Well, they say misery loves company! I, too, have been going through a SEVERE rough patch! It started back in early March when my Spondilitis started to flare up. It actually got to the point that I had to go on medical leave from the hospital (I work as an ICU nurse in New Orleans) which greatly lowered my morale. Compounding the situation was flaring tensions at home with my partner and I. Confining my "type A" personality to home with quasi bed rest is pretty much the equivalent of torture to say the least. Knitting did help, but even my fiber obsession could only squelch the fires of frustration and angst for short, intermittent spurts; besides, the pain and immobility does effect my hands after a while. I was a bear (grumpy, not sexy)! Unfortunately, my illness served to bring some of my and Tracy's relationship shortcomings to the surface and I felt like I wasn't getting the support I needed on an emotional level. In short, it was a large role reversal for us. While Tracy's health isn't a factor, I'm usually the one taking care of things...most things actually--including him. I decided to seek some sanctuary, and much needed support, at my parent's home in up-state Louisiana and got a little present on the evening of my arrival--a kidney stone! The kidney stone is now out and sadly it looks like my partnership with my beloved is on the out's as well! I'm making light of it so I can finish this and not break down in an hour long sob feast for the hundredth time; I'm not even a crier. So there it goes! My heart goes out to everyone in our group who is experiencing pain, illness or sadness. In some ways I don't think I've been sadder in my life! I have posted some completed projects I managed to get out for my nieces and nephew for Easter--a crocheted swimsuit coverup, tunisian embroidered tote, and a knitted satcheled set of juggling balls.