Monday, August 29, 2011

Checking In With This and That...and a Question????

Wow, it's the end of August and all through Maine, we are still waiting for summer to arrive.  The summer days have been few and far between.  Our gardens have been producing, but not like years past.  Out of 52 tomato plants, we have one tomato that looks like it will ripen.  None of our winter squash produced and there is only one pumpkin in the pumpkin patch.  We managed to can close to 100 quarts of green beans and 10 pints of pesto.  We froze 30 quarts of broccoli and 5 gallons of cheesy cream-of-broccoli soup.  Everything else is producing in small quanities.  I'm so blessed that our gardens did so well last year.  I still have enough tomato's, applesauce, corn and cauliflower to see us through another winter. 

I've been silent for awhile and miss being creative.  I think those of us who have that creative streak, really lose a part of ourselves and become off-balance when we deny ourselves that outlet for too long.  Sometimes it's not by choice though and I have found myself flat on my back this past month with some medical issues.  I was wondering how many of my wonderful followers experience auto-immune issues?   I've just started researching these disorders and they are truly far reaching.

This year I have been diagnosed with osteo-arthritis, fibromyalgia, crohn's disease and severe anemia...while I am still working with doctors to figure all this out and treat out-breaks and pain, I find it's wearing me down in spirit and keeping me from doing all that I love.  My quilting, gardening, knitting, scrapping and even caring for my grandest daughters. 

I don't want to use this blog to complain or to air my medical issues, but I am wondering if any of you have similiar issues and have words of wisdom for me.  If so, I would appreciate all insight and help.

On another note, Trixies pups are ready for their forever homes and already two of them have found the very best homes.  Here is a picture of the group taken last week.  I sure am going to miss them when they are gone - but I'm sure there will be more puppies in our future!

Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and good wishes. I truly am blessed to have found such a community of wonderful people! 


Pat N. said...

Patti, I sure hope you can find some relief with your medical issues. There is another lady that has fibro and maybe you're not aware of her blog. It is Her name is Amy and I'm sure she could lend some advice. Take care.-Pat N.

Pat N. said...

P.S. Those puppies are so adorable! They certainly made me smile today!-Pat

Jens Craft Corner said...

Hi Patti, I just read your post and wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and sending prayers your way. I hope you get some answers soon, so you can get back to being your crafty self. Don't worry about airing your medical issues on your blog. This is what we are all here support one another. Wishing you well! PS. Those puppies are absolutely adorable!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Hope you are feeling better soon, sending thoughts and prayers your way! Adorable pups!


AmyJRockstar said...

Hello sweet new friend. I am in Maine RIGHT NOW!!! Vacationing! We are at Old Orchard Beach, but heading up to mid-coast tomorrow until Sept. 5th or so. I would be so happy to chat with you about Fibromyalgia. I have been through the worst with it and still continue to suffer continuously, daily, nonstop. I have pain every single day and have had it for 3 straight years. I have been through every type of testing, medications, alternative therapies, doctors, anything you can imagine! I have tons of advice for you and would love to talk. Please shoot me an email at amyjrockstar at gmail dot com. I will give you my phone number then and you can call me. Stay strong. You will survive this and there are ways to cope.

Gentle Hugs,
Amy Jo

AmyJRockstar said...

P.S. Using your blog to complain about your medical issues is a great way to get out your frustrations and gain support and knowledge! :0) Seriously! I love how tolerant my followers are and they provide me with so much love and joy, it's what helps keep me going. I did create a separate blog to help journal about my pain and keep most of it there, but I do talk about it a lot on my scrapping blog as well. Be sure to check out my Living with Fibro blog.

~ Amy Jo

Michelle said...

This is Michelle from Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs by Michelle. I was just stopping by your blog today to personally say thank you for stopping by my blog this weekend during the Autumn is Here blog hop. I really appreciate your support and the lovely comment that you left me. It means alot that you took time out of your busy weekend to visit with me.
I also wanted to let you know that I am also a follower of your blog.

Also those pups are adorable and I wanted to let you know that feel free to use YOUR BLOG to air YOUR issues whatever they may be. It's your blog. I saw your post and I wanted to let you know that I was diagnoised back in 2006 with RSD/CRPS Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome.... so I'm not stranger to living in pain. If you ever want to chat hit me up.
Thanks again for stopping by,

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