Tuesday, December 6, 2011
First, I woke up with a start on Monday....that's a week ago Monday....at about 5:50 a.m. with some pain. At first, I thought it was 'womanly' pains, but I don't have those anymore....thank you Mirena....I was confused. Then it got WORSE. After vomiting and moaning....screaming....with pain for 45 minutes....while my dear, wonderful husband took care of the girls....I crawled back into bed covered in sweat, but the pain had lowered. I realized what it was - a kidney stone.
I had a kidney stone in my early 20's, just one, and that passed in a 1 - 4 hour episode. The memory of that pain was 'burned'....engraved, tattooed, stamped, etched, carved....into my memory. But unlike the one 20 years ago, I had 2 more episodes that day. Hummmm....that was different. Next, 3:33 a.m. Tuesday, in the bathroom again, vomiting and in MAJOR pain. By the grace of God, my in-laws are in town. DH called them to watch the kids and we were off to the ER. Now when I say ER, I mean the luxury 'boutique' hospital that opened a few years back. Bouns - quick ER times...it was 3 am after all....Little did we know, that choice would make this experience last 3 weeks longer.
....They give you excellent pain meds in the ER just so you know.... After ushering me into a private ER room with personal escort, they took blood, had me pee in a cup and ordered 'films'. One $$$$ CAT scan later showed that I had a 7MM stone that was wedged in my urethra just below my kidney....nothing was getting by that sucker.... The ER doctor said it was a 'good size' stone and 3 hours later, we were heading back home with prescriptions and a 'referral'. LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE. Here's why I say that....
If we had gone to a bigger, well staffed hospital, they would have scheduled the stone removal as soon as a urologist could consult and an OR was available. We know I didn't go that route, so allow me to continue my story....
I slept the rest of the Tuesday while my hubby worked a 12 hour shift and my in-laws took care of the kids....thank you.... I called first thing Wednesday morning for an appointment with the urologist the hospital referred us to, it was scheduled Thursday at 1:30 p.m.. I had 2 more episodes that day.
Thursday, I felt pretty good! On a scale of 1-10, I was a 6-7....episodes are generally 9.5-10....and pain was controlled with the pain meds the ER doc gave me. I talked with the urologist and he took another set of 'films'.....this time just x-rays..... and it confirmed the size and the fact that it hadn't moved - at all. Remember when I said I had a 7MM stone? That is actually is more than DOUBLE the normal size of a kidney stone, much to large to pass on its own. .....THIS is when a real hospital would schedule an OR.... The doctor discussed my options....sonic waves vs. laser vs. retraction....and he suggested doing the Lithotripsy, aka: sonic wave treatment. Cool....easy and painless....he shuffled me off to the scheduler, she took my number and said she'd call before 5 p.m. with my treatment time, it was currently 3:15 p.m. At 4:50 p.m., she called. I was scheduled for 11:30 on TUESDAY....yes, that was 5 days away from then.... Here's how the conversation went from there:
Me: TUESDAY? You mean I have to go through the weekend with this pain?
Me: 5 days....vomiting pain....
Insensitive nurse: Well.... he gave you a prescription for pain meds.
Me: Yes, but that doesn't take away the pain....
Stupid, insensitive nurse: You can take more than 1 pill if you're hurting or go back to the ER for a pain shot.
Me: IF I'm hurting?....by this time I'm in tears....
That's when I took my health care into my own hands. My brother-in-law works as a nurse at the hospital we should have gone to and gave me the name of a urologist with offices in the same building as the hospital. Since it was after 5pm, I had to wait and call Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. when the office opened. I explained my situation, how I got their number and that I was desperate for their help. The doctor had procedures planned starting at 11:00 that day, and if I could get in right away he could see me. I checked in at 9:50 am, while having an episode with hubby and 3 year old in tow. After waiting 2.5 hours....he did have to squeeze me in....and 2 episodes later, I must have looked quite terrible, 'cause he admitted me immediately....without seeing any 'films'.... and put me on his surgery schedule for that day. I finally got into the OR at 5:00 p.m. What he discovered was that my stone, didn't want to leave me. It had wedged itself into a curve of my urethra and was blocking my kidney off from extracting all the loveliness that kidneys extract. After 5 attempts with lasers and scopes, a hole in my urethra and a stint, he was finally able to get it out.....I love him, really, love.... This whole experience will be over in 3 weeks when I can get the stint removed.
