Monday, April 18, 2011

A Quick Shop Announcement

Hi, I have reopened my eBay store, but I have not added the new trims yet. I will be adding them over the next couple of days. There are also some new Czech beads that I have to add. Please be patient!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cheerful Cookies


This box of cookies arrived from my Aunt & Uncle today. I had to take a photo of them before I ate any. They're so cheerful and Springy - they really brightened my day.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Vintage Trims

I just received the most incredible box full of vintage and new trims and appliques. Here is a small sampling of the contents...


Lots of Spring colors. And let's not forget the appliques...


 My eBay store is closed at the moment until my health improves a little, but when it reopens (hopefully this weekend) I will have all these trims and appliques available and more!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

To Those with Mitral Valve Prolapse

Well, I have been gone for awhile again. I have been in the hospital. It turns out, what I had was not pneumonia or bronchitis, but endocarditis, an infection of the heart valve. THAT'S why I've been sick for so long!

I have had a mitral valve prolapse for many years, as I'm sure a few of you might. It never caused me any problems so I didn't think too much about it. When I had a simple outpatient operation back in February, it didn't occur to me to notify the doctor that I had it. BIG MISTAKE!

Please, if you have a mitral valve prolapse, take the following points into consideration, even if you've never had any symptoms.

1 - ALWAYS notify your dentist before a teeth cleaning, or any other dental procedure.

2 - ALWAYS notify your doctor before any surgery or outpatient procedure.

3 - Have a doctor who is familiar with your mitral valve prolapse check you every now and then for any changes, such as increased blood leakage, or swelling of the heart. These signs may indicate valve replacement surgery is necessary.

4 - If you have a prolonged illness that involves fever, and doesn't respond to oral antibiotics, consider that you may have endocarditis, and see a doctor immediately.

Endocarditis is NOT fun. I was very ill with fever for 6 weeks not knowing the cause. Then I was finally diagnosed with endocarditis, and was put in the hospital for 9 days, receiving round-the-clock intravenous antibiotics and 24 hour heart monitoring. Now I'm home, but I have to give myself 6 intravenous antibiotics a day through a tube in my arm, and have daily visits by a home care nurse. I will have to do this for 3 weeks.
 
So, please, if you have a mitral valve prolapse, take it seriously so you don't end up in my situation!

Tomorrow I promise it's back to the pretty pictures and normal blog activity.
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