Monday, August 9

these hands...

have a whole lot left to say, to create, to explore, to nurture

click on images for closer view

but for a while, they are going to need some time to heal.

On Thursday I will be having surgery, on my right hand, my dominant hand, for a condition called De Quervain's tenosynovitis.  It's a quick, out patient procedure, and one that should provide me with a great deal of relief.  It seems like a preferable time to take care of it - before I go back on the tamoxifen and it's hand swelling side effects, and while I'm in a hotel with little responsibility.
I admit though, what these hands want to say is STOP already!!   
I'm just about 1/2 way through my radiation (!) and am beginning to see the effects of the daily healing assault, with reddening rashes forming across the right side of my chest and abdomen.  I crave sleep at inopportune moments as the fatigue grows, giving in to it when I can.  Which could be now, as I sit here staring at the screen, lost while typing these last few words over the span of nearly an hour...!  
 I will return when I am able,
 and until then I send you smiles
from my grateful heart Karin 

41 comments:

  1. Hey K
    I am sending you ***most healing thoughts*** as we enter... at this exact moment... the Trust moon cycle....as you traverse your Shaman woman path.

    xoxoox
    d

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  2. Hi Karin. I just did my hands on my journal as well. I haven't yet added paint to it yet but I will. I will send a healing prayer to you and keep you in my thoughts. I'll be thinking of you as I add paint to my hands. God Bless You.

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  3. Love those hands!!! Best wishes on this surgery. I will continue to send out healing thoughts your way.

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  4. Those precious hands need healing thoughts. Indeed, they have many things to accomplish. Sending love and healing thoughts immediately.

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  5. Karin, May your hands continue to be the purveyors of light that they are. Sending you healing thoughts for the days ahead. I am imagining the beautiful images that will emerge as you mend.

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  6. i often check in knowing you haven't added to the blog. i check to find out who's loving creative healing energy you seek and receive => 'artist creators'.

    i smile back at you.

    namaste

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  7. Karin I wish you good healing on all sides... I hope you will be able to express yourself on paper soon again.

    Love, Mattie

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  8. Karin, lots of strength for the coming days. I hope your hand recovers well from surgery so you keep on creating your very special art. I'll also be sending healing thoughts from Belgium!
    Laura

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  9. Love and healing to your hands, hands and sight are so precious.

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  10. Sending my well wishes for a speedy recovery from the hand surgery and respite from the side effects of the radiation treatment. xxxx

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  11. great idea! get all the trouble over in one fell swoop! you know that all your blog buds would lend a hand and more if we could. we will be thinking of you and wishing you well! take care and go easy! those hands have much to do in the future! hugs!

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  12. kisses on your hands, hugs around your heart, and deep, deep, cleansing breaths...followed by smiles right back at you.
    Big Love Beautiful One !

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  13. bless your hands

    and yes while you are in a hotel is a great time to do it. just please pop in to say you are okay. short and sweet like that

    hugs

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  14. Oh my gosh. These hands "speak" to me... I draw the same kind of hands, with spirals in them too, and these colours...

    I put you in my healing bubble, hopefully it will help a little.

    Take care

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  15. sending prayers that all will go easily for you. those beautiful hands that have given us so much wisdom. may they continue strong and useful. xo

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  16. Best, best wishes that your hand recovers quickly. As always, I love your use of color, your hand portrait is gorgeous. The cooling greens & blues around your heated up hands seems alive.
    I'm working on my happy dance!
    xoxox, Joanie
    p.s. naps are good. i highly recommend them.

