Tag Archives: Chronic Illness

Busy Hands

25 Oct

Although I haven’t much energy, my hands have found plenty to keep busy with! When I came home, I had several purchases on eBay and Etsy to mail. That is when I realized my inventory is down again! I was looking forward to spending several weeks doing ‘fun’ projects before getting back to ‘work’! 🙂  Oh, I don’t really mind crocheting hair nets at all, it’s just that doing the same thing over and over and over, gets a little old sometimes.

Between crocheting hair nets, though, I have snuck in some other projects. I have an afghan I have been working on. I tried to make a goal of doing 3 rows a day so it doesn’t take me a year to get it done! I have also started a new project on my new knitting loom, but I’ll wait to tell you about that til after the Christmas presents are given. 😉  The other day I also made a card for someone. It seems like such a little thing, but it’s so amazing how much energy those little things take, when you just have. no. energy.

Time seems to be moving rather slowly.  Looking back it seems I was in the hospital a long time.  It has some kind of dream quality where every day blended into the next.  Now it seems I have been home a long time.  Is it really just 7 days?  The days themselves don’t feel long though.  That is a blessing.  Until I get all my meds in, rest, eat, crochet a bit….  Not much time left.  Everything seems to take a long time since I have so little energy.  I am so thankful for the things I can do.  I thank the Lord for the ability to crochet and do other hand work even when I can’t do much else.

I have managed to list some items on eBay and Etsy again, too. Yesterday I listed this set of 3 hair nets on eBay and I hope to get it on Etsy soon, too.  There is one Burgundy, one gray, and one white.  As always, you save a bit of money by buying a set of 3! 🙂

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Blessings

23 Oct

Being away for 11 days brings the blessings of home and family sharply into focus! I have so much to be thankful for. In short, I am so glad to be home!!!  What a blessing to be surrounded with family who loves me and wants to care for me. The challenge is to accept the love and care instead of wishing for the independence I would so much prefer.

It’s so comforting to be in your own home. My own bed, my own computer, my own nebulizer and other equipment, a friendly living room, the familiar kitchen. The list goes on and on. Things I seldom think about until I’ve been out of it.

The physical things of my home aren’t the things that bring the most comfort however.  It is the presence of a loving family. The knowing that their care comes from love, not just a job or a nice thing to do.

Absence of things also contributes to the comforting atmosphere of home. Lack of nurses, lack of noise, lack of machines, lack of doctors. All those are so important, but when I get home where none of them are, I feel like I am getting closer to that land of “health” where I am hoping to get to one of these days. To sleep the whole night through without being woke up…. ahhhhhhh

God is so good!  He met my needs in the hospital. He let me feel the comfort and strength of family and hospital staff.  Now He is seeing me through each day.  I can face each challenge, each struggle because I know the He is right here with me each step of the way.  God is in control of everything happening!

Maybe Tomorrow

16 Oct

I have heard this phrase many times in the last week! I have ‘moved into’ the hospital a week ago, the intent being to clear the junk out of my lungs. After a couple days they started saying ‘maybe tomorrow’ you can go home. It appears that the junk in my lungs has settled in pretty good and is putting up a good fight against the good guys, otherwise known as antibiotics.  The good news is that the bug is sensitive to several antibiotics.

I have been reading a lot and not worrying about my stores, which has been a great blessing. Now that I have Internet access, thanks to my SIL’s iPad, my customers have been very understanding.

The Lord is so faithful and the best of Friends to those who are weak.  One verse that has really been a blessing to me is “in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 I am very confident God has everything in His control and knows how it is going to work out, therefore I try my best,through His strength, to be ‘quiet’, or calm.

I will be extremely happy when ‘maybe tomorrow’ turns into ToDay!! I am thinking of all the things I would like to crochet when I get home. 🙂 Obviously, it will be awhile before normal comes back, but it’s always good to feel like I’m on the right path.

God bless you with a very lovely day!

