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Second time

Pride goeth before a fall. My second expansion was yesterday. I was feeling pretty cocky, a couple of people had told me it would hurt, but it had been merely uncomfortable. The doctor only put in 30 ml (first time was 50) in three groups of 10 ml each, a little more than a tablespoon (28 ml). So I figured I would get my inflation, then go to the Wednesday night Slow Foods Organic Market, maybe eat dinner at El Templo while I was there. The doctor put in the first injection, it didn’t really hurt in my breast area, but what did what hurt was a shooting pain that went down my arm, to my elbow, ending at my wrist. My doctor is practicing his English on me, I taught him some new words. I think he hit a nerve, he thinks he might have injected the saline solution too quickly. Thankfully, the following two “fillings” didn’t hurt. Unfortunately, ...

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Playing catch-up

When I start getting emails wondering how I am doing, it’s time to touch base with my two or three remaining readers. First things first, I am not putting the house up for sale. Let’s just say, it’s not the right time. While I would like to have the extra money in my savings account, it isn’t urgent. I am, however, fixing things and painting. With the exchange rate so good, it’s a great time to do so. I’ve been tracking my expenditures and I’m managing to live well within my widow’s pension though it’s really too soon to have an accurate picture. My reconstruction surgery is delayed. First there was the problem where the inexperienced nurse opened up my sutures. Finally, after waiting an extra long time for the new stitches to heal (3 weeks!), Dr. L removed them. He gave me an appointment the following week to have my first “inflation”.  Sadly, it was not to be. He ...

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Elizabethan Smock: Less procrastinating than I thought.

I finished my Elizabethan smock! I even hand sewed the entire thing using run and fell seams. I’m particularly proud of the underarm gussets. I had a hard time getting around to starting this project. Usually I would just make a simple raglan sleeve peasant style smock with a drawstring for Renaissance Faire garb but the costuming  guidelines for Much Ado about Sebastopol have this caveat “Drawstring or elasticized necklines and sleeve cuffs are not acceptable”. Just reading the guidelines made me anxious, not that I had any of my costuming saved except my corset, peasant bodice, and middle class bodice. It’s a whole different look, a more historically accurate one, but zounds, it’s scary to start all over doing things differently. All good costumes start from the inside out, so hence this smock. The Challenge: Procrastination Material: Linen cotton blend Pattern:   Self drafted using the directions on the Tudor Costume Page guide  Year: 1560’s approximately Notions: all purpose thread, 100 % cotton embroidery ...

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Procrastination January begins

Now that January is here I’m having a hard time deciding what my sewing project will be. Originally I planned on finishing my 1920s one hour dress, but now I am not so sure that I care enough to finish it. I’ve decided to make an Elizabethan smock. The fitting really only applies to the shoulders, the costuming guidelines for Much Ado About Sebastopol  encourage you to wear a square necked smock rather than the gathered peasant blouse type that I usually made for RenFaire. This fits the procrastination theme because my first thought on reading the costuming guidelines was, “OMG, this is totally different than what I used to make for RPFN. ”  I found the idea paralyzing. Options aren’t lacking however, the challenge includes using  fabric that has been languishing in your stash which I have no lack of; or projects that you have put off starting. Yeah, there are more than a few of those. My main sticking ...

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What do I do all day now?

January is fast approaching. One thing I know that I need to do is start some new routines. Furgus is helping with that, he gets up at dawn and wakes me up too. He sleeps in my bedroom next to my bed, he’s just big enough to reach the edge of the mattress when he stands on his hind legs. Every morning I walk him for half an hour, my plan is to add an evening walk to our routine too. He is very energetic, attacking leaves in the garden, and demanding that I toss his toys for him to fetch. Not that he brings them back to me, he likes to taunt me, trying to get me to chase him. My solution has been to toss another toy, sometimes he doesn’t drop the first toy which stymies him, but usually he abandons the bird in the hand to go after the one in the bush. Duke used to wake ...

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The Historical Sew Monthly

2016 is the year that I am going to join The Historical Sew Monthly. I figure by January I should be able to sew again.  January’s theme is procrastination- so I am going to finish my One-hour dress. I’m planning on attending the 2016 Dickens’ Fair and of course I need clothes. I don’t even know if my corset will fit and it makes no sense to try it on until after I am done with all my surgeries, but there are plenty of other things that I can make that won’t require that much fitting, like underpinnings. Now I have to figure out how to put the participant button on my sidebar. Since I can’t figure out how to make the RSS feed work, it may take me awhile, though there is a Facebook page I can join to post my stuff on. I think adding some more structure to my life will help me, and focusing on sewing ...

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House arrest

“It’s just like Hell”, I remember a friend telling me years ago when she was being treated for carpal tunnel and could not lift anything. She is a creative person like me, and even reading in bed semi-violated her restrictions; this was before e-readers and even laptops. My restrictions aren’t as prohibitive as hers were. I am not supposed to lift my right arm over my head  nor pick up anything that weighs more than 5 pounds. Included in that not picking up is not exerting more than 5 pounds of force, like in pulling open a heavy door, mopping the floor, doing laundry, and other activities of daily life. I’ve even had to rethink how I get up out of bed! I can’t push up using my right arm. While I can sew, I probably shouldn’t since the fabric might be too heavy for me to lift! I am definitely right handed. So dominant is my right side that ...

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Home again

Tuesday was a lesson in patience.  Thinking that I had the process figured out because I had done it once, I didn’t bother to go to the window when I arrived. Last time, they had told me that they would call me when it was my admitting time. At 1:35, when they had not called my name, Nora and I walked up to the window. I passed my original authorization chit, that my surgeon had simply crossed out my last appointment and written my new date on. The clerk looked at the paper, asked me a couple of questions, then asked to see my carnet, (in this case it’s an ID booklet in which my appointments are supposed to be written, but aren’t). I almost didn’t bring it, since I had not needed it last time, but at the last minute decided to just bring all my Seguro Popular stuff, just to be safe. She leisurely wrote on a slip ...

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No more lopsidedness

After I had my mastectomy, I swore that I would never ever have another surgery again. Duke loved me even if I didn’t have a right breast, my in-bra prosthesis looks natural even if it wasn’t quite as large as my other (34 DDD) natural left one. Then my left shoulder started to drop, there is a visible difference between my right and left shoulders. My left is at least an inch lower and now slopes down at an angle. My blouses all slide down to the left now, no matter what I do. Then my rib-cage began to expand. Ouch, honestly, I thought I had a tumor pressing up on my ribs. My shoulders constantly ache, sometimes my neck hurts too. Out of morbid curiosity, I weighed my silicon prosthesis, it weighed a kilo (2.2 pounds)! Who knows what my real breast weighed? Probably, a kilo and a half (over three pounds). Try wandering around with an extra three ...

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The story ends here

Duke passed away last night. He was worn out by being sick for so long. I love and miss him. He was a good man and a wonderful husband. I got an extra month with him that I didn’t expect. It was gift, having him wake up and communicate. He told me that he loved me, he wanted to come home. I want to thank everyone who helped me, the people who sat with him, the ones who donated blood, the ones who tried to donate blood, the people who have been so generous to us financially. Those of you who prayed for him. Those of you who ran errands for me, who helped us in too many ways to post here. At this time, there isn’t going to be a memorial service, I am too worn out. Maybe later when things aren’t so raw, we can get together and celebrate his life.    

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