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Hey everyone! Been a while since the last update. I've been busy as always with baby Ember. Mom-ing is a lot of work! I'm hoping to have a baby dragon sale soon, but my wrist has been acting up a lot lately... hauling Ember around all day has really caused my tendonitis to flare up something fierce, and then sculpting on top of that hasn't helped. Normally, I'd just go get a cortisone shot, but they won't give me anymore. The next step has to be surgery, unfortunately. :(

So I've been resting my hand for a couple days (which is making me crazy, I have unfinished dragons just sitting here taunting me O_o) I was hoping to put off surgery for as long as possible, but my stupid wrist is going downhill so fast it has to happen in the next month probably. 6 weeks of recovery and downtime isn't looking very fun, especially with a baby. Kinda freaking out. Ugh :/  

Anyway, enough about that. I've listed a couple more Dice Dragons on Ebay. Check them out if you fancy a bid:

Green: www.ebay.com/itm/121293298108
Purple: www.ebay.com/itm/121293301786

Green and Purple Dice Dragons by DragonsAndBeasties

Oh and don't forget there is a giveaway going on through March 22 (next Saturday) on facebook. www.facebook.com/notes/dragons…

Take care guys! I hope you are all doing well! I'll try to have my assistant Dezi help me catch up on emails this weekend. I know some of you have been waiting quite a while for a reply ^^; 
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Strange-1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh no! Well hopefully the surgery makes it much better and you won't have issues anymore. :)
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KateKMilo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Filmographer
magnesium is a great vitamin to take when I have chronic muscle problems.  Magnesium is one of the carrier chemicals to transmit messages between all the different cells in your body, so it improves things like nerve signals, and lactic acid removal and molecular transportation and what have you.  If you do try it, make sure to get a high quality vitamin.  It won't cure anything, but it may make the pain and fatigue more manageable while you are waiting for your surgery or even afterwards to help heal back up.   I had a health issue that kept me from art-ing for a year in 2011 and it was the worst!!   so yeah, that's my magnesium shpeele.  Hope you get that sorted, I LOVE your sculptures =^.^=
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dragonlover219 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awww im sorry to hear that. I ould never make that decision.. im a wimp about needles and pain. best of luck. get well soon :)
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh gosh, I'm so sorry to hear that your wrist pain is getting worse! :(  That must be incredibly frustrating!  I've been fighting some severe shoulder and neck pain when I sculpt.  Chiropractic visits seem to keep it mostly at bay for me, but recently it's been getting worse.

Sending lots and lots of good healing thoughts your way!  I imagine the thought of surgery is pretty terrifying, but I hope you can get the relief you need soon. <3
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hannahknits18 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I hope your wrist will get better.
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Spigos Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww! I'm sorry to hear that :c :hug: I hope everything will be better soon!
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Myuniverseinabox Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well hope ur wrist gets better btw lovely dragons
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ConsultingArtist Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hoping for the best! i wish you good luck and i hope you feel better!
here, have a little dragon for you (first attempt ever, sory!! haha)
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Nezumi12 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Stupid Question Alert!

Have you tried sculpting/drawing with your off hand? (Not sure if you're right- or left-handed.)

But anyway, my SO has tendon issues so I know they can be really problematic, especially when you're a crafter (she loves to write and crochet) and with any luck you'll be back to sculpting/drawing (and more importantly, Ember handling) in no time. Just remember to take it easy, follow doctor's orders regarding recovery time/restrictions, and that you have many, many people praying for you and wishing you the best.

Good luck and feel better.
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Witchwater Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there!

I'm sorry to hear that your tendonitis is causing you so much distress! But being in a similar situation (having tendonitis in both arms) and having found a non-surgical solution, I thought I'd share my experiences.

I'll add my support to CelestrialDarkmoon's comment.  Chiropractic may not be an instant fix (it will take time and a regiment of treatment to help), but it is a great improvement over surgery - cheaper, all-natural.  Yes, the surgery is an "instant fix," but what they don't tell you is that the surgery is, frequently, only a *temporary* fix.  The problem is typically the swelling in the area which is pinching your nerves and causing the pain.  The surgery "loosens up" the area to let the nerve have more room, but if you don't do anything to fix the swelling itself, you'll eventually be in pain again -- only this time, the surgery won't do as much good, if any.

