Well, it's true! The Maui Sampler is done and off to the printer this Monday morning. I know it's been a long wait and I thank you for your patience. Now I'm ready to move on to some other projects - after I finish the Hawaiian Islands redo. Stitching is done, just have to finish the chart, proofread and send it on to the printer, also.
To those of you who have contacted me lately, I will get a reply out to you soon. I promise.
I really did hope to get the Maui Sampler to the printer way before now. However, I continued to have numerous issues with the hearing (or lack thereof) in my right ear as well as dizziness that made navigating daily life a challenge at times. After a couple of random ear bleeds (yeah, that's right - ear bleeds?!) I finally went to the ear doctor again who said it was time for a CT scan. Well lo and behold, there was a mass eating away at my mastoid bone and a fistula in the middle ear. I had surgery last Friday (outpatient). I was doing okay (in other words, I was overdoing it, and the pain caught up with me. If you have the nerve to, read about it Check out mastoidectormy and tympanoplasty. I had lots of ear infections as a child and as a result, I had a tiny hole in my eardrum which was letting sneaky little skin cells cross over to the other side (something they should NOT do). A large part of my mastoid bone was already gone and apparently some of the structures in the middle ear gone, as well. My hearing is terrible but since my ear is really swollen, I'm hoping that will improve as time goes by. The surgeon put in prosthetics to replace the parts of the middle ear that were damaged. Hopefully, with time, most of my hearing will return. The dizziness is already markedly decreased. But the pain, oh my word! I had a kidney stone once and I thought that was bad. This pain has been off the scale for me. If I had been told just how bad the pain would be, I would have seriously reconsidered this surgery. Left unchecked, however, the mass would have eventually eaten my brain. So the surgeon said I HAD TO HAVE THE SURGERY. So I did. I keep telling myself - it will get better, it will get better. In the meantime, though, I'm pretty miserable. I'm taking two weeks off from work to (hopefully) heal. I haven't felt up to doing anything yet but I will send the Maui Sampler to the printer in the next few days. After all, ya'll have been waiting just about forever for it. I'm so grateful to you all for not ditching me. I really do have good intentions and lots of ideas for designs. I hope to get some work on new designs during my recuperation.
BTW, if you have had successful ear surgery, please let me know all about it so I don't feel so alone. If your surgery was less than optimal you don't need to share that. I've just got to stay positive right now. It's times like this that I really miss my mom! Even as an adult, when I was in pain, she would literally sit me on her lap and rock me just like I was still a little girl. And when it was my turn to care for her, I would do the same for her. I miss her so very much. (But I can also hear her whispering in my ear - Frances Louise, quit wallowing, get up and carry on. My reply? Yes, ma'am. Besides, she's the one who introduced me to cross stitching so I need to honor her with new designs ASAP. I HEAR YOU, MOM!)
Again, mahalo for your continued support of my Hawaiian designs for counted cross stitch.
Just call me Fran
So glad to finally have a website. Life is good.