Saturday, March 8, 2008

Indigo and Gold


I really have to say THANK YOU so much for all the wonderful, kind and inspiring comments I have received from all of you since I posted about my illness. You have really given me some encouragement during this time that I feel like I am drowning. Emotionally I have been ok, I have been learning the stoic Australian farmer life somewhat at least. On the other hand, when I am going through my "sessions" and my head is being crunched in a vice and I am screaming and crying from the pain, I guess I am a bit emotional. Oh well, we get what we get in life and there is no point trying to second guess why things happen to us. So, I have an appointment with the neurologist this next Thursday, but the only thing I will gain by going is confirming that I have trigeminal neuralgia and not Multiple Sclerosis or a tumor. I will not take the meds for this as I would have to sacrifice being able to get pregnant while taking them. Also, I have read that they can have harmful side effects-- that it is guess work sometimes how long they will work for and for whom they will work. My approach thus far has been that I have been to the acupuncturist twice, who seems to think she will have about a 70% chance of helping me. I am taking high doses of vitamin B12 and am going to consider going to a chiropractor... All these things I have been researching on the internet. If anyone else out there has any knowledge or advice--Please comment!

I thought since I have not been getting too much quilting done, I would post what I was working on before. Now, this was a funny way to approach a project. Being that I am out in the middle of almost no where I rely A LOT on the internet for my inspiration for projects. I like to look in online quilt stores at samples and kits as one of my ways to get ideas. One place I like to look at is Fat Quarter Quilter's and another place is Homestead Hearth. When I was looking at Homestead Hearth a while back I saw a quilt that was kitted from a pattern from American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. They had the picture on there and I absolutely LOVED the quilt except that I thought it had too few blocks in it. I bought a bundle of the Indigo & Gold fabric from Z&S fabrics and was determined to try making it, even though I didn't have access to the magazine. By the time the fabric arrived, Homestead Hearth had sold out of the kit and took down the picture, so I had to try and remember how it looked. These are what I came up with! Funny thing is that the original quilt block was supposed to be 16 inches I found out now, but mine are 8 inches! These blocks have the tiniest pieces in them that I have worked with thus far, but hopefully I can keep at it. Maybe not all at once though...

6 comments:

floribunda said...

lovely blocks -- I just recently "discovered" Z and S, and they're wonderful. How about making a few blocks 16" square and mixing them up with the smaller ones? Hope you're feeling better...

stewartmar said...

G'Day Goneaussiequilter

So sorry that you have TN and I hope the neurologist can give you some good news. It is rarely caused by a tumour, but more often caused by a blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve.

I have been unable to avoid the medications I am afraid, and am now up to 1200mgs of tegretol per day. There's not much more room to go, so I hope this level will be enough to keep a lid on the spasms until I can get surgery. There's a surgical procedure called "endoscopic microvascular decompression" that can alleviate the pressure on the nerve.

In between bouts I am trying to blog about it at http://about-trigeminal-neuralgia.blogspot.com/

pdixon6470 said...

Hi, I too am from Michigan (Birmingham), lived all over including Germany, now in southern CA. My sister married an Aussie and they reside near Brisbane. My BIL is a tennis coach. I would love to know where in MI you grew up. I have enjoyed reading your blog -- all of it and will be praying as you meet this challenge.

Hedgehog said...

What a great set of blocks! So sorry to hear about your health problems. Hope you find some relief and best wishes.

The Carolina Quilter said...

I hope you can find relief from the pain. What a debilitating illness. Prayers sent your way.

Samantha said...

Sending good thoughts to you as you cope with this pain and illness. And wow, those blocks are 8 inches? That is some lovely work there!!

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