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Tuesday, September 11, 2012


My life was saved on 29th August 2012
Life is so very precious and it can be taken away within a blink of an eye....I know cos it nearly happened to me.

I had spent the whole day (Sat 25th) making my Batty Hat for the Fancy dress party that Dave and I were going to. I loved how it looked and could not wait to start with my make up. It took me a while to put it all together but it looked pretty good from this side of the mirror. Dave came home from golf and I started with his make up, adding boils and scars etc and the results were pretty scary!. 

I had already started feeling offish but just put it down to a bit of wind trapped in my gut and left it at that. We arrived at the party and I even managed to walk around and take a few pics of the other folks, all the while becoming increasingly aware of the discomfort I was feeling. Within an hour I was man down writhing on the floor and the decision was made to rush me to the hospital. By the time we arrived, I could not walk and had to be rushed through the hospiutal on a wheel chair. What a sight!!! Me writhing and groaning looking like goodness knows what and Dave pushing me looking like Fester gone wrong.....they  were not to sure who to help, me or him.

Well, at the end of the day, not even Morphine took the pain away and we all thought it was a spider  (I had a small bite from the day before)  that was causing all the mayhem. Nothing was working and I was admitted to the High Care ward. By now I was completely out of it and only came round again the next day. I spent the next 4 days being drained of my blood and x - rayed to death to find out what was going on. I in the meantime was so doped up on Morphine and having the most awful fever filled dreams/nightmares that I did not really know what was going on or just how ill I really was - I had developed Peritinitus and they could not work out why. Eventually a Dr. Steven Davis insisted that I be cut open (against all the other doctors wishes) and so it was that I was operated on at 10:40pm Wednesday night. 30cm of my bowel had died and had to be removed and as it turns out, had it not been for Dr. Davis being so insistent....I would have lost my life. My total stay in hospital was 11 days and I never, ever want to go through that again.

One good thing...actually 2 good things came from this ordeal. I have stopped smoking and lost 5kg in weight. I had basicaly gone through major detox whilst in high care, been on oxygen 24/7, nebulized twice a day and had a physio therapist play the drums on my back and lungs to clear them out......never would there be a better opportunity to stop smoking with little or no withdrawl symptoms. I even had a dietitian come see me and put me on a special diet to help with the healing of my bowels and....make sure I do not put on any weight now that I no longer am a smoker (up to 40 a day!!)

To celebrate my good fortune, I am giving you 29% off all my patterns. The discount code 1LIFE  is valid in my Etsy and Artfire shops as well as my own website. Why 29%? it was the 29th August that my life was saved :)


Amy B. said...


My goodness. Life is so precious.
I'm so glad you are home and healing.
Do take care of yourself.
You're in my thoughts.


Carol Dean Sharpe said...

Thank goodness for Dr. Davis! *hugs* I'm so glad you are alive, relatively well, smokeless, and ready to bead another day, dear Heather.

aljamie said...

YAY Dr Davis!!! so happy you're getting better...take good care of yourself.



Petra said...

What a horrible story. So good that dr Davis was persistent upon operating.

And a nice thing that you've stopped smoking now.
Take good care of yourself Heather!

Warm greetings,

Las Cositas de Lyra said...

Luckily everything went well ... Thanks to Dr. Davis!!!
I wish you health!!!
Carmen (Lyra)

Karin Slaton said...

Wow, Heather, you have really been through a lot. Thankfully you were in the hands of the right doctor. I thought about you a lot last week as I stitched up your fabulous MoJo pendant. Your work is absolutely brilliant, and I am so glad we get to celebrate better days with you.

Helen said...

My gosh Heather, what an absolutely scary stituation. So very glad you are on the mend now. Best wishes for a full recovery.

Bisaneta said...

Me alegro muchísimo que todo saliera bien!! Gracias al Doctor Davis!!!Ahora le deseo una pronta recuperación.
Mis mejores deseos,

Parudame said...

Oh my goodness! Hope you´re a lot better know.
...and in my imagination I see "Fester" pushing that wheelchair and the helpless looks of the doctors...who is the patient...
What a story with a happy ending.
Take good care of yourself!


Marlies said...

Good to hear that you are doing well.

Take care of yourself.

Marlies said...

Good to hear that you are doing well.

Take care of yourself.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much everyone for the healing thoughts and prayers. I am feeling so much better (I am a fast healer)and I am resting up a lot. I will be back in my studio, writing up a new pattern before you know it :)))

Unknown said...

Thank you so much everyone for the healing thoughts and prayers. I am feeling so much better (I am a fast healer)and I am resting up a lot. I will be back in my studio, writing up a new pattern before you know it :)))

:-) MaryLou said...

What an ordeal! Thank goodness you're recovering, and thank goodness you wound up with a doctor who was insistent about the treatment.

Vera said...

My Feather i was so scared of losing u my friend, my family couldnt even console me,just so happy u lived to tell this tale,gosh i just got shivers all over, thank God for that doc and thank God it wasnt your time, 2 scares this year between u and your mom, enough now u hear, Love u lots.x

bwheather said...

Oh wow, you poor thing. Sometimes it takes stuff like that, drastic stuff, to make us change some of our bad habits into better ones. Heal up. '=_

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

Oh, my . . . I'm so glad you had good medical care. Good on you for quitting smoking and committing to a good diet. We all want you around for a good long time!

Your costumes are wonderful, and I'm sure you gave the hospital staff some good stories to tell!

designlady said...

So glad you are well and had the good care from the Doctors. Your costumes are fantastic, I'm sure the hospital staff was a bit baffled! Congrats on quitting smoking and the weight loss as well, both hard to do, funny how an illness can bring about good things as well. Take care of yourself.

Bead Chaser said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

VanBeads said...

Oh, my! So glad that they figured out what was wrong with you and that you received the proper treatment! Not exactly the way you want to quit smoking, I guess, but at least you're still here! I hope you're getting some rest and healing well.

Kit said...

I am so glad you were well taken care of by the doctor who caught the problem! Loving thoughts and prayers coming your way!

BTW...I believe your video on CRAW is the best instruction available!

Get and stay well.


Perlenträumerei said...

Da bin ich doch sehr froh, dass du einen sehr guten Arzt hattest, der nicht locker liess mit deiner Krankheit.
Gute Besserung und pass auf dich auf.
LG Bärbel

Eva Maria Keiser said...

Sending well happy you are recovering from quite an ordeal.
-Eva Maria

Unknown said...

Glad there are some blessings from all that, and I have to say, I wish I could have seen the hospital staff's faces when you came in! Keep getting better!!

Unknown said...

I know it took me a while to get here and the time to read through my sweet friend! I am happy beyond words that your Dr was so smart and you are still here for me to love alot longer!!!!!

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