This week has been a rough one. Gosh, one thing is certain and that is that your child will remain your child it doesn't matter what their age is. When I stress I stop eating and I was shocked yesterday when I got onto the bathroom scale and saw how much weight I lost. I certainly can't afford that...so now I force myself to eat again.
Wynand was operated on Tuesday. Wynand has a condition called Achalasia, a disorder of the esophagus characterized by a progressive inability to swallow solids and liquids. The procedure Wynand had is called an "esophageal myotomy". The muscles surrounding the lower part of the esophagus is cut to allow food and liquids to enter the stomach. The reason for the stress on my part is that Wynand had the same procedure 20 years ago...and things went bad. After three days his esophagus tore and he had septicemia. He had an emergency operation that saved his life and kept him in hospital for close on a month.
Well, it went well, and I thank the Lord for that. It took nearly two days to get his pain under control and then he slowly started getting better. He had the best possible surgeon and the nursing staff in the ICU of the hospital was amazing. They really did everything they could to make him as comfortable as possible.
On Thursday he started on a clear liquid diet.
Yesterday he was transferred to a private ward. The surgeon that operated on him insists that patients that still have a drain must be kept private. At this point Wynand's wound is still draining at more than 150ml per day. When the drainage is less than 20%, the drain can be removed and he will be discharged soon thereafter.
I tried to keep my hands busy and my mind occupied this past week. I am a Special Investigator at CSI Color Story Inspiration for the month of March and I took out my detective kit and managed to solve a case file :-P Here is my layout:
Here is the case file:
The Scheme: All five colours used.
Evidence: Checks, string, bird, frame, flowers, labels.
Testimony: I framed my story. My journaling reads: "The two of you are so similar. You both HATE the camera. The rare moments that I capture you without cheesy smiles are precious."
Some close ups:
I love these challenges. I use up coloured papers that I would not normally use...and I find the most awesome little bits and pieces hiding in my stash.
I believe that these Prima flowers are my most favourite ever. I love the handmade feel that they give a page. My birdie was added with an old Pink Paislee page pebble. And as you can see, I framed my journaling.
I love how well these colours work together. Another of my new found loves are the variegated embroidery thread.
Oh yes...a lot of old stash used on this page. I also love the softening effect the doilies gives this layout.
Thank you for visiting. Hopefully my life will be more normal next week and I can get back to blog reading.