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Simple hand made jewelry, created in my spare time, to help fund my older sister's final expenses an
18" black chain included
18" chain included
18" chain included
18" chain included
Well.... not exactly the news we were expecting today after Heather's appointment and echocardiogram. 🥺
Heather's echo results showed her ejection fracture dropped back down 19% from 59% to 40% and with Covid running rampant they want to keep everyone out of the hospitals as much as possible so theres nothing on their minds other than a couple medication changes and pushing us back out the door... I guess that's what you get with big hospitals trying to cram so many patients into one doctors day...they don't get the time to stop and focus on a specific patient for a period of time and watch daily changes or results, just given minimal effort, minimal changes, and told see you in 6 months... maybe.😒
U of I is strictly no visitors with outpatient appointnents so Heather has to navigate through the hospital to both of her appointments on her own and shes not excited, not even close... meltdown commence in 5..4..3..2...1! 😬😬
I typed this out last night and fell asleep...oops!
Its days like today that I swear are the hardest to get through... No big events...No exciting news... just another day... I woke up, got ready for my day, and headed to get Heather. One of our normal 2 or sometimes 3 times a week trip to the doctor's for infusion, I harped on Heather while I was on my way to get her about being ready on time, so we get there ON TIME, and dont get pushed back in the schedule like we've done too many times to count and spend our entire day waiting for another appointment time, trying not to be late to that one as well. Juggling my job at the hotel, private housekeeping jobs, Heather's schedule, and attempting to have my own personal life, means I dont have much of a personal life, and today I was determined that after her appointment I was GONE, peace out! SeeYa!! Going Rock hounding to get some freedom and clear my brain after working day after day after day...As I pull into the driveway I "beep beep" in Dexter, I told her to be ready🤷♀️🤷♀️ and I'll be damned if I wasnt there exactly at the time I told her I would be! Wootwoot!(never happens) I wait... 2 minutes, 3 minutes, turns into 5, and still no Heather emerging from the house. So I stomp into the house to find Heather standing in the bathroom fussing about not being able to find her black eyeliner, I grumble that I have some in the car, and if she doesn't move her ass she's gonna be late, and then I remember her response to my text about being on time "okay, I don't feel good and can't hardly move to get dressed so I'm wearing jammies" I immediately feel like an as***le... shut my mouth and walk with my head down back to Dexter, while she kisses the boys goodbye and tells them they can't have their phones back until they clean their rooms. 🙄(she will cave as soon as she gets home) heather slowly makes her way to the car and I can see how crappy she is feeling, and doing just by the way shes walking, well we're finally in route and making the usual small talk. Heather immediately picked up my s**tty mood, and asked if I was angry with her, again I immediately felt like an as***le and replied "No, just dont want to be late again, wanted to disappear for a while after we got done with your appointment, but it's not a big deal." And continued on with our small talk between her spells of motion sickness feelings(not related to my driving😅😅) we get to the doctor's office, checked in, and social distance ourselves in the chairs closest together that we can find, and are quickly called right back up and escorted by a nurse to a room to meet with her doctor. The nurse flys through the same questions we get every time (🙄usually take forever) stating "well you guys are here every other day so I doubt it changes, and we would be the ones changing it." And continues on to take Heather's vitals. When she kicks on the spaceship chair to weigh Heather her eyes bulge and she says whoa buddy. Yeah, I'd say you're in need of an infusion, the doctor will be right in. Doctor goes through the regular chit chat, asking when the nearest appointment for Iowa City or Des Moines is scheduled, and asks if they've offered any solutions, because continuing to get infusion is extremely harsh on the kidneys and the rest of the body, and obviously is becoming more and more frequently needed and in higher doses becoming a revolving door between keeping her potassium up and making sure she doesn't have excess fluid around her heart, lungs, and the rest of her body(havent heard from Iowa Heart in Des Moines since Heather's port was placed in her chest, and Iowa City is at least another month out, last time we saw them was in March) then like always makes sure he checks on how Heather is doing emotionally/mentally... and again I feel like the biggest as***le in the world because Heather's response is that shes tired, she is sick of being on a merry-go-round, only getting worse, no improvements, constantly waiting for doctors to keep guessing how to fix her, and she is contemplating just giving up on the constant battle for appointments, promises of improvement but nothing for results, just giving up and letting nature take its course...
