Friday, March 21, 2014

A Stone, A Finish and a New Start

Gentle Friends, usually one thinks of the Blarney Stone on St Patrick's day....  I had a run in with another stone, a kidney stone, on Monday.  I actually felt it about two weeks ago , but having never had one before didn't know what it was and the pain went away so I didn't think about it again...... until this past weekend, Sunday morning to be precise.  And I am nothing if not stubborn.  So I hung onto a heating pad all morning and the pain went away again....  then it came back Sunday night, Rico kept insisting I go to the hospital, but I kept resisting.  Then Monday morning after I got to work I was doubled over in pain and went back home to my heating pad and the fetal position in bed with the who hounds......  Rico left work and came home and unlike the "feral cat" I had become... hissing and fighting to not go to the Emergency Room, it hurt too bad and I gave in and went.  After a few hours, a CT scan and some great drugs....... they sent me home with the knowledge that yes, I had a kidney stone, and some prescriptions for more drugs.  So that's what I have been up to the past 4 days - just taking pills and trying to feel somewhat normal - and waiting for this stone to pass........
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On the cross stitch front........I did finish up the band sampler last weekend......


A re-working of "Hibernation Day" by Heartstring Samplery -
With all the changes I call it "Winter Band Sampler"
36ct PTP "Truffle"
Here's my Floss conversion...
Mullberry - I went with - CC Apple Fritter
Shaker White - "         " - CC Snowball
Mustard Seed I Kept
Old Hickory - "            " - WDW Dirt Road
Piney Woods - "           " - Victorian Motto Green A
Pecan Pie - "                " - CC Hickory Sticks

Here are some close ups.....



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I did start a new  sampler.......


"Spanish Mystery Sampler" - Shakespeare's Peddler
40ct "Bisque" - my conversion of Belle Soie, and some colour changes 

I am quite a bit further along than this snap shows, but you get the idea.
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That's about it for today, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

48 comments:

Colleen said...

Wondered what happened to you! Oh, how painful (so I'm told). I hope everything gets better. Remember...this too shall pass (pun intended...LOL). Thought you could use a giggle:) Feel better soon.

Melissa said...

Ouch. I was wondering where you were (no posts). Glad Rico finally managed to drag you to Emergency! Hope it passes soon.

Congrats on the lovely, bright finish! Your new sampler start looks lovely.

Have a great weekend and I hope you will feel better soon!

Anonymous said...

Hope you are feeling better. My husband has had kidney stones (and continues to get them).

Joanie said...

Sorry you're not feeling well.
Edgar, drink an ocean of water. It will help the stone to pass.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Ouch on the kidney stone--never had one but hear they are quiet painful--hope it passes soon.

Beautiful finish and winter piece

Heather, aka: Big Auntie said...

So sorry to hear about your kidney stone! I have had several, so I can totally relate. Be sure to drink lots of water (but I'm sure you already knew that). The last one I had was the size of a nickel and I had to have it blasted with ultrasounds (lithotripsy) twice! I told my doctor that for the $32k it cost, I wanted the stones back to be polished and set in a necklace. Hope it doesn't come to that for you!

geeky Heather said...

Oooo, I know those can be very painful; I hope it passes soon! No idea how you did so much stitching with all that going on, but congrats on the finish...I adore the colors!

needlenurse said...

Edgar....Im so glad you are feeling better. I thought something must have happened since you had not been posting. The Winter Band Sampler is beautiful. Take care.

Paula

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Edgar, I'm so sorry to hear you've been unwell. I've heard those things are wicked. I sure hope you feel better soon. The sampler looks wonderful. Love your colors. Hope this weekend is better than last! Hugs!

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh, you poor thing! I've never had a kidney stone, but I've taken friends to the hospital who have been suffering from one, so I know how much pain you must be in. I hope you are feeling somewhat better with the drugs and that the kidney stone passes too. Ugh. Your stitching finish is gorgeous! The red is wonderful! Love your new start too. This one is a biggie, isn't it? Gorgeous so far!

Mouse said...

ouchie ... I can sympathize with you I have one permanent in my left kidney about 5 mm long and they have said if it moves ... straight to the hospital I have to go for an op ... good luck with the passing oucccchhhh .... love mouse xxxxx

Krista said...

Hope you are feeling better soon!! Great new finish and new start!

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

I am so sorry about the stone. My son 18 years old suffered recently from a passing of stone that finally fell and it was a nightmare. I wish you all the best.AriadnefromGreece!

cucki said...

Oh dear..I hope you get well soon ..
The sampler looks so beautiful..huge hugs for you dear xx

Shelleen said...

I hope the kidney stone passes soon and your pain goes away. The sampler came out great!

Mary said...

Edgar, how sad. I spent a few hours with my son in the ER a few years back. He spent the time cursing and wondering why " women ever had children if this it what it was like". Every half hour the pain meds were increased until he looked at me and said and i quote " this is what club med must be like...heaven" As he left he kept apologizing to every one for his outburst. I hope you are feeling better real soon.

Julie said...

My brothers had suffered with kidney stones Edgar so I know how painful they can be, I hope you are soon pain free and free from the stone too.
Superb finish.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Bless your heart that sounds so painful. I do hope you get to feeling much better very soon. :)

The band sampler finish is awesome! Love the colors you choose.

Oh the Spanish Mystery Sampler sounds very cool. Love your start. Looking forward to seeing more.

Hope you feel better and Happy Weekend. :)

Von said...

Yeeouch! So sorry you've had to go through that, Edgar!

Anna van Schurman said...

I hope that stone disappears quickly and you're in good health soon. Love your winter band sampler.

valerie said...

Oh no, so sorry to hear about the kidney stone. I hope you get to feeling better real soon. Congrats on your finish and your new start is so pretty already. Have a great weekend!

