Monday, May 30, 2011

Getting Motivated.....

Happy Memorial Day!  I pray that you and your family are together and happy and enjoying this gorgeous day.  We are just "chillin'" today.  I'm really enjoying having Mike here for a few days before his crazy travel schedule starts up again tomorrow.
 
I’m trying to get myself organized and get a few stamp camps on my calendar.  Since my surgery the doctor decided I could not go back to work for 8 weeks (which puts me PAST the end of the school year).  Since I had no leave and short term disability is still in process.....I’m having an “unpaid vacation”.  Not too much fun.  So...I need to get back to my other job which is one I LOVE and that’s being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Who am I kidding?  It sure doesn’t FEEL like a “job”!
 
I have missed having my stamp camps and I want to try to figure out a few new dates to get things rolling.
 
I have a cast on my foot.....NOT on my stampin’ hands after all!  It just might take me a little longer to set things up!  LOL
 
So I am rescheduling the “Sweet Suitcase” class that I had to postpone because of my "quick" surgery date and adding 2 new “Just Cards” classes. 
 
Here are the dates so far:
 
“Sweet Suitcase” Stamp Camp

Monday, June 6th –   7:00-9:00 p.m.
 
This “Suitcase” includes a gorgeous box you will create to hold all the goodies inside.  The goodies include 8 personalized cards with envies, a post-it note pad w/ holder, 3 adorable bookmarks and a matching pen.  Great to give as a gift or to just keep for yourself.
Class Fee:  $35.00  All supplies are included
 
Please RSVP even if you signed up for the last scheduled class.  RSVP no later than June 3rd.
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“Just Cards” – Class 1
Wednesday, June 8th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
 
Come and create 5 beautiful cards with matching envelopes and get a sneak peek at the NEW Stampin’ Up! products that are coming out!
Class Fee:  $15.00  All supplies are included
Please RSVP no later than June 5th to save your spot
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“Just Cards” – Class 2
Saturday, June 11th  -  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 
Come and create 5 beautiful cards with matching envelopes and get a sneak peek at the NEW Stampin’ Up! products that are coming out!
Class Fee:  $15.00  All supplies are included
Please RSVP no later than June 9th to save your spot
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So there you have it.....  That’s just the beginning.  I have SO many new ideas to share with you and I can’t wait to share the BRAND NEW CATALOG with you!!!  So many cute, new items and ideas!!  What an exciting time!  I hope to stamp with you soon.....
 
Oh!  Don't forget!  Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the SU! Specials celebrating "National Scrapbooking Month".  
 
Have a safe and restful Memorial Day!
 
Stamped Blessings,
Michelle

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Take it OFF, Baby!

What a great day it's been.  Great news from the doctor at my 2 week post op appointment and for that I feel very blessed.  The news was all good.  The 2nd cast (the pink one) was taken off and they took out the stitches.  (not as bad as I'd expected) and the incision looks great.  No infection....no surprises...  YAY!  I remember him telling me all the risks etc. before we set up the surgery date and he said, "You WILL have a scar.  Are you ok with that?"  I remember thinking, "Well, what choice do I have?"  We discussed all the options and the only way he could do what he needed to do to 'fix" it was to cut me open.  I said to him very calmly and with a straight face, "Listen....I don't know if you realize it or not....but I'm pretty sure there aren't a LOT of people "checkin' me out" and for those who do.....well, I don't think they'll be looking at my ankle.  Let's just fix this  puppy and call it a day!"  He cracked up and said, "Well alrighty then".

So I go back in 2 weeks to have this cast taken off and will hopefully get to go back into the removable cast or boot.  I never knew I could miss that dumb, ugly thing but boy do I ever.  I'm still not allowed to put it on the floor and bear weight on it in any way.  As he explained to me today, when he went in and used bone harvested from my heel to build back up the bone that was fractured and covered by the cyst, he basically introduced new cells in there that will start to (for lack of a better word) create new tissue.  Who knew??  So I will most likely be able to start a few "range of motion" exercises after I get the removable cast on but we'll have to wait and see.  I still can't go back to work.  :-(  I miss my kiddos and all my friends SO much.
For now though....I'm just gonna keep on doin' what I'm doin'.

Here are a few pics that Mom took today...  
Saw that thing off!
Taking it off in pieces.....
My Mama...isn't she cute???  ;-)  And she didn't even faint!
Ahhhhh!  Freedom!  It felt SO good having that cast off for just a little while.  So blessed that my incision looks good and is healing nicely.
The BEST "casting" guy in the business!  He is a gem!
And the new color is.......RED!!!  Gotta work on blingin' it up!  Stay tuned!

I will admit (and this is  a "selfishness alert") that I have truly LOVED having this time with my parents.  I loved having my mom in there with me today for the hour that it took to get me all switched out from one cast to the next. Dad sat where he was most happy and that would be.....the waiting room.  :-)
  My mom truly just makes my heart SMILE.  What a wonderful (and I can't put this in all caps or italics enough to give it enough weight of how much I mean this....) and truly beautiful woman she is.  She was truly born to be a mom.....MY mom and I thank God every day that He picked me to be the luckiest girl when he chose me to be her daughter.

So that's the latest from here.  Mike is doing his best to make his flight home as I type.  He called and said, "Well...the briefing ran over and we are on our way to the airport and the guys said we'd better drive this car like we stole it if we want to make the flight on time".  I pray they do and that the storms here stay away long enough to get them safely on the ground at Dulles.

Blessings to you and yours,
Michelle

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Craftin' MoJo and Healing

Welcome.....to my couch.
I think my butt print will be permanently planted here....poor couch.  I had my foot surgery last week and have been recuperating (aka going nuts from boredom).  If you know me you know that I am NOT good at being still.  I always have something going on.  If I need something from Target...I grab my keys and go pick it up.  If I want to go check out some cool craft supply at Michaels....I go.    So here I sit.

