   Posted 3/24/2011 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
How could I forget cooking!! I love to cook!

JC - the bears are great. I have three on the go (nearly finished) at the moment. If you're interested in having a go and want any advice let me know...they are surprisingly easy to make :)
CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Somac, Cipramil. Have a spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio.

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   Posted 3/24/2011 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I love taking care of my grandkids for a couple of hours so their mom can go shopping. I often even forget to take my pain pill while playing with them. Hiking around our woods, looking for things we can eat, tracking turkeys and deer, sitting on a tree stump or a big rock to eat a snack, is the best. I hurt pretty bad in the evening and next day if I have to carry anyone, but I'm happy for the moment.
Alcie
 
 

Rhaevin
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   Posted 3/24/2011 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Great topic, Laura!! :-)
 
I like to knit, though my hand doesn't always cooperate. Needlepoint, usually cross-stitch, is another biggie; I have a whole group of Kats by Kelly that I've done, and am still doing. No-Sew-Blankies! I made my first three last year as Christmas presents. Like Laura, I love to make things for others to enjoy, as well as just create things in general, plus I enter the annual arts and crafts competition every fall. My mother always says I am to crafty for my own good.
 
I do leather work as well, though I'm currently out of leather. I've got a half finished tile-top behind the couch-type table I built from scratch. I just need to do the tiling. You can buy alot of the pre-made parts like the legs, table blanks, edging and trim, all you have to do is decide what you want and assemble it.
 
I used to do beading, but it's gotten to difficult in the last year to work the seed beads on my loom.
 
I also love to spend time with my critters as they give me a purpose. Last year in June our city decided the local pond was a big safety hazzard, and a water drain, so they decided they were going to rebuild it; of course first they had to evict all the current residents. They decided that if you showed up you could have some of them for free. The pond was full of gold fish and carp and a large colony of red-earred sliders. Now we have two ponds in our back yard, both above ground, that we built. One pond has an 8" turtle, as it's main resident, and currently two smaller turtles, one of which came from the pond and was barely a hatchling at the time. We named him Tiny as he was the same size as a sillver dollar, compared to Calypso whom we got two days latre when she nearly got hit by a car trying to cross the road to find water. In the other pond are fish. There's a 12" long, tri-colored koi; Kaliko Jack. Can you believe he came from the city pond?! There's also an 8" gold/black goldfish my son named "Mr. Cool". Since then I've added a couple more koi: a black and white speckled one named Pepper, and a beautiful pale gold butterfly finned koi named Leopold.
 
It's fun to go out and sit on the edge of my pond, trailing my fingers through the water. My fish rush up to see if I've brought them goodies, nibbling at my fingers in search of their favorite treats. And just yesterday Kaliko actually let me stroke down his side. With the sound of the waterfall in the background, and the solar sandcastle at night, the pond is one of my favorite places day or night.

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   Posted 3/25/2011 4:28 AM (GMT 0)   
Lovely topic Laura!
I love to garden, to grow vegetables to nourish our bodies and flowers to nourish our hearts. This isn't always possible, so I read, draw if I can, and spend time playing video games with my sons and fiance a lot. I also love to create things for others who are suffering and crochet prayer shawls for our church to donate to others with illness, pain, loss, or just because. I also love to volunteer at our church with children and families, and spend many hours planning and organizing activities that are free.

I love to cook, and have spent many hours making our home comfortable with pillows, afghans, drawings and paintings, tablecloths and anything else I manage to create.

Sometimes the best thing I do to distract myself is to sit back and enjoy the sunshine outside, listen to the kids play, take a slow walk with my family and 2 dogs, or pet my elderly cat while we both enjoy the warmth of a heating pad. Distraction isn't always about being productive for me.

Again, very good subject!
Mindy

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   Posted 3/24/2011 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Laura,
 
     My new found hobby is jewelry making. ( 1 / 2 / 3 ) I have many sets I have made since Christmas. My camera broke and I have not been able to take any pictures the last 2 months. At first it was just a hobby. Then some people would occasionally ask to buy jewelry sets I had completed. Last year I made the decision! I was going to formally sell my wares! But word traveled so fast that everything was sold within a months time. Even the nurses at my specialists office. I was shipping jewelry sets all over the US. I still have yet to get my own little site up, let alone adventure into the world of E Bay. I have made many sets during the winter season and am not sure if I should just let folks know I have new sets.. or just try my hand at the local craft show this spring?
 
