Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I made all the necessary phone calls, which I hate doing. My In-laws, my daughters...not my son cuz that's too hard. I let Daniel do that one. Not my brother, I let my daughter do that one. I called the neighbors. And then the worst for last, Twilight. Then I started prepping my bag for the hospital. But I have to take this opportunity to rejoice in my support system...my mother in-law immediately responded with "I'll call my evening prayer chain right away!" My neighbor responded with "I'll feed your dogs if you don't make it back right away." Twilight didn't skip a beat, she said "I'll be there to pick you up and drive you if your car doesn't start." Our good friend in Santa Fe, JP, said "Daniel can stay at my house as long as he needs to" (just a few blocks from the hospital) All the bases immediately covered for me without even having to ask. Plan B was in place.
Tuesday morning we headed to Los Alamos Medical Center, where the specialists are. I got more blood testing, and they said we had to take immediate action. Immediate action means super high doses of Prednisone, for right this minute. We have to make my body produce blood cells faster than my body can kill them. I started to whine and complain...the side effects are still fresh in my mind. I still haven't dropped the weight from the last time we had to do this. I was thinking "bloating, pimples, weight gain, emotional instability, exhaustion, and confusion". The Doctor looked me right in the eye with an expression of compassion and firmly said "this is the only thing we have to save you". I was rocked! We went on discussing a new treatment plan, because the bottom line is that my current regiment isn't working anymore. After we had all agreed upon a plan....The doctor stood up to leave the room, she gripped my husbands shoulder, she looked me in the eye again and said with conviction "We will save you".
There it was again. Save me? Oh yeah, save me from death. Right. That's the issue isn't it? That's what everyone was already thinking except for me. Ahhhhh!! Yes, of course. I'm sure there's a good art piece waiting to be made over these obscure feelings I have.
But the good news is that I'm back at home, and I'm taking the Prednisone, and we have a treatment plan in place. Cellcept. Which thankfully, knowing we were exhausted, Twilight and Thebes sat all last night and thoroughly researched for us.
Daniel and I, being too mentally tired to talk to anymore, cranked up our music as loud as it would go...danced all around our yurt like crazy fools, headbanging and doing the twist....singing corny lyrics at the top of lungs...just feeling our blood pump, and our hearts beat wildly. And because it's the very most life affirming thing a couple has, we made love late into the night until we fell asleep. Life continues!!!! There is art to be made!!!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Early Frost details upclose
Tending - 2003 This one does something to my blood. This is my top favorite from Janet, for sure!!!
A more detailed pic. of Tending.
I love the details.
Woolen Tree - 2000 This just makes me crazy giddy with inspiration....I love this.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
The little blue things scattered around my work area are knitted waves, as in ocean waves. I've estimated that I need at least 120 of these little knitted beauties, so far I have 45 of them done!
Each artwork of mine seems to be the sum of parts!! Lots and lots of little pieces! I'm working on needle felting some little faces that will be apart of the finished product. Twilight is really creeped out by them, which makes them twice as fun!! Te he he!
And I had some very special yarn commissioned for this piece. This is a continuation of Merce's Grand Prize winning novelty yarn from this past Wool Fest....I was there when she started experimenting, and immediately knew that I HAD to have some for my art. This is the mix she put together for me. It has a type of Lichen spun into it....it's the moss that covers all of the Pinon trees that surround us. She and I harvested from all around the woods near our houses.