Tuesday, May 14, 2013

best-laid plans: to rest

(please forgive the wacky formatting of this post)

I am still here, although posting from my bed! It's been quite a long and winding road over March and April and now we are into May. Where have I been? Well, you already know all about the renovation on the new house. If you don't, take a scroll down and check out some older posts to catch up. (Update: we are not completely moved in yet, but the relocation is imminent!) 

What you might not know is that I had surgery a few weeks ago. I hadn't talked about it online before the fact because, well, YES... Even I have my limits on what is Too Much Information. Ha ha. Well, water under the bridge... I had surgery on April 29. (The surgery was for removal of severe endometriosis and ovarian cysts.) Recovery was tough (just being honest here) but it was moving along well and without any real issues... until last Saturday. 

A small pain in my tummy that popped up on Saturday afternoon had escalated into something much more painful in the space of 24 hours. I saw a doctor on Monday and her conclusion was that the issue is an inflammation from a suture in my tummy and/or inflammation of scar tissue. Made sense to me, though in the back of my mind, I knew that time would only tell. Now, after a 24 hour period of following orders, my best guess is that this is a post-surgery hernia. We shall see on Thursday when I have my official follow up with my surgeon. Until then, I am once again on bed rest, this time with an ever-present ice pack.

I am telling you this just to give you the 4-1-1 on where I have been. But bogging down this post with details on my medical issues isn't really where my head is at. I wanted to touch base with you, to let you know what's going on and to share why things in WWWorld have come to such a screeching halt for the time being. A couple of weeks ago, in anticipation of both my surgery as well as the move, I temporarily closed my main web site and shop as well as my Etsy shop. By now, I had planned to "be back". But, curveballs do get thrown, and we have to either catch them or get knocked upside the head by them. (And, hey, sometimes both, right?) So I got thrown a little curve ball here, and, it's OKAY. In the big scheme of things, this is a small, annoying little blip. It's just that, right now, for me, this blip is taking a lot longer to un-blip than I had originally anticipated.

 We can't plan for everything, we have to take life as it comes and try and make the best of things, which brings me to something that's been a bright spot over the past week. I've been sketching my quirky quotes, and then posting them to Instagram (regularly), Facebook and Twitter (occasionally). (I've tagged them #wellerwisdom on Instagram.) Really, they've been a life-saver (and a soul-saver!) for me. My sketchbook+my Dr. Grip pencil+my iPhone+social media has been my little life boat over the past week. Posting my quotes has given me something positive to share, has helped me to feel more connected to all my friends on social media and has helped me to feel way less isolated, while I'm stuck in bed icing my tummy over here. So, until I am back in action for REAL, please come visit me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I'm a captive audience. :)



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Gina Perry said...

I know I've said it to you many times over the past few weeks, but I'm so sorry that you've had such a long and ongoing recovery. Hugs.
But what I haven't said is how much I LOVE the inspirational, honest, and beautiful sketches that you've been working on from bed. They are lovely. It's amazing that you are tapping into your creativity throughout your recovery.
All the best to you as you heal and get stronger, dear Kathy.

Ann Smith said...

Thank you for letting us know, Kathy. And thank you for your inspirational messages, which are not only wise, but are also an indication of just how much you are your art and your art is you. I hope whatever this latest blip is makes itself clear soon and gets resolved as soon as possible. Cheers and good healing to you. If there is anything any of us can do, please give a holler. xx

Kelli Thrasher-Brooks said...

Hi Kathy,
We are so sorry to hear that the healing process is taking longer than expected... It is so wonderful that you can still find the brightness in this bummer-of-a -curve-ball, and decorate it with your beautiful and inspiring designs! Continue resting and healing & please know we are all thinking about you and look forward to hearing when you are back on your feet again!

Take Care!

Deb said...

Oh, Kathy, I'm so sorry things are taking longer than you expected and that you've hit a set back! But I'm thinking of you and hoping things improve. You have a naturally positive personality and it shines through in your sketches and art. Hang in there. Big hugs to you!

Kathy Weller said...

THANKS to all of you guys!! I sm so happy you are enjoying my sketches! They have been such an important thread of self-expression, creativity and connection for me during this crazy time. Hugs and big thanks for your support and your words of encouragement.