(I used to be a licensed massage therapist that specialized in tendonitis / carpal tunnel massage, and my day job has me working with a Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, and Naturopath, so I'm a huge advocate for doing things naturally and turning to drugs/surgery as a last resort. ;)  One of the first things they taught us in massage school was that "tidbit" about surgeries.  Scary stuff!)

Also, another "not-an-instant-fix-but-it-really-does-help" suggestion that worked for me: have you considered that you may have a sensitivity to certain foods?  If you have a sensitivity to a food, your body may be having an inflammation reaction that you may not even be aware of (because you might not be getting the usual "I'm sensitive" symptoms like gassiness, indigestion, etc).  I did a 30-day elimination change-in-diet and found out that I'm gluten sensitive, where I'd been eating it all my life!  I got rid of the gluten and my tendonitis has been disappearing!  I have not changed my lifestyle at all, aside from the gluten.  I was *floored*.  And I was able to sculpt again! :D

So...yeah.  None of these are insta-fixes, but discovering my food sensitivity has been letting my body heal itself, as it's been meant to do!

I won't get into the details unless you're interested in hearing more, but I wanted to share my experience with you.  I've had no tendonitis complaints lately, and I'm on a computer every day all day, and sculpting when I'm not on the computer.  Where before I couldn't even do dishes, sculpt, or paint for more than 10 minutes.  And all it took was getting rid of the food to which I was sensitive.

Whatever your choice, I hope you feel better soon!  You're a great artist and it's always a pleasure to see your new creations. :)
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seraphicxlunatic Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awwwh, those dragons look adorable. But I get what you mean about Ember, I used to baby sit and oh my that was hectic. But have you tried any exercises for your wrist? It tends to really help me ^_^
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Shadow-Blossom888 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Sorry to hear about your wrist *gives hugs*
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crystalcookart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh man Becca. I had no idea your wrist was bothering you. :( I'm so sorry. Sending lots of good vibes and virtual cookies your way. 
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Disney-MangaFan1906 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what to say but BEST WISHES FOR YOU. Good luck with the surgery  :D :icondragonhug:
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sexykyo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
have u ever considered taking vitamins?
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Infinite-Variations Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Oh no! D: I hope everything works out with your wrists!! <3 
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Lace-and-Metal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Turmeric is fantastic for inflammation on the long run, depending on what other meds you are on. Get feeling better, it's no fun to be in pain. :hug: 
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CarpeDraco Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
My MIL had to have surgery on both wrists for the same reason.  She was fortunate in that they were able to do keyhole surgery technique, and her hands and wrists are much better now!

As for carrying Ember all the time, have you considered a baby sling?  You can purchase them in stores or online, or use one of the many patterns to make your own.

Free pattens listed here:
www.sewingsupport.com/sewing-h…

This is the one I made for my SIL who is expecting her first baby in May:
www.mayawrap.com/n_sewsling.ph…

Best of luck with your wrists!  I hope the baby sling patterns help some! :hug:
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do have a carrier but I can't always use it. Its mostly the picking up and moving her in general, not just carrying. Things like diaper changes, getting her out of the carseat, adjusting her positions, dressing her, twisting bottles open and closed... all those little things add up. I try to use my other hand as much as possible instead but I inevitably have to use the bad thumb :(

They said it was a very quick, simple procedure that would fix it for loooong time. So I'll be glad once it is done, just the downtime with a little baby will really suck. Hard to find help with her all day while hubs is at work :/
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CarpeDraco Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Ah, ok.  Well, I wish you all the best with your wrists, getting them fixed, and having lots of wonderful people to help with Ember while you recover!  :hug:
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Windy-Miu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What my family (at least in the case of my Aunt) has done in cases similar to this... is to ask help of other family members. Nieces, nephews, cousins... mostly the younger generation. While maybe not able to help with the direct baby care (diapers is a hard sell :P)... perhaps they'd be able to help with the more mundane tasks? While you're in recovery, at least... anyways, its an idea.

