Saturday, March 1, 2014

Oh, Happy Day!

Hello, Friends!

How are all of you?  I've missed you!  I had to take an unplanned break from blogging and stamping.  You may remember I moved from Illinois to Arizona after leaving my job there.  While packing to move, my back hurt, but I thought it was just a pulled muscle.  It continued to hurt, but I continued to pack, so I didn't think much of it.  After returning to Illinois, I gave it time and thought it would get better.  It didn't.  The pain got worse and worse.  First, I couldn't stand on my feet very long.  Then, I couldn't sit very long.  By December, even with going to doctors, trying procedures to make it better, and taking pain medicine, I was getting to the point that I had to stay in bed all the time because laying down was the only way I got any relief.  To make a very long story a little bit shorter, my doctor believes I had damaged some of the joints in my spine while packing and/or lifting boxes.  I have recently had a procedure that basically burns the nerves so they no longer feel pain.  It takes awhile for this to work, so I am also on very strong pain medicine.  Between the two, I have been able to sit up longer and do more around the house.  This includes stamping!  So, my first card had to celebrate the progress that I am slowly making.

As you can imagine, this was a very trying time.  I couldn't look for work because I couldn't have done it even if I had found a job.  It's been very lonely and depressing.  I don't know what God's plan is in all of this, but I do know He has one.  My parents have been great and have taken care of Frank and I during all of this.  Moving back in with them at my age was certainly not in my plans, but I have enjoyed the time I have spent with them.  At least, as much as possible with me being in pain all the time! 

Frankfurter has been doing really well until the last few weeks.  We noticed that he started having trouble with one of his legs like he did when his back was injured and he became paralyzed from a disc pressing down on his spine.  At that time, the vet who did Frank's surgery warned us that another disc looked like it could cause some problems in the future, but there was nothing that could be done for it at the time.  Since we had been through this before, we recognized the symptoms much sooner.  At first, a steroid was helping him.  However, when we tried to work him off of it, the symptoms came back.  Because I still can't stand to ride in the car very long because the bumps cause too much pain, my parents will be taking him to a specialist next week.  We are praying that he won't have to have surgery again, but we know it is very likely.  He is in good spirits, though and is his same happy wiener dog self!  He is supposed to "take it easy" but he doesn't really agree with that part of the plan!  When we try and stop him from doing something he's always done, he looks at us like we're crazy!  Sometimes, he just hurries up and goes faster so we can't stop him.  He's too smart for his own good at times! 

I have a lot more to share with you, but I see this post is already growing very long.  Before I go, I would like to thank all of you that have faithfully looked for new posts even though months have gone by without anything new.  It was encouraging to know you hadn't forgotten me and I definitely had not forgotten you!  I will have another post on Monday. 

Just a warning- we are supposed to get lots of snow and ice this weekend.  If I don't have a post for you on Monday, it's because our power went out.  In that case, know I will be back as soon as I can and pray for all of us because we're probably cold!  When we had the first couple of snows I was excited to see them after spending the winters in Arizona.  I've seen enough now and hopefully, this will be the last one! 

Happy Stamping and talk to you again soon!

Angela and Frank

This card was made using the following Stampin' Up supplies:

Starburst Sayings Stamp Set
Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight and Island Indigo Classic Inks
Strawberry Slush, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Island Indigo Card Stock
1/8" Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon
Starburst Framelit Dies
Big Shot
Stampin' Dimensionals


Dianne said...

Good to have you back! Sorry to hear about you and your baby's health issues. I have a 15 year old Doxie myself, Doodlebug, so I understand. Prayers for your continued recovery and Frankfurter's upcoming diagnosis.

Anonymous said...

Hugs and prayers for both of your health issues. I lost my little basset hound a couple of weeks ago and he was only 6. He contacted some virus and just couldn't shake it. That made me think about Frankie and wondered how he was doing. You deserve to keep your happy card by your bed so you can see it when you get up in the morning. Cyber hugs.

Chris R. from Iowa

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