     I also love making chocolates and candies. Candy bars and stuffed chocolates with orange and cherry, mint or even coffee and toffee. Truffles of bitter sweet dark chocolate, cream cheese and milk chocolate, every kind of truffle your heart can imagine I make. I roll them in everything from fresh pecans from Florida to toffee, raw sugar even powder sugar. Cocoa powder in every color imaginable! Lollipops of every flavor and chocolate type colored and layered by hand. Butter cups and fudges! Dipped candies and every flavor imaginable! Every fall I go to great lengths to make an unheard of amount of Christmas baskets. It really is a very large undertaking and the process takes 4 weeks of non stop work. Oh you know, I have pictures of last Christmas. Took them for my HW friends to see what I was up to...  Here . I will dive into Easter chocolates and treats soon.
 
    I am not sure if it qualifies as a hobby but I love slow walks. Especially in the spring when my little Bees pick me flowers.  :-)  
 
*hugg*
  dani

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momtofourangels
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   Posted 3/25/2011 3:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow Dani. You've really been busy. Your neclaces, bracelets, etc. are beautiful. sorry I didn't know that you had pics of them. I would have looked at them sooner. The candy that you made at Christmas looks yummy. I wish I lived closer to you, I would love to have some of that yummy looking candy.

As far as me I like to crochet, but I just haven't been able to get into this winter. I haven't really made anything. I start an afghan that i plan to put on the back of the couch, but I end up pulling it back out and not starting again. I used to do a lot of cross stitch, but I haven't done that much since Jerome and I got married in '94.

I would love to make jewelry, do scrapbooking, and those no sew blankies sound like fun, but we don't get much money from our payee and I can't afford to go and get supplies.

Do any of you know of a place that's cheaper than say Michaels or somewhere like that? I get my yarn at Walmart and its not too awful bad, but as far as anything else, i just can't find anything i'm interested in. Back in December when we first go jerome's SSD money started again, I was able to get us some money to do Christmas shopping with and I found a scrapbooking kit with Mickey Mouse on it. I couldn't get it then, and the next time we went back, it was gone.

Well, enough about my ideas. i hope you all have fun with your different distractions.

love and hugs
Loretta

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Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees

CRPSpatient
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   Posted 3/25/2011 4:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow Dani, you're very talented. Your pieces are just beautiful :)

These are some of my bears:

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And some of my drawings:

Donkey1
Donkey2
My cat, Epping
My dog, Eydis
Kookaburra
Mule
Self portrait c. 2008

Rhaevin
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   Posted 3/25/2011 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Laura, I love your Bears!!! Those are so cute and cuddly looking!
 
Loretta, I found the local WalMart really stepped up it's selection of yarns, and while it still can't compete with Michael's, where I live the nearest Michael's is an hour drive away. Does your WalMart have a craft and fabric area as well as the yarn? Sometimes I just wander those aisles just to get ideas, or see what jumps off the shelf and attacks me. Of the WalMart yarn I like the Caron simply soft; a decent selection of shades, a nice medium weight, and the buttery softness I look for. I also like the Red Heart chunky stuff that looks a lil curly and is also soft. The solides have little flecks of other colors, and in a double knit it turns out really thick and fluffy. I actually took some scrap yarn of it and knitted a lil blankie for my rocking chair, as one of my parents black cat's, Smoke, likes to lay there. Now he really likes to lay there with his own personal blankie.
 
Thank you Dani, and Laura, for sharing the pictures!!
 
Loretta, one other thing. Never underestimate the power of some of that el-cheapo yarn at WalMart. One Skein of Red Heart Super Saver, a large bag of google eyes, and a couple packages of black pipe cleaners, and one piece of felt (all from WalMart) and back in 2008, a year after my life got turned upside down, this is what I did for my son's Kindergarden class for Halloween. It had litteraly been a year since my injury happened:
 
 
That file is pretty outta date, just as an FYI. I almost never use my photobucket account anymore.
 
