Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Freebie! Inspirational Word Labels Collage Sheet

UPDATE: Someone has said the link to this is no longer valid. Email me/comment if you'd like me to send you the download, because I saved it to my computer last night. =)

I found a link for a free sheet of vintage labels, etc. and the Relax label you see on the bottle is an example of what's included. You can find the free down-loadable sheet here. The labels include different words and pix of vintage ladies. the possibilities are endless!

Monday, May 25, 2009

A new project & an antiques shop find

I decided to try a new project, so I got some tulle, elastic and my scissors...

and this is the result:

I'm selling custom tutu's on my selling blog: ryleighemajane

I found this old wooden tool carrier at an antiques shop for $12.
This is what I've done with it so far:

And here's some pix I took last week. It was almost dark when I took them:

Sunday, May 24, 2009

1st Birthday party ideas needed!

Ryleigh's first birthday is coming up on July 1! I need some help with a party theme! being July 1, we could go with a red, white and blue theme, but I'd love to hear your ideas!

Ry in her 1st Jacuzzi last week! lol

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ry & I went for a walk today!

It felt so good to get a shower, put on "real" clothes and get out of the house!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm home!

Pre-Op. I was so relaxed that when they came to get me for the surgery, I was snoring! LOL

I had my surgery on Monday and came home on Tuesday! The surgery went great! Doc removed my right ovary, tube and uterus. The right ovary had a lot of scar tissue from my ovarian disease. The left ovary had some blood vessels starting to grow on it so he clipped those. He wanted to leave the left ovary if at all possible so that I didn't start menopause now.

The most painful things have been my back and then the catheter. During surgery, I guess they sort of have your head down towards the floor with your lower body up in the air and the position hurt my back so bad! I have a degenerating spine and arthritis in my spine. Post-op, I had to have morphine and toradol (sp?) just for the back pain!

Then, the catheter hurt so bad I cried and when I mentioned it to Doc he said it was more than the catheter...that he'd used a scope in the same spot to check for scar tissue, etc. Once that tenderness went away, I did fine with the catheter.

The surgery lasted about 2 hours and I think I was in my own room by 2 PM. By 3 AM Tuesday morning, I was eating pudding and crackers & drinking Sierra Mist! At 6 AM, I'd already been up walking, used the bathroom on my own and was released by the DR! I think I slept until about 11:30 AM though and had hubby pick me up then. I could have stayed as long I wanted, but thought I would rest better in my Temper-Pedic bed! I was right! lol

I got a shower today and rode to town with hubby. It was so nice to be out in the sunshine! I did well, except felt a little car sick. We had called the surgeon prior to my little excursion, just to make sure it was ok.

Post-op my BP was too low. I know it was 98/51 at one point. They kept me on oxygen the whole time almost. I also had to do breathing treatments to get the air flowing.

With the da Vinci robot doing the surgery, I am stitched up from the inside out, so there's very little "pulling" when I move, which is awesome! I have NO pain when I cough or sneeze! I'm just amazed!

The swelling is going down from my face, hands, etc. All the swelling is from "standing on my head" during surgery. lolSO swollen post-op!!

I have 5 incisions. This one is in my belly button.

Here are 2 more incisions. These are on my left side. I have two more on my right said.
This is it! Can you believe how far hysterectomies have come?? My mom's scar from her 1970's hysterectomy is from "stem to stern!".

For pain, I'm only taking 1/2 a Vicoden twice a day!! Woohoo! LOL

The very hardest part for me is not being able to hold or lift Ryleigh. I have just cried tonight because I couldn't lift her out of her crib and she cried and clung to me, not understanding why mommy wasn't helping her! UGH! I can't lift her for 4 weeks!! But, these weeks will pass quickly and we'll get on with our summer!

I'm so happy to be on the other side of this surgery! Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Big day!

Tomorrow is the big day! I'm anxious to get the surgery over with and get back home! lol
Please help me pray for a quick recovery! Everyone hold the fort down! I'll be back ASAP! LOL
Hugs to all!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pre-op...a robot?!

I had my pre-op appointment this morning with the OB/GYN.

My surgery is Monday at 9:30 AM...have to start the yucky prep Sunday. Yeehaw.

He said I may come home Tuesday, but that we would decide when Tuesday gets here. My in-law's will be here to keep Ryleigh and Fred will be able to be at the hospital with me.

He's going to take my right ovary and tube and uterus and is hoping I get to keep my left ovary so that I don't have to start menopause right now.

I'm having the surgery done with the da Vinci robot and apparently recovery is much, much quicker! I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I'll actually be sewn up from the inside out!

I'll be laying on the bed like in the 3rd picture with the robot arms over me while the DR controls everything, as shown in the first photo. YIKES! LOL I'll have 5 incisions.

Scrambling around the house now...trying to get everything in order because I'm in that wedding this weekend in OH. Which, I'm thankful for because it will be a good distraction from the surgery! My surgery is the very next day after we get home!

And, my in-law's will be here beginning tomorrow for at least 5 days. Lots to do, lots to do! lol

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Surgery & a wedding

6 more days until surgery! Yep, I'm having the hysterectomy after all. Not looking forward to the overnight hospital stay, etc. but I am looking forward to feeling better in the long run!

Gotta be a bridesmaid this weekend in my nephew's wedding. Hope I don't trip going down the aisle!

I'm excited about the rehearsal dinner! It's gonna be in a castle! I'll post pix!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Lovin' my new door decal!

I ordered this "Welcome" vinyl decal from and I'm loving it!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Candlelight in a box

I saw this project HERE and thought it was so clever!