wednesday

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:41 pm
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The biopsy went okay. It was stressful and I am tired - my breast is very sore now but it was okay. I will know the results on Friday at the earliest or next week. The doctor said that statistically this type of cancerous calcification has a 70% chance of being non-dangerous. First I thought good - I have a better chance now. Then I thought - why should I be in the lucky 70%? That means someone else will have to be in the unlucky 30%. Someone has to have it. That is the price of being alive and the statistics that apply. I wouldn't wish this on anyone else. I can't be thinking of lucky or unlucky - deserving or undeserving. Let me just face what needs faced and be present for the good in each day. I have ice on it now and hopefully by tomorrow it will feel better - it should. After they were done the nurse asked if I had any questions and I thought to ask what diameter the needle was that they used for the biopsy. She said, the size of a knitting needle - not sure - she didn't really knit. Then she said, oh - here - here's one - you can see it. Ouch! it was big - it looked to be the size of about a 3 mm needle. I said - I'm glad I didn't see that before!

Something I want to remember about the procedure... At the point where the doctor came in and was doing his thing - the novocaine injection and the needle biopsy - the nurse came around to the other side and started tapping up and down on my back, buttocks and thighs (I was face down on a special table with my breast hanging down in a "vice" holding it still while the doctor worked on it). Her tapping felt just like Milo when he walks around on me when I am in bed at night - trying to get my attention and be close to me. I said she felt like my cat when he bothers me at night - but no, she wasn't bothering me - I liked that she was distracting me (from the jerking and movements the doctor was making). Then we talked about cats and what our cats were like. It was just a nice part of the thing.

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Onto other, more pleasant things...
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I think I have chosen a pattern for the baby blanket I am going to make for Mara's baby boy to be. Picture this sample done up in turquoise, red, green, yellow and white assorted colors with a gray edging on each one.

wednesday

Dec. 10th, 2014 07:58 am
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"Mountain Road" pendant - sterling, dendritic jasper and glass bead Listing HERE

A dark and drizzling day. Oh wait - it looks like it is changing to snow. Our insurance man is supposed to come this afternoon to help us fill out the affordable health care insurance forms. I am so glad we have an insurance man. My mind just glazes over when I start to hear "insurance talk" and I need an interpreter. Plus we like him as a person so that's good too. I need to spruce up the house a bit and find some paperwork before he gets here. But first - I may go back to bed. We get up at 5 am over and over for some dumb reason so really I don't get enough sleep. Yawning...

designing

Jan. 16th, 2013 08:41 pm
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Today's studio pic - working on a special design for one of the enameled copper disc pendants:

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The words are from a poem by Lord Byron - There Is Pleasure In The Pathless Woods.

This morning I got my mammogram and bone density done. So I'm pretty much done with medical stuff now for a while (I hope). I have avoided anything medical for 1 1/2 years and feel like I've beaten the system enough - I need to surrender now to it and get caught up. I'm on a new cholesterol med and will go back in April for blood work and then talk to the doctor to see if it's working well enough for him to leave me on it. It seems to be agreeing with me and I hope it does the trick. I don't want to change my diet. I already don't eat land animals - but I do eat cheese and eggs - I don't want that to be taken away from me. I hate all this "body" stuff - people looking at my body, touching it, stretching it, squeezing it, looking IN it, giving me meds to put in it, telling me what I should do. Though I still have a dental visit coming up.

End medical rant...
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I'm hoping now this "medical" phase of my life will be over for a few years. The colonoscopy went well this morning - no polyps, so I can wait 10 years before I need another one. My incisions all seem better now - the tenderness suddenly stopped last Saturday. All the x-rays, blood works, other tests, etc were good. I can start to lift over 30 lbs on Wednesday and go back on full duty caring for mom again. My cholesterol is high but not that high. Many people would be very happy to have cholesterol at the level that mine is. It is around 230 I think. But I'm taking the meds from the doctor for that anyway - that is the only med I take. I just need to get my digestion settled down and working properly without my gallbladder and figure out what exactly I need to eat for that. I keep hearing the words, "lower fat, more fiber, more water, less caffeine" - I just need to accept that and DO it I guess.

Well, onto better, more exciting and pleasant subjects. I got my Winsor and Newton oilbars in the mail today so I can try using them to fill in drawn gouges in the encaustic paints now. I'm excited about that. I had put the encaustic painting on hold till I got the oilbars so now work (play) in that area can go ahead. And when I get the microscope slides I can finish that project. So lots of stuff to look forward to...

