Saturday, March 5, 2016

Say Cheese - CSI93

Hi there friends,

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 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:

Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  Amy Tangerine (Stitched); Cardstock: American Craft: Stickers: My Minds Eye; Camera: Marion Smith; Flowers: Prima; Bling; Jillibean Soup; Page Pebble:  Pink Paislee; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Labels: Studio Calico; Arrows: Studio Calico; Tag: Teresa Collins; Embroidery Floss; DMC; String: Simple stories.

Here is the case file:

This is how I solved it:

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.



  1. I'm so glad he's recovering well, Lynette. Praying for continued renewed strength!

    And please keep eating :)

  2. Praise the Lord!
    And I love your beautiful layout, there is so much wonderful texture and I love the photo!

  3. How wonderful that your precious Son is recovering well. Lovely work for the CSI challenge. It's good to delve into the stash and rediscover hidden treasure. Especially like the stitched circle. TFS

  4. Praying for your son and your family! So glad he is on the mend, your layout is amazing! Love those flowers and all the layers!

  5. Praying for your son and your family! So glad he is on the mend, your layout is amazing! Love those flowers and all the layers!

  6. I am delighted to hear that Wynand is doing better. Keeping him in my prayers!

    Your page is awesome!!!! I love the way you embellish your pages ... You are an inspiration!

  7. Doily and dots and stitching AND stash busting. Absolutely BRILL! And I am soooo glad history did NOT repeat itself with your boy.... & it's fabulous he's getting there, even if it seem slowly....he IS getting there. Hope it's all worthwhile for him:):)

  8. Normal!???? That is a setting on the dryer!!! hehe... there is nothing normal about life!! But good news about your son and yes they are always our son and daughters that we remember as little ones needing us no matter how old they get... I am trusting all will continue to go well too .. lovely layout, pretty colors love all the cute embellies.. and I hope you have a very quiet week this week.. with lots of time to sit in His Grace...xx

  9. Praying for continued healing and strength. For you too!
    ps...I WISH I could be like you. When I am stressed I eat like a pig!

  10. I am so glad the surgery went well!! He is still in my prayers!!! I loveeeeee your page! LOVING the colors, the flowers and that stitching!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. I stand in agreement with Lizzy. May you have time to sit in His Grace! Love your sweet layout. Cheeky smiles are the best. Xxoo

  12. I am so glad Wijnand is recovering. But we continue to pray for him of course.
    I love your lay out of the people that don't like to be photographed. Its a great photo and a lovely layout. I might have a go myself at this case file. I found an old photo from the late 70s. Could be fun!

  13. Thanks God, the son is recovering! Lynette and yes, our children always remain children for us, no matter how old they are ...
    Great layout, Lynette! and well, that, for a while, you can escape from the painful thoughts and emotional experiences)))

  14. So very glad to hear the procedure went well!

  15. Oh my goodness. I am very thankful that God saw your Son through his surgery without complications this time. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers, my friend. Including YOU! Take care of you, too! I love the page you made for CSI! It's absolutely gorgeous, as always, my friend. (And yes, you never stop being a mom, no matter how old your children get, right?!)

  16. So happy to hear that the operation went well. Stopped and prayed for his continued recovery. The stress doesn't seem to have dampened your scrappy abilities one bit, this is another lovely page. I hope it helped you cope a bit as well; and made you hungry for a healthy snack. You must take care of yourself too!

  17. So pleased to hear that Wynand is on the mend! Blessings and health sent his way! Beautiful page. Love the design and fresh and upbeat styling! ;-)

  18. Another great layout and and love the update on your boy. I am so far behind on my bloggy visits too ... sorry.


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