Sunday, December 28, 2014

It Could Have Been Worse

Well the holiday shoppers have gone. I realy worked hard at crocheting and keeping my shop as full as i could, but i didn't do as good as i had hoped for. I think since Etsy started letting people sell wholesale, it really affected the sales of people who actually make things handmade.

On another note, it's been over two months since i was diagnosed with Gerd, Mine hasn't been a picnic. It bothers me almost constantly as the acid likes to hang out in my throat. It feels like i'm wearing a tight collar and it's sore.But at least i can swallow again since the dilation. Nothing more i can do except see if i can shop for insurance, or just pay a one time out of pocket to a dr to see if there's any pain pills or something to fix this. I can't stand feeling this all the time. I also don't have time for this. Hubby has gotten some test results back regarding his lungs that have me concerned. He's getting more tests done, so i'm more worried about that right now.

I try to keep my mind off things by crocheting which seems to help a little. I also figured i would treat myself to a few drinks last night. Felt pretty good, but playing hell with me today. Have to drastically change what i eat and drink. To sum it up, it sucks but i just keep saying it could have been worse.
 A good friend (actually ex sil) whom i'm very close to her and her family just let us know her father's cancer has spread. They knew he was bad off, but thought they would have more time, now it can be any time. He's such a sweet man. Breaks my heart. The family has set up a fund to help pay for some of the bills etc. You can read about it here. Feel free to share.

So in closing, count your lucky stars & hold your loved ones a little tighter. Hope you all had a good holiday.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I'm Running Out Of Steam

Ok i started writing out a long post, but the short and quick to the point i this---I'm burned out. I don't know what else to make. I've been going through patterns and either i don't have the right kind of yarn , or i just can't get myself motivated. I have over 200 items in my shop, yet every now and then someone wants something in a different color etc. Which is fine, but a bit hard to do when the yarn stash is running out.
I wish i could just sell everything i have already made. It would be nice to be able to give myself a break. I have 8 little kids to get gifts for (friends) I have some crochet, but not enough made. I think i'm just going to cook up some plates of cookies for them.
So anyway.I have made some new stuff since my last post. Feel free to take a look. Debbie Crochets

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

One Down, One to Go

Thanksgiving turned out pretty good. I ended up cooking the bird and all the fixings for ten,
I tried to get out of cooking for Christmas, but as usual, that's not going to be the case. Wow, holidays are supposed to be relaxing i thought. Oh well.

So in the meantime, i'm getting a lot of crochet done. I didn't go crazy with the gifts this year, i just got the boys some things they needed t shirts. I actually give my son Mike one of his gifts first. One of his sneakers came apart the other day at work, so he got that gift. Luckily they're not little anymore s they understand that i can't go into debt to get a bunch of stuff. As it is i will be paying for the few things i did get all year on my Fingerhut and Dept store credit cards. I was able to also get some things with the Amazon credits i saved up for using Superpoints website, so hubbys gift didn't cost e anything.

On the other hand, i'm still waiting to hear if the clinic will approve me to see an ENT or some dr to check out my throat. The plus side is either i'm just getting used to it (feeling of a rope around my neck at times) or maybe it was a side effect of the nicotine patch that i stopped using the other day. (two months now) It seems like it's hardly noticeable now. At least i'm eating and breathing. The bills are still coming in from my stay at the hospital. The one that got me said please pay upon reciept- something like $50,0000...Sure let me just check my Paypal LOL. All i can do is laugh. I'm lucky i can pay the $15 to go to the crappy clinic. Oh well.

Wishing you all Happy Holidays

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all (that celebrate) a very Happy Thanksgiving & a good day to all the rest!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hookin' To Pay The Medical Bills

No it's not what you think..

I've always been the caregiver. I never get sick. The only time i was in the hospital over night was to have my kids-over 20 years ago.
So out of the blue last month, i couldn't swallow food and got scared. So i reluctantly went to the hospital. I was admitted. I have no health insurance.

After a bunch of tests, MRI's , cat scan, x rays, nerve tests, blood work, they did a scope down my throat .I ended up being diagnosed with GERD which is acid reflux (never even knew i had). They say that's what caused something called Barrets Esophagus. The acid goes up into the esophagus, thus the esophagus . takes on the same cells as the stomach as a way to protect it. The problem is, these cells don't belong there.
I will have to be watched that they don't turn cancerous, but very small chance since mine is just above the stomach.The acid also caused me to have two strictures (narrowing) in my upper esophagus.
They gave me a prescription to control the acid and stretched the strictures. It's been about three weeks now, and although a little better, i still only eat foods of baby food consistency.

The strictures are up behind my windpipe, that's why it's so bothersome. Actually it feels like i'm wearing a tight rope around my neck at times. Just afraid that it will close back up scares me.

I have given up smoking, eating foods i love, soda and coffee. All this in addition to this is really getting to me, not to mention all the bills that i continue to get in the mail from when i went to the hospital. Well i figure i will just do what i can. Trying to keep busy by crocheting and keeping my mind off it all the best i can.

That's what i meant about hookin to pay the bills. Feel free to check out my shop DEBBIE CROCHETS
I have a big selection of affordable crochet that would mike nice gifts for the holidays. Thanks in advance. Wish me luck.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Where Did The Summer Go ?

Wow time flies. I live in Florida, but i do enjoy the seeing people post the colors of Fall. It also inspires me to start crocheting some Fall /Winter themed items. Here's the latest.

Ghost Crochet Stuffed Amigurumi

Hanging Kitchen Towels Fall
Slipper Socks
Houndstooth Scarf
Doll Face Potholder