Monday, April 27, 2015

Medical Monday - Long Story Update since procedure to fix fistulas

So the big thing to note is that I'm diplopic (double vision) again.  It means I'm not driving or getting out until further notice.  Typing, working on computer, etc, is a definite challenge.  So, I'm not doing a lot of things I would normally be doing.  Like updating my blog like I should.

At any rate, I figured I'd relate all that happened since I went in for my procedure to get my fistulas fixed.  We were at the hospital by 5:30a with a scheduled procedure time of 7:30.  Unfortunately for me, there was an emergency that came in ahead of us, so I didn't actually go back to get ready until around 12:30p.  I was in the recovery area by 6:30p, from there I headed to ICU for the night.  It was not a pretty sight, my eye (and head) hurt pretty extensively.  I couldn't keep down the percoset, but a dose of morphine took the edge off.

I was released before lunch Saturday.  On getting home, I slept off and on most of the day.  My head ached, but I was not going to take the meds they sent home (other than the anti-nausea stuff).  Sunday was a little better ache wise.  Monday came, my pain went away, but the double vision set in.  Ack.  I checked in with the doctor's office and was told it wasn't "unexpected".  So, now I wait for my brain to decide to finish healing and to get back to "normal".

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Colorful remains from Friday #ww

Just because you can't see the diplopia thought I would share this instead.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fistula Friday

I don't usually ask for anything, but I'll ask that you keep me in mind today. I get my fistulas taken care of today at Emory.  I'll spend the night in ICU and come home some time tomorrow (assuming all goes well).  Then it's just a matter of letting the bruises heal and my brain adjust to having metal wire in two veins.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review of Witchcraft Couture by Katarina West #bookreview #fiction

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my opinion and review.

A story set in the world of couture as told by the primary character, Oscar Pelligrini.  An interesting blend of neurotic and moody story telling.  Mixing in a little bit of magic in with the real world, you watch Oscar as he tries to pick himself up in the world of clothes making and fall then fall apart.   While Oscar tries to resolve himself and his creative block, he comes across a magical box called the SAMPO.  Discover with Oscar what happens when you depend on magic to make your way in the world. 

It starts off a little slow and seems to be jumpy, because it's told by the narrator who has a lot of issues to work through.  After a while, though, it becomes easier to read.  Eventually, it even picks up speed and manages to pull you in.  Written diary style, you get an in depth view of Oscar and what goes on in his mind.  

I liked the story basis and the book itself grew on me.  Definitely different and worth a read (or two).

From the cover:

Oscar Pellegrini is a talented fashion designer with a deadly enemy: his own critical mind. He destroys much of what he designs and has been drifting for years, gradually retreating from the fashion business he loves but holding on to his dreams of success. 

A chance meeting with a former girlfriend triggers a creative crisis so deep that Oscar escapes to Russia, where he drinks and despairs like never before. Just when he thinks he has lost everything he discovers a magical machine that turns ordinary outfits into irresistible sartorial triumphs. Oscar takes the machine back to Italy – and before he knows it, he has become famous for his designs, and celebrities and socialites are fighting to be first to wear his gorgeous garments. 

But the happily-ever-after ending for the fashion messiah turns into a nightmare when his dresses acquire a life of their own, gaining energy and evil as time goes on. Haunted by his creations, a dark secret he is no longer able to hide, Oscar finds himself fighting for his life and sanity, and searching for the answer to a question he never knew existed. 

Is there such a thing as stolen genius, and if there is, can it turn against the very person who stole it? 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Visit to the Tennessee Aquarium @TNAquarium

I don't go often, but when I do I thoroughly enjoy myself.  This time around, the family and I stopped and picked up Mimi and took her with us for a day out.  If you've never been, the Aquarium has 2 buildings.  The River building and the Ocean building.  The river explains the life in the river starting at the stream and flowing onward all the way to the lake.  The ocean building has a penguin exhibit as well as the animals from the ocean.  A wonderful variety of species to check out.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Aquarium itself, but I think my favorite part is the butterfly house.  If it weren't for the crowds, I could just go and sit and enjoy.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Flowers from Easter Sunday

We spend Easter Sunday in the north Georgia mountains with husband's family at his grandmother's home. My daughter and I wandered around and took photos of the gorgeous landscape.