Jan192013

What the heck happened a week ago?

In about, health | 6 Comments;

One week ago I had one of the most terrifying nights of my life. It actually ranks up there in the top three terrible nights. When I think about any of those events I can feel panic rise up and my heart starts to pound much faster in my chest.

I have tried to figure out what to write and how to share it with you, because people have been asking how I am and what happened. I wish I could put it all together, and I have tried. I have written five pages so far to try to tell the story but it’s rambling and can’t adequately express the level of terror and pain I experienced.

Here’s what I know. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and it has been fairly active lately. I am being seen by various surgeons for joint replacement operations in hips, shoulder and knuckles.

Last Saturday evening, an inflammation marker in the blood that is usually high for me (at 25) spiked up to 73.5, as measured in the hospital when I was brought in by ambulance on Sunday morning, after spending an absolutely agonizing night with increasing pain and decreasing mobility. I was convinced I had broken my hip somehow, maybe a bone chunk had come off while I was getting into the shower.

I was given a lovely cocktail of drugs to try to stop the inflammation and disease flare with the two main ingredients being morphine and prednisone, and was admitted.

I was released the next morning, and I have been slowly experiencing less pain every day this week. I’m not back to normal – I still have the shakes and feel like my legs are going to collapse under me, but I did do a pretty chilled out workout today and I am starting to think maybe I won’t need an emergency hip replacement, after all. (I’ll find out at my appointment with the hip surgeon on the 29th.)

So that’s what I know. There’s a whole lot more that I don’t know. I don’t know why this happened, what and if anything precipitated it. I don’t know how to prevent it from happening again in the future. I don’t know if there’s something I am supposed to do or not do, drink or not drink, eat or not eat, take or not take to get myself better and stronger and past this. And I don’t know if there is a past this, or if this is a new normal.

I thought I knew everything there was to know about Arthritis, but I was very wrong.

I just don’t know.

But I wanted to let everyone know that I’m okay, and I’m working through this.

Love,
Tamara

Dec052012

Got Craft? holiday edition part 3

In Delish General Store, Delish Was There, Events | Leave a comment

I can write about Got Craft? from the perspective of being a vendor (with Delish General Store), and also a shopper…because it’s pretty much impossible to be at the event and not want to pick up a thing or two, even when my focus is on selling!

Here are a few more artisans whose goodies I’ll be looking at in person this weekend (I am going to take the descriptions straight from the Got Craft? web site, and sprinkle in my own editorial comments, where I feel they are needed, in italics!):

anonum design
We design & manufacture eco-style products. Our materials are used & every piece is a one-off. Our Motto: re-think | re-purpose ! anonum products: belts made of recycled fire hose; iPhone cases & iPad sleeves made of recycled print blankets from printing presses; shopping bags and messenger bags made of used sail cloth and more.

It’s nice to do the right thing with the motivation of doing the right thing — like recycling and reusing and repurposing with the payoff being solely the good of the environment…but it’s even better when there’s a double payoff. When you can feel like the products you are choosing are super cool, too…then it’s a win-win. Mission accomplished here – these wallets, bags, belts and more are (to use a term from my youth) rad.

Blue Spoons Paper Products
Selena Boer, illustrator and graphic designer, has always been drawn to wrapping paper, wall paper, and anything else with a pattern on it. She has finally put this passion for patterns on paper, literally. Blue Spoons Paper Products is a line of paper goods which includes an assortment of items such as greeting cards, postcards, wrapping paper and prints. Every design is a hand drawn pattern created with vibrant colours and printed on quality paper. These paper products are unique and can be used for every occasion!

Okay, this lady has talent…in spades. I think I may try to corner her and convince her to design fabric…

Chef Kev
Organic shortbreads & Biscotti, Chocolate bar with varieties of flavour & nuts, Nuts ( spicy, savoury, sweet, etc.) small gift boxes.

What can I say…I am going to try NOT to visit this booth. Because, really?? Have you seen the photo?? Macarons, oh mon dieu.

conecktion
Conecktion is a collection of handcrafted original neckwear created in beautiful Whistler, BC! Specializing in creatively designed scarves using organic fabrics; everything from soy, bamboo, and cotton. Trending at this moment are detachable collars; a fun and funky way to spice up your tired t-shirts or dresses.

Not only are the detachable collars completely fashion-meets-function, but the scarf with the deer head on it? It’s just pure fun. Me want.

creampuff by gg
Creampuff girlie boxer shorts. Lil Bandaid tops. creampuff girlie boxer shorts are flirty pin-up style bloomers. Breathable, non-static, comfy & made to fit your girlie derriere! Wear ‘em instead of a slip to prevent thigh-rub, accent outfits, to bed as pj’s, over bathingsuits, as shorts or sexy lingerie. Lil Bandaid tops are no bigger than your bra & contoured to fill in too-low or too-revealing necklines. Same pretty breathable fabric in charming, sassy colours & coordinated prints. Not just undies – your new most-favourite wardrobe items are so cute who cares if they show!

I bet more than a few guys hope their special ladies drop by this table…

Daub + Design
Hand-dyed leggings, panties, scarves & swimwear made in our Gastown Studio.

On their info page on the Got Craft? list of vendors, I spot something cute and something sexy…so, basically, something for everyone and something for all of our moods!

Designs by Val
Modern, chic, sweet & fun greeting cards designed and printed locally in Vancouver, Canada. As a little girl, founder and designer Valerie Lau soon discovered something she had as much love for as chocolate: arts & crafts. This soon developed into a passion for creating paper goods. Each card often starts out as a simple sketch or a cluster of words, and after much attention to the design process, a new card is happily added to the collection. Designs by Val cards are printed using eco-friendly cardstock and packaged in biodegradable clear bags.

I always like to click over to a vendor’s own web site to see what they are all about…and this is one sweet, cute and impressive web site — which says a lot about the owner, Valerie, and her great eye for design. Which means, of course, that her products are equally adorable. Don’t miss them, I know I won’t!

More Got Craft? holiday edition vendor profiles coming up next time…’til then, here’s all you need to know:

Got Craft? holiday edition

When:
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission:
$3.00 (kids 10 and under are FREE)

Where:
Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5N 4E4

See you there!

Make everything with love,
Tamara

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