March Calendar Page & Life
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It’s the start of a new month so time to show you what I’ve put on the March page on my mother’s calendar. Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through.
But first – a little bit about the eventful (and not in a nice way) end to February …
After over five weeks of fighting more than one infection in my damaged leg, with one antibiotic practically clearing it before it came back (doctor said about how more than one bacteria can cause cellulitis and that the likelyhood was that only one was cleared by the initial antibiotics, thus leaving room for the other types to take hold and multiply), on Friday 21st I took a turn for the worse.
My mother had even phoned my youngest sister to see if she could come and stay to look after us, but she had the runs and didn’t want to bring yet another bug into the house, and she said that my other sister was still ill after two weeks of antibiotics for a chest infection – and had had blood tests and a chest X-ray done – so phoneing her wouldn’t be any good either (turns out she has pneumonia).
During the day my temperature went higher and by late afternoon my mother was trying to get through to the doctors surgery after it went from 36.7 degrees C when I woke to 39 degrees C and climbing, and I was feeling very ill and strange. Unfortunately my mother just couldn’t understand all the endless automated answering system and press 1 for this and 2 for that and had to give up when she hadn’t got through to speak to anybody in quite a few minutes. So when the carer arrived at around 6 she rang the surgery and got to speak to the receptionist and asked for a doctor to come out a.s.a.p.. At 6.30pm the doctor phoned! I did manage to speak to him to describe what was getting worse and he said to put the phone down and ring for an ambulance immediately, as, even if he did come out there would be no way for him to say whether I just had a bacterial infection that had got worse and needed different antibiotics, or whether I had got a virus on top of the bacterial infection. And the only way I could get a blood test on a Friday night would be to get to hospital.
No, can somebody take you in, just phone for an ambulance.
Which I did. Explaining my symptoms and the fact that the doctor had said to get an ambulance.
The carer had to leave to go to her other clients but she’d phoned the senior carer on call who had come to sit with me, and used our equipment to check my oxygen, pulse, blood pressue, etc., which were fine. Just the temperature climbing higher.
An hour and a half after phoneing for an ambulance a nurse called me back to go through my symptoms with me – which I’d already gone through with the 999 opperator – endless questions. Don’t remember them all, but including ones to see if I was having a stroke. And perhaps she could get the on-call doctor to phone or call – what flipping good would that do, I’d already spoken to a GP from our surgery, who happened to be the one who’d been out with me previously and knew the history of this particular episode, and who’d said to get an ambulance immediately.
Another wait, and by then I was feeling practically as bad as I had the first time I had an infection in the leg, the infection that caused the majority of the damage and scaring, when I’d been in hospital for 4 weeks.
The ambulance finally arrived, and off we went through the same questions again, and more. I know they have a procedure, but how many times do they need to do a heart trace, take my temperature, take my blood pressure, oxygen levels, etc., before they listen to what one is saying and actually get me on an ambulance and on the way to the hospital – they even tried getting hold of the on-call doctor themselves to see if he thought it was necessary before we actually got on the way at gone 10pm.
Thankfully A&E wasn’t full and I was in a side ward within very short time of arriving there. Hadn’t even got to lie down in bed before they took four vials of blood and an urine sample, and prety soon I had a canula in.
They gave me a belly jab and I’d had an intravenous antibiotic pumped into me before I even made it into the Clinical Decision Unit the early hours of Saturday morning.
