It's been a few months since my last update, and I'm definitely due for another.
The holidays kept me very busy with family gatherings between my husband and I's families, which was actually pretty nice. Because of my health issues, I live a pretty isolated life and don't get to socialize very often (let alone even leave the apartment), so despite my social anxiety, I enjoyed getting to see everyone and spend time with them. It was a nice change of pace. I hope that everyone else's holidays went well.
Unfortunately, right after the holidays I lost a family member. Honestly, this isn't something that I really want to go into details about, but I felt I should at least mention it. It was my first time as an adult where I lost someone close to me, and it was very unexpected. I've been struggling pretty hard with my depression since then.
In terms of physical health, that's also still been a struggle. I was initially going to physical therapy for my wrist, but the therapist discovered that I have something called a winged scapula. I'm not the best at explaining, but basically my shoulder blade (on my dominant/right side) is pulling away from my rib cage, coming out of my back at the wrong angle. This throws everything off and puts my entire arm in the wrong position, which puts strain on the whole arm and contributes to the wrist pain as well as bad shoulder/back pains. She said this is probably why I get really bad knots all around that shoulder blade and my neck, because the muscles are trying to compensate. It causes me a lot of pain, especially doing things like art, washing dishes, using the computer for long periods of time, or anything repetitive or intensive with my right hand. In order to correct this, I have an entire routine of exercises that I'm supposed to do, twice a day, every day, to strengthen the muscles and hopefully correct the problem. I've been at this for months, and it is slowly improving, but sometimes I have setbacks. It's a rough schedule to stick to, but I'm doing my best.
I also got sick at the beginning of January, and I'm still sick. Initially I thought it was just a cold, but after a month of this and a round of antibiotics, I'm not so sure. I am doing better than when I first got sick, but I still have a lingering cough that just won't go away. It's made it difficult to get restful sleep, because it still wakes me up sometimes. It's not like any kind of cough I've had before (and I've had strep numerous times, bronchitis, and other upper respiratory infections). The symptoms almost seem like whooping cough, but the treatment for that is antibiotics which I've already been on, so I guess at this point even if that's what it was, all I can do now is wait it out. It's exhausting and frustrating, to say the least.
As far as owed art goes... because of all of the above, my progress has been affected. I am still making an effort to work on art whenever I am able, but my speed has definitely taken a hit. I really don't like making clients wait this long, so trust me when I say that I'm doing my best to catch up. I also want to say thank you again to my commissioners for being so patient and understanding of my situation. I haven't forgotten about anyone, and I'm determined to complete all of my owed work as soon as I can, health permitting.
Also, to end on a lighter note: I was finally able to get a new hamster friend! He's a Syrian and his name is Akira Fudo, AKA Devilham (yeah, I'm just a little obsessed with that series now).
Joined 6 November 2012