Wednesday, 15 February 2017
So it looks like green lights for tomorrow afternoon!
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
I am in good spirits and very relieved to be feeling so much better at last. I am continuing on antibiotics and my white count is continuing to fall as the UTI is brought under control. My wound has been weeping but they are not worried as there's no sign of infection, and they are dressing it each day. I am eating well on the low residue diet and enjoying the excellent food the hospital provides.
I've had lots of lovely visitors - friends and family, people from church etc. I have very nice room mates. Although I get very tired and need to take naps, I am feeling more able to concentrate on things now although I still find doing lots of emails etc tiring. My hubby is fielding all messages and texting everyone with progress reports.
So the end is in sight!
Friday, 10 February 2017
Very bad couple of days with more sickness and worse M.E. fatigue and raised white blood count, and lack of sleep. Felt horrible yesterday.
Better today and yesterday's infection investigations showed it to be the UTI continuing so am now on stronger antibiotics. They said today that my potassium was too high and I had an infusion of some calcium to protect my heart and an ECG. Tonight they infused me with insulin which is supposed to drive potassium from the blood and have been checking me regularly (painful) by finger pricks to get blood. My veins are not obliging and it takes 2-3 pricks each time to get any blood. Am now being infused with glucose as they continue to monitor me and they'll wake me during the night to prick my fingers again.
So from thinking I was now attached from everything except the PICC, am now back on a drip again.
Felt better sitting out in the chair this morning and I can now manage to transfer from bed to commode or wheelchair without support so progress is being made. They want me at the same level I was before the blockage before they'll send me home and that's a long way off yet, so no hopes for an early release any time soon!
I've now been in longer than I was the first time. This Sunday it will be 2 weeks. They are looking after me very well though. It's just that my body isn't behaving itself properly!
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
My eyesight and concentration continue to be a problem but that will resolve in time.
No discharge date in view yet but not worried about that. Dr said yesterday that this time was bound to be much worse than last because last time was elective surgery and I was well prepared for it and as physically fit as I could be but this time was "emergency major surgery" and I was very poorly before they even started. Trying to reassure my hubby who is as usual freaking out and worrying too much. Seeing me at my worst I think he thought that was how I was going to remain! I told him there's no way they'd let me out till I was ready.
Needing lots of rest and sleep but the trend is generally UP!!
Thursday, 2 February 2017
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
This evening they reinstalled my cannula yet again after it had failed twice, and I am back on rehydration fluids, and installed a catheter. I am allowed sips of water till 6 a.m. and then nil by mouth. I shall probably be in for several days.
Nothing on my desk this week.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
I haven’t been in the studio all week. I’ve had some busy days, and in between I haven’t felt too well with my M.E. so I have rested. I have done a bit more on my embroidery project, and this is the latest piece I have completed:
again using whipped spiderweb stitch which is fast becoming a favourite! I like the focal point with the shi-sha mirror, too, and of course, all the French knots that I really like doing! The red thread in this one is sparkly, but of course it doesn’t show up properly on the photo.
Remember this one from last time?
I have now completed it.
I’ve done a couple more, too, which you can read about in more detail here.
I’ve now done 27 in total, and have only 17 more to go!!
Something else I finished this week… Remember this? It is a mandala I drew on my iPad Pro and have been colouring in at odd moments.
I decided it had been a work in progress for too long, so I completed it.
I did some baking this week, for a couple of events (our monthly informal cancer cake-athon meeting, and a shared lunch at church). I wrote about this in my previous post, here.
Custard tarts, coconut macaroons filled with chocolate ganache and gingerbread biscuits:
and sticky toffee pavlova (my favourite pudding in the whole world!).
Not much else to report except the good news that my pesky wisdom tooth has now settled down completely – no more pain!! I think it’s emerged a tiny bit more than before. I shall probably die of old age before it makes a full appearance!
Here’s Beatrice sitting on my lap.
I tried to get her to look at me, but she wouldn’t. A few minutes earlier, I had Phoebe too, but when I got the camera out, she jumped off. Why are kitties always so contrary?
Saturday, 21 January 2017
A busy week! We had our monthly informal get-together at the cancer support centre at the hospital on Friday so I thought I’d better get my skates on and do some baking! Earlier in the week I made some more mince pies as we’d run out, and I do enjoy them at any time of the year, but I didn’t want to take those because they are better warmed up, and there’s nowhere to do that at the Lodge except for a microwave, which makes the pastry soggy.
So I decided it was time to make some more coconut macaroons. Last time the actual macaroons didn’t come out so well, but the chocolate ganache was perfect, but this time it was the other way round! I really need to get a thermometer as I have no way of measuring the temperature of the cream, and this may be why the ganache decided to separate, and when cold, the liquid became white, so they didn’t look perfect, although they tasted jolly good!
I was given a tall jar of dry ingredients for Christmas – arranged in decorative layers like those glass tubes full of different coloured sand. There was no recipe as such, but just some instructions to add melted butter, black treacle and syrup and stir it all together, and make gingerbread biscuits – they came out absolutely delicious and I wish I had the recipe!
Today we went to a bring and share lunch at St. Luke’s Church in Torquay, and I said I’d bring a pudding. I made my “signature” dish – sticky toffee pavlova – the best pudding this side of heaven in my opinion!
After making this, and the macaroons, I ended up with 8 egg yolks… What on earth to do with 8 egg yolks? I decided to try my hand at making custard tarts, something I’ve never made before, and I googled them and found a wonderful online recipe from Paul Hollywood from the Great British Bake-Off, and they came out absolutely delicious! Why is it, though, that Paul’s look so perfect, and mine have sunk massively in the middle, and look half-empty?!!
