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