I hope that you do heal fast when you go through with the surgery, and that its a highly successful one :)
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HMGMishy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Awww, poor thing! I hope that everything goes well!
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lightfaith0606 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
I'm sorry to hear that!
Good luck with the surgery!!
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Hawkieface Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
N'aww, that sucks. I hope your wrists improve :heart: Good luck with your surgery!!

Say hi to little Ember for me~
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celestrialdarkmoon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Have you seen a chiropractor?  I too have tendonitis, but so long as I don't over work it, and see mine regularly I have little to no pain.  Sometimes, misalignment in your neck and back can contribute to it.  Get that worked out, and you'll feel a lot better in your arm.  Also, its all natural.
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not sure that would work... The tendon is actually wearing out I think... you can see how much different one wrist looks from the other. There is clear degradation when you compare them :(  
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celestrialdarkmoon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Sorry to hear that.  :(  I wish you all the luck with getting it all fixed.
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LostLittleDream Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I truly hope you will be alright
... Get well soon
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Vulpix150 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww well that stinks (the wrist problems) :hug:
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fushigi0609 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
make your partner help a lot with the baby, especially if you're having CT surgery (and from what i've been told by a doc, it sounds and looks painful. not meaning to scare you.) have you looked into investing in a baby sling? glad to hear she's doing well tho (more pics please! she's so adorable)

CT sucks tho, i had a huge flare up last year, still have flare ups but not as bad. hope yours gets better soon. *hugs*
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. He told me it was a very quick simple procedure actually. Recovery time sucks, but it will be sooo much better afterwards. Its not carpal tunnel, just a very specific type of tendonitis in a very specific spot. 

I do have a carrier but its really the little daily caretaking things that add up and cause trouble, not just carrying. Like twisting bottle tops, diaper changes, changing her clothes... all that stuff you need both hands for :/
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ArthkorStarGlow13 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist
So sorry for your wrist. I check out the dragons.
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PikaWarriors Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I hope you feel better! I had to carry around my baby cousin Ariana all day because she would cry when I set her down to walk on her own(lazy butt :P) My wrist hurt so much after that! :X I know your wrist is probably much worse, good luck with the surgery!
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hoping for the best :( I have a busted ankle that locks up sometimes and then I struggle to walk a lil bit, but I'm grateful that I can still just "sit it out" and work. Surgery is definitely the last option you're right, I do hope you find some relief though!
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skysdancer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hope you feel better. 
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Vanilla-W0lf Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Writer
Hope ya feel better
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forestmammal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
D: poor you.. hope your wrist gets better
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Graphix-Goddess Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Writer
I've had some similar issues due to being on a computer all day ... but the only safe cure is to rest your wrist as much as possible. Take breaks, don't overwork it. Surgery should always be the LAST resort as sometimes things go wrong (not to scare you, but just being honest) . If you can help with a small dose of prevention and rest, it would be best.

Good luck. I hope you feel better!!!!
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well I am trying to rest it as much as i can, but that is difficult when caring for a baby all day... It is getting to the point that even with rest it still hurts a ton. It catches and twinges and I drop things. I'm afraid I might drop Ember.

Believe me if there was anything else I could do I would. It will probably take a bit to even get the surgery because the surgeon is booked out quite a ways. I just think that by the time I actually can get it, I will REALLY need it. It sucks, but what can you do? :( 
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Graphix-Goddess Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Writer
I know it's tough, especially with Baby Ember. I'm so sorry...

Have you tried a wrist brace? One of those soft ones that have the little metal insert? I've had great luck with those when I thought nothing else would help. It's finding the perfect one/perfect fit, that is tough, though. I went through many different kinds to find one I could use and still actually be somewhat productive with.

I hope things get better, dear. :hug:
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
The problem is where the pain is located. It hurts to move or use my thumb at all. Its a really precise little spot at the base of my thumb that seems impossible to target. So it's not really a matter of just immobilizing my wrist. I've tried a few braces (most made it worse), sometimes I wrap with an ace bandage, use hot cold patches... nothing really helps anymore.  :/
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Graphix-Goddess Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Writer
ah, I see... that is a problem :( I guess you can only do what you can. I hope everything goes well when the time comes. I will wish you good health and send positive thoughts your way!
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