Continuing to work on my UFOs (UnFinished Objects!) this year, over the past couple of days I’ve made two more embroidered pieces to decorate my bed half-tester. I recently discovered whipped spiderweb stitch online, which is so pretty, so I’ve started using this on recent pieces.
Some detail shots.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
For WOYWW #398 it’s a mixed bag from Shoshi.
I know that to stick to my NY resolutions, I was supposed to be concentrating exclusively on UFOs (UnFinished Objects, or as Glitter and Glue Margaret called them, “Unfinished Symphonies” lol!), but I just had to do a small something new this week, because we finished a roll of clingfilm:
and it brought to mind a fabulous video I saw on Youtube recently:
and I decided to cut this tube up and make it into the start of a series of vintage mini-books which I shall work on later. It’s quite a thick tube, and a lot narrower than a toilet roll or kitchen roll tube, and I thought it would be ideal for a series of very small books.
I began by cutting the tube into four lengths.
The cutting made the ends quite rough, so I sanded them with some 120-grade sandpaper.
Working on the inside of the cut end with a bit of torn off sandpaper.
Four tubes ready for cutting in half lengthwise.
I marked the length on opposite sides of the tube in readiness for cutting.
One of the tubes cut in half lengthwise.
Again, the cutting made quite a mess of the cardboard, so I sanded each one.
Some of the inner linings of the tubes had pulled away so I stuck them back with a glue stick.
All prepped and ready to go! It was all a pretty dusty job and it made me sneeze! Good thing I had my nifty little brush handy to clear up the mess.
Watch this space for the future of these tubes – but it may be a while!
(By the way, the little pile of thread scraps in the first photo are from my embroidery project – I save all these and put them in a box, ready to add to mixed media projects.)
This week I also made another sheet of watercolour paper with round teabag stains.
I love the marks they make. Plenty of scope for Zentangle and other embellishment!
Finally, back to my current UFO. I haven’t managed to get much done this week because of other things, but I was excited to find a new embroidery stitch online – whipped spider web stitch, which is really pretty.
I did this round my signature shi-sha mirror and I’m really pleased with this. This piece isn’t finished yet as I’ve got to work around the edges of the applique. Here’s a detail shot.
I can see a lot of potential in this and I’m looking forward to doing some more, and as I get more practice, I’m hoping to get the stitches a bit more evenly spaced.
I’ve got baking to do over the next couple of days, in readiness for the resumption of our informal cake-athon get-together at the cancer support centre on Friday after the Christmas break. I made lots of mince pies last night, and am hoping to make some more of my chocolate ganache filled coconut macaroons and possibly some cupcakes. And yes, I am still on my diet! I gained 2 lb over Christmas but have lost it again, plus another pound, and have now hit my all-time low since starting the diet back in 2014 – I’ve now lost a total of 3 st 1 lb!
My wretched wisdom tooth kept me on maximum dose of paracetamol for about a week! However, it is now quite a lot better and I haven’t taken any pain killers today. I’m hoping it will settle back down completely and no intervention will be necessary. I will tell the dentist about it when I see him but hopefully I won’t have to see him before our scheduled appointment.
I’ve had a couple of days this week when I’ve had to take to the recliner with my ME. There’s been a lot going on lately and I have to take the consequences! Better again today though. I have now lived with this for 10 years and know how to deal with it. Life is good! Have to keep smiling, and keep looking up!
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
I am rising to the challenge of trying to stick to my New Year’s resolutions, including tackling my many UFOs (UnFinished Objects) which are taking up far too much space in my studio.
For several years I have been working on some pieces to decorate a half-tester over a bed. Each piece is a shaped piece of fabric with some machine applique on it, which I made up more years ago than I care to remember, and each one is being embellished with brightly-coloured embroidery to enhance the vibrant colours of the fabrics. The embroidery is based around at least one piece of shi-sha (Indian mirror work, one of my all-time favourite embroidery techniques) and I’m doing a lot of chain stitch and French knots.
I’ve picked this up again this year and am determined to complete it during the year! Now that I have finished my mini-album about our woodland walk, I am getting stuck in on this before I start anything else in the studio.
Here are the pieces I’ve recently completed.
This is a detail shot of my favourite of the three.
Over the coming days, I am hoping to work on a video slideshow of the mini-album, but I’m having some problems with Final Cut Pro crashing on the Mac and not too sure what to do about that.
Doing fine generally – I am still waiting for the support pants to arrive to help with my parastomal hernia. The lady from the support garments firm came back to see me before Christmas to see what adjustments needed to be made to my first pair, and she took them away. I am hoping that they will come back soon, but have to make allowances for everything having stopped over the holiday period. Once I give them the go-ahead that they are OK, they will make up two more pairs for me, making the total of 3 that I am allowed in a single year, free on prescription.
The arthritis in my knuckle joint has now subsided and the pain is minimal, but I have developed something else that I could really do without – one of my lower wisdom teeth has decided it’s on the move again and this time it is causing me a lot of pain which I am keeping as under control as possible with paracetamol. In the past, this has only gone on for a day or two and then it’s stopped moving, but this time it does seem to be a lot worse, and so far no sign of it stopping. We’ve got a dental check-up appointment coming up soon and I’m hoping to last out till then, and maybe it will have stopped by then, but if not, I am not relishing the idea of having to have this tooth removed… I was told many years ago that if I was going to have any trouble with my wisdom teeth, it would be the bottom ones because the teeth are pretty overcrowded on my lower deck! What a bore – it seems to be one thing after another at the moment!
Happy WOYWW everybody.