Archive for December 2011
I can’t believe it is almost Christmas. And I am no where near being ready, but that’s okay. We have decided to keep things low-key this year.
When I thought I had more energy, I started making Yo-Yo Angels. My plan was to make lots and lots, and sell them. But my recovery is taking longer than I expected, and so have bundled them all away for now. Family will be in for a treat, because that is where most of them will be going.
The photos I am including are the “individual” angels. Pins, magnets and ornaments. I made several “collections” of ornaments for Christmas. The skirts are the same, but other than that they are unique.
Christmas Angel Ornaments
Making the yo-yos was made easier using the Clover Yo-Yo maker. I was able to recline and make lots and lots. The angel assembly took a bit. A little sewing, a little hot gluing, and even some tacky gluing.
I’ve been commissioned to make several Christmas Nativity projects for a friend. It’s a good thing she is not in a rush, she asked for the Stocking first, which is Cross-stitch, and every space is stitched. I have about 20 hours into it, and only about a 5″ x5″ square complete. It looks beautiful so far, but a lot of work. Several projects are hand-work, which gives me something to do in front of the TV.
My recovery is taking longer than I thought. I saw my Urologist/Surgeon in October, to find out that I could expect at least a year recovery, why didn’t they tell me that to begin with? I would have done things differently, but alas, what is done is done, I can now go forward with the knowledge I have. Besides being fatigued with the odd bout of nausea I am doing fair. My 6 month Chest-xray and Ultrasound came back clear, so I am good for another 6 months. I realized last week, when I was going to see my doctor for the ultrasound results, that for all intents and purposes, right now, I am tumour free! What a wonderful sensation. I suppose I hadn’t really thought of having my kidney removed, was actually having the tumour removed. Odd how the mind works.
The surgeon told me, that if I was tired, I was doing to much. I stopped doing everything at home. No household chores, no fun stuff. All I was doing was going to work – 4 hour shifts, 3 days a week, alternating days. When I saw my doctor, we were both concerned about my lack of progress in recovery. I have been experiencing a fair bit of discomfort especially at night, and I really didn’t think about it. Until the night I woke up with abdominal pain, and took another pain killer. I slept wonderfully, and had the best day I’ve had in I don’t know how long. I went to my doctor about 3 weeks ago with that information. He prescribed a slow-release pain killer. I took it for 2 nights, had some issues, and stopped taking it until I saw him last week. I’m back on it. Haven’t had great days yet, but I am sleeping with no pain, just wish I could sleep longer. We have decided I should stop work for 6 weeks, to fully do nothing, and to give myself a kick-start into recovery.
With Christmas so close, it is hard to stop, and not do anything. Everything I do, have to budget my energies around. I’m learning, but it is a steep learning curve, I must tell you.
So with this update, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
Until the next time!