Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Let it snow

It's been an incredibly difficult two days. Waiting for word from Duke.  Trying to get to feeling better. Fighting with a company that has such terrible business practices I can't believe they exist in a big city like this. After dealing with that horrible business and all their problems from before we moved a year ago, my husband finally took matters into his own hands, went face to face with the guilty party, and the situation is almost completely behind us. I still need to write a scathing letter to this service company, but other than that it's behind us.

My sister was supposed to have surgery yesterday at noon. However, it was delayed until 5 pm last night. It was supposed to take 6 hours. It only ended up taking about 2 hours. She has had a prior surgery from 1997 when her intestine perforated. The Crohn's disease always comes right back to the spot that they cut it out at. Hers did, she had a bad fistula that the Remicade had tried to heal. It did heal the spot, however it strictured the bowel down so tightly that even a pill/capsule could not pass through. That's where they found the capsule camera, at what was essentially a small bowel obstruction. The surgeon resected the bad area, taking about 2 cm of bowel out, and sewed it back together. Thankfully, she did not have to take a lot of bad area out, otherwise my sister would have ended up with short bowel syndrome. It's where there is not enough surface area to absorb nutrients from food and the patient suffers from malnutrition. Not that with the Crohn's disease that she doesn't have those problems anyway, but still.  So, very good news. As good as can be expected right now. She will be in the hospital all this week and provided there are no complications (infection, etc) she will most likely be home by the weekend. I talked to her husband last night, I hope to talk to her today. 
We got a foot of snow yesterday, and I finally got my snow pictures. I needed them for a calender I'm working on for my mom. Today it is really icy. Which makes looking at this Cosmo Snorkel summer album all the more sweet:

Summertime Mini Album
Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Snorkel Patterned paper kit; Cosmo Cricket Jack's Blackboard Album; Cosmo Cricket Snorkel Rub-ons; and Cosmo Cricket Snorkel Ready, set, Chipboard; plus white bazzil cardstock.
Instructions: Print photos out on 4 x 6 photo paper and trim to fit album. Cut patterned paper and cardstock to fit album as seen above. Put photos on the right or bottomside of the album; put patterned paper on the top or left side of the album. Adhere rub-ons as shown. Adhere Chipboard title to the front of the album. Note: I love the ready set Cosmo chipboard. It pops out with the backing still on it and you can move it all around until you get it where you want it. And if you adhere it and change your mind in the a couple of minutes, you can move it easily. However, I wouldn't change my mind hours or days later, it is fairly sticky. Love, love that stuff.
Have a wonderful day to all who stop by. I really appreciate all the wishes and the prayers for my sister, thanks so much for them. Stay warm! Tomorrow I'll have some Lil' man projects. Can you believe I still have at least 4 more projects to post? I'm up to 23 layouts/projects for the month already. I'm really looking forward to working with Scribble Scrabble and more with the Studio Calico kit. 


Lisa Dorsey said...

What wonderful news about your sister Danielle! I will continue my prayers for her recovery though. That album is just way too cute!


Jody said...

Excellent news about your sister :)
I commented on 2Peas how much I love your mini-album, I just love how bold and gorgeous it is!

Kate said...

I hope your sister recovers fast. Hard disease to deal with for her and your family. I'm so glad she had a good out come.

karen m. (akaliz) said...

i'm so glad to hear the good news about your sister. i didn't know until now that it was Crohn's disease. i hope she recovers quickly and is able to get things back to normal.

love the fun!

Kimberly said...

That is such great news on your sis (((hugs)))...and so glad the mess with that company is almost behind you as well. Ahhhh to be able to breath. I love when things are done and we can move on from them. :)
LOVE your Mini album as bright and cheery!

lauren said...

Jessh girlie... wow! Glad to hear the good news, understanding it's all in perspective. But good news is GOOD news!

Cute mini!

happydays525 said...

Glad to hear that she is indeed in recovery at this point, hope you get to speak with her today at some point and that all continues to go well.

Love the mini by the way!


Susan Beth said...

So glad to hear about such a good report (in context) about your sister. Will continue to pray for quick and good healing for her. Sorry for all the stress you've had, but I'm glad much of it is behind you now. I'm liking all the projects you have to post, but man alive girl, you put a lot of work into them in a short period of time. Good for you!

Elisa said...

I was thinking of you and your sis today. Great that the op went well, I hope she recovers and is soon back home.

The mini is so gorgeous, I always love your photos and how you use them!

Linda said...

Great news about your sister - wishing her the best. That album is just too too cute! :)

Sarah said...

Glad to hear that your sister is doing well. (Mine has Crohn's as well, and has had a couple of surgeries -it is tough on everyone!) Great mini album! I am looking forward to getting my hands on that Snorkel line!