Greetings and Merry Meet! Come on in, grab a cup of coffee, tea or whatever else you prefer and read a bit. Check out my pictures. I will be blogging about my stitching endeavors, my every day life with my family, and I'll probably throw in a few witchy things as well! Hope you enjoy. Please feel free to comment and share.
Blessed Be,

Friday, December 17, 2010

Finally...An Update!

Well, it might not be much of one but at least it is an update!  LOL
Sorry I have been remiss in keeping this up to date.  The Wednesday after Thanksgiving I went to the ER because I was having severe stomach pains that started Thanksgiving night.  At first I had thought the pains were indigestion or something from having eaten too much!  Then after almost a week I figured it had to be something more serious.  Well, as many of you know, at the time I didn't think I had any insurance so figured my best bet was to carry my ass to the ER over at St. Petersburg General Hospital.  My friend Crystal went with me, I had borrowed her mom's car.  So I get in there and after a bit the doctor on call tells me he thinks it might be my gall bladder.  So they had someone come in and give me an ultrasound.  That was fun - brought back baby memories!  LOL  After what seemed like a billion hours later, the doctor comes in and says that yes, it's my gall bladder and that they are going to admit me and do surgery to remove it.  Ack!  I immediately freaked out!  I've never had surgery before.  The good news was that the lady who took my information to admit me came in and said that my medicaid was active so everything would be covered.  Hooray!!  So right around that time Crystal had to leave.  Mark and Linda came to get her and the car.  I said goodbye and they wheeled me into a room in the hospital.  I was so nervous and scared but they kept pumping me with morphine so I also kept drifting off into sleep.  LOL  I stayed in that room for about 8 hours and then they told me that the rooms were all full and they were going to transfer me up to the Labor and Delivery floor because I was a young female.  I was pretty darn happy about that because I have had 2 out of 3 of my children in this hospital and knew that the Labor and Delivery nurses were awesome!!
So, I was scheduled to have surgery that day but they delayed it because apparently the ER was packed and they were having to do emergency surgeries left and right.  So, I patiently waited my turn.  Thursday night comes and the nurse tells me they are scheduling my surgery for that night.  She said to be ready by 8:30pm because they were taking me at 9 to go into surgery.  So I get ready and I call everyone and let them know.  9pm comes and she comes in and says that they have rescheduled it again.  Arrrg!  The next day the surgeon comes in and apologizes for not doing the surgery the night before but he didn't want to work that late.  What??  LOL  Poor thing.  So he says he swears that he will do the surgery the following day and that I am his first surgery on the board.  OK so I patiently wait (with the help of morphine and wonderfully attentive nurses) for the next day.  Let me add in here that when the surgeon canceled my 9pm surgery I literally burst into tears because it had been over 48 hours since I'd last eaten and I was hungry and thirsty and so scared.  The nurse who broke the news to me felt so bad and she brought me all sorts of snacks and drinks.  LOL I love the L&D nurses!
So, the next day comes and I get all ready to go.  They get a new IV in (the other one had stopped and collapsed - OUCH) and wheel me down to the pre-OR.  They got me on all the monitors and there are nurses prepping me and talking to me and I'm freaking the hell out.  My pulse was going crazy!  LOL  I was so scared and they had me waiting for eternity because apparently the surgeon had been called to Bayfront Hospital on an emergency.  I'm thinking, "OMG if they reschedule again I'm gonna go postal!!!" but finally they push me into the OR!!  They have me get on the operating table and the anesthesiologist tells me he's going to give me something to relax and bingo-bango, I'm out within a minute!  I wake up a few hours later in the recovery area and they wheel me to my room.  The next thing I remember is the nurse asking me how I was feeling and that she was going to go get me something for the pain.  The first pain I felt was my shoulder.  OMG was that pain intense!!  Apparently they'd had my arm in such a way that it had made my shoulder kink or something.  After that pain the abdomen pain from the surgery hit.  I couldn't move, I was thirsty and in lots of pain and I swear the nurse took a hundred years to get back.  I was moaning and begging for help.  Couldn't reach the call button and the phone kept ringing and I couldn't reach that either.  Finally, I passed out and got woken up a bit later by the nurses pumping my IV with morphine.  Sweet, blissful sleep...
After that I was stuck in the hospital until the following Monday.  They kept saying they were keeping me another day because they wanted to make sure my blood sugar was under control.  In a way it irritated me because I missed my kids and Daniel and wanted to be with them.  At the same time I was being well cared for by my nurses and was enjoying my vacation.  LOL They finally released me Monday evening.  Linda picked me up after she picked Scott up from school.  We drove to CVS to fill my 12 prescriptions and then home!  I spent a few days in a pain-pill stupor, sleeping and barely doing anything but recovering.  Every day is better and better for me.  The incisions are healing nicely.  I'm off the pain pills.  Barely any pain any more.  I'm back up and able to move with ease.  My sugar levels are starting to get back to normal levels.  Just taking it easy still. 

