Friday, June 21, 2019

Vacation and Prodigal Cats

We’ve been back from vacation for almost a week now. It was a much needed break! I did start a new project while I’m vacation; Sunflower House is taking a hiatus for now. The new project’s name is Little American Sampler by Willow Hill Samplings. I’ve been really enjoying this piece!

Here are a few photos from vacation. We spent part of the time at Williamsburg, VA, and part at the beach at Norfolk, VA. My parents, sister, and I had a great time. Poor Mom was stuck back on her crutches again, starting the day before we left. A blessing did come of it though; we made a point to relax a lot more than we probably would have otherwise. The downside was that we didn’t get to spend as much time at the museums, but I feel that means that we’ll just have to take another vacation to Williamsburg again soon! 😉 Here are a few pictures from the trip:
Ok, one picture. Apparently, my phone is going to be stingy, and not let me scroll down from the last dozen or so photos I took. I’ll try again when I have my laptop fired up sometime in the future. I believe the above photo was taken on the trip home. I’m not sure where we was at when it was taken, but we did have gorgeous views for that portion of the trip!

 Mr. Smokey was missing for a couple days after we returned. We think the dogs had been picking on the kitties. Mr. Purrana still hasn’t returned home yet, but it’s not that uncommon for him to stay away at times in the spring and summer. I told Kirst that he probably has a lady friend, or friends, that he is visiting. She told me that she thinks he has a wife. Maybe they’re on their honeymoon. Hopefully he will return sooner rather than later!
Mr. Smokey was kept treed for a day or so, thanks to the orneriness of the dogs. He has been a bit clingy, and became mad at me last night when he saw me packing my work bag...  I don’t know why the “puppy dog look” is called that. Cats have it too.
  Prior to the bag-packing incident, he felt that Aunt Kirstie would share her supper...

He also enjoyed many, many naps, cuddles, and treats!

I hope that all of you and your loved ones  have been well

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Long Overdue

 I'll start with the "eh" news and build up to the good stuff. I got the results of the Holter monitor recently. The official diagnosis is "intermittent tachycardia w/ occasional PACs and PVCs." In English, what that means is that my heart occasionally likes to beat faster than the situation warrants. The PACs are like extra little complete heartbeats thrown in there for good measure. The PVCs  means that the ventricles (lower and larger two parts of the heart) are beating prematurely without my atrium really getting to beat first (humor my nerdiness for a moment; without going into valves, during the first part pf a heartbeat, the atria and ventricles relax and fill with blood passively. Then, both of the atria pump to force even more blood into the ventricles. This helps the ventricles pump better due to their elasticity. Basically, they are like rubber bands; the more they are stretched (like when they are filled w/ additional blood), the more forceful they can contract (the more the rubber band snaps).) Basically, my ventricles get impatient and like to jump the gun a bit.

 Here's an example of a normal heart beat (Normal sinus rhythm NSR):
The different look to the heartbeats is just the electrical activity in different parts of the heart.

This one shows a couple of PACs. The underlying rhythm is normal:

  This is a NSR w/ a PVC. If multiple PVCs are present, they may look alike or different. If they look alike, the same part of the ventricle is instigating it. If some or all of them are different from each other, different parts of the ventricle is instigating the beat. 

  Sorry, that was more nerdiness than I intended to impart. So far, it looks like stress and lack of sleep, or enough sleep, tends to trigger it in me. Which means my job is not my friend right now. Especially since there are some issues again. 
  So, I have felt for some time now that God has been nudging me to go back to school. I think He is using this to convince me to consider things I wouldn't have otherwise, at least not at this point in my life. Right now, I am very seriously looking into a paramedic to RN bridge program. Once i get some experience, I plan on going for nurse practitioner (I'll have to get my Bachelor's first as well.). I'm hoping shorter shifts will help with the tachycardia. It just became a \n issue 1-2 years ago. It worsened several months ago. The Dr. I was seeing at that time did not want to look into the cause, she just wanted to throw pills at me, which I was not willing to do. The nurse practitioner I see now is very thorough. At this point, she is wanting me to keep an eye on it and let her know of any changes or worsening. And to pay attention to what might be triggering it. Bloodwork was good, so I really think that it is stress related. Which is why changing my primary career (Lord willing, I plan on still working part time as a paramedic.) might just help. At least I'm hoping it will!

 In other news, Sadie got spayed recently. She was still a bit drugged in this picture:

 And here is my stitching progress:
 I hope all of you had a wonderful Memorial Day. Please tell me what youns have been up to!
 happy Stitching!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A Day Late

but still meant wholeheartedly.
 Thank you to everyone, and their families,  that gave the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom and the freedom of my loved ones.
~ Emmy

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019