I felt selfish today... for rushing, for wanting to go do something I enjoy, for not slowing down and worrying about how my attitude or presence would affect hers...so I slowed down on the way home with her(horrible idea, infusion makes her have to p*e every 3 minutes😅) got her back to the house, situated, and told her I was going to my Dads. Took my self back to my car and realized that all the rushing and worrying about being on time so I could go do something I wanted to do was gone. I had absolutely no desire or motivation to do anything, but I still backed out of the driveway and started driving... I drove to a spot I usually enjoy fishing at, casted a few times, landed one, but felt completely distracted the entire time and didn't feel like I was enjoying the sport I love the most. I never made it to my dads, I didn't go rock hunting, matter of fact I didn't do anything the rest of the day, I sat and stared at the floor for most of it replaying recent events I've encountered, and trying to accept the fact that I really heard those words come out of Heather's mouth, "give up".. while I'm here stressing out about working too much, never having time to myself, worrying about what bills need to be paid next, how I'm gonna get us to and from her doctors, when I will have time to make jewelry to sell, if it will sell, how if there is any way, anythng else I can do to make things a little bit easier for everyone, being in a bad mood over my crappy excuse of a personal life and the people I allow in it and allowing that emotion to get the best of me while shes around.... and here she is...shes just trying to figure out how to get through another day...
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I finished this "Tree of Life" pendant this morning, wrapped around a Lake Superior. Annnndddd Heather won't let me sell it. Her response was "MINE!!!"
Needing some positive vibes extended beyond just Heather and her boys today, Heather's dad Ronnie was airlifted to Burlington last night/this morning and was placed on a ventilator.😞🙏
Heathers port is all healed up and getting used for the first time today!
Not having a very good day today...😠
Heather woke up, and has since been having trouble breathing, her weight is up significantly. Today we were finally supposed to meet with a pain management specialist, and on our way there we got a call from her primary physician telling us to come there first so we could get orders for infusion. Pain specialist at 12:00pm primary physician at 11:30am... same hospital, no problem!! While we were waiting I got slightly concerned about our times overlapping, so I went ahead and walked all the way across the hospital to speak to the receptionist at pain management and tell her that we're here, we're just a few minutes behind because her primary physician called her in, yadda yadda... she said, and I quote "oh no problem! It seems like everything is a few minutes behind today, its definitely a monday but thank you for telling us, we'll be ready when you get here!" Fast forward a few minutes, I was right about us being a few minutes late... 12:07 pm to be exact, was the time that we walked up to the pain management receptionists desk, same one I already talked to... and we were told the specialist had already left for the day and we would have to reschedule.....IN DECEMBER! Did I mention that we've been waiting to get in here since April??? 😠😠😠
Let's talk about heated right now.... I'm literally boiling, my head might explode. Heather is bawling, and I personally think it's completely bu****it...
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Already out of surgery already, and in recovery. Doing well, but says her chest is pretty sore.
Smooth-ish sailing so far. Just a few minutes behind start schedule. Surgery was supposed to be at 3, but they didnt take her back until about 20 minutes ago, should only be an hour surgery, and an couple hours of recovery. I'll keep everyone posted...meanwhile I'll sit here and play with some rocks and wire🤷♀️
HEATHERS COVID TEST CAME BACK NEGATIVE!!!
TIME TO POP BOTTLES!!🍾🍾🥂🍻🍺
it's time for surgery! Des Moines bound to finally get her port placed in her chest.
Good Vibes are always appreciated!!🥰🥰
I meant to get this posted yesterday, but as soon as we got back home I had to zip off to work and didnt get done working until super super late. So yes, Heather is home. Quarantined with BOTH of her boys quarantined as well. They decided not to test her for Covid yesterday 🙄🙄 because she has a test scheduled for Sunday already🤷♀️🤷♀️ makes zero sense to me, and told us if her symptoms worsen, or she starts having more trouble breathing to go straight to the emergency room... since its possible she contracted the virus they wouldn't even put in her weekly diuretics order and let us go to infusion(even with her weight up questionalbly high) we were told "well, the patients that go to infusion are higher risk when it comes to getting sick..."
