Friday, 30 October 2009

My Cervical Spine Operation

For a few weeks I was a bit quiet on the blogging front. Think nerves took over before my operation.

Well for almost 5 months now I was suffering with severe pain in my arm. Many weeks were spent to and fro from my GP with x-rays and scans on my arm with nothing found. As a last resort the doctor, who had 'tennis elbow' on the brain referred me to a physiotherapist.

My visit to the physiotherapist was short. She got me to move around in different positions and just said "I want you to have a CT Scan on your neck before I can do anything".

After the CT Scan my problem was found. I had 2 bulging discs, C5/6 & C6/7, which were also trapping nerves. My arm pain was then diagnosed as 'referred' pain. Not once did O have pain in my neck. Pain was by now in my left shoulder blade and chest area with electrifying pins and needles.

The physiotherapist popped me on to a neck traction machine for about 6 sessions, it didn't help. A referral to a brain and spine specialist was then made. Firstly the specialist wanted me have an MRI and then to try cortisone in to the discs. I must say this was not nice and I had to have Valium to calm my nerves. This didn't work.

Second option was the 'surgery of the cervical spine'. I had this operation on 21st October 2009 and on waking the next morning the horrendous pain in my arm and pins and needles had gone. just ached in the neck area from the operation. After 2 days I was released, after they removed the few staples in my head and the drain from my operation area.

To put it bluntly the surgeon shaved bone from the 2 discs to make a hole for the trapped nerve to escape in to.

It is now 30th October 2009 with tingling in my fingers and still aches in my neck and shoulder area. I am hoping this will go away but only time will tell. I didn't need any stitches to be removed as they were dissolvable and as you can see the scaring is minimal. Quite neat eh?

Thursday, 29 October 2009

New Beginnings

I have waited many days to capture these cuties. My son said that he had seen the little ones and they had cute white faces. Every time I went out there they must have been over the other side of the field.
And yayyyy today I captured them. Cute little calves with Mom.

Now I just need to walk up the road and get some more pics of the gorgeous foals that have recently been born.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

New Visitor

Well he/she's beautiful, noisy and disruptive!These cockatoo are beautiful and close up I couldn't believe how big they are.
Problem is we cannot feed them and encourage them to visit, like we do the King Parrots, as they are so destructive with homes.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Awesome Night Sky

Just popped out to get some washing in the machine and was greeted with this amazing site.Looks stormy and angry red. Absolutely beautiful.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

New Creations In My Store

As I am getting more confident with my kiln I am trying different molds and glass.

Just lately I have been using a small round mold, half filling with glass frit. I then have 30 little round glass pieces. From these small glass 'buttons' I was able to create ear studs, bobby pins and cuff links.

I have now been able to list a few cuff links and ear studs in my Etsy store the bobby pins will be listed shortly.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Got The Sewing Bug Again

I just wish I had more initiative to sew more often. Tons of material pile up in my cupboard with patterns to make clothing but the 'bug' is just not there at the moment.
Anyway i had an idea of making little coin purses for the girls at work and fill them with chocolate coins for Christmas. We always give each other a small gift.

They are so easy to make. I actually purchased the instructions from another Etsy seller, she even puts pictures and makes it look so easy. You can check out her goodies at
Well this is the first few and then I may make myself a handbag. If the bug expands a bit!!!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Some More Photos From The Art And Craft Show, Glenbrook

I just like to say it was great meeting some fellow Etsy artists and more.
Please check the Mountain Makers blog here for details of all the artists.