Back in the Saddle Again… almost

The past month has been awful at best. I became ill a little over a month ago with extreme muscle spams on the right side of my body, horrendous headaches, dizzy spells and difficulty speaking. To say that I was scared was an understatement. I went to the doctor and he immediately sent me for blood work, urinalysis, and an MRI. An MRI without contrast was performed and it came back clear. (Thank goodness) My next step is to see a neurologist who will perform a series of tests, one at a time, to find out why my nerves are firing so much. Regretfully though, I had to cancel my appointment for this past week and I am having to put off seeing a neurologist for the time being, because I simply do not have the money to pay for it. I do not have health insurance and already I owe about $2300.00.

I signed up for the government healthcare last week, but it will not start until sometime in January. Even then I have to meet the $7000.00 deductible before it kicks in. Needless to say, I am extremely frustrated with the way the United States healthcare system works. If I was on welfare, the government would help, but because my husband chooses to work for a living, we qualify for nothing. The hospital said they could help us with the expenses, but when they took a look at our finances they found that my husband makes $100.00 a year too much to qualify for their assistance. I think the whole financial thing broke the proverbial camels back last week.

TurmericOut of desperation I started re-reading my herbology books along with my anatomy and physiology books from when I was in massage school years ago. By accident I stumbled upon 2 different articles about the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric and I decided to try it. The two prescription medications that the Dr. prescribed didn’t work so I started grasping at straws. I’m glad I did. In less than 24 hours after drinking an oversized mug of turmeric and honey tea, the spasms had subsided greatly and my speech was almost normal. I drank it for a couple of days then stopped and the spasms came back. So I think I have discovered that the issue is some kind of inflammation. I’ll discuss this with my Dr. next week, but for now, I am just happy to be able to function again. I still get muscle spams from time to time and my speech is still a bit off, but for now, it will have to do. At least I don’t have to have help getting out of bed.

Yesterday I felt pretty good and the weather looked like it was going to be nice all day, so I thought I would be brave and try my hand at driving. I haven’t been behind the wheel in over a month and it is frustrating to have to depend on others all the time. So I headed off to the little quilt store in Avon, MT. I really wanted to get the fabric for my new grandsons baby quilt. The baby shower is next month and I hadn’t even started yet. So I took a chance and headed out on my own. Truth be told, I should not have done it because my cognitive skills are really off, but I did it and no-one was hurt, I just don’t think I’ll try it again anytime soon though.

Here is what I purchased:

New Fabric

I am going to be making a Hawaiian quilt because my daughter-in-law use to live in Hawaii and she misses it terribly. So I thought it would be nice to begin the baby’s new life with a Hawaiian blessing.

Appliqued Mountain Background

I found this gorgeous Batik fabric that is perfect for the mountains in the background. I had just enough time to appliqué’ the foreground mountain onto the background one before I became tired and had to stop.

Center Panel Unsewn

This is going to be the center panel. It was inspired by a photograph that Jasmine (my daughter-in-law) sent me.

Whale photograph

I am hoping that I can get some work done on this today. There is going to be a lot of hand appliqué work on this quilt and I only have about a month to get the whole thing finished.

Happy Sewing!


8 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle Again… almost

  1. Oh Bella, I’m so sorry to hear you have been so unwell. It sounds like you have been having an awful time of it. How horrible you can’t get the doctors you so desperately need at a time like this. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    This quilt is going to be so beautiful. It will be treasured by not only the new born, but also your daughter in law! I don’t think I’ve got a blanket finished in time for the birth for some time, so I wouldn’t stress yourself out about it. They grow into them and love them more when they are toddlers than new borns I’ve found!

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  2. Ah the joys of illness in the US. Good luck in finding something that works for you.
    I don’t know what state you live in but here in Colorado I suspect you’d find the suggestion of a CBD tincture to help with those spasms.

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  3. Hope you find your medical problem solution quickly. You may want to check with your state as some have programs to help. It is different from the hospital waivers so you may qualify. The insurance is a problem. I have insurance as I cannot afford to pay the penalty for not having it but my premiums and deductibles are so high that I still cannot afford to go to the doctor. Thank goodness my medicare kicks in Feb. Good luck to you and happy quilting the baby quilt.

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  4. Oh Bella, wish I were closer to lend a hand, you poor dear! I’m glad you are feeling some better, and the turmeric is helping. I hope you are able to find the source of the inflammation quickly.

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  5. I’m sorry you are having such a tough time. It is hard for me as a UK citizen to get my head round the difficulties and expense of obtaining medical care in the USA.I hope you soon get a correct diagnosis and effective treatment. In the meantime I hope you can find relief in making progress with the quilt.

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  6. Oh my gosh, that will be the most gorgeous baby quilt! I’m glad you found an herbal remedy for your symptoms. I agree that the health care system is in sad shape. I feel that the Obamacare initiative was the final straw. When I worked, 12 years ago, my insurance was reasonable, and the HMO covered almost everything with just a $5 co-pay. Now a $7000 deductible? If you had $7000, why would most of us need insurance??? You’d have to have a catastrophic event for that to be useful, wouldn’t you? Ridiculous! So I’m glad the turmeric is keeping things under control for you.

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  7. I am so late in responding. I understand how that heath care works and it DOESN’T! I do hope that you can find the problem (or have by now found out what is wrong). Hopefully it can be fixed. I joined your Blog late, but always enjoy your posts! Take care and hope you get better!

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