Tuesday, 18 October 2011


It's been an eventful day... it started Sunday, I'd just posted my handmade Monday blog and was relaxing before bed, all my nebs were done, tablets were in my stomach and high calorie mush swallowed.. nothing out of the ordinary when suddenly I felt like I had been stabbed in the right hand side. It hurt. It hurt a lot. But I've felt worse and because I wasn't coughing anything red up or feeling too breathless I decided to see if I could sleep it off (stupid I know)

Well in the morning I acted out of character and did the sensible thing and rang the hospital I go to.. they told me to take paracetomol and see how things went, I tried to get on with things but was wincing everytime I coughed ..this morning I was still in pain when I took a deep breath .. this time when I rung they told me to go to my local hospital (saving me a round trip of over 100 miles) as I may have had a collapsed lung.. in all honesty , while this freaked me out a bit I wasn't scared, I've not (and hope I never do) had a lung collapse before but guessed if I did I wouldn't have gone a day and a bit without treatment. Still, off I went to casualty and had all the normal tests done including an xray. It felt so,so strange being treated by a different team, in some weird way I felt like I was being disloyal to the team that always looks after me and I missed them! Strange eh? The last time I was a patient in a&e was when I super glued my fingers on both hands together .
It turned out my xray was fine (tho the doc asked what the implant in my chest was and I had to tell them about my port :) ) they are pretty certain I have pleurisy and have told me to just take pain killers .
So now I'm sat up in bed, surrounded by sweets and yarn and the start of a crochet square that I'm sending to Africa.

What a day!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Handmade Monday- I'm back at last!

 Happy Handmade Monday everyone! Be sure to check out what everyone else has been making this week.

 The past two weeks have been the sort of fortnight where I haven't been able to get much done, I haven't been able to get anything started (or finished) I think it's because I have been on extra antibiotics which always slow me down a bit (and give me very freaky vivid dreams). So I have spent most of my days doing crafty things as well as visiting my aunt in hospital. My aunt is fantastic, she is in her eighties but is so full of life and has a wicked sense of humour. It's been a shock seeing her so poorly and is strange being the visitor and not the patient. Getting used to visiting times is odd as we don't have them at the hospital I go to.I hope she is out and back home soon.

I made the most of the lovely weather we had to get out in the garden and take some photos. Here are the results :) They aren't great but remind me of the sun!

I have been doing a little bit of experimenting with my kiln trying to form a hole in glass while it is fired. For my first attempt I soaked a cocktail stick in kiln wash and sandwiched between the glass...

 It didn't work but I like the pieces I made. I then got some advice from a very helpful person on the frit happens forum and tried wrapping the cocktail stick in thinfire paper. Success!
I'm not that keen on this, I must admit I was learning a technique rather than trying to make something I like. I used all the scratched pieces of glass that I couldn't break... it saves wasting them!

I still need to work on this technique but at least I have a good idea what I'm doing  now :)

I've also been adding to the Epic Bedspread Project! I wasn't happy with what it was looking like so I have started again... hard work! here is a close up picture...

And the a pic of the width...lots to do yet!