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Always Something


Last week when I was sick, I looked in the mirror and saw something like this. I had just had my hair newly re-dyed  and the combination of the copper colored hair and yellow skin, gave me the creeps. My first thought was, you should never have gone copper again. My second thought was, you really look like death warmed over and crawled back in bed.

The other thing that was going on was a case of the hives on my lower legs and feet every night. The worst itchiness. I had to slather myself in cortisone cream.

The yellow cast to my skin and the hives went away when I began to feel better on Friday.

So, this morning, I was telling my daughter, Stephanie about the hives that I had while I was sick. She has the hives quite often and has done lots of research on the causes. She told me that many people have hives on their feet during gall bladder attacks.

A light bulb goes off. Yellow skin. Hives. Severe abdominal pain. Duh. So I e-mailed my Dr. and then had a talk with her advice nurse. The nurse really felt it was a virus. I said, make sure you tell the Dr. about the hives and the yellow skin and remind her that I have just lost a bit of weight.

Long story, short, the Dr. e-mailed me back and said she had ordered blood tests and an ultrasound.  If it is my gall bladder, I certainly want to get it taken care of, but even minor surgery in my life right now is a daunting thought.

I am happy to say that I got the big silk quilt finished and photographed and submitted to the invitational show. Around the 22nd of the month, when juried quilts are announced, I will be able to share it with you.


4 Responses to “Always Something”

  1. Laura says:

    Just a thought, the itching is not shingles is it? Hope you get answers soon and it’s easily treatable.

  2. Kristin L says:

    I hope it’s not your gall bladder, but if it is, my fingers are crossed that it can be treated early and as minimally as possible. Best wishes for teh silk quilt too. 🙂

  3. Connie Rose says:

    Well, I like that image of you, yellow or no. Why not recolor it for use elsewhere? It’s certainly obviously from your face that you’ve lost weight, that and the photo you showed the other day in jeans you haven’t worn in over a year.
    But, I do hope you’re not in for surgery and that all the temporary medical issues clear up quickly.
    Hope you have a good weekend.

  4. I know you like chartreuse but this is ridiculous. Hope you can identify and address the cause. See you in three weeks or so!