Thank you so much for your kind comments regarding my back. And for the advice: advice re; bad backs is always welcome as it isn't something I have ever suffered from before!
Well, life is filled with swings and roundabouts. An interesting phrase, and I admit I am not sure which is the good and which is the bad. The swing or the roundabout?
I spent all day yesterday in the A and E (ER if you are in USA). All day. They were so rushed and I don't know if I told you but the powers that be in the East of Ireland (Dublin) seem to think those of us living in the more rural West don't matter, so they closed all our hospitals and the poor old Galway University Hospital now serves about a third of the Irish population, from Galway to Mayo, to Roscommon, to Donegal and Connemara. They've been unable to take on new staff for five years now and their funding is constantly cut but even so, they do amazing things.
I really had to go because I reached a stage where the painkillers were doing nothing and I couldn't walk, sit or lay down. Ridiculous.
It was a two hour drive but once I got there and finally got seen I had blood tests and xrays and thankfully a big ol' dose of morphine. Sadly it didn't help the pain but it made me feel a bit happier about it!
They came to the conclusion that one of my vertebrate has probably worn away and is touching a nerve though the x-ray didnt really show anything. On a plus side, they don't think it is linked to the big C in any way.....and that is what I was really worried about.
Ironically, they tell you to exercise and run to help reduce the chance of the cancer coming back: and guess what they think it was that added to the wear and tear on the spine? Yup. Dammed if you do and dammed if you don't.
So, now I know it isn't my worst fear, I am much happier. Still can't walk, still can't sit up but hey? It could be so much worse and I'm just greatful it isn't!
I'm stitching a little bit, a few minutes at a time and I've joined in with the birthday thread challenge which is fun. Every birthday we send a card and three threads...a little nice post..hopefully if they all get there!
And because I am a woman and we don't do bed-rest very well I finally got around to designing a gift voucher! How cool!
I really like the design..very funky and very me.
They can be made up to any value and can either be emailed to your recipient or for 2.50 euros extra, printed and posted in an appropriate gift card.
On the business front, Elaine emailed me yesterday to cheer me up with the next Holmsey and Fergus design. I am soooo lucky Elaine agreed to stitch for me. She is amazing. I can't show you yet but it will be released next week with a story which will be sold with it.
Elaine is also working on the next Little Maids. A Maid for all Seasons, starting with spring! I have seen a sneak preview and it looks great! It's so hard though this time of the year, matching colours etc to fabrics because the light is appalling. Thankfully Elaine understands perfectly and keeps in touch with me if there are any issues with a colour. It would be so much easier with some sunlight though and I for one am really looking fowards to spring!
On a slightly different note, I have started moving from Yahoo groups and have opened a Yuku group which is open to all crafts, even papercraft. Feel free to pop along and take a look. You would be very welcome here! Creative Crafting
Have a lovely weekend and hopefully I will be a bit more active next time I post!