Carol R said...

Get well soon Edgar!

krayolakris said...

Poor Edgar!! Here's hoping your pain is soon over. Your finish is absolutely gorgeous!! My BFF calls her Spanish Sampler "the Lap Robe." It's a beauty regardless. Please take are.

Wanda said...

Edgar, I am so sorry - kidney stones are so painful. I hope you are feeling better soon. Your Winter Band Sampler is stunning!

Kate said...

Sorry to hear that you are unwell - hope it passes soon and you get rid of the pain.
Beautiful stitching.

Lisa V said...

I feel your pain Edgar, I have suffered with one of those beauties myself. However mine didn't seem to pass, when I went back for my ultrasound a week later they couldn't find anything, so it either disintegrated or its still floating around in there, or it passed and I didn't feel it (which is very unlikely). I got told to drink lots of orange juice aswell as the acid helps to break them down. Good luck!

Christine said...

Oh dear, poor you. I hope you are feeling better now.
I love the winter sampler

Gene Black said...

Ouch....you poor guy. I have had a couple of nurses tell me that a stone can be worse than having a baby!

Nancy said...

I wondered where you were when I didn't see your blog posts - hope you feel better soon! Gorgeous stitching as always Edgar!

Natasha said...

Oh Edgar, I sure hope you feel better soon! those are no fun :(

your band sampler is just LOVELY!! So happy to see the beautiful finish.

Have a great weekend despite that unfriendly stone

Susan said...

Hope the stone passes quickly and you're feeling better soon. Lovely finish and great start.

Heritage Hall said...

My heart goes out to you, Edgar, and can assure you this too shall pass. Your finish and start are
both beautiful and inspiring. I cannot imagine your stitching while writhing, but we all know how distracting determined stitching can be. Hope you are back on track in no time.

stitchersanon said...

Sounds very painful: hope it passes soon!

Frances said...

The Winter Band is gorgeous!!!!
So sorry to hear about the kidney stone--I've had several--no fun at all! I even got the surgery, which wasn't really that bad, and it fixed everything, so it was worth it! Drink tons and I'm sure it'll come on through!!!
PS--I stayed in the jacuzzi with the jet pointed at my side!!! Felt great until I went to get out!! So, I stayed in there forever, all shriveled up!!! LOL

Barb said...

First, I love the sampler!! Now on to the kidney stone and good for Rico! I know how bad you felt. When my DD was in high school she had one. I have never seen anyone in such pain.Take good care of yourself!!I'll be thinking of you! Sending you good thoughts and prayers!!!

Shirlee said...

I'm catching up on blog reading this morning & am so sorry to hear you had to suffer a kidney stone! My father, who at least once pulled one of his own teeth & never, ever went to the doctor, once had a kidney stone (unbeknownst to him at the time) & begged my mother to take call the doctor. I'm glad you received care & meds & are on the mend now. Beautiful sampler! Thank you so much for listing your thread conversions. I will still never forgive you for not keeping your conversions for the Scarlet Letter Christmas piece : ) Many hugs to you this lovely Sunday morning!

Jan Jones said...

Oh Ouch!!! Sorry to hear you've been suffering all week. I'm surprised when you were in the hospital they didn't blast the thing into smaller bits using ultrasound. Anyway I hope you're feeling better now. Congrats on the sampler finish.

CathieJ said...

I hope you are feeling much better by now. I love the colors of your new sampler. Your winter band sampler is quite pretty.

Chris said...

Ouch! I am so sorry that you have kidney stones.
Such lovely stitching and a new start.
I hope that the upcoming week is good and pain free for you.

Mary A said...

Yep, those stones make you wish for death but you're afraid you're gonna live. Hope it passes soon. Drugs are the only way through this. Hang in there.

Jodi S said...

My husband gets stones so I definately know where you are coming from. They are very painful. I hope you are feeling better! On a better note, love the finish!

Akila said...

Ooops, heard stones could be very painful. Hope you feel better soon

Love your finish and the new start as well. The fabrics are beautiful

gloriahanaway said...

Oh Edgar! So sorry you are hurting! I was worried something had happened and am so glad you went to the ER. My manager had one years ago and his wife googled home remedies for it and he passed it in less than 24 hrs! Wild horses couldn't keep him from work but he was out for 2 days. Hope you are better soon.

wranglerkate said...

Gorgeous work (as always!) on the Hibernation Day piece. You are very inspiring! Thanks for all that you share.

marly said...

We all fight to avoid hospitals, but in the end it's worth the trip. Well....most of the time anyway! Glad you got some help because that is PAIN!!!

Anne said...

Ouch on the kidney stone! Hope it passes soon!! Your Winter band is fabulous! Such a pretty design and lovely floss conversion. The Spanish Mystery sampler is looking good so far.

Sharon said...

Kidney stones are a BEAST!!! Pain-wise, I've had babies w/o drugs and I'd do that again any day vs having another stone.
I hope the drugs will help. Stay on top of those little suckers...you don't want them to keep growing and annoy you again.!!!!
I'll add you to my prayer list.
(Oh, and not to sound too motherly here, but stop being so stubborn. That much pain is happening for a reason!!). Lol

Kevin said...

I'm posting here almost a MONTH after you posted your band sampler finish, but I just had to comment on how BEAUTIFUL it turned out! I actually have the chart in my stash, but didn't realize this was Hibernation Day! I absolutely LOVE your interpretation!! I'm usually far too "chicken" to make changes to a chart - I need to start testing the waters and try my hand at switching up some things. Your work is always an inspiration, Edgar! I also love the Spanish Mystery Sampler (just commented on your updated pic today). You've chosen yet another masterpiece! Congrats on the finish on Hibernation Day, and thanks for sharing your thread changes.