Sunday, February 5, 2012

Weight loss, kidney stones, and, oh, doctor!

I've been working on this card since January 16th.  I've been in the habit of pre-posting my blog for a long time.  We have vacations, gardening, grandchildren, housework and friends to visit.  So, when I find a quiet day with little to do, I often schedule four or five posts.  All of January's posts were created in late December or early January so when I had to visit the Emergency Room on January 16th, I didn't have to worry about getting posts in on time.  I've had a previous kidney stone attack, so I was very familiar with the symptoms.  The E.R. doctor said I had a stone that was 4 or 5 mm in size and with time, I would pass it.  He loaded me up with narcotics and sent me home with instructions to call my urologist in three or four days if I didn't feel better.  Well, I didn't feel better so I saw my urologist on the 20th.  His call on the Cat Scan was a 7.4mm stone which could never be passed so he scheduled me for surgery on the 21st.  I would like to commend the surgical staff at OSF in Peoria, IL.  They kept as much of my dignity as possible under the circumstances.  For those of you who have never experienced kidney stones, I envy you.  The pain is worse than giving birth and surgery is just the first part.  After the stone is broken up by laser, a stent is inserted to keep all openings large enough to pass the pieces of the stone.  This causes great discomfort for a week.  Removal is also extremely uncomfortable but is done in the doctor's office.  A large number of people suffer from pain as bad as the stones or even worse for several days after the stent is removed and I was one of those.  Being on strong pain meds fogs your brain so no craft work.  By the time the pain had started to ease and I was up and moving, I caught a serious head cold which I still have.  Usually colds last a week but this one goes on and on.  On the up side, I lost 11 pounds which is just a start on what I want to lose and my stomach has shrunk which is a good thing.  Instead of the big butter dish for breakfast cereal, I'm down to the salad dish that came with my dishes.  Two pieces of pizza is more than enough when I used to share a large with hubs.  I'm hoping to keep that up along with ten to thirteen 8 oz glasses of water per day.  Trust me, I may grow gills.

Now, on to this card that took me almost a month to complete.  It actually isn't a traditional card in that it doesn't open up.  It's a 5.25 x 5.25 panel cut from DCWV Textured Card Stock.  The next panel is Basic Grey Out of Print (love this pad), and the stamp is La La Land Princess Marci colored with Copics.  The crochet circle was one of my designs and was covered with a circle from Spellbinder's Standard Circles.  The corner piece was from Marianne Creatables and the ticket was from Whimsy Ticket Sentiments.  The stand was from Aimee Asher.  It was cut from heavy card stock using my Cameo in MTC, painted with Delta Acrylic Paint and then painted with Mod Podge for stability.  It can be flattened for packaging.  Marci is wearing faux pearl earrings from Michaels and her dress is decorated with a Recollections rhinestone.  Two McGill punches were used:  Fern and Leaf Spray.  The large flowers were from a PaperTrey die and a Magnolia die.  These are probably the most embellishments I've ever used on one card.  Some people are so good at grouping embellishments, but I'm not so much.

Card stand from Aimee Asher.
Copics and Spica pens used.


  1. Sorry to hear about your illness I have been told it is very painful, touch wood I hope I never have to experience it, your card is gorgeous beautiful colours and lovely image, hope your cold disappears soon.
    Chris x

  2. Sweet, gorgeous card! I'm glad you are feeling better, and so sorry you had to go through all that! Hugs! Leah Ann

  3. glad you are feeling better - sorry about your experience.

    Good luck with the weight loss, sounds like you are off to a good start.
    Sandra ltb

  4. This is gorgeous and oh what a shame you have been so poorly bless you, im plesed your feeling well enough to make a card its lovely xxxx

  5. What a rough time of it you have been through, Cindy. I pray that you will soon be back to full health. The weight loss was a nice bonus. Congrats!!!

    Your card is so sweet. I love the crochet you made for it and as always your coloring is fabulous!

  6. DH tells me kidney stones hurt more than labor. I tell him he has no clue so don't go there. I won't tell him you confirmed his belief. :D

    I hope you get over that cold. There is nothing worse than coughing and sniffing while crafting.

    I need to join you in the weight loss. However, today has been a 'got to have chocolate or you are going to regret it' day.

    Great job coloring your card by the way. I almost forgot to mention that.