Originally injured 10/26/2007 - Initial diagnosis; Tendonitis
Spent next year seeing specialist after specialist; Bone, Muscle, Hand, Neurologist, Chriopractor, Physical Therapist...
Went through a battery of tests, multiple MRI's
11/16/09 I was finally diagnosed CRPS - Stage 2
Permanently disabled, on Percoset.
February 2011 successful SCSU trial
No surgeon willing to do my SCSU Implant

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   Posted 3/25/2011 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Rhaevin. I couldn't get your photobucket to open. My google wouldn't open it. That sounds like a very cute idea though. I bet your son's class loved them. The red heart yarn is the yarn that I buy at WalMart. I just can't get into the mood to crochet. Back a few months ago, I crocheted a couple of pot holders, but that's all I've done. I think my depression has a hold of me and has had for the past few weeks when my pain was so bad.

Laura, I love your bears. I collect bears. I have no telling how many. None of them are handmade though. How much would you charge to make me one? I would love to have a handmade one.

Dani already knows how beautiful i think her jewelry is.

I would love to learn how to knit, but I don't know how i would learn. My grandmother taught me how to crochet. i looked on Youtube for tutorials and found some, but i just don't think I could learn that way. I need someone face to face. My husband's aunt was going to teach me, but she passed away before we got the chance to get together.

Well, you ladies have a good day. Hopefully a low pain day.

love and hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees

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   Posted 3/25/2011 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I like to play computer/video games, work with my virtual machines, and do my screenwriting. It really helps take my mind off of things.

JCG32
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   Posted 3/25/2011 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow we have some artistic people on the board. I may take you up on the help with the bears. They are so cute.
 
For Micheals on Sun in the coupons they always have a 40 percent off coupon. I would look online too for inexpensive items. What about Target or Kmart too?
 
I used to go see movies but have gotten out of the habit.

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   Posted 3/25/2011 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My distraction is making checkered flags for a local dirt track that races on Sat night in north central Pa and that is why I am Betsey Ross. I give them away to first time winners and big payday events. i make 52-60 every racing season which is 30 races from March-SeptIt takes 12 hours of labor per flag

Soft Hugs

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   Posted 3/25/2011 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Loretta, I've sent you an email :)

JC - be careful...once you start, it's pretty hard to stop ;) A good starting point, if you want to have a look is Beary Cheap. They are a bear supply shop here in Australia but they also have some pages of tutorials, free patterns, etc. I'd done a little bit of bear-making at school, but it was the patterns and tute here that really got me underway.
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On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Somac, Cipramil. Have a spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio.

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   Posted 3/25/2011 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
it love your bears crps

i would be interested in purchasing one

perhaps you can send me an email

i am a lover of stuffed animals

even at the age of 53 my bed is full of stuffed animals

i have many hobbies but my problems is this viscious cycle of pain, sleepless nights and depression that stop me from having the energy to do anything
i have a beautiful scrapbooking room which my friend is just finishing organizing it
i do beading, crocheting, knitting, i love to read but not able to due to memory problems and not able to focus.
I pray every day to have the strength and courage to take that step that is needed
SUZANE

One day at a time!!

Rhaevin
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   Posted 3/26/2011 1:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Laura, could you please send me an email too about your bears!
 
Loretta, I use the knifty knitter looms, both the long and the round ones depending on what I'm doing. The round ones are great for hats, and I have a special little round one (the "flower" loom) that is what I used to make the pumpkins to give to the kids. I even take some of my scrap yarn and knit little balls that I stuff with a mixture of catnip and fiberfill so my cat's can have toys to play with. If you could email me that info I requested from you I can send you the pic of the lil jack-o-lanterns directly. They weren't much bigger then softballs by the time I stuffed them, and no two were alike, whether it was the size, or the facial expressions I gave them. Also for the looms I've been able to purchase several booklets with large pictures, so it's been real easy to learn how to use them and do a variety of stitches. One of my recent projects I did was a Doctor Who scarf for a couple people, and I even used the authentic BBC pattern to create it.
 

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