Friday, July 13, 2012
No strenuous activity, no heavy lifting
The V is for Vase show opens at The Bascom today, so hopefully I will have some sales this weekend. The house/vase on the right is in the show. I sent four pieces that I think were really nice so maybe they will go home with someone.
So this surgery thing is finally past me and not a looming dread on my calendar. Good news is, if you are going to have cancer, this is the one to get. It is surface only and can be removed with a simple out patient surgery. I never go to the doctor, I'm never sick, only been in the hospital to have a baby. So the procedures and surgical atmosphere are foreign and unsettling to me. That was the worst part. I didn't realize until I was left lying on the table alone, all draped and sanitized, how nervous it all made me. I started hearing my heart beat in my ears and this weird quivery thing going on with my bottom lip. What if I vomit, what if I cry, what if they haven't numbed me and I feel the knife cut through my skin, what in the world do the poor soldiers in war zones go through when they get injured, what if my daughter or husband was having some major surgery, why have they left me here to think all of these morbid thoughts!?!?! It's amazing what your mind goes through and the thoughts that materialize out of nowhere. And so I started doing that breathing thing they taught me when I was having Wesley, and surprisingly it helped. I found my "focal point" as they tell you to do, and I took long steady mindful breaths, and it helped. Also helping to calm me were the nurses and the doc. God bless these people. The good ones are a gift to us. They were so kind and understanding and compassionate, they just glowed with it. And they were all so pretty and young! It was, after all a dermatologist office where everyone takes care of their skin!
All in all, not so bad, as far as surgery goes. So, I'm just going to chill for a couple of weeks, watch the tour, enjoy my kid being home and read some. No pottery right now though, until I get these stitches out. I'm not interested in having an infection or ripping open an incision.
My last post was a bit of a whine I know, but I feel the fog lifting ever so slightly, moving out of that art funk that we all get into from time to time. I do know that these spells pass and good comes from the brooding. I got a check yesterday from Lark and Key, yay! and I have a couple of invites for fall/winter shows. I got into Festifall once again, I was asked to be in a show at Cedar Creek Gallery, which is a beautiful place, very happy to have been invited to be in that show, and ironically, I have been invited to be in a show at The Greenhill Center in Greensboro for their winter show. The very same place all that beautiful beautiful pottery is showing right now (see one of my previous posts on that if you missed it), so that's cool and gives me something to set goals for. I have some ideas for the Cedar Creek show, no ideas for the Greenhill show, so maybe I will use this down time to do some pondering......