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  17. Hey Karin!
    May God bless and keep you. Love the hands spread. I struggled when I had carpal tunnel release on my dominant hand, but I discovered that I'm able to paint (on an easel) with my weaker hand! go figure...
    Sleep is the best medicine, so take it when you can. We're here... ; )
    Love the rich, warm colors
    Lotus

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  18. It must be so frustrating, as an artist, not to be able to use your hands. I can identify with only a little glimmer of it; as my arthritis gets worse, it's difficult to type at times. I hope the surgery gives you all the relief you hope for! Sleeping and healing should be your primary concerns right now, so go forth and sleep!
    love to you always xox

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  19. Karin,
    My friend, sending you thoughts of healing and peace. Sleep full of dreams of inspiration and peace.
    You are in my prayers.
    Love,
    Katelen

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  20. i see your beautiful hands, beyond words, yes. may healing light that penetrates all give you rest and peace. know that i keep you in my thoughts and prayers. xox

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  21. Sending you love, prayers, and healing thoughts.

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  22. Thank you all for the healing wishes, prayers and support you are sending my way - I know I'll fly through this surgery with ease having you all out there cheering me on!! thank you thank you!!!
    with love, Karin

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  23. and like everyone one else I send love and healing... you are an inspiration and a constant reminder to keep on going! Totally my hero!!

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  24. I am so sorry to hear of your health issues... much healing and hope being sent your way.. the healing hands are wonderful.

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  25. Be well gentle sister...hand surgery take s time to heal so please do not rush your recovery time. I am imagining a gentler form of radiation...still effective without all the monkey business. You are so loved brave one! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  26. You are such a bright, warm light in the world - truly. Your hands, your heart, your words, your art - it's beauty grabs hold of me.

    I send you healing, unexpected laughter when you need it most, happiness, a little magic for those moments when life seems devoid of it and lots and lots of love.

    I will keep good thoughts ;)

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  27. good wishes for you Karin!

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  28. Today is the day! good luck on the hand "work". hope you recover quickly and it helps your handwork! hugs lyle

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  29. I feel your "smiles" and am sending you mine. Have a rest... sleep and dream, your art is swirling around in your head and patiently waiting. You are beautiful. roxanne

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  30. all of your healing thoughts, prayers and wishes carried me safely and swiftly through surgery today. i am now back, resting and getting ready to eat my first meal of he day :) thank you all so much for your care and support! love, karin

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  31. I have been praying and meditating all day...I am sending you white light! You are held in Heavenly hands. Imagine and Live in Peace, plus take the pain meds :O)!
    Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  32. Karin, you are half way through! That is such good news. You sleep all that you can, sleep is the best way to recover. The kindest way.

    I'm glad you will be getting relief for your hands too.

    Sending love xxJ

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  33. Sending you healing thoughts and let you know you are often in my thoughts and prayers.

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  34. Dear Karin,
    I'm sending golden, silken light to surround those hands of yours. Please rest and don't do anything, if you can! All the very best, Svasti xx

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  35. hi karin,
    i somehow missed this post - how could that be??? so i didn't know you were having surgery when i called to ask about coming for a visit... hope that you are recuperating and that your hands are healing... and that you are finding rest and some peace...
    love,
    jennifer

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  36. Wow, what a strong and powerful image! I hope you find some respite soon Karin. Halfway through it now. The end is in sight. You brave soul. Take care and rest well. Love H xxx

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  37. Karin, I am sorry I have not been around. I have not been blogging much, I mean visiting. Good luck with the surgery and with everything else! I shall think of you. Take care. Tsup! Tsup!

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  38. Bright wishes, Karin. I hope you are feeling better. Go with the flow and return when you feel ready. Much love. xx

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  39. Karin, I'm just catching up on my blog reading...sending you much love as you continue to heal dear courageous one.

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  40. karin, darn when i know i left a comment and it is not here!

    i'm sorry i'm so late. i was early but now i'm late :)

    i like the way you've described your hand surgery. very positive and ready to let it improve things.

    and your damn radiation: i am so sorry you have to get yourself through this. you are very brave. i find inspiration from you. it is good not just for you that you share.

    rest, karin. that's the best thing for now....

    love
    kj

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  41. if you like the above youll love this
    http://www.bridgemanart.com/image/Shawa-Laila-b-1940/Protective-Hands-1992-acrylic-on-board/012b3511250a4c30876f79df8b66f652?key=hands&filter=CBPOIHV&thumb=x150&num=100&page=51

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