Thursday, April 14, 2011

More Life, A Finish, A Start & A Floss Toss

Last week things went a little crazy at home. I saw the surgeon about my operation on the Tuesday, and was then told that my operation would be on the Friday! In the end I'm glad I didn't have time to think about it because I was busy getting childcare organised for Erin etc. Friday came very quickly and I was surprisingly calm in the morning. The operation went well I'm told and I was allowed home later that day, although I was very spaced out from the anaesthetic and took to my bed for several hours. Friday night because I was still under the influence I had hardly any pain for the first time in months and it felt SO good. Unfortunately come Saturday morning the pain was about 10 times worse than it had been before the op. On looking into what I'd had done, it turns out that the steroid injections can take several days to start to have an effect, and this combined with the manipulation that was done had left me very bruised and inflamed. I spent Sat to Mon feeling extremely sorry for myself, but I'm relieved to say that the last three days things have improved a little each day, and today I'm about back to the pain I was in before the op. The expected results of this op can vary, unfortunately there's only a 33% chance this will be a good success. There's the same chance of it not working at all, and the same again of it being some help and me needing to have it done maybe another two or three times, so it's now a waiting game for the next 6 weeks or so before I go back to see the surgeon. I'm not a religious person but if anyone is and could spare a prayer or if anyone could just send some healing thoughts that this does start to work I'd really appreciate it.
Anyway, because I couldn't do much else over the weekend besides sit for about 10mins then pace the house again, I picked up my stitching and I had a happy dance on Sunday night (well, couldn't dance, just had to imagine it lol). I can honestly say if it hadn't of been for my stitching this last few days I would surely have been a lot worse and probably been a lot more frustrated than I was.
LHN Winter Band Sampler
2x2 on 28ct pale blue evenweave using called for DMC
I've also had a new start recently. I decided I needed something on an Easter/Spring theme, and although I know there's no chance it's going to get finished in time to display this Easter, I'm still loving every minute of it. I won this chart in a giveaway Bev had on her blog early last year I think it was, so it's about time I got around to stitching it, and once it's finished I'll be passing it on in a giveaway here, so watch this space.
Trilogy Easter Line Up
1x2 on 40ct Sand Newcastle Linen using mostly called for DMC
And finally here is my floss toss for another new start I have planned! Sally and I have both been having a rough time of it with various things this past few months and when we both fell in love with this design we decided it would be perfect for us to SAL together on, as it seems very apt.
I've chosen to use the recommended Flax Newcastle Linen although am going to use 40ct rather than 32ct, and have picked my own HDF silks. I've mainly chosen similar colours, except for the colour of the words which I decided I didn't want to do in a grey/brown. As I think this may end up in our bedroom when we eventually can afford to decorate it and it's going to be in magnolia, deep red and deep purple, I've changed the wording colour to a deep red, and the dark blue on the chart I've changed to a deep purple. I'm hoping this looks as good as I think it might when I get started, but if not I reserve the right to change them again as I go lol. I spoke with Sally earlier today and we've decided to make a start next Wed, 20th April, hopefully, so I should have a wip pic to show soon!
Well, that turned into a long post so I won't waffle anymore for today. I think I need to go back to posting shorter posts more regularly because I've been meaning to post for about a week now but kept putting it off because I had so much to say and didn't know where to start lol.
Til next time, hope you're all ok and happy stitching!


Dani - tkdchick said...

Lisa, I hope your OP worked this first time around!!! I can't imagine being in constant pain with no relief.

Your HD is wonderful!

Take good care of yourself!

Lesleyanne said...

Fingers crossed the operation will be a success for you. Congratulations on your happy dance. Winter Band is gorgeous. Look forward to seeing your new start. Lovely progress on the trilogy.

jane said...

hope you continue to improve Lisa and don't have to have the manipulation done again.
I love your Winter Band sampler and the design you have chosen to SAL with Sally is lovely and very appropriate.
Feel better soon!

Hazel said...

Sounds like a nightmare. Hope it works for you and you don't need another op. Sounds very painful. Lovely finish and nice sal with Sally. Just right I think. Thinking of you lots. xx

Colleen said...

Here's hoping with fingers crossed, that the op works & you are finally pain free. Winter Band is lovely & the trilogy is very Easter/Spring colors. Looking forward to seeing both yours & Sally's SAL. Take good care, thinking of you.

Barb said...

Oh dear Lisa you have certainly been through it, hope all has been a success and you will be able to dance in awhile for your finish ,which is lovely. Nice new start and lovely SAL to be started with the lovely Sally.
Take care sending healing vibes

Sally said...

Lots of positive thoughts and hugs coming your way Lisa xxx

Love your WBS finish! Knew you could do it!

Can't wait to start our SAL. I'm off to get SWL out in a bit and do more on it so that I get it finished :)


Ann at Beadlework. said...

I hope you're continuing to feel better. Stitching is a good way to relax.

Anonymous said...

Lovely finish! I hope that the operation does work for you, I hurt my coccyx once riding my bicycle of all things and it hurt for months, still gives me the odd twinge if I sit too long, so I can only imagine the pain that you're in. Sending you good thoughts xx

Pumpkin said...

SO glad to hear that your operation went well! I hope you heal quickly and are bouncing back soon. It's no fun being in pain all the time :o(

Congrats on your beautiful finish!

I'll be checking back on that Easter chart ;o)

Shelleen said...

I hope your pain will go away. All your WIPs look great.

Brigitte said...

Your stitching looks great and congratulations on your Happy Dance.
I'll keep my fingres crossed and hope that the op was successful after all and that your pain will diminish more adn more.

Nancy in IL said...

Lisa, I really love Winter Band Sampler on the blue fabric. I wish I hadn't bought the color I got for it now.

Love the Easter Lineup you're working on! I'm doing Winter Lineup myself, and they're all darling. The floss toss also looks great. Don't you just love working with Vikki's silks?

Hope your surgery continues to get better with time and that you're eventually pain free! Bless your heart!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Hi, returning the following! Looking forward to seeing more of your stitching.
I know what you mean about long infrequent posts, it happens to me too!