What I learned from this experience:
First: Go to a real hospital ER, even if it's filled with drug addicts and crazy people and you have to wait for hours. They will have all the things needed to help you. Had I gone to the real hospital on Tuesday, I would have had the Lithotripsy done that day. Since I didn't get in until late Friday, the machine was unavailable.
Second: You are your best advocate. If you don't like the answer you are getting from one doctor, go to another one.
Third: Drugs in moderation are your friend. Especially if you're at a level 9-10. Use them.
Finally: Stupid, insensitive nurses should all be forced to experience long, drawn out pain without meds. ....perhaps bamboo shoots under their nails....Only for my entertainment and satisfaction. That's all.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
....did I mention shoes?....the list goes on. I bet you didn't realize there's so much around you to inspire fantastic paper creations? I had SO much fun creating for this issue....photos are my favorite things to inspire my creative side.... They gave us 40 different photos of typical things you'd find, well, anywhere, and asked for literal and interpretive creations inspired by them. I tried to make 2 for each all the photos....80 total.....BUT..... I only got 35 done....tee hee.... It was SO much fun! Some were really easy to create from, but others were really hard. I found the literal creations the easiest to make on most of them, however my favorite creations were the ones I took creative licence with.
Now here we are today! I was one of the lucky ones invited to participate in Paper Crafts, Card Creations: Get Inspired blog hop! Our challenge today was to take a photo of something from our own home to inspire a new creation. Since I am a decorator and have loads of homes I help out for the holidays, I decided I HAD to use my holiday mantle as my inspiration for my creation for this....its so glittery and sparkly....I love it! There is NOTHING I love more than to over-stuff my mantle with fabulous ornaments, each sparkly and gorgeous....*yum*....
I don't use tradtional color combos for my holiday decor, and have used it to inspire other paper creations....check out my 2010 Stampin Royalty card here..... My favorite time in this room is at night, a fire roaring, lights twinkling, spiked caramel apple cider in my mega mug....*aahhhh*....Keeping to the parameters of the original challenge they gave us, I choose to make 2 creations, one literal and one interpretive!....since I'm currently bed-ridden with a kidney stone, I had time....
This is the literal creation....can't you tell?.... I've had these fabulous holiday words for a year now and am excited to be finally using them. I didn't have 'believe' so I used 'Christmas' instead. Wanna know how I made the lush 'ornament' garland along the bottom?
1. Gather up your items. Large and small glue dots (Zots), glitter (Martha Stewart), buttons, pearls or rhinestones and your card.. FYI - I used the Cuttlebug houndstooth folder for the top panel of my card.
2. Cut your strip of large glue dots to separate each one (this makes it easier to place them where you want).
3. Adhere 3 glue dots in a random pattern (not to close together). Sprinkle with same color glitter. Repeat 3 times. If wanted - Add small glue dots and add dazzling diamonds glitter. *TIP* when adhering the glue dots, plan on clustering 1 of each color in a loose group.
4. Embellish with buttons, pearls and rhinestones.
Lush and lovely! I did the happy dance when it was finished - *LOVE it*
....and my favorite....a little shabby chic creation with lots of whites and I've added in the glitter and sparkle with the sentiment and the pin. See that fan-tab-ulous shimmer paper? Sorry, I picked it up on my recent trip to Copenhagen, but it's made by Annie P Paperie. I think there may be a place in New York....for those of us on this side of the pond....check out her fabulous things here.
Paper Crafts Connection blog and be entered to win an AWESOME new Martha Steward tool, the Craft Station! The Craft Station includes a 12”x12” LED light table and glass cutting mat, a cutting shuttle and movable ruler arm, three cutting blades and cartridge, a metal stencil, a stylus, five 12”x12” tracing templates, a cutting knife and an alignment guide. Retail price is $165 - AWESOME!!
Now head off to Lorena's blog and check out all her inspiration! If you got lost, here is the list of the ladies on the blog hop:
Don't forget you can find inspiration in anything around you. Don't believe me? Check out the Card Creations: Get Inspired and you'll see how easy it is.
Monday, November 21, 2011
I've also started posting new things on my Etsy account! Lots of my creations from publications will be on there too... Since you're a special friend of mine, mention BLOGPEEPS in the buyers comments and receive FREE shipping! I'll be posting new supplies and holiday kits later this week, all are packaged and ready to go. Just you wait until you see it all....