Work in Progress

30 Aug

I enjoy variety, but sometimes it just feels like I have a LOT of stuff going. Recently I read an article on Homemadeology that inspired me to try to manage my time better. Basically I found a daily planner here and decided to try to structure my days a bit better. It’s fun when I can get everything done, but gets a bit overwhelming when I see how much I don’t get done. Here is a bit of a picture of some of the projects I have started.Towels. I ‘went shopping’ in our upstairs / loft and found some fabric to use for my towels. I looked at WalMart twice to find fabric to match my red towels, but never found anything I thought was good enough. My next plan was Joann’s. In the meantime, I thought, why not look through our stuff at home…. I am doing some with a more western/Indian theme, hoping to sell them locally. I found some vintage-looking stuff I decided to use. I also found one that I like, but not sure if anyone else will. It is the one on the left in the following picture. Beings I already cut it I’m not sure what else I can do with it, but I can’t decide if I should put it on the red towel or a black one. I was going to put the blue top on the light brown towel, but I may have chickened out.Bags. I have been slowly working on those as I have time. They are a nice sewing project that doesn’t require much energy, which is nice right now. Hair Nets. Awhile ago I posted that I crocheted a bunch of inventory hair nets. At the end of July, it seemed someone turned on a switch and I started getting sales again!! The funny thing though is that customers rarely purchase the color that is well stocked. 🙂 So I am still crocheting hair nets! Don’t get me wrong, I love the sales and I really don’t care what color they are and it’s no incovenience to make new ones! 😉Me. I am always a “work in progress” 🙂 but just now I feel more so as a head cold / sore throat has caught hold of me. It really made rounds in our family so I’m not terribly surprised I got it, I’m just hoping to keep it from settling in my chest. I retired to my recliner yesterday, but have been feeling a lot better today. I still am contenting myself mostly with hand work though. Like sewing buttons on towels and crocheting hair nets. I just got a bunch of buttons from Supplies From Me to You, a local etsy shop. They are very nice and I got excellent service! If you are wondering why all these towels are dark/black, it’s because I did all the dark ones first so I wouldn’t have to change my sewing machine thread.  🙂

That pretty much sums it up. Except for reading my books! 🙂 I don’t consider that work though so I decided not to include it in this list. What projects have you been working on?

Crocheting Inventory

2 Aug

Otherwise known as recuperating from illness! 🙂When I got sick last week, I decided to see how much of this:I could turn into this:The result is that I have lots of “inventory” hair nets now. 😉 That’s always good as I have already been caught not having a particular hair net made.  This isn’t usually a problem as I can made them up in an hour or two, but it always feels better to be a step ahead. I have been doing other projects as well, to save my hands and to keep from going “crazy”! I get really sick of doing the same thing over and over. As usual my stack of books has been rather distracting! I also got out a baby afghan I started a long time ago and finished that the other day. That was fun! I started another blanket yesterday so who knows how long that will take. The problem with alternating projects like that is that I try to crochet loose for the blankets and then my hair nets start getting bigger, too, as I am still in that mode. So I have to remember to switch modes in my head and my fingers!

Prednisone Free!

1 May

Saturday was my last day of Prednisone!! I am very excited. It’s not usually such a big deal, but this time I was on it for 2 months. That was a long time for me and I am very happy to finally be off. I guess it was a lesson in patience if nothing else. 🙂 I am hoping that since the weather is warmer again, that I will be able to stay on top of things better.

Have a great day!

Tomato Adventure

23 Apr

This weekend I took a break from sewing, not that I was getting that much done anyway. Thursday Mom got a bunch of tomatoes so we changed our Girls Sewing Day planned for Friday into a Tomato Canning Day. Thursday afternoon I cleaned up the kitchen so we could take off bright and early Friday morning.I didn’t get this picture until after we had started. We actually had 9 boxes of tomatoes and 1 box of celery.

A very willing helper! She worked hard all day.

We made Pizza Sauce from a recipe Mom had from Granny:

Later we also made another recipe we got from my sister.

We did most of the canning outside on the camp stove so the house wouldn’t be so hot! The weather here really turned warm last week. Saturday we started our A/C.

We also made stewed tomatoes and whole tomatoes. And a bunch of salsa. The salsa recipe we got from my sister.

Grandma taking a break with the children.

Supervisor! 🙂 He actually did very well all day. In the evening I had him in my bed and he fell asleep. For about 2 minutes. Then he was happy and just lay there and played and kicked. It was cooler in there than in the living room so I think he was more comfortable. I didn’t get any sleep until he went back out.

Our finished product! 🙂 

Something about canned food looks so beautiful and homey. And it makes the work worth it!

