Tuesday, July 31, 2007

What's in a name?

Yes, I am sorry there wont be pictures of my finished knitting because I didnt finish! So that means I lied. I do however have a good excuse. My grandmother had to be rushed to the emergency room because she fell and broke her hip (she broke the other side a few years ago). She had to have emergency surgery and other tests because they thought she had a stroke.

They did am MRI of her pelvis and found the fracture and they also did an MRI of her head. They found a huge tumor thats been causing some problems she has been experiencing lately. She has been having more mood swings, headaches and balancing issues. They are saying that its most likely metastasis from the tumor she has in her lung which has been there for a few years. Whatever it is its very slow growing and she is not a good candidate for that type of surgery to remove either one due to her weak heart. This is the reason she has a DNR order (do not resuscitate) in place.

My parents are away on vacation now and I believe they are trying to get back home today or tomorrow because right now my husband and I are the ones making decisions about her care. I dont mind being that person but I think my Mom should be here because I would be there for my Mom if the roles were reversed. My sister (who wont have anything to do with me or my family for reasons I dont know but are discussed at great length in other posts in this blog, and I am not going to go into it here) is the one that brought her to the emergency room the day after she fell. Initially they found a major urinary tract infection with a high fever.

The most common reason for sepsis in the elderly is a UTI because the bladder is extremely vascular and when there is an infection it gets into the blood a lot quicker then if it were somewhere else. After going to the hospital and getting her room changed to my husbands floor and convincing her to go for the MRI (she was VERY nervous and they used general anesthesia just to get her in the machine) which took a lot of convincing on our part. We made sure she got a sedative before going down for the test. After finding the hip fracture they wanted to get her into surgery as soon as possible because she was in so much pain.

I called my husband this morning to check on her and she is doing well, thank God. I was so stressed yesterday that when we got home I had the biggest migraine on the face of the earth. I took every kind of medication I could take and nothing worked. I couldnt knit, bead or do anything for that matter. I did however load these pictures from the past few days of new stuff I made and of the kitties.

Here are Nicky and Tommy having fun. Its so cute to watch them play together. Nicky is one tough cookie!
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This is a crocheted necklace, anklet and earing set made with blue shell beads. I am going to try and name my jewelry because all the magazines and message boards that show handmade jewelry all have funky, cute names. Bear with me if they sound a little silly so here is goes.

Tangled Up in Blue
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In the Pink
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My most sophisticated and fancy set yet. I think this set would look great on a bride and the crystals I used are vintage from a very long time ago. Lets put it this way, my grandmother had these strung beautifully on a necklace that my son broke. My 1st intention was to fix it up the same way but I would never wear it like that. I decided to break it up and use it in my jewelry because I can make it look much nicer than before.

Something Old, Somthing New
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Charming Chocolate Clover
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Owl's Night-Fall
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On a very exciting note a fellow artist is showcasing me in her blog!! Her name is Artsy Clay and she makes gorgeous polymer clay jewelry that you can purchase at her personal store on Etsy. If you click on the link in my sidebar you can get to her blog and see the post she wrote about me and you will also find the link there that takes you to her store. She can also be comissioned to make a special pet in your life from a photo which is something I am thinking of having her do of my 3 doxies before they get any older.


Curly Cable said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Grandmother, it must have been a dreadful shock! Hope your Mum and Dad get back from their vacation really soon, It is a huge responsibility having to make all the decisions and you all really need to support each other at times like this, including your sister despite everything that happened in the past! I know and understand about unable to concentrate on the knitting, one thing with this hobby, sometimes it helps to take your mind off things, other times it just adds into a migraine! You take care of yourself, and I hope your grandmother recovers really soon. Love your pictures of the Kittys, they are super cute! and gorgeous jewellery you've made as ever!

CurlyBrunette said...

Thanks for the supporting and comforting words CC. You are so right about getting along during times like these but personally I dont think its going to make a difference. My sister didnt even call me when my grandmother was admitted to the hospital, we had to find out on our own. Anyway, they are thinking about whether or not my grandmother needs brain surgery.
Thanks again,