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May 26, 2009

I'm ready for summer!

IanSkater Well, I tell you what, I think I have had the worst spring EVER!  :)  I'll tell you about the details of this card, and if you want to find out about my spring, you can read the rest of this post.

This card uses all kinds of goodies found in the May card kit called On the Dotted Line.  The papers from Fancy Pants, ribbon from May Arts, Candy Dots from Pebbles, and the Copic colors are from the May Copic kit too.
I think you can see the details, where I actually SEWED on my card today!  I bought a new sewing machine about a month ago, just specifically to sew on my cards.  I am NOT a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination, but I am excited to be able to sew on my cards because I think it gives a really cool handmade look that you can't get with a store-bought card.  :)

The image that is front & center on the card is The Greeting Farm Ian Skater.  This is a relatively new stamp company for the store, and I've fallen in love!  These are some nice big images and work GREAT for the Copic markers.  They are cling-mounted rubber stamps and have some cool boy images, animals and the most adorable little girls!  I have a few more cards for the May card kit that I'll show you the rest of this week.  I have started on the June card kit this past weekend and oh I'm having soooo much fun!!

Allright, now, about my absence the last 5-6 weeks on the blog...like I said, I am sooo ready for spring to be over!  :)  If you're reading this and a guy, let me just first say...it's a girl problem, so if you get squeamish about girl parts, don't read!  LOL

I have had some fertility issues and was diagnosed with PCOS (Poly-Cystic-Ovarian Syndrome) about 9 years ago.  I've struggled with that for years, and finally decided to have a hysterectomy in April.  We go in for the surgery on Friday the 17th of April and about 20 pokes with nurses and anestesiologists trying to get an IV started, we're ready for surgery, however about 5 minutes before the surgery, the doc comes in and says he wants to do a D&C instead first, because there were a few concerns he had with an ultrasound I had a couple days before surgery.  NICE, right?  Well, I guess he's concerned with cancer and he's being cautious.  Which I totally respect, but darn!!  That means I have to come in that next Tuesday to do the actual surgery if everything comes back clear, and that means another 20 or so pokes in order to get my IV in!!

Thank God the tests from pathology came back negative, so on Tuesday the 21st of April, we went back in for the actual hysterectomy.  Again, about 15-20 pokes in order to get an IV in, and this time there were 2 of them going on each arm until they got it.  Sooo not fun!  I looked like a pin cushion and had all kinds of bruises all up and down my arms and hands for a long time!

So, they did an "open" hysterectomy because I had a fibroid about the size of a grapefruit and one of my ovaries had a cyst about the size of a golf ball.  The surgeon made a scar a little bit larger than my C-section scar, but only about 1/2 inch above it, so pretty much is pretty invisible.  :)  Everything looked great from the surgeon's point of view so I ended up staying in the hospital until that Saturday afternoon.  I had some issues with some pain meds they gave me, and got sick to my stomach one night and wasn't keeping down fluids, etc so they ended up having to put in another IV (yay again right?) for another day or so until I felt better and was finally let out late Saturday afternoon.

Came home and was pretty miserable for about 2 weeks after the surgery.  I was really sore, and exceptionally tired.  Thank goodness my mom was available to work at the store.  She was absolutely awesome!!

I started to come back to the store for a couple hours in the afternoon, which went pretty well, but realy wiped me out.  :)  OK, so fast forward to May 11.  I was really tired that day, so I brought my daughter to school and came back to sleep.  My mom was at the store until 2 when I was going to take over for the day.  My hubby came home, woke me up, and handed me some insurance papers for one of his employees that they didn't understand.  I tried to explain what the paper meant, and just could not find the words I wanted to use.  I kept repeating myself, and I had a horrible headache.  He got frustrated with me, and said he was gonna let me go back to sleep.  That day I went in to the store, and my mom said the same thing.  I wasn't making sense, I was repeating myself, and I was searching for words to help customers find products, etc.

That next day our Christian school had an event that I was the co-chair, so I went to help set up, and was just not feeling right.  Kinda like in a fog and still searching for words.  I talked to a friend of mine, who was a nurse, at the event, and she thought I should go into the clinic the next day.  I did, and blood pressure was fine, but the nurse didn't like what I was describing so she had a doc come look and talk to me.  Ended up I got a CAT scan and then after that, they scheduled me for an MRI on that Friday.

That Friday the MRI truck was in our town and I got a call about noon that the results were in and the doc wanted to see me in the office to talk about the results.  But, about a half hour after that call, the doc called back and said nope, I had to go to Sioux Falls to see a neurologist because I had a stroke!!!  I was completely floored!!

So, that's what we did.  I talked to the neurologist and then went through a bunch of tests to find out the cause of the stroke.  More pokes for an IV, blood tests, an echo cardiogram, an MRA, and found out that I have a hole in my heart that I've had since birth that I never knew I had!

So, they told me that I probably had a little clot after surgery and because I was starting to walk around more, etc that it broke free and slipped through the hole in my heart and lodged in my brain. I was very lucky as it was a pretty mild stroke, but scary nonetheless.

I am now on Coumidin, which is an anti-coagulant.  I can't eat any food high in Vitamin K (like cauliflower, broccoli, cranberries, etc).

If you are still reading this, thanks.  I just really felt like I owed you a bit of an explination why I hadn't been around much the past couple of weeks.


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Wow. I as so glad that you are doing ok now. We've missed you around here. I'm glad you had your mom and family tot ake care of you.

Oh my gosh Lisa this is shocking....I am SO glad you are ok!! Lynn just sent me a link to this and we didn't realize you were having all these health issues-i will definitely be thinking and praying for you and so thankful that you are OK!!!!

Holy cow Lisa! Glad to hear that you are ok! What a scary thing to have to go through! Sending hugs and prayers!

Oh my Lisa! Didn't realize your operation can lead to a lot of complications like that. But glad to see you're okay and recuperating well. Do take care and hope to see more of you in the blog soon! Hugs!

Oh my goodness LISA! I am sooo sorry to hear about all this.
If their is anything I can do please let me know. I'm so glad that you are okay and they were able to tell you what was wrong. Hugs!

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