Monday, September 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Abbie!

Happy Monday everyone! It is officially fall here in the states and I am loving it. There are only a very few tree's that have started to turn their colors. The weather is gorgeous with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70's - perfect-perfect-perfect.

Since my last posting I have been to an ENT and Audiologist and was diagnose with BPPV which is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Cause could be anything from head injury to idiopathic which means no known cause. They did a few maneuvers with my head to relieve the symptoms which for the most part is working. I keep feeling like I am going to go into an attack but it doesn't totally develop - thank goodness! It is the worst sensation ever to have the room appear as if it is spinning and furniture floats  past you on an angle in slow motion and you don't have any balance. Horrible feeling:(

The brain tumors are not related to the BVVP.  My husband picked up the DVD from the hospital with my MRI, MRA and CAT scan and of course I had to look at them.  The tumors stick out like sore thumbs and very hard not to miss.Everyone keeps asking me if I made the appointment yet for the second opinion and I say "no".  This shocks most but I am waiting for a few recommendations and doing research on practically every neurosurgeon in the Baltimore area. I had no problem choosing an ENT for they can't kill me or cause permanent damage. If someone is going to operate on my brain - I want a physician who has done this type of surgery countless of times with a good outcome rate. I can't just pick someone from the yellow pages - kwim? So dear friends, please give me a little time to digest it all and make good sound decisions. It's hard to sit here and fathom it all and wonder what is happening inside of my head. I had to quit work because I have anomic aphasia which is problems recalling words or names. I often use circumlocutions (speaking in a roundabout way) in order to express a certain word for which I cannot remember the name. I was told this was common with fibromyalgia - fibro fog, but now I am wondering. My headaches are worst and I wonder. My hearing is 30% worst and I am wondering. So to say the least I have a lot of questions to ask but want to ask the right person. 

Ok, enough of that and onto happy thoughts!  My granddaughter, Abbie turned 7 and Andrew, her brother turned 5 this month and they had a HUGE private party at a movie theater!! Oh my gosh there were 30 kids there running this way and that way!! They were very good once the Madagascar 3, the movie started playing! But let me tell ya - they each had popcorn and you literally could not see the floor when it was over! They had a blast and that is all that counts! 

This is Abbie's birthday card which I added the verse and sentiment to the bottom. I love the way it turned out!

Copic Markers for coloring: Skin E11, E00, E000.  Green: G02, G23, G00. Pants: R85, R83, R81, R21. 
Paper: First Edition - Spring Drop
Ribbon - Olfry
Flowers from stash
Isn't she the sweetest!?!

If you haven't watched the video above - please take a look at it:) This is the best issue and there are 19 FREE DIGI'S. You have access to all the previous issues,  video's and so much more. If you are not happy with it I will prorate your money back to you. But I am not worry about that for I know you will just love everything about the magazine and all the previous issues. Come on!!



Penny said...

What a fabulous creation, Colleen! Love the image and coloring--she's too cute! Love the wonderful papers, ribbon, embossing and design. Just perfect for a little girl. :^)
As far as your brain goes: you need to put your trust in your doctor, so take the time to find one that makes you trust him/her. This is such an important time for you! (And don't let anybody call you a dizzy broad. Sorry. I couldn't resist. My bad.)
Giant hugs, Penny

Sharon said...

Good luck with your selection of finding the right Neurosurgeon for YOU honey! I am sure you and hubby will do your tests thoroughly. Keep us posted please. Big hugs to you. Love your card. Am sure Abbie does too. I also have that sent to me by a dear blogfriend, hugs Sharon x

Sandra van Blaricum said...

Lovely card Colleen!!!
Hope you find a good and trustable surgeon.
Take care about yourself!

Catherine said...

Your granddaughter must have been thrilled with her card Colleen : it's gorgeous ! Love the colouring and the embossed pannel ! I've got BPPV to and I am taking tablets all the time, some days are worse than others but as long as I can manage to do my things it's fine ! You are right to take time to make your decision... I will think of you Sweetie ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card for your granddaughter, Colleen! I love the colors and the adorable image! Wonderful design! I'm glad you've gotten some answers, but you still need a whole lot more. I hope you find just the right MD to help find the best course of treatment.