I was completely exhausted that night. I sat in the rocking chair to cut up my last tomatoes. 😉 The next morning I got up and ate breakfast with the family. Then after a warm shower, I headed back to bed with a book, a jar of Powerade, and a quart of tea. After two days of mostly rest and extra breathing treatments, I am getting some of my energy back.

I just recently found out about PicMonkey. I had fun editing some of these pictures with their program. Have any of you ever used that? I found out about it on this blog. She has a lot of nice pictures.

Ps. We didn’t get the tomatoes all done. Brittany and Mom are working on them today again. I think this will be the last day.

Answered Prayers

11 Aug

Tuesday I went in for my monthly IVIG. I always get a bit nervous when I go in because they usually have trouble starting the IV. (Yes, I drink lots of water! 🙂 )

We were pleasantly surprised and very thankful when the IV went in on the very first try this time!! 🙂 I often pray as they go to try for it and this time the nurse said she was praying real hard before she started! So we were both rejoicing for answered prayers.  Don’t ever give up on prayer! God always answers! Sometimes it isn’t the answer we want, but God always knows best.

If you are wondering what IVIG is I’ll tell you a little about it. (If not you can skip this paragraph.) Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) contains IgG (immunoglobulin). That is the part of your blood that is your immune system; it helps prevent infection, ect.  Mine IgG levels were low so they have been giving me the IVIG to help keep me from getting sick so often. It has been helping a lot! Since I have started getting the IVIG about 4 years ago, I have only been in the hospital once or twice a year. I am very thankful for that!

I meant to write this post yesterday, but I got busy doing laundry and other things around the house. It is fun to do the laundry here where it dries almost in minutes. 🙂 But it gets kinda hot hanging it out sometimes.  The last couple times I did laundry I ended up with a black and blue load. 🙂 My brothers uniforms are dark blue so there are a lot of dark shirts. Here is some of them.

 

Rejoice with Me!

3 Aug

I wrote before that I was not feeling very well. I am rejoicing that I feel better now! I still don’t feel quite normal yet, but I am SOO Thankful for all the Lord has done for me in bringing me this far!! I have been off antibiotics for 6 days and today I took my last Prednisone! 🙂 Very Exciting. (I still feel like I have my Prednisone appetite though!)

I am also thankful for the 3 sales I had over the weekend! That is very exciting. I sold one hair net on eBay. The other two sales were from Etsy: tayafaith bought the set of 3 hair nets that I listed last week. I have another listing like that here. The other sale was from mommaroz for two handtowels. Check out my shop and see what deals you can find! 🙂

Couponing and Other Things

26 Jul

I enjoy getting good deals, but I am not an “extreme couponer” as it’s little difficult here since we live so far away from the stores. You can’t just run in and pick up a few little items when there is great prices. I do try to save some coupons though and today I had fun getting a few great deals! It is very exciting to go to CVS and the receipt says “Today You Saved: $20.33!! Wow. I only spent $12.40 plus I got $3.99 ECB. I wasn’t expecting the savings to be that high, but I found a pack of Emergen-C for 75% off.

For help with couponing and frugal living ideas, I enjoy following the Money Saving Mom blog. I also like the lists that My Frugal Adventures does for shopping at CVS. They are a BIG help!

We also went to Target this afternoon. My bill there wasn’t as good, but still got some deals. My sis-in-law got two pillows for .50 each! That was definitely worth it.

I was a little nervous about planning a coupon shopping trip when I still don’t feel that great. It’s hard enough to think through deals with a clear head! But everything went well. I do feel completely exhausted now. The 107 degrees didn’t help much. I hope to rest up the rest of the week. At least part of the week. We do have plans for helping make freezer jam, putting up sweet corn, and sewing school uniform jumpers sometime this week!

I saw one of my doctors today, but he didn’t really comment on how I am doing. He just oversees my IVIG. I did get a report from my Pulmonologist on Monday that my chest x-ray shows no new issues. That was very good news! So now I am hoping to soon feel normal again… To be able to do simple tasks without becoming exhausted… I always forget how long it takes to get well again… Then I get to this stage where I am tempted to become impatient. So just now I am trying to focus on counting my blessings instead of the “I wishes”.

I didn’t get my Something to Think On post for today up yet, but I hope to do that soon. I hope you have a blessed week!

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