The doctor suspected a DVT on top of the infection in my leg so I received several “treatment doses” rather than “preventative dose” of the injection to prevent/disolve clots every day I was in – so my belly is black and blue, as are a couple of other places where I bumped into things because I was unsteady. Nobody was available to do a dopplar to check if I actually had a DVT on Saturday or Sunday, and unfortunately a cock-up on my being transfered from the Unit to a ward late Sunday afternoon meant that my notes were ticked that I had had the Dopplar scan so I wasn’t sheduled for one Monday morning. So more theraputic doses of the anti clotting drug. It was late Tuesday before I was actually wheeled down for the scan on my leg – which they could only partially follow the veins down my leg because the very bad scarring of skin and the difformed and scarred tissue underneath meant that the dopplar machine can’t see deep enough into the veins for the majority of my calf area. But they saw enough, to decide that the flow of blood was just fine where they could see, so in all probability I didn’t have a DVT – and by now the antibiotics were kicking in and my leg was less red and hard, with my temperature comming down. Of course it took until one of the consultants came round on Wednesday morning to change the instructions for the jab in the belly, so I had several more before the prescription was changed. And thankfully, the consultant also decided on Wednesday that, as my leg was responding so well to the intravenous antibiotics I could be sent hope with a strong oral dose of the same type of antibiotic.
With neither sister able to help look after Mam while I was in, my brother and his two sons had been taking shifts doing “granny sitting” duties, including sleeping over, with the carers helping her twice a day as per normal. Unfortunately none of there were actually there when I phoned home to say that I was being discharged, and Mam couldn’t get my brother on the phone, so the hospital organised a car to get me home. The nephews were back on duty before I arrived at gone 4pm.
So now I’m on 8 antibiotic tablets a day and praying that they are really going to get rid of every different type of bacteria that’s in my leg, not leaving any immune type to multiply again. At the moment it looks very promissing, with my temperature staying under 37 for several days and the bright read having gone from my leg leaving it dry and mottled.
So, that’s how things are at the moment.
As you can imagine, with the dip in my health, I didn’t feel up to being very creatinve for Mam’s March calendar page. Lots of ideas of course, but no energy to actually sit and create for more than 15 minutes – so I had to choose what to do accordingly.
As usual, I asked Mam what she’d like this month – she asked for anything with a “lamb”. I knew I had a lamb in amongst my collection of Hunkydory Decolarge collection – so the hardest part of this month’s creation was going through the plastic crate in the garage to find what I was looking for.
What I Did
Before I could put the March page onto the calendar I had to remove the very dimensional layers from the February page – you may remember that I had put a metal plate behind the page and magnets on the floral elements so that at the end of the month they could be removed before the page was flipped over, to keep the calendar reasonably flat to the wall when hung. You can see what I put on the February page – Here! if you want to find out what I did. And if you haven’t already seen it, you can see what I put on the January page – here.
So, first I trimmed a fraction from the edge of the background cardstock, pushed out all the decolarge layers, put the largest layers over the corresponding image towards the left of the background, and then started adding the decopage – but rather than build up all the layers over the main, lamb, image, I used the floral layers to extend the decopage right across the bottom of the background, using glue gel to give a little dimension without makeing it too dimensional.
I then collected the things I’d need together.
The flowers and foliage were removed and attached to the side of the fridge.
Leaving me with a page that just had the background on.
I slid a craft knife blade between the metal plate and the back of the page and cut around where the super strong tape was to be able to remove the plate with minimal damage to the back of the calendar page – it would never be seen so a removal of a small layer of the paper didn’t matter. So I now have a metal plate to use in another project – I have an idea!
After that it was simply a case of flipping over to the March page, using double sided tape to attach the spring lamb image as well as the Mis Mawrth (Welsh for March) title that I had printed off.
I did use a black fine line pen to add a couple of wavy lines around the top of the background panel and to add a few “birds in flight” to the background as well. No matting and layering, no added embelishments, just a quick and easy spring image.
What I Used
- Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar
- 1 Sheet 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
- Hunkydory Decolarge Spring Lamb – Background Sheet and Decoupage Layers Sheet
- Black Fineliner Pen
- Fingerlift Tape
- Paper Trimmer
- Pinflair Glue Gel
The Finished Page
This is what I added to the page looks like.
A closer look at the decoupage – hopefully you can see that there is some dimension there despite me spreading the layers around to extend the image.
And this is the calendar back on Mam’s bedroom wall.
I had been working on several cards over the period I wasn’t so good prior to getting rushed to hospital, I need to finish off the blog posts on them when I’m feeling a bit stronger, so keep an eye out for those – they include some more fancy ones that were made on for an order.
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