Friday, 28 March 2008

RR & Sea Stars & Test Results

Thank you for all your lovely comments on the PS pinkeeps in my previous post:) Look out for the Summer one sometime in the future!

I am well ahead with
Tracy's RR as I have now completed page 2. I had a bit of a problem deciding which bits to stitch in GAST Hyacinth this time so I hope it isn't too much but I must admit I rather like the effect:) So roll on to receiving Jane's next but that isn't for a few more weeks yet! I am really enjoying this RR and am looking forward to everybody getting their pieces back in July ready to be made up:)

Tuesday was my Ink Circles Sea Stars day with Karen and I finally got the octopus and the ship's wheel finished and another motif started but, again, I have noticed that I have missed a bit, this time a bit of the ship's wheel so I must remember to stitch that bit next week! I seem to be getting good at missing bits! Lol! It's nice to get back into this piece properly again and feel like I'm making progress.

So that's all the stitching I have to show for today. I still have my S&S SAL challenge piece to make up so as it's wet and windy today I might just have a go when I've finished this. I'll be stitching on BBD Loose Feather's #29 Where My Heart Blooms tonight and possibly over the weekend too. It depends on what takes my fancy so it'll either be that or LHN Winter Wonderland.

Do you like my new header?! Lol! I've been wanting a nice view of the town where I live but didn't want to use anything I found on the Net for copyright reasons. Anyway DH treated himself to a SLR digital camera a couple of weeks ago and went out last night and took some photos of the mere and that's now my header! This is a beautiful sight to see coming into where I live and it is the largest freshwater lake in East Yorkshire.

WARNING!!! If you would rather not read about my blood test results then please feel free to stop reading now! I rang the surgery on Tuesday afternoon and the lady I spoke to said they back but seemed reluctant to tell my anymore so I was going to leave it at that as I was going to make an appointment to see my doctor anyway. I had to laugh when she suddenly blurted out that I was menopausal, that she didn't like giving news like that to women of a certain age and that I was too young! Lol! So I managed to get appointment the following day ( we have a ring on the day for same day appointments here). I was a little confused, to say the least, as my levels of oestradial say I'm menopausal ( and that level is most likely the cause of all the headaches I keep getting) but my FSH says I'm not quite there yet so it's not at a level to cause full blown hot flashes and sweats. Anyway my doctor says that HRT would help the headaches but I really want that to be a last resort as there are so many conflicting reports and new research going on about it that even doctors can't keep up. Also it can cause strokes and as my Mum had one and never recovered I don't want to increase any risk there might be. So I'd already been doing my own research for alternatives and came across Menopace which has especially formulated for menopause and is approved by BUPA so I bought some and started taking it yesterday. I'm keeping my finger's crossed that it will help as I just want my life back. I know it's not an illness but it can make you feel so lousy that you can't function properly and that is just how I've felt this past month or so. My sister wanted me to let her know how I'd got on ( which surprised me) and she has suggested I take up Yoga and has recommended a DVD by Barbara Currie so, as I need to tone up and lose some weight, I'm going to have a go. If