And... here is my etsy shop addition for the day - "heaven's cocoon":

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I'm hoping now this "medical" phase of my life will be over for a few years. The colonoscopy went well this morning - no polyps, so I can wait 10 years before I need another one. My incisions all seem better now - the tenderness suddenly stopped last Saturday. All the x-rays, blood works, other tests, etc were good. I can start to lift over 30 lbs on Wednesday and go back on full duty caring for mom again. My cholesterol is high but not that high. Many people would be very happy to have cholesterol at the level that mine is. It is around 230 I think. But I'm taking the meds from the doctor for that anyway - that is the only med I take. I just need to get my digestion settled down and working properly without my gallbladder and figure out what exactly I need to eat for that. I keep hearing the words, "lower fat, more fiber, more water, less caffeine" - I just need to accept that and DO it I guess.

Well, onto better, more exciting and pleasant subjects. I got my Winsor and Newton oilbars in the mail today so I can try using them to fill in drawn gouges in the encaustic paints now. I'm excited about that. I had put the encaustic painting on hold till I got the oilbars so now work (play) in that area can go ahead. And when I get the microscope slides I can finish that project. So lots of stuff to look forward to...

And... here is my etsy shop addition for the day - "heaven's cocoon":

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Glug, glug. Am now drinking the horrible drink. The instructions say to drink a "large" glass every 10 minutes. So I am.

Finished listing an etsy item - a dragonfly pendant I made last winter. My plan has always been to list one thing a day but I hardly ever end up doing it that way.

"Water Rejoice":



So that is all my news of this day - lots of bathroom visits and drinking the awful liquid. Oh, and I got the little collage stuff done for all the Christmas microscope slide glass ornaments I plan to make. I don't have enough microscope slides to encase them all yet. I will have to wait till they get shipped here to finish - soon I hope.

Listening to a mix of John Lee Hooker, B B King, Dylan and Loreena McKennitt.
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Glug, glug. Am now drinking the horrible drink. The instructions say to drink a "large" glass every 10 minutes. So I am.

Finished listing an etsy item - a dragonfly pendant I made last winter. My plan has always been to list one thing a day but I hardly ever end up doing it that way.

"Water Rejoice":



So that is all my news of this day - lots of bathroom visits and drinking the awful liquid. Oh, and I got the little collage stuff done for all the Christmas microscope slide glass ornaments I plan to make. I don't have enough microscope slides to encase them all yet. I will have to wait till they get shipped here to finish - soon I hope.

Listening to a mix of John Lee Hooker, B B King, Dylan and Loreena McKennitt.
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Boy, are we having a snowstorm. Dave and I drove to Sharon this afternoon while it was still clear but when we were in Reyer's Shoe Store the snowstorm started and it was a very tense drive home on Interstate 80. My Christmas present to Dave this year is a pair of shoes that will be comfortable (he is a size 10 1/2 EEEEEE) and his present to me is all the amazon books I have bought in the last couple weeks - he is holding them for me till Christmas.

Got just one thing etsy-ized tonight - that intarsia necklace I made last summer:



Oh dear, I am fasting on clear liquids all weekend for my upcoming colonoscopy on Monday morning - gack. I'm hungry. I'm drinking lots of broth, ginger-ale, apple juice and eating hard candies. Still - hungry! I got banana popsicles too - will have some later.

Well, that's all the news for now. I'm hoping to go to bed early and just sleep away as many hours of not eating that I can.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot. I took this picture today when I was coming back from town - I always love this tree that I see across the river:

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Boy, are we having a snowstorm. Dave and I drove to Sharon this afternoon while it was still clear but when we were in Reyer's Shoe Store the snowstorm started and it was a very tense drive home on Interstate 80. My Christmas present to Dave this year is a pair of shoes that will be comfortable (he is a size 10 1/2 EEEEEE) and his present to me is all the amazon books I have bought in the last couple weeks - he is holding them for me till Christmas.

Got just one thing etsy-ized tonight - that intarsia necklace I made last summer:



Oh dear, I am fasting on clear liquids all weekend for my upcoming colonoscopy on Monday morning - gack. I'm hungry. I'm drinking lots of broth, ginger-ale, apple juice and eating hard candies. Still - hungry! I got banana popsicles too - will have some later.

