Archive for ‘Needlepoint’

November 8, 2012

A Needlepoint Post

So these are the two projects I’ve just finished. The rooster I made for me, for fun.

The covered bridge is an anniversary gift for my parents – they had their second date in a covered bridge just like this one. Pretty cool find, huh?

I’m about to embark on a series, canvases made by the same artist who did the bridge. She’s got a whole heap of pretty sweet canvases of houses and scenes from the town I grew up vacationing in, Cape May, NJ. It’s not like I’m doing them all, or even half, but still – should keep me busy for awhile.

November 5, 2012

Since I Last Wrote…

Spaz thou not, gentle reader. I am still alive. But let me tell you about all the stuff I didn’t tell you about in media res. For quite a lot has happened.

  • After Dr. Six was quite disappointed in how much progress I’d made after 4 weeks, I went back to see the doctor (chiropractor/kinesiologist, not MD) who figured out I had a parasite several years ago, and he deduced that I had TWO strains of Candida, and only one was being treated. He gave me some OTC herbal meds (the same stuff we used to get the parasite out in 2008), and when I saw him two weeks later, he said it was gone. Now I’m just taking the meds for maintenance (to keep them gone).
  • Watching the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates. Great, great fun. Truly.
  • I went on a road trip with my parents (and, for a stretch, with my sister and her adorable baby, who you can coo at here) to a friend’s wedding in NC and to see family in VA. I missed the wedding itself, but it was my sister and parents whose presence was really needed. I hate the timing of some of these bad days. Traveling was very hard on me, but that was expected.
  • My brain has turned back on. Now, it doesn’t work very consistently, and sometimes it’s just flat-out stupid about things, and it still splices and makes up words, but it feels different all the time. And I’m not worried about accidentally making irrational decisions so much anymore.
  • I have started having about 3 – sometimes even 4 – good days a week. That is HUGE. And a good day is not a pain-free day, because those don’t exist, but they are days when the pain and any other debilitating symptoms are minor enough that I can get out of bed and go do things – things like buying this nice ottoman, or tearing out the summer garden, or attending bridal luncheons in Nebo, North Carolina. Unfortunately, the bad days are typically just as bad as ever – quite insufferable, if you ask me.
  • Many of my close friends have been quite busy lately. My cousin had a baby on Saturday; my dear friend Missy and her family got a referral to finally go get their daughter from Ethiopia; another pair of dear friends found out their baby is terminally ill. Friends have gotten engaged. Friends have announced pregnancies. Friends are anticipating babies. And because I’m me, all those things are, to an extent at least, things that warrant a place in my summary.
  • I finished the biggest needlepoint project I have attempted, a rooster with some fancy borders. (A needlepoint-focused post is forthcoming, which, by the way will have lots of pictures and probably some theology in it.)
  • In the past week or so, I have watched an insane amount of period and British dramas – rewatched Downton Abbey Season 2, the 5 hour Pride & Prejudice, and Harry Potter 1-6. Suffice it to say, I am saying things like “insufferable” and “take a proper Sabbath.”

Today I am 28. In my mind, 28 has been a magical age, the age by which I hoped to have accomplished certain goals and been in a certain place in life. To say those hopes have not been realized is certainly true, but this whole health-thing has thrown me off considerably from the trajectory I was on to accomplish a number of my “30 by 30” goals. I aim to use those sorts of things as helps, not hard and fast plans. But I confess I am disappointed, and that maybe I am not so good at refraining from clinging to the things I want. My tendency is to overreact, to not have goals. I am, frankly, scared to think more than very, very hypothetically about what happens after I am well, because I am afraid of being disappointed.

Not that I am all mopey and sad today. Not at all. Just, you know, pensive.

Not a bad thing to be when you’re turning 28.

August 29, 2012

A Tale of, Oh, Eleven or So Doctors (Part 1)

So, as all you normal readers are aware, I’m sick, and I’ve been sick for quite a while. And I’m not really thinking straight. And I’m in pain all the time. And thus, I have been doing a lot of needlepoint and watching movies and tv shows and very little writing. 

BUT… I am going to see a lot of doctors. And it has occurred to me that I can be as loopy and out of it as I currently am and still pass along some basic stories that might be interesting. You might even laugh – as likely at me as at the doctor or his/her staff. 

So hey. Here we go, dropping smack dab in media res. 