I have been stitching some on the Faerie name piece that I'm doing for Alyssa (Crystal's daughter).  I will upload a picture to show my progress here.  I'm really excited doing this piece.  It's cute!  It is also a really quick stitch.  I am positive Alyssa and Crystal will love it.
Well, in case I don't get back to posting before - Merry Christmas, Blessed Yule and a Happy New Year to ALL!!  May this next year be blessed with good health, peace and happiness.  Much love to my friends and family for all their support during this past year.  **Hugs**

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Ray Of Hope

Today I woke up at 5:20am to wake Debo up to go to one of those Day Labor places.  Then I proceeded to fall asleep and wake up again every hour after that.  7am I woke the boys up to get ready for school.  7:45am I woke up to say goodbye to Shane because he had to leave to walk to school.  8:30 I woke up because Crystal texted me wanting to know what time they should be here to pick up Scott for school.  At that point I got up to make a pot of coffee.  Talked to Daniel on the phone (he was at work already).  Crystal came in the apartment to let me know Linda was here to pick up Scott.  Said goodbye to Scott.  Crystal was coming over to help me clean the apartment and to spend time with Debo.  I grabbed a cup of coffee and jumped on the computer to check my emails and such.  I was sooooooo tired.  Finally, I gave in and told Crystal and Debo that I was going to sleep till noon and then we'd start on the cleaning.  Texted D to let him know I was napping and laid down.  Well of course 20 minutes later my phone rings.  It was Shane's school nurse informing me that Shane got hit by a ball in his chest but was doing fine and that she was sending him back to class.  OK, thank you very much and goodbye.  Back to sleep I go.  "Ping!" My texting goes off.  Someone texting me some nonsense.  Ping!  again.  Ping! again.  Ugh.  I fall back to sleep, peacefully.  Sleep for 30 minutes more when BOOM BOOM BOOM! Loud thumping rap music wakes me up.  I'm like, WTF??  So I get up and go in the livingroom and Debo is watching some gangster movie that he knows by heart and he'd apparently turned up the volume super loud at the end song because he loves it so much.  So I glare at Debo and I'm like, "Gee thanks...not like I was trying to sleep or anything!!"  "My bad!" he replies.  "Forget it." I say.  Then I start making something to eat and I sit on the futon and chat with Crystal.  After lunch, I start cleaning.  I got the kitchen floor cleaned and the entryway.  Debo vacuumed the carpet and cleaned the litter box.  Crystal moved the bags of laundry (clean) into my room.  Everything looked nice!!  Around 3:10 Shane came home from school, I was in the shower.  Around 4:30 Scott came home.  While I was outside talking to his grandma, Linda about his birthday tomorrow, the lady from PAR comes over.  She was coming over to give me an intake interview for a program I am putting Shane in called The Alpha Program.  She proceeded to ask me all sorts of questions about me, Daniel, the kids, and our situation.  Then she ran over the details of the program.  Basically, Shane will be put in a classroom with like 6 other kids.  He will get more one on one help in his trouble areas.  He will get counseling and will learn how to deal with certain peer-pressure issues and emotional triggers.  Things like smoking, drinking, death, drugs, abuse, and divorce.  He will get to go once a month on an all-day field trip.  At the end of the year they get a CD with pictures of the field trips and activities they do.  Once a month I am required to attend a parenting class with the other parents of kids in the program.  It's all geared to keeping kids with problems in school.  As apparently Pinellas County, FL has the highest drop out rate in the nation!!!  OMG That's bad.  Anyway, I'm really excited about the program.
So, tomorrow is Scott's birthday.  He will be 12 years old.  Hard to believe, really.  Before I know it, he'll be an adult (cry!!).  We are going to bake him a cake, Crystal and I, while he's in school.  I can't get him a gift right now but I will as soon as Daniel gets paid.  Being poor sucks but my kids are used to it.  LOL Sad, but true.
Off to dreamland my friends.  Farewell and goodnight.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Let's Get This Started...

Well, it's been a while hasn't it? LOL
Today I woke up later than usual - around 11:30am. But hey, it's Sunday, I deserve to sleep in, right? Daniel woke up the same time I did. The boys were all up already, of course. Running around, chasing each other, playing video games...typical boy stuff. Crystal and Debo were still sleeping on the futon in the livingroom. I don't know how they slept through all that racket!!
A little back story here...
Crystal is my oldest son's father's sister. She recently (about a month ago) moved to FL from GA to get away from a bad situation. She stayed with us for a bit and her boyfriend moved in with her here. Well, then she decided to stay at her mom's house and left her boyfriend here. At that point, because of several reasons I won't get into, Daniel and I decided to kick her out. However, her boyfriend is still here. Nice guy but he needs to get a freakin' job!! LOL
So the day went on as usual. Nothing too overly dramatic. At 4pm I had to take Aiden (my youngest son) home to his grandmother's house. So at that point I decided to take Crystal back to her mom's house as well. Also, I had to take Linda (Crystal's mom) her car back, since she was only letting me borrow it to get Aiden to/from home. Linda drove me back home. As soon as I walked in the door, I got a migraine. ACK! So, took some Excedrin Migraine medicine and laid down for a few hours. Daniel took care of the kids for me. When I woke up, his daughters were here. So now we're getting ready for bed. No stitching for me today! :( Tomorrow I hope.