McCrafty's Cards said...

Hi Colleen, This is absolutely gorgeous, I like the sweet image the soft colours the flowers and the bow. I hope all goes well and you find the right doctors.
Kevin xx

ursula Uphof said...

Such a lovley card ans I bet Abbie loved it. I sure hope you get to find the right surgeon and that you can get the answers you need. Good luck and take care, hugs Ursula

Sandi's Samples said...

This is such an adorable card and I'm sure Abbie will love it. As for being a dizzy broad I would never call you a broad! :)

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

Colleen, you have shown such fortitude in the way you have dealt with your current situation that I am sure you will make the right choices, especially when they are so important. So pleased to see your fabulous crafting skills have not been lost with the dizziness - this card is totally gorgeous :)

Linda Palmer said...

This is a fantastic card with such awesome coloring. I love the colors and your layout. I am sure Abbie will absolutely love this card. I do!

Elizabeth Hart said...

Love all the pretty sweetness in this lovely card - really darling with all the cute details. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Gingerloft Challenge.

Jo Ham said...

Abbie was a very lucky girl to receive this card. Very pretty. Love the layout and that image is adorable.

Brenda said...

Gorgeous card Colleen! Take care of yourself and I feel you are doing the right thing by picking your doctor carefully not something you want to take lightly.

Payne Holler Cards said...

Adorable adorable card! Having birthday party at the fun (-:
Praying for you sweetie! I would be checking out everyone and everything also, big hug!

mags said...

Such a beautiful card. A super image and gorgeous colours and design. Thanks for sharing with us at Dream Valley and good luck.
Take care.

Angela B. said...

This card is so precious! Love the image and the pinks!

Pinkies Sparkly Creations said...

cute image love the colours thanks for joining us at C4E and good luck emma xx

Anja said...

WOW ... such a lovely card!!
I love the Image and the coloring!
Thanks for joining us at "Creative Stampfriends"!


Teresa Arsenault said...

Abbie will be thrilled with this card, Colleen. It is all kinds of gorgeous and so very feminine. I love the stitched layers and the pearls. Your coloring is exquisite.
Blessing hugs,

G8country life said...

Hi Colleen,
Beautiful card you did, I'm pretty sure Abbie loved it : )
You are a very strong woman Colleen, I hope and pray you find the answers and the cure. Hugs Elisa

My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp said...

Got your blog addy at Outlawz, love your work, now I am your new follower.

Sharon said...

Hi Colleen. Sorry I have not been round sooner - life seems to be very busy at the moment. Your cards are totally gorgeous and I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit and will look forward to returning shortly.
Hugs Sharon. x

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW so beautiful the image is and love the pearl swirls

Anne Fenton said...

Wow ...this is soooo cute ...just love it.

Chris (Wellnifty) said...

Gorgeous card, love the colours, sorry to read about you health problems, I hope everything gets sorted out for you soon x

Karal Schuknecht said...

Beautiful card, I found you at the Outlaw site and I'm now a follower and you can visit my site if you like.

Judy said...

Whoa!..Gorgeous card!! I just joined up at the outlawz, and found your blog. Beautiful work!


Lorianna said...

Hi Colleen!!
First, your card is FAB!!
Second, Love your fur babies, they look just like my Lily!!(Lily=my second soul!)Love her to pieces!!
Third, The vertigo, unbalance, =unpleasant!! I am diagnosed with Meniere's disease, so I hear you! (no really I don't hear you) no pun!
It's trying everyday!
Hope you find a SUPER Doctor and get a second opinion on the tumors
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!!!

Monica said...

Hi Colleen, am so sorry that I missed this post...

Sorry that you have been busy with so many health issues. I hope you find the right doctor who can handle this. Not an easy time for you but keep making those lovely cards...

Much love and healing,


Pumpy said...

Yes the card is very sweet, coloured so beautifully. I am sorry about health issues hope they sort you our quickly, my mother in law had Meniere's disease, took some medication and she was fine.

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