Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hello!

I'd love to tell you I have been spending these hot summer days swinging in the hammock with all the newest magazines and a glass of ice cold lemonade, or floating in the pool daily with a daiquiri in hand, or even sitting in the garden enjoying the blooms with needle in one hand and a cup of tea in the other however......I have not. It seems last week I experienced my first bout of Vertigo. Upon more research I discover  it is common for "aging" women to experience this at some point. Wonderful! Thanks to my friend Dawn, I was informed more on the subject as she had experienced it before and eased my mind a bit. Naturally my doctor was out of town and I couldn't get in to see the nurse practitioner until today which is really senseless now since I woke up yesterday with no twirling room. It was gone! I was going to keep the appointment but decide I will wait until my doctor returns next week and just see her so she can document it. After all, no symptoms, nothing to check (I assume.) All I can say is Vertigo may be painless, but it sure freaks you out and you can't function. I was determined to carry on as usual, the stubborn side of me, so I went out to water the front flower garden and when I would walk I began walking to one side as if I had been drinking. I had to force myself to walk in a straight line and then it was very slow small steps. Miserable. I'm glad that is over and I hope it doesn't return any time soon. Driving a car wasn't bad but I would recommend staying home.
Yesterday was "mom" day so I picked her up and we went to the local garden shop for a new perennial. We continue to build our front gardens a new perennial at a time. After that we stopped for salads then went home to find a spooky movie on Netflix. Another relaxing afternoon. Simple and enjoyable the way we both like it.
 After I took mom home I went to Jilly's. She invited me to go to Joann Fabrics with her. I like going to different ones because they all offer different items. I found several Brocade fabrics 50% off Yeah!!!!  Now if I can pick up that needle and use them. I am in a lull, my muse is nowhere to be found. I try gather fabrics and many ideas swim around in my head but I can't bring myself to delve into a project, even a teensy one. It is going on four months and although I am inspired daily by seeing my students progress, I'm not "feeling" it. Sigh...........................

 So today I am going to run to Menard's and get some of those little garden path lights and possibly a few perennials if they still have any nice ones and head over to mom's and work in her garden before the heat arrives. It is a cool morning and I must take advantage of it. When I get home I have a few kits to finish and I may try to piece something, if that doesn't pan out I will work on the magazine.

If you have any CQ to share, embroidery, tutorial, photos of finished items, please email them to me for the Autumn issue. Your work, news, etc is always welcome. Any comments or suggestions are most welcome as well!
I hope you have a great day whatever you have planned!






14 comments:

  1. I had my first bout of vertigo about 10 years ago, and it really scared me! I missed four days of school, and then as you said, it was just gone. I've had minor bouts since, but since I was reassured that it would pass, it doesn't bother nearly as much as that first time. I'm sure glad you're feeling better!

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  2. Gosh Past, that vertigo sounds nasty.Maybe an inner ear problem? Hope you can get it sorted.Having taught for 30 years I can fully understand why you aren't feeling creative. It is a very tiring job teaching others.Even if not face to face, there's quite a lot involved- behind the scenes. Just getting the kits ready takes ages. I think you just need a little break in the garden, and some outings, and it)creativity) will come back.Teachers need to nurture themselves- it's hard to remember to do it, but necessary. I'm finally getting on to my dress forms.I've had a knee replacement, and am just getting back into my stride.Yippee!!

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  3. Vertigo is awful...my mother has had it for years off and on. She takes Dramamine every day as a preventative and then ups the dose if Vertigo hits. I am glad you feel better and I hope you won't be getting any more episodes of it. It is so disruptive.

    Love your images...especially the last.

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  4. Oh Lordy, something else for us "getting older" women to look forward to! Yikes! So glad that you are feeling better, but that sounds scary! Hope your muse gets off vacation and comes home soon...I know how frustrating that is!
    Sending hugs!
    Kathy

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  5. Pat, my friend has vertigo so I understand a little how it can be scary and limit one's activities. I'm glad you're feeling better. You've been so busy with your classes and your magazine, it's no wonder your Muse has taken a little vacation. Perhaps she needs to be enticed back with some special outings to museums, galleries, and art shows. Or does she prefer antiquing? Just the two of you out on an artist date soaking up a few sights and sounds to stimulate your senses might spark some creativity. Just an idea that's helped me.

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  6. I've taken several bad falls because of vertigo and have learned to be careful about using railings and trying to carry a lot of things and climbing stairs.. Be cautious.... It is scary... Hugs Ger

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  7. I had a bout with vertigo some years ago also. Lasted longer than yours, but eventually went away. I still get a little of it when I lie in bed and turn over too quickly (known as "bed spins"). Definitely a weird awful feeling. I wrote a poem during that period called 'Vertigo and Don't Come Back'. I hope yours doesn't come back either!

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  8. I do hope you are feeling better. Vertigo is not fun but it is manageable, I have been dealing with it for some time now. Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations. Have a great day.

    Hugs,
    Robin

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  9. Hi Pat,

    So sorry to hear what you've just experineced. I'm sure it'll go away and the only thing that will come back is Ms. Muse. I have to agree with a few of the other ladies, maybe what you need is a break from everything that pertains to your normal daily routines - do something different that you've never done before. My girlfriend just jump out of a plane and she says she is now invigorated to do everything! I'm not so sure I would go that far but I have been known to jump from trees in the Amazon jungle! (seriously!) Enjoy your day!

    Hugs,
    Nicki Lee

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  10. It is called Benign Positional Vertigo - which makes it sound better. Have had it on and off for 20 years, and can go a year or two without it sometimes before a bout. Pretty scary the first time you get it but it gets milder over the years. YOu just learn to hold your head the right way whne you have it!

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  11. Hello there! :) I hope that you find everything that you are looking for and get to enjoy it too because boy, let me tell you getting old sucks. LOL vertigo isnt so bad if you dont get it often, and I hope you will be allright soon! :)

    Hugs,

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  12. Oh, Pat! so sorry to read of your vertigo. What a bummer. You are too nice to be dealing with medical challenges. Plus your creative energy will become frustrated ; (

    Please take care - and if you need anything, let me know

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  13. Vertigo - UGH! I have had it a couple of times and hope to never have it again. When we had the cottage I couldn't look at the water or go out in the boat. If I did I had to just look straight ahead and pray we got where we were going soon.

    Hopefully it will not come back. I also have lost my muse and need something to get me energized. I am sure one day it will reappear. I am getting a lot of reading done between dragging the hoses around the garden. Praying for rain like all of us in the Midwest.

    Extra Hugs
    Freda

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  14. Hey Pat I too have vertigo but mine seems to be related to unknown allergies. I didn't have a stuffy nose or ear problem but my Dr, gave me some prescription nose drops and it cleared it up. I had been fighting this for two years. When I feel dizzy I use them and it works. Just a thought.Take care.

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