Then on Sunday I woke up to find that I couldn't raise my arm above my shoulder without excruciating pain. (And lowering it was even worse!) At which point I told my sister I wish she'd specialized in orthopedics instead of pulmonology. However, she gave me her diagnosis and told me to call a doctor. (At least she spared the me two aspirin bit.)
So contrary to my usual tendency to procrastinate, I called the ortho who is currently treating my husband for his "very serious foot injury" (I'm quoting the Dr.) and actually got in to see him right away. Betty was right...rotator cuff impingement. I've endured a rotator cuff injury before when Earl took off after a squirrel while I was still holding onto the leash, but the pain was in a different area of the shoulder. Anyway, one cortisone shot and a super duper anti-inflammatory Rx later and I'm stitching again. I will have to do some physical therapy to build up the supporting muscles in my shoulder, but I'm good at following directions and at least I didn't wait as long to see the Dr. as I did the first time. Hopefully, this will be fixed up relatively quickly.
So, here's what I'm doing. It's a reproduction, "Emily Gorgeina Dixon", from Ewe & Eye and Friends. I have no idea how long it's been in my stash, but who cares? It is still available from at least one source. Just Google it. I'm using the recommended Anchor floss (which is my favorite cotton floss) on 40 count linen of some handdyed color of which I cannot remember the name.