Saturday, November 12, 2011
So what does this mean? Well, I am planning on taking a short hiatus from Our Creative Corner. Only until after my last big event that is the last week of February. The last event is a bit self-serving....it's my 4-0 birthday party....but the rest are for clients. I will be back on the DT starting March 1st. I will continue to post my creations as I go....I have some exciting ones from publications to show you....but with balancing my work schedule, family and home demands, I've been unable to full fill my comments and creations at OCC. This hasn't been fair to you lovely ladies that support and visit me every week, the AMAZING ladies on the design team, and to those of you that participate in our challenges....since I haven't been able to make time to visit you all and give you some love.... SO, be patient with me, I'll still be around, just not consistently on Saturday's. I'll pop in with creations and party photos as they happen....I'm hoping at least weekly.... and of course keep you informed on any exciting news that may happen. Make sure you continue to visit the VERY talented OCC design team every week for inspiration.
This is my last creation until March 1st. It's for the current Pumpkin Pie challenge. It was to have a pumpkin image or use SU!'s Pumpkin Pie color in your creation. I used the latter to make this flower which I LOVE! This card was inspired by an upcoming special issue from Paper Crafts I just got in the mail on Thursday. It's AWESOME!! You'll have to get your hands on it. Now, be sure to join me in our little corner!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Who likes to fold?....no not your laundry..... Are you into origami, or creating 3D items with paper? Then the ladies at Our Creative Corner want to see your creations! The ultra talented Tui is our hostess this week and she is putting us to the test. Here is my creation for this challenge. Tf you've checked out my tutorial, then you have seen the step-by-step for a basket like this. After much nagging, I had to make one just like Lily's for my youngest daughter that turned 3 this month....she had to have one like her big sister.... I thought this was the perfect chance to get it done.
This basket is put together by folding 4 little boxes and putting them together. It's easy, but time consuming and totally worth the effort! She's been hopping around with it 'like a bunny' all day....she's so darn cute....
We are having a Halloween birthday party for her today so I'll share the photos with you later this week. As always I've gone overboard, but hey, it's my sweet little bebe, so I couldn't resist!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
This is a sweet little frame I made for a friend of mine that had a baby girl. It had to have some bling and since I'm not much of a scrapbooker, I did this. Is that not the most adorable child you've ever seen? Look at those cheeks! I don't think she's real, it's a vintage drawing, *hello* but adorable!!! I just want to nibble on them. Ok enough of that, no go and make a creation using some fabulous faces in your life!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Now be sure you head over to the OCC and check out all that the DT has made this week, I've been swooning over each and every one!
Saturday, October 8, 2011
I prepared this card before I left for my break from life for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner. It's a color challenge and it has some really great colors!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Apparently you can't check you posts with your cell, otherwise they publish. So my prescheduled OCC post for Sat. posted today! I don't know how to take it off with my phone, so I apologize that its early. I'm still here at Disney and will be back to my post here on the 9th. Sorry for the mixup!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
I made this card before I left this week, and while it's inspired by France, it's not at all Belle Epoche. Another CAS creation made in my limited time. I pulled out my old stand by, window sheets to create the card. I think it's kind of fun! Now be sure to visit the other ladies on the DT for some inspiration!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Tomorrow I leave for my 10 day vaca....without kids, YIPPIE!!!....I will have my hubby make it happen when I get back. Until then, here are just a few photos from the event this weekend, as well as some photos I hadn't shared yet from the event I coordinated in Copenhagen.
Here are 3 photos of some details from this weekends event. The DECORATING budget for this event was over $45,000...that includes lighting, furniture, flowers, linens, rentals, etc....that doesn't include food, rental space, band, booze, dress, cars, etc. The grand total was over $100,000...probably more like $125k.... I think from this teaser, you can tell it's over the top!
NEXT - The Copenhagen event was held in a badminton hall....yes badminton. Apparently it's all the rage in Denmark. This is the other end of the spectrum, my decorating budget for this event was less than $500. That included the kid's room.
I'll still have my creations for Our Creative Corner for the next 2 Saturdays' posted, but please forgive me for not commenting on any of your blogs for the next 10 days, I will be enjoying the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT!!!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I'm pooped. I've been working on a wedding this week for 380 with a budget of about $100,000. I planned ahead with my creation for this weeks Our Creative Corner sample, but didn't plan the post ahead of time. I'll post some of the photos so you can see how fab-u-lous it is, but until then....short and sweet.
