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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

He's better; I'm worse. And a new freebie.

There are 4 minutes left in Monday in my time zone as I write this. Things have not gone as anticipated but not the way you think. There were problems getting Dad's blood at a good level in terms of clotting factors but finally it was agreed he could have the cardio inversion procedure last Friday as planned. That went very well. They used the least amount of electrical stimulation and least amount of anesthesia too. It didn't take but a few minutes and then I was back in the room looking at my sleeping father whose color was much better and whose now healthy pulse could be easily seen throbbing in his carotid artery. By the time we left the hospital, he was saying he could feel a difference, that his head seemed clearer. He wanted to stop at Lew's Hotdogs for lunch so we did and he enjoyed his hotdog and fries. Yes, ideally I would prefer he ate something healthier but he only eats what he wants to. Got him home and thought he would want a nap as we had been told he would probably be sleepy off and on over the next 24 hours. For that reason, I was staying with him until we could be sure he was alright. Dad didn't so much as remove his shoes. He was so pleased to feel more alert that he sat up until about 9 P.M. talking and going through some paperwork. I had a bad sinus headache and had a rough time sleeping. Saturday morning, I evaluated how he was doing, made sure he got breakfast and took his morning insulin. He felt better but his legs are a little weak because he has been so inactive.

Still, I was able to go home and take a much needed shower, something for my sinuses and my antiviral and then crashed. When I got up later, I felt worse. Those of us with weak immune systems (fibromyalgia, CFISD, etc. etc.) are subject to have negative stress set off all sorts of problems and I guess that is what happened. In addition to the shingles outbreak and sciatica, I had flu like symptoms. Spent most of Sunday in bed or the bathroom and today too. Beginning to feel a little more normal so hoping all will be right shortly.

I had been working on a new kit for you in art deco style that I'm calling Deco Dazzle. It will have a minimum of 12 papers and 24 elements but more, I hope. Lots of glittery gold accents and the colors shown in this swatch:
Don't have an overall preview as it is a work in progress. But here is preview of first zip:

Tuesday's zip will be posted before 5 P.M. today (it's now Tuesday)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Taking a break

Took Dad to cardiologist today and cardio inversion is scheduled for 10/21. Meanwhile, I am trying to pack up. Leaving in morning for Red Hat convention in NC. Will start posting again with freebies on Tuesday. Until then, stay safe and be creative!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Last zip of freebie Halloween & Hurricane photos

Here are a few photos of what our area looked like during Hurricane Matthew:
That last one is of an underpass!
We know to expect flooding here. Norfolk, in particular is surrounded by water - Chesapeake Bay is closest to me, downtown there is the Elzabeth River which is large and the James River, also big. Lots of tributaries etc. Plus a lot of downtown Norfolk was underwater at one time so landfill and buildings etc or not, it floods easily. Still, all things considered we were lucky. Heard from someone in Charlestown, SC that it was as bad there as Hurricane Hugo.

Last zip of Halloween.

I am working on something new which doesn't have a name yet. Using this swatch:
Theme will be art deco. Of course, art deco traditionally uses colors from this palette:
But I've done deco for Gatsby in the blues and like to stay away from orange but wanted something in warm tones. Just have to see how it turns out, right?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hurricane Matthew & zip 5 of Halloween freebie

There is a lot of debris around and water still puddled in places but all considered we were lucky in this area. Had some electrical ins and out and lost cable. Learned today that a tree fell on Miss June's house but husband said damage doesn't look too bad. She's still in transitional care waiting for surgery. I'm trying to get ready for trip this weekend. That's about it for here.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Busy Day & part 2 of Halloween freebie

Today I took dad in for his Coumadin check. It seems that something between 2 and 3 is where the level should be. His level went from 3+ (too high) to 1 something (too low). More adjustments and a need to return on Monday for re-check. But Dad was feeling better. We went to lunch and then I took him to visit Miss June who is at a transitional care facility until plans are set for surgery on her hip. She's been having leg pain on the side where the ball of the hip joint was replaced some years ago. We are told that somehow the ball is wearing away the socket. I had taken along a book just in case he felt up to the visit so I just stopped in her room for a minute to say hello then went to lobby to read and let them have some time to themselves. After dropping dad off at home I decided it was time to force myself to go shoe shopping for some comfortable black dress flats. Luckily enough, I found a pair of Life Strides at the first store I stopped in!

So much I wanted to do around the house today but it was after 3 when I got home and I was tired. Laid down around 4 something and didn't wake up until after 8! My husband had gone out and gotten us a pizza for dinner so no need to cook. And he will take Dad to tomorrow's early appointment. I will get some work done tomorrow. Been looking at hurricane path and it seems my brother, who lives on FL's gulf coast won't be directly hit but will get some heavy rain and wind. Hope they stay safe.

And here is today's zip:

BTW to the reader who suggested getting the shingles shot - Please keep spreading the word. At first, docs said it wasn't going to do those who had had shingles any good, but they changed that decision a few years back and we have all had it now. I do think it helps short circuit the duration, which makes it worthwhile. Asked Dad today about his back but he said it wasn't bothering him and the doc wasn't it. No telling what was going on there.