Well, I went to the pain clinic yesterday afternoon and saw my pain specialist for fibromyalgia at my regularly scheduled appointment. She and another doctor looked at the way my thumbs painfully lock and then snap into position--it's trigger thumb. The left thumb is starting to heal and to not cause so many problems, but the right thumb is still quite painful. I go in tomorrow morning for a cortisone shot to see if that will bring down the inflamation. In the meantime, she showed me how to tape my finger to keep the pain at bay.
Needless to say, I'm not able to work on my bears very much. I was thrilled yesterday just to be able to pin some bear pieces together. I really appreciate everyone's support and patience. I finished writing the instructions for Sammy's pattern and just have to draw out his pattern pieces and scan them so they can be added to the Word document. However, it's excrutiating and extraordinarily difficult to write--even signing my name is nearly impossible. I may see if my eldest daughter (who designs her own bears) can help me out so that I can make Sammy's pattern available.