Originally the doctor said that he wouldn't know how long my healing process would actually be until he got in there.  He thought that "maybe" he could have me out of a cast and back at work within 2-3 weeks......  Um....not so much.
Here's my ankle after the first cast came off....  Yuck!!

After all was said and done....the final answer was....(drum roll please)......No work, no bearing weight for EIGHT WEEKS.  So my school year ended early and here I am at home just healing.  I won't lie....I had days at work when I thought, "why can't I win the lottery and stay at home?  I could stamp and be creative.....  blah, blah, blah"  Well.....that would be if the lottery scenario included two working ankles, no crutches/wheelchairs and no pain.  I honestly was NOT "done" with my kids yet.  I had more to teach them...more to watch them achieve and I wasn't ready to just stop.  It's not like I consider myself to be "all that and a bag of chips" but we had a great thing goin'.  I hope to see them next week at the end of the year lunch. 

Let me just go on the record by saying that my husband is AMAZING.  He has taken such great care of me....helped me through surgery...getting Britt off to Spain....kept me fed...as pain free and comfy as possible and more.  I love him more than words can say.

My mom has been my main "driver" while Mike is at work and I don't know what I do if she wasn't so patient and so great about getting me out of this house.  Tomorrow we will make a big trip all the way to the surgeon's office in Fair Oaks (woo hoo).  I will have this (the 2nd cast) taken off.....the stitches removed (we hope) and the 3rd cast put on.  I'll keep you posted.

So....Craftin' Mo Jo.....  I made sure that I moved a lot of my stampin' supplies up here to the main level the night before surgery so that I could at least be creative with all this time on my hands.  I'm glad I did.  I still have big plans to attend this year's Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City in July.  That's my goal.  I have had SO many people who have sent cards, emails, flowers and some have stopped by or called and I wanted to send a few "thank you" notes out.  What a perfect excuse to get crafty.  So I made a new card that I duplicated and sent out to a few of my friends.  I loved the idea of using some of my SU! punches to create different things and after making this one design I'm really hooked.  I hope you like it.
I named it "Rockin' Robin Thank You". 



I'm sure this post seems like a long ramble...I'm sorry.  Just consider all the meds...  :-)  Thank you for all your prayers and most of all for your friendship.  I'll keep you posted after tomorrow's big date with the surgeon.  Now I need to decide which color cast to get this time......Hmmm.......

Love to you,
Michelle

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ready....or not......


Well it turns out my dance card is full for the next couple of weeks.  Who knew?  Not me.
Lots of people keep asking me, "So what's up with the foot?".....so I thought I'd post the deets.....
It you don't wanna know....click delete....now.  :-)

Back in December I was walking my class back upstairs to our classroom and I lost my balance on the stairs and rolled my ankle.  It was really painful....got a nice shade of purple and swelled up.  Since it happened at work they took me to the hospital to have it looked at.  They did xrays and proclaimed it "just a severe sprain" and "not fractured".  Okie doke.  I was good with that.  They sent me home on crutches and that was that....or so I thought.  The pain never went away.  It continued to hurt like a big dog.  I couldn't even put it under the covers at night because even THAT was too painful.  I finally went to see my doctor and she said that severe sprains could take up to 18 months to heal.  Ok....I went home and thought.....ok....then it'll heal.
Well after awhile I couldn't stand it so I went back in to see her and told her I needed a new plan.  She agreed and she sent me to an ortho specialist.  He put me in a boot and scheduled an MRI.   After going for an MRI on a Saturday night I got a call from the dr. here in Manassas saying "Well....what do you know?  You actually DO have a fracture".  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  So I'd been walking around on a fractured ankle for almost4 months.  Apparently not ALL fractures show up on xrays...?  They scheduled me to see a foot specialist and he read the MRI and showed me the fracture but there was something a little odd about it.  There was a dark "mass" around the fracture.  He said I definitely needed surgery but he needed a CT to check out the damage  first.   The dark mass turned out to be a cyst that had grown around the fracture. I went for the CT that evening and....long story short....the surgery is tomorrow at 1 p.m.

To be honest I'll be glad to be on the recovery end of this whole thing.....  I know it's no biggie to some but for those who know me you know that I don't like to sit still....I like to keep busy....and I HAVE THINGS TO DO.  :-)  I guess this is just God's way of making me stop for a bit??  I dunno.  It's going to be interesting.

When I went in for my pre op appointment this morning he gave me the play by play of where he'll cut etc.  He will be harvesting bone from either my heel or my tibia to build the area back up.  He has to clean out the cyst which he feels confident is benign.  The "bad news"...at least for me....is that it is in a very hard spot to reach.  He is thinking now that he might have to break a bone to be able to get to the already fractured one and then put in steel plates and screws.  (So much for airport security) I also have to give myself injections in my stomach for 14 days to keep from getting a blood clot.  woo hoo

Quite honestly I just want it to be done.  I'll be in a cast for 6 weeks and on crutches.  No work for at least the first 2 weeks.  No weight bearing for the entire six weeks.......so I can't drive.  :-((((   That really sucks.

But...no pity party here.  I'm beyond blessed to have a husband and family that will take great care of me.  At least I know that by the time Britt gets back from Spain I should be getting out of the cast.  Woot!

So there are all the boring, gorey details.  Thanks for all the emails and well wishes. 
That means SO much to me.  

Blessings to you and yours and Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there.  Sorry....but God gave ME the best Mama EVER!  She took me out this evening for a pedicure before the surgery.  The doctor approved it.  Don't worry.  Isn't she the BEST???  Love you Mom! <3  ;-)

Michelle