Tuesday, August 23, 2016

My learning curve

  Not only am I learning to walk again, but I have to learn to write and draw again too.  I have not mentioned this before as it is hard to admit.  In my free motion quilting classes I would go on and on about  drawing motifs and developing muscle memory.  Well, the thing turned around and bit me in the hind end this time!

    When the therapist gave me this set of pages to work on copying---to improve my writing---- I saw quilting motifs.  I thought it would be a snap......little did I know the damage done to my hands affected my drawing ability too.









Oh, my.....not the best doodles after all.  The muscle memory is still there....what I lack is muscle control.  The spacing is off, kind of awkward.  Precise is out the window for now.  Just getting the shapes is enough to work on.

















   I went ahead and did some letter practice....over and over.  This is the last page and it does show some improvement.  I am able to print a shopping list now that Sir Old Man can mostly read...lol.

  It takes intense focus to do this now.  I really took for granted how easy it was for me to draw these motifs, etc.  It is exhausting some days.   But I can say for sure that anyone can learn ....it just takes lots of practice.  Mixed with determination, too.

   It is time to get ready for therapy, so I will post and run.  Tomorrow I want to visit the sewing room.  Keep stitching.

17 comments:

Nicki said...

It looks to me like you've made great improvements. You are such an inspiration to me to keep trying at whatever seems impossible. I would suggest you date & save those drawings so you can make comparisons as you get better. I'm so glad you have such a good therapist to help you along. Today I pray for continued healing & encouragement from everyone whose path you cross today. Blessings & {{{HUGS}}} to you!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Your description of the drawing reminds me of trying to use the left hand when right handed. You have to concentrate and think the moves because the automatic isn't there.

Robby H. said...

The good news is that you know the practice leads to improvement so you have faith in the process. I'm sorry that it is frustrating now.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Your drawing beats me, hands down. I can't doodle worth a darn. Keep on practicing, and, it'll get better and better.

Mystic Quilter said...

I'm sure that with the practicing and therapy you will soon be back in your sewing room!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

They do look like quilting motifs. It will come back sweetie - stay strong. I went thru this years ago - struggled at the time and now it seems like it was a breeze. Although, to impress others - I can still talk and write/read backwards.

Dana Gaffney said...

Well we know you're determined. I don't know but I would think it's hardest when you first start and you're already seeing some improvement. Can't wait to hear about the visit to the sewing room tomorrow.

Linda Swanekamp said...

So proud of you for persevering. Over and over. It is ok to admit weakness in areas- there are so many that struggle that need to hear it. You will become a better teacher as a result of all this. Keep dotting the i's and crossing the t's!

Ray and Jeanne said...

Your doodling is much better than mine but I understand your frustrations. Your learning curve is steep but I'm so happy that you have the opportunity to climb it. You are making great strides that I'm sure feel like tiny baby steps. Hang in there and please know you have a world of cheerleaders. Sending hugs. ~Jeanne

Janet O. said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. As hard as it is for you, I believe someone else reading this will draw strength from your determination. I admire your courage--hang in there, girl!

Cheree @ That Morning Latte said...

Your determination is inspiring! (and your feathers still look better than mine!)

ES said...

You're an inspiration to us all. How are you finding typing on the computer/laptop? (You don't have to answer that!) You're in my thoughts xx

Sylvia Anderson said...

Good morning Debbi.....You are such a courageous woman, with spunk and determination, so I know that you will do whatever it takes to bring your motor skills back to where they were. I'm still dumbfounded that the lack of Vitamin B in your system wrecked such havoc on your body. BTW, your drawings are far superior to what I could ever do. Freehand drawing was never my forte, so I think they are great. Hugs

Gene Black said...

Hang in there. My mom was in a coma for over a month and had to learn everything again. You CAN do it.

Barbara said...

Baby steps. You'll get there.

Mary said...

I think you are doing great!

Nancy said...

I didn't read all the way back to where your first problems began but it sounds like you've been through the mill (so to speak) with medical challenges. What a great attitude you have, despite all. I hope you keep progressing until you're back to your previous self.
--Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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