I missed wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful time with your loved ones. I sure did. This Christmas was extra special to me. I feel so thankful, so grateful and full of joy. Life is good!
Due to recent health issues and time spent in the hospital, I haven't been able to crochet much at all since September. It put me behind in all my pattern plans! But that's okay, I have all of 2017 to catch up.
I have posted a few updates on facebook, if you missed those, I'm getting better and feeling much better. I had a scary case of double pneumonia and a very bad case of inflammation throughout my body. I was on oxygen for about 2 and 1/2 weeks. My legs, feet and face puffed right up. I actually went into congestive heart failure at one point, which was the absolute scariest time of my life.
I'm only 46 years old, I don't drink, smoke, or eat really bad foods and I ended up with congestive heart failure, really? Even more scary, the doctors could not figure out why this happened! They have called this a mystery. I am happy to say though, I'm on the mend now. The CHF was only temporary, thank God.
Before I left the hospital I had to have fluid drained from around my lungs. They removed a 1/2 a litre! That procedure was so scary for me. I felt so very scared heading into that room but honestly it wasn't that bad at all. If you're facing that procedure, please know it's not at all as scary as it seems. It's relatively painless and is over so quick!
I still have a little bit of collapsed lung, I'm hoping that will right itself soon. I haven't told many people about all the bad things that happened while I was in the hospital. There really was so much more that happened, so many scary days. All the anxiety involved and things my children had to go through that I haven't shared here. Now that things are getting better, I don't mind sharing, maybe one day I'll share it all. I hope this shortened version of events will help at least one person out there!
Since I've been home I put myself on an anti-inflammatory diet which I think help save my life. I say "put myself on it" as the doctors didn't have any diet advice for me. They have no clue when it comes to foods that effect/cause inflammation. We're really on our own once we're home. It's one of those things we have to figure out for ourselves.
I don't eat any processed foods, no sugar, no dairy. I eat only fish, veggies, fruit and nuts. And I drink lots of water. Google is a great tool for looking up foods that are inflammatory or anti-inflammatory.
I start every morning with a glass of warm water and 1/2 a lemon squeezed into it a with 1/4 tsp of honey. That replaced my morning coffee! I never would have believe this a few months ago, lol I'm a coffee lover but the inflammation is almost all gone now! (That's not because I replaced the coffee, it's mostly because of my new diet).
Last week my blood test showed my crp levels down to 6. That's down from 160!
160 is extremely dangerous and a sign of something bad happening in the body. The doctors kept thinking I was getting lupus but there's no sign of that now. Anyone dealing with inflammation will know what this all means. I wish I didn't have to know, but maybe it will help somebody out there reading this. If you're battling inflammation, please please please, look up the anti inflammatory diet. Try it out, it might help you too. I believe it will.
I am currently tapering off of steroids. I was on 50mg and now down to 13mg. I'll be tapering into the new year. I was told that I would gain weight like crazy while on steroids but I can tell you I've lost weight. That is due to my diet, no doubt about that! I will soon be free of steroids, what a horrible drug. They help save my life but they do have wicked side effects as some of you will sadly know.
With all that said, I'm heading into the new year with renewed love of life! I'm believing 2017 will be a great year, a healthy year, a year full of joy!
So with all that going on, I didn't make Christmas gifts this year, only one! It was for my mother who was by my side this entire time. She never left me. She even moved into my house once I was released from the hospital and cared for me for a whole month! She also cared for my children. I owe her so much but she says I owe her nothing. Isn't that just like a mom?
My mother has a horrible phobia of mice and rats, which is unfortunate since I make them, lol I really do! I make miniature rodents for my dollhouse. I post them on my other facebook page if you want to check them out right here. My mother can't stand them, she'll shiver and say "Get them away!" Poor mommy. I thought the best thing I could make her is a mouse she could really love! What better than a fluffy, soft Angel Mouse with a cloud stuck at the end of its tail? And I named it after her too, Mary.
Along with the mouse I wrote a little story, personal to mom. Her sister Joyce passed away in 2012. They were the best of friends. We talk about Joyce all the time so it was fitting to include her into the story.
Then the part of mice that really bother mom is their tails, their long creepy tails. I wanted to make that part better for her! I will be making a wee bible for this card to fit into.
Mary the Angel Mouse will be the next pattern to be released. I have it almost ready for publishing, just a few more photos and it'll be yours for the making.UPDATE! The pattern is now available, free here.
Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!