Friday, May 22, 2009

The next step

After going through a handful of wrong phone numbers (thanks a lot, office lady) I finally brought out the Google-Fu and found the place myself.

I have an appointment on June 10th at the USA Women's clinic. That was the earliest appointment they could give me since I am a new patient, regardless of my condition. Three weeks. Ouch.

I'm trying my best to stay out of the ER, but man it's hard. Prayers are definitely appreciated.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What's next

As expected, my doc office said that they would not treat me, but that I'm welcome to come back when I can pay.

They are releasing my records. Will pick them up and apply for medical assistance through the local university. Only God knows what the wait time is on that. I need divine intervention. I am in horrendous pain. I can't even describe it.

Thank you friends for your prayers.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Home from the hospital

One shot of zofran and two shots of morphine back to back barely fazed me...I must be some kind of freak.

Very tired and in pain but I will hopefully be feeling better soon. Doc appointment Wednesday if they agree to see me. If not, I will ask them to refer me to a local university health clinic, as per my E.R. doc who suggested it. After hearing my history with and seeing how it debilitates me, he didn't hesitate to throw the word hysterectomy out there. If it's offered, I'm going to say yes. I'll know more after Wednesday.

I appreciate the love and prayers, friends. This has been a long road, and it's nowhere near over. Your messages and well wishes make a difference, and I thank you.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Watching the storm

Outside my window, it's coming down in white sheets. Tis the season of flash floods for us on the Gulf Coast. The wind is incredible...looks like a hurricane outside. I imagine we're under a tornado watch, if not a warning. Needless to say, I'm not dragging my doubled over self out of this bed and driving an hour north to the hospital today, and not asking anyone else to drive me either. No change so far, but I've managed to sit up long enough to eat a few snacks and take a few meds. I'm not on the heavy stuff, at least not so far. I took one mepergan yesterday and haven't taken a pain pill since. I try to go without prescription drugs if at all possible, because I really hate taking them. I'm sure my kidneys appreciate it.

I'll be on the doc's doorstep tomorrow asking for the shot that the nurse said they would give me. If they turn me away due to lack of funds, I'll go downstairs to the E.R. If nothing else, they can give me some pain relief and an iron supplement, which I no doubt need right now. And they can refer me to a place where I can get some help. I need a permanent solution to this, whatever it takes.

Wow, the rain is getting harder. I expect to lose power anytime now. Will update later if I can get back on.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Trying to sit up

I should have gone to the E.R. yesterday. Was a very rough night. Almost passed out so I went to the kitchen and ate anything I could find that contained Iron. Chocolate chips, granola, hummus, and a can of red beans. Took a phenergan and finally got a few hours of sleep. Up having some grits although doubled over in pain. I won't go into anymore detail than that. You don't want details, I promise.

Will see how today plays out.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Doc update

He said going to the ER was optional and they may not be much help other than pain meds which I already have. I'm scheduled for a sonagram and another shot next week, and he wants to do a D&C asap.

This is, of course, depending on whether or not they will actually treat me. I told them I had no money and the nurse said to come in anyway. So we'll see.

I'm just sick of this and want it to be OVER, whatever it takes.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Acrylic Body Art

Did these while sitting at the baseball field. :)

Left arm...













Practice flower on paper...















Left hand...

















Practicing for future Art With Heart face painting and henna tattoo parties.

My little bro got a base hit and pitched a little.

That's all for now. A more "heart-felt" blog is coming soon. Aha...hahaha.........

Good night. :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

BUSY

I was gonna post the Veggie Tales video "I'm Busy, Busy" but it's not on YouTube...ha!

But yes...I'm not hiding out. Just busy!

My schedule has been absolutely CRAZY lately, and I have yet to catch up on various things of life. And I certainly haven't online.

That includes blogs, friend's websites, my OWN website...etc.

And there's a good chance that I might not EVER catch up.

But I hope I will...eventually. Maybe. We'll see.


Anyway, good things are happening, people. My work has nearly doubled, I'm on the road a good bit, and while my health issues are a daily battle, some days are better than others.

This past Saturday, I attended the Moss Point River Jamboree. I painted faces for a few hours, and did a short Bob Ross painting demonstration.



I skipped out around 2:30pm, but was there early and got more accomplished than I expected. Running on zero sleep for nearly 2 days, I think I did exceptionally well.



Sunday, I visited my home church in Pascagoula. My pastor's message was more relevant to my life than he will ever know. It did me a world of good.

Monday, I spent the day in Biloxi with my friend Stacy, pigging out on ice cream and laughing it up as we always do. And if you didn't watch the previously posted video, I also secured a once a month teaching gig at Hobby Lobby over there. It's an 80 mile round trip but I believe it will be totally worth it.

So now I have Mobile, Moss Point, and Biloxi classes coming up. Later this year, I will be adding Pascagoula and another Mobile location to the schedule.

I'm thrilled. I don't have a CLUE how I'll physically do it, but I'm THRILLED.

Art With Heart is also going well. We are growing and it's great to see the difference that is being made. Art therapy is a wonderful outlet. It reaches all ages and offers a sense of value...a sense of self-worth. There are many out there who need that. I've been there, and know the difference that it has made in my own life. I'm so happy to be a part of this organization. It is a great thing.

Another reason why my schedule has gotten crazy is that the next few months are full of festivals and shows. I want to be a part of as many as I can, although I'm limited to not being in direct sweltering heat. Periodic Paralysis + summer heat = trouble with a capital T. So I'm going to do what I can until I have to become a hermit (which is usually June-Sept). We'll see how it goes.

More to come. Hope you're having a fabulous week, friends.