This is my card for the Numbers challenge hosted by Sharon. I hope you'll join us!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I decided to go with something more simple. I had stamped this airplane image in a repeated pattern to make a chevron background a while back. I didn't know what to do with it after I made it. It's been sitting around for about a month now. I loved the effect, but wasn't sure how I wanted to use it. Since Sharon's challenge said to use lots of blue, not a lot of pink, I made a CAS card with this. The grid panel is actually a Studio Calico fabric strip that I stamped the sentiments on. I added the buttons for a simple touch and thought I was done...oopps....I forgot one element - the metal! I had to go back and add some eyelets in black to match....instead of a metal color....
I love this sentiment. It reminds me of a dear BFF that is a major jet-setter. She is ALWAYS goin', seein' and doin' AMAZING things!....She's quite fabulous.... Now, she's a bit young to be retiring, but I thought its a great sentiment for someone starting a new part of their lives.
Friday, September 16, 2011
....Nobody puts baby in a corner....This was my attempt for a Cameo Baby card for Paper Craft's Magazine's last call. I don't really have any cameo stamps except for the little one from PTI's PostMark but I thought the 'fragile' and the 'Handle with Care' sentiments gave it a baby theme....a stretch for a baby card, I know..... I also had this sketch from Moxie Fab's Horizontal Sketch Challenge in mind when I made it. I thought I'd enter this in the Just Add Ink - Just Add Baby challenge as well!
I think I'll be craftin' some more this weekend, I've been having so much fun! Have a great weekend!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
God Bless the innocent victims on the airplanes and in the buildings attacked.
God Bless the police officers and fire fighters in New York city and the people on United Airlines flight 93, that they gave their lives to save others.
God Bless the families that are still involved in the protection of our country and our freedoms.
God Bless the leaders of our country, give them the strength, knowledge and integrity so that they may make choices in our countries best interest.
God Bless you, your families and your loved ones, that you may all cherish each other, every second of every minute of every day.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
So this first one has numbers die cut from a panel of kraft cardstock and I added different colored cardstock behind those numbers....it's the idea of a window, just not a literal interpretation.
My second card is a bit more literal, but it's not a window into the inside of the card. I made a framed 'window' around my burlap and sequin panel. Pretty splashie, eh?
I like them both, but really want to see what you come up with for this challenge. Are you ready?
Saturday, September 3, 2011
It's another challenge at Our Creative Corner. This week the challenge is hosted by Holly, one of our new DT members and it's a fun one! The challenge is to make a creation with stamping on pre-patterned paper. This is a technique I need to do more often, I love the look.
This creation I used patterned paper scraps to make a base like Betsy Veldman did here. I stamped the circle with white pigment and heat embossed it on my scrap paper and die cut it out. I didn't think the stamped image stood out enough so I gently rubbed some Soft Suede on it to help it stand out. I also stamped the apple image on the background paper just to make it more "school-y".
....This is her the morning of her first day of school.... She started 2nd grade this year at a new private school. She's really having a hard time with the change. I know it's what's best for her education, but watching her struggle is heart-breaking. She's making friends, but doesn't feel like she belongs....perhaps its the uniforms?..... Having moved several times as a child, I can relate to her fears. So, my only solace is that I turned out o.k....didn't I?... each time we left our comfort zone. I'm hoping the little notes I've been sneaking into her lunchboxes gives her a pick-me-up during the day. All of you that know us, send her happy thoughts over the next few weeks. Every little good thought will help!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Head over to the OCC and check out what the rest of the DT team came up with, then get your craft on and join us!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Our Creative Corner challenge time again and the lovely Vicki is hosting this challenge this week. She has created this sketch for us to use. I have to say, it's a layout I LOVE to use....of course every time I've done it, it's on the horizontal....one of my first cards accepted for publication was almost this exact layout!....and I have another one with it coming out soon...
This week I decided to use this DCWC paper I've had laying around for a while. I love the color combinations in this pad; yellow, green, tan, silver, black and lots of glitter! The only thing I didn't like about this card is the stitching. Next time I think I'd do a silver thread instead. The black is too much and seems to throw it off the balance....hummm.....
Anyhoo - go check out what the amazing OCC team has come up with, Jen's is a knock out!