Well, that's all the news for now. I'm hoping to go to bed early and just sleep away as many hours of not eating that I can.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot. I took this picture today when I was coming back from town - I always love this tree that I see across the river:

pencam

Nov. 15th, 2007 05:34 pm
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I got my new pencam this afternoon and went out right away and took this picture of wet vegetation - it is photoshopped some. I like it! Now I'm just trying to figure out exactly WHAT I will be using this camera for. It says the batteries will go dead in 10 days even if not used for picture taking so I need to store it between uses without the batteries, I guess. I like the idea of a grab and go camera - maybe have it in a small bag by the door to stick in my pocket when I go next door or outside to get the mail. I always carry my regular (super) camera in my purse so that's covered already. So I will use this one when I don't have my purse with me. Anyway... a new toy, yeah!



I ate out for the first time today sans gallbadder and it went well - I didn't get the buffet at the Chinese like I usually do - I got steamed vegetables in a garlic sauce with cashews instead - I really liked it better than the buffet - my new favorite thing.

That's all the news for now... I got a couple jewelry things nearly done today - I hope to show pictures of them later.

pencam

Nov. 15th, 2007 05:34 pm
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I got my new pencam this afternoon and went out right away and took this picture of wet vegetation - it is photoshopped some. I like it! Now I'm just trying to figure out exactly WHAT I will be using this camera for. It says the batteries will go dead in 10 days even if not used for picture taking so I need to store it between uses without the batteries, I guess. I like the idea of a grab and go camera - maybe have it in a small bag by the door to stick in my pocket when I go next door or outside to get the mail. I always carry my regular (super) camera in my purse so that's covered already. So I will use this one when I don't have my purse with me. Anyway... a new toy, yeah!



I ate out for the first time today sans gallbadder and it went well - I didn't get the buffet at the Chinese like I usually do - I got steamed vegetables in a garlic sauce with cashews instead - I really liked it better than the buffet - my new favorite thing.

That's all the news for now... I got a couple jewelry things nearly done today - I hope to show pictures of them later.
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Hmm - haven't had much to say lately - or too much to even start?

Sister Kathy is here - which is wonderful. It is wonderful to have someone to share the load of going through the stuff that belonged to John, dad and mom. And wonderful to just see her!

Yesterday Kathy accompanied me to the doctor to talk about my upcoming surgery to get my gallbladder out (yeah! I never want a pancreatic inflammation attack again!), and to talk about getting up to date on all my medical stuff - mammogram, colonoscopy, pap, bone density, cholesterol meds, doing something about my backache (I want to try muscle relaxants). I haven't been to the doctor for years and the last time I went I ignored all the testing that I was advised to do after the visit so I have a backlog of things to get caught up on. Since we pay so much (nearly $600 a month for medical insurance) and have such a high deductible I just opt to NEVER go to the doctor - I feel like I have already spent too much on medical by just paying for the insurance. But anyway - at this point since I have been in the hospital I will have already been charged the deductible and now any more medical stuff I do will be paid for by the insurance - it is a race to get all this testing/surgery done by the new year now.

Today Kathy, Karen and I will go to Cooks Forest to pick up Karen's and my art that has been for sale there over the summer. I want to take a hike in the big woods while we are there too. Maybe I'll have some pictures later...

Well, got to get going - Karen will be here at 9.
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Hmm - haven't had much to say lately - or too much to even start?

Sister Kathy is here - which is wonderful. It is wonderful to have someone to share the load of going through the stuff that belonged to John, dad and mom. And wonderful to just see her!

Yesterday Kathy accompanied me to the doctor to talk about my upcoming surgery to get my gallbladder out (yeah! I never want a pancreatic inflammation attack again!), and to talk about getting up to date on all my medical stuff - mammogram, colonoscopy, pap, bone density, cholesterol meds, doing something about my backache (I want to try muscle relaxants). I haven't been to the doctor for years and the last time I went I ignored all the testing that I was advised to do after the visit so I have a backlog of things to get caught up on. Since we pay so much (nearly $600 a month for medical insurance) and have such a high deductible I just opt to NEVER go to the doctor - I feel like I have already spent too much on medical by just paying for the insurance. But anyway - at this point since I have been in the hospital I will have already been charged the deductible and now any more medical stuff I do will be paid for by the insurance - it is a race to get all this testing/surgery done by the new year now.

Today Kathy, Karen and I will go to Cooks Forest to pick up Karen's and my art that has been for sale there over the summer. I want to take a hike in the big woods while we are there too. Maybe I'll have some pictures later...

Well, got to get going - Karen will be here at 9.

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