No s**t Sherlock!! Shes one of them, so instead of taking the steps to find out if she has the virus, you want us to go home... see if she gets worse, WAIT UNTIL SHE GETS WORSE??? and if she does come to the Emergency Room where every Joe Schmoe WITH the virus is walking through the doors breathing everywhere, touching everything...🤔🤔🤨🤨
Anyways... shes home.. sick...quarantined...with both boys quarantined as well.
Idk how exactly the quarantine thing will go with them, but theres plenty of social distancing room out on the farm, and little Hunter man could definitely use some cheer😔😔 he was feeling pretty emotional and guilty about possibly passing the virus along to Heather. Broke my heart to pieces, words you never want to hear come out of a child's mouth😭 I reassured him things would be okay and it wasnt his fault, but it didnt perk him up much.
Well we had planned to go next week to Des Moines for surgery for Heather, to have her port placed in her chest. That might not happen now. The past few days Heather has been feeling kind of crappy, coughing, headache, and most recently a fever...Yesterday morning her doctors called and said her pacemaker reports show it was pacing wrong and we needed to race up there today to get it reset...well we moved enough around on our schedules to make that happen today and as we're getting around and ready to go Hunters school called... to inform us he had direct contact with a positive Covid-19 case... 😱😱 now is to be on quarantine for 14 days. I think you all can do the math on that one... 😱😱 And as I'm typing this we have gotten confirmation that Des Moines appointments are cancelled and I have to take Heather to see a different doctor at 2 for another Covid test, or if she gets worse beforehand straight to the Emergency Room...
I'm a nervous wreck. Heather is madder than a hornet. Neither one of us wanted to send the boys back to school yet for fear of them bringing it home with Heather being so much of a higher risk. My stomach is in knots....😓😓😳😳
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So I guess it's time to spill the beans since we're almost home and everyone's gonna learn sooner or later.
Yesterday evening Heather called me and told me she had big news, we didnt have to make a big move anywhere... no transplant centers, no surgerys...yet...and even if there are any surgeries they're just minor elective surgeries.
Heather's doctors, Heather and myself, were all in disbelief when her echocardiogram readings came back... the issues shes been having were because she was taking medication for an Ejection Fracture of 16-20% that she was diagnosed with in November....16-20% Heart Function in simple terms. Her Echocardiogram from yesterday morning showed an Ejection Fracture of 59-60%.... 59-60% Heart function.... 40% improvement of her Heart muscles working... which we were told in the beginning more than likely would never recover or regenerate, because once its done its done....
But it happened... and as of right now, Heather doesn't need a heart transplant.....we're almost home, and we're staying there...so long as medication changes stay balanced out, and Heather keeps in mind that even though the impossible happened and shes not superwoman.
I honestly told her I wouldn't believe a word she or the doctors said until I saw it in black and white printed in front of me.(I thought she was just trying to get me to bust her out of the hospital) but here it is folks... shes alive.... and more alive than we thought.
I just talked to Heather on video chat. She seems like shes doing alright for the most part. They're putting a lot more restrictions in place than we thought initially, basically quarantining each floor, and allowing less and less chance for exposure to Covid. They moved her IV that she said was bothering her, shes still only processing fluids with IV diuretics. They have an echocardiogram scheduled for later today, and a right heart catheter either today or tomorrow depending on how busy they end up being, and she met with a doctor today that mentioned a big move. We don't want to get our hopes up.... but A BIG MOVE. Just keep your fingers crossed🤞🤞 hopefully if that happens I'll be able to be there. If y'all catch my drift you know what I'm talking about, but again we dont want to get our hopes up too high.
So.... Polk County has issued a No Visitor restriction for all hospitals starting tomorrow. 😱😱 and by that I mean I came up from having a break in my car and was greeted by a young lady at the desk in the Cardiac ICU wing telling me that visitation time had ended at 6pm and with the restrictions in place tomorrow I wasnt allowed back in to see Heather. How bout NOT... so I'm here for a few more minutes with her... and then I have to leave and cant come back until idk when... 😳😳
So Heather says shes leaving with me... they're not gonna let that happen...😒😔
Update on Heather Lynn
So... some not so good news, and a little bit more not so good news...
