Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ostomy Life is good...

It's been 3 1/2 weeks since my surgery and I can't believe how much better I'm feeling week by week. Things I have learned in the past three weeks:

- my family and friends are incredible, calling on me, looking after me, ensuring I have everything I need.

- stress is as hard on my family and friends as it is on me... we've all had some tears and anxiety, and it's brought us closer.

- NOT having to rush to the bathroom 20x a day with extreme urgency is such a novelty after the past three flaring years.

- My fello Ostomites are right - you CAN wear your own clothes and nobody knows!

- Moderation is required - overdoing fiber in the form of meal-size salads is guaranteed to cause a day-long belly-ache!

- did I mention family and friends? Thanks to EVERYONE that has provided the support I've received, you're truly wonderful!

xo h

Thursday, April 9, 2009

feeling creative again...

It's now three weeks post-surgery, and I've been feeling better each day. Better enough that I've been back into the "creative zone". Made some thank you cards, and my new hobby - beading. I've had fun experimenting as I made the following gifts:

This one is for my sister-in-law Kim - it's made with all wood beads, very natural and quite long. It'll look great with casual outfits.

This one is a gift for my niece Jodi. She's getting married with a beachy theme and the colour purple. I just love the little fish charms - hehe.

This triple-strand is for my friend Jan - she loves autumn colours, so green with naturals seemed fitting.

Derek is in Berlin today, the end of a one-week stay there, and is heading to Krakow tomorrow. After a week of fun, seeing Auschwitz will be very sobering. Then on to visit new friends in Switzerland, Munich, and more. Glad he's enjoying himself so much!

Jamie found herself a wedding dress last weekend. It is a gorgeous cocktail dress and a beautiful jacket the same length. she will look absolutely sensational for her January wedding next year. She and Adam are very excited - nine months to go, and I'm sure it will zoom by!