Current players:

  • Dr. One – reproductive endocrinologist who I’ve worked with occasionally over the last 3.5 years
  • Dr. Two – obgyn buddy of Dr. One who did my first laparoscopy and found endometriosis
  • Dr. Three – new obgyn who actually had new ideas and gave me some options besides, you know, a hysterectomy or “we can’t do anything, so I’m sorry you are in so much pain, you wimp, but you’re gonna have to deal with it.” – PS, I am not a wimp.
  • Dr. Four – spinal pain doctor
  • Dr. Five – new internist
  • Dr. Six – gastroenterologist/allergy specialist

Physicians Coming Down the Pike :

  • Dr. Seven – an MD with extensive homeopathic/alternative medicine practice
  • Dr. Eight – urologist with female focus recommended by Dr. Four
  • Dr. Nine – ear-nose-throat specialist, referred by Dr. Five
  • Dr. Ten –  sleep doctor recommended by Dr. Five
  • Dr. Eleven – the pain doctor that Dr. One originally wanted me to see, but he put up a stink about it. so I’m on his schedule, but we’ll see if that actually happens. it’s always disheartening to see a doctor who protests the idea.

So today I met Dr. Six. He brought up the possibility of a certain kind of infection that could explain all of my symptoms – ALL OF THEM. That’s been the big problem – different specialists have been approaching the pieces of the puzzle that they major in, rather than considering the whole problem. But this guy blew my mind.

Dr. Six also had two incredible quotes from today. One was “Well, we’ve got to get you better and back to work!” No other doctor has said something like this. I’m thinking, this guy actually thinks this is urgent! He’s not wanting to try something for 3 months and then see what happens. It was a breath of fresh air, let me tell you.

The other killer quote was, “I think it’s wrong for me to send you out of here in just as much pain as when you came in.” Do you have any idea how little effort doctors have put into decreasing my pain, despite my begging, and not being able to sit in a chair like a normal person, and walking very slowly clutching my stomach… This guy is fabulous! He thinks, “While we figure out what is wrong, let’s see if we can make your symptoms less miserable.”

So, Dr. Six, you win best doctor of the summer! (He’s also qualified for the finals of Doctor of the Year.)

 

[And here’s another finished needlepoint project, since I know you are just dying to see it.]

August 6, 2012

Just for Kicks, My July Project

I made this for my brother, since he appreciates all things architectural, and really likes Savannah, GA (which is full of these sorts of projects). I didn’t exactly follow the pattern – it was too girly for KJ. But I like the final result.

 

August 5, 2012

So I’ve Been Bedridden Since June 26…

And here are some of the things that being bedridden for over a month has given me a new appreciation for:

(And no, I currently do not care that that is an improper use of the semi-colon.)

1. TV shows on DVD – Recently, The Mentalist and Alias have been fabulous comforts to my convalescence. Next stop: Early Hitchcock series.

2. DVR – I’ve always loved DVR; TV on my time and fast-forwarding through commercials always seemed like a good idea. But nowadays, it’s extremely handy – readily available distraction from pain FTW.

3. Scrumptious-smelling candles – thanks to Nancy, this is the candle I’m currently enjoying.

4. Homemade cookies.

5. This amazing work of technology.

6. That the Scriptures are an incredible and reliable avenue for me to get to know God better. Right now, I am holding onto Him rather desperately, and it is important for me to deeply know Who it is I’m holding onto, so that I might actually trust Him not to let me go. My current favorite is Isaiah 64:4. “From of old no one has heard or seen by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides You, Who acts for those who wait for Him”

7. Chick lit and detective novels – Now, I’ve always loved these, ever since I read my first Nancy Drew in first grade, but right now they’re the easiest books for me to understand. Complex or technical arguments – not computing these days.

8. Needlepoint – I do have to exert some self-control, because after a couple of 10-hour days of sewing, it kinda does a number on my hands and I have to quit for a few days. I think I should be able to continue my current project starting tomorrow. I’ll be done with it after about 3 days of work, so then (hopefully) I’ll be able to make another quick trip to my favorite needlepoint shop to pick out a new canvas.

9. Spellcheck, because my sense of spelling is waaaaaaaaay off these days.

10. LOFT capris, because they are comfy daywear on the days I can get out of pjs, and they look a little more like normal-people clothes than my yoga pants. Unfortunately, the ones I refer to seem to be sold out, so no linky love. But I will say this: I have them in sea glass and pale salmon. The colors make me happy. Right now I’m wearing the seaglass pair with an RUF summer conference T. So comfy.

July 23, 2012

A Girl’s Gotta Have a Hobby

Recently finished my first big needlepoint project, which is bound for my nephew Brad’s nursery wall. It took almost a year for me to finish – I started it before Brad was a zygote. So excited to see it all finished up and on the wall.

Hoping there will be a spot to put those great lyrics from Rain for Roots below the piece.