But good news first, Heather doesn't have Covid🤷♀️🤷♀️ we knew she wasnt sick, sick. Lol
After the first 24 hours on IV diuretics they managed to pull quite a bit of fluid off of her limbs and chest area and she was starting to feel better, so they decided to start transitioning from IV back to oral as planned and almost immediately Heather started holding on to fluids again... meaning her kidney function is not where it needs to be at all.... not even close. 😕 unfortunate as it is, it's part of end stage CHF, but medications can still be given via IV so that's a plus. Previously when this happened we had met with multiple surgeons to have a port placed so she doesn't have to constantly get poked and prodded, but....all of those surgeons took one look at her EF and "normal" blood pressures and said "yeaaaNNOPPEE, I'm not doing it." With the issue of her kidneys not functioning all the way we have to meet with a kidney specialist(not sure when yet) and we also met with her normal Iowa Heart team, which was just discussing everything I stated above, and also bringing up another issue Heather has, which is an umbilical hernia... fairly common, not a big deal we thought...however, like every other surgeon we met came a big fat NOPE on the subject of surgery to repair...so we sit and wait in suspense to see what happens if it heals itself, or gets worse and ends up losing blood supply for too long...😖😖 so....for now, back on IV diuretics, tired of getting stabbed by needles, tired in general, sore, cranky, hungry and swears shes being starved, but as "comfortable" as she can get.
As always, thank you for all your well wishes and support guys!!!🥰🥰
It's been a while guys, things were going smooth and Heather seemed to be settling down until the last few days... things started going downhill. In the middle of the night she woke up and decided we needed to get to the hospital and soon, so we raced up to Mercy ER. Shes got excessive fluid built up in her chest and limbs from what we're assuming is her medications sort of hitting a wall and not working again, having trouble breathing, and all around feeling absolutely horrible. They're admitting her to cardiac ICU where the Iowa Heart team of doctors will try to even things back out for her. 😞
I've been slacking on updating jewelry and fundraising since I got my stimulus check, I've just been using it to help Heather here and there with things she has needed and since we haven't had any doctors appointments🙄, but unfortunately it doesn't make up for what all still needs taken care of. I'll have to sort back through and find the fundraiser page and share it, please donate and share when you can, and what you can!! I've gotten a few new keychains, mirror hangs, and pendants done! If you're interested please message me!! Thanks everyone!!
New Keychain Style!! What do you guys think??
Governor Reynolds is lifting some of the bans in place, Heather has already been contacted by the Doctors out of Iowa City to start discussing appointments and meetings with the advanced heart failure clinic up there... it's been a long long wait with not being able to attend any appointments lately, but this news is exciting. I dont want to get overly excited, but keep your fingers crossed for us!! 🤞🤞🤞🤞🥰🥰🥰
Look at this lake superior I found and cleaned up 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
This ones finally heading to it's new home.
🤞🤞 hopefully its enjoyed.
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I meant to do a flash sale last night. But ended up having to run to the store and surprise surprise when I went to walk out if that hellhole Walmart I had a flat tire 🙄 so I spent my evening trying to deal with that instead
Anyways the purpose of the flash sale was to get some fast cash so I can get Heather and the boys some groceries and other house hold necessities. So since I dont have the flash sale organized I'm just going to say pick your pendant and throw me a price!! I'm dropping Bracelets down to $5.00 Necklaces between $7.00-10.00. And Antler Windchimes to $20.00 each!!
Spread the word!!!😍🥰
Antler Windchimes are Sold!
Fancy Obsidian piece I wrapped up and turned into a mirror hang for someone. 🥰 almost kept it instead.
Got a few more bracelets finished. 😊 black/white tones
Pink and copper
Red gold and silver
Just cleaned up one of the little opals I have for the first time.
Finished a little charm like bracelet only with agates!!! $12.00 dont forget any and all purchases go to a good cause 🥰
Crazy Lace 🥰🥰🥰
New Pendant I finished. 🥰
Got some new chain too.
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