Thursday, 11 May 2017

OK, Well That was a Bit of a Non Starter

On the 25th April I started a project which will be going towards an exhibition in November.  I've decided I'm going to do more mixed media for this one, with a bit of stitch I'm sure, and focus in the majority on books.  I hope it works out that way anyway.  

I made some pages up and I'm really pleased with them. 

I've also dyed the cover.  just some layers to add and some fiddling and that will be one down. 

I also actually started Super Nova.  I went and bought all the beads for this just after the Art Weeks last year so it's been hanging around for just under a year.  About time I got started with it me thinks!! 

On Friday 28th April we set off for our lovely weeks Dogliday in South Devon.  We soon discovered the beach for swimming just down the road. 

And Saturday was so warm and sunny there was lots of sunbathing in the lovely courtyard of the cottage. 

Sunday, however, went a bit squiffy when I developed excruciating stomach pains under my ribs.  Thinking it may pass we stayed in at the cottage where I spent most of the time looking down a loo bowl.  Monday John said he was taking me home.  He didn't want me in a hospital far from home if it came to it so we packed up and, even though it was a Bank Holiday monday, made it home in very good time.  

When we walked in the door I couldn't keep the pain from John anymore and we had to call an ambulance.  Anyway lots of blood tests, ultrasounds, MRI scan etc and the fact that I was bright yellow showed that a gallstone had moved into my pancreatic duct. I had jaundice and acute pancreatitis. All this past 9 days I have been on continuous drips, antibiotics and painkillers and had my gallbladder taken out on Tuesday.  Thankfully the stone had passed on the Friday and a gallbladder operation in itself is a day release operation if there are no complications.  It's the other symptoms that kept me in so long but I was able to come home very late on Tuesday night.  There truly is nothing like your own bed and pillow and being with those you love! 

I'm managing to sit in the studio today and look at everything I want to be getting on with but the energy levels are rather low.  John is an absolute star and I'm being spoilt rotten.  Hopefully each day will be better and I can start creating more.  

I leave you with a couple of photos of the Solanum which is really starting to show it's blue off.  Still plenty of flowers to go though!! 


  1. How awful, glad you're on the mend and hopefully you'll be crafting again soon.

  2. Amanda, about seven years ago now, I had a gallstone attack. They moved and I have never had a repeat - thank goodness. That pain is excruciating! Don't expect your energy to come back in a hurry. It takes time and you just have to let others cosset you and accept that you need rest - lots of rest - to recover.

  3. I have only had gall stones removed and know how painful that can be! So glad you are in recovery mode!! Take it easy!!!!

    1. Thanks Robbie. Excruciating, continuous pain isn't it! Taking it easy has definately been prescribed. 🙂
      I have had no email from your message so I do hope you check back here to see I've replied.

  4. Oh Amo, you poor thing! Glad it's all sorted! Xxxx

  5. What an awful experience for you Amo. I'm glad you're on the right side of it all now. Take your time getting back to fitness and let's hope for a lovely summer so you can enjoy your recuperation in some sunshine. xx

  6. Oh goodness, poor you but I'm glad you got it sorted even if it meant cutting short your holiday. A friend of mine had this whilst on holiday in the States... Thank goodness for her travel insurance. She then had to wait eight months back here for her gall bladder op.

  7. Ow! Have hear of pancreatitis and its pain but not of a gall stone lodging in its duct. Thank goodness for the steady hand and thinking of the hubby. Glad you are on the road to recovery and able to do some stitching.


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