Fabric Cutting Leads to Elbow Surgery

How's that for an attention grabbing title? :)

I mentioned a while back that I was scheduled for elbow surgery on August 27th, and then it was rescheduled after my husband had to have emergency elbow surgery. What are the odds right?

Well, surgery is now on the books for September 20th (10 days from now). For those that are interested, I thought I would share a bit more about my elbow and give a little update (hint: there's a new girl in the shop!).

The first time I had any hint of elbow pain was almost 6 years ago, when my mom and I owned a bridal consignment shop. For those that don't know what that is, it's basically a thrift store for bridal and formal wear. And it was FUN! There is just something about a bride-to-be trying on wedding dresses. You can't not have fun! (Photo is when we moved to our second location, and my princess was about 3.5 years old...she just turn 9 last month ;) ).

Gown and Glove Bridal Consignment 2013

Anyhow, how does this relate to my elbow? Well, I remember specifically one night while moving wet laundry from my washer to my dryer that my elbow was sore and I had no idea why. Until the next day, while carrying a couple of wedding dresses over my shoulder and I felt the same pain. You may not know this, but wedding dresses are HEAVY. And I often carried 3-4 at a time. So, after I realized the source of the pain I found another way to carry the dresses and didn't really think much about my elbow again.

Fast forward a few years. Spring of 2017, I took over as owner of Snap-EZ. Previous to being the owner, I was a seamstress, the shipping girl and did some fabric cutting. Once I took over, I did ALL the fabric cutting. Not realizing that I had the now underlying elbow injury, I set out to cut through all the scrap fabric I had acquired when I moved the business to my house.

*These diapers don't cut themselves

Snap EZ Cloth Diapers - cut and ready to e sewn

Ove the time, the elbow pain increased to the point of needing to get it checked out by my doctor.

Round 1: Cortisone Shot. It worked. There was no pain for nearly 6 months...but then it started to come back.

Round 2: Physical Therapy. I went bi-weekly for 6-8 weeks and honestly didn't not see any change. I enjoyed the massage, and it felt better for an hour or two after the treatment, but there was no real relief.

Round 3: Second Cortisone Shot. Again, this worked...but this time the pain began to return after about 6 weeks, and was back to full blown, can't sleep very well at night, pain after about 3-4 months.

So, after another appointment with my orthopedic doctor it was decided that surgery was the best option for me.

And, for those that are wondering, I did find someone else to do most of the cutting for me. She cut all the fabric for a few months, until I had a seamstress quit, and my cutting girl became the new seamstress. After that I took over cutting again. But this darn elbow isn't happy doing much of anything anymore. Fold laundry= pain, washing dishes= pain, talking on the phone and keeping my arm bent for too long = pain, typing this blog post= pain...yeah. Seriously, it's that bad. So, in 10 days I'll go under the knife, and pray that the doctor can figure out exactly what needs to be fixed.

Stephanie, owner of Snap-EZ

The doctor did tell me that this specific surgery has a 75% success rate, which I see as a good thing...but most of his surgeries have a 98% success rate. So, I'd appreciate prayer for that too.

In the mean time, we have a new girl joining our team to fill in where I will be lacking. She is a sweet high schooler from my church, and I am excited to have her join us!

Speaking of our team, I'll be updating that part of our website soon, and would love for you to check it out!

Thank you all for reading all the way to the end. As a little reward I have a coupon code just for you! All orders of $25 or more that are placed between now and September 16 qualify for FREE SHIPPING. You must use the code: shipfree at checkout! Happy shopping (and don't forget about our new colors and limited prints!).

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