Monday, June 8, 2009

Posting from the infirmary

I took a break from posting for a few weeks, as it seemed that all I could post about was doctor visits, tests, medications, symptoms. Really, that's all I thought about for weeks! So, I'll get the quick update out of the way, and then we'll get to some awesome thrifty finds, and an in-progress shot from a project I finished recently.

Christine had a set-back last week -- another sinus infection on the left side of her head, above her eye. (This is on the opposite side of the first sinus infection/eye problem.)

This is particularly scary, as she shouldn't be having any infections of any kind, with all the medications she is taking, and this is how her right eye problem began -- with a simple sinus infection. Doctors are puzzled, and very concerned, and now more tests, more specialists are in order. There will be a CT scan of her sinuses some time this week, and a trip to her retina specialist on Friday.

She was in a great deal of pain for a few days, and could not take over-the-counter medications, as each one had dangerous interactions with her other medications. She is feeling better now; just waking up with a headache that soon dissipates after being up awhile.

Oh, I forgot to post that my daughter's retina has reattached! (The scan on the right is a photo of the layers of her retina. . . all is where it should be!)

All the fluid is gone. Praise God! However, there is some possibly permanent damage to her eye, which can be seen in the left photo. The white speckles show areas of damage. She is still colorblind and has poor vision in that eye. Her specialist says time will tell if this will heal.

We truly appreciate all of your prayers, and the kind words of encouragement and support. You have no idea how much this has blessed our family. I pray for many blessings for you and yours.

Now, onto the thrifty finds!

I had stayed out of the thrift stores for about a month, and was going through intense withdrawals! I lucked out, as some of the items I had been stalking (and waiting to go on sale) were marked down to just above a dollar, some less than that! I loaded up two garbage bags full of awesomeness. Here is a tiny sample. . . .

This was a MEN'S shirt! It's 100% silk and it still had the tags on it. . . check out that embroidery! Only $2. . . .


And more fabrics. . . I was stalking that bottom one for a couple of months. The brown polka dot just above it is an adorable vintage-looking dress -- that just so happens to fit me! I may have to keep it.

I just love the black and white gingham with the rick rack, and I scored a large red linen skirt -- lots of fabric to work with!

A couple of in-progress shots from a project I recently finished. . . .

I haven't had time to work on any big projects lately, although I have stacks and stacks of them to do. This embroidery really relaxes me. I can't wait to show you the finished project!

Thanks for reading this far. . . . and please keep the prayers coming. :)

4 comments:

  1. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything works out for your sweet monkey. Being sick gets old pretty quick.

    Great finds on the fabric. Happy sewing!

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  2. I am so sorry about Christine. I can't believe she has had another setback. I have been thinking of you a lot and I am so sorry that I haven't sent your pin cushion yet. I will do it I promise. Please send Christine all our healing thoughts.

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  3. So sorry to hear about Christine's setback. Love and prayers to her and you!

    Your embroidery stitches are sooooo perfect! You are indeed very skilled! Can't wait to see what the finished project.

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  4. I'm thinking good thoughts for your dauther! I hope the doctors are able to figure this out!

    The embroidered thrift store shirt is awesome!!! Is that going to end up being a purse, by chance? I love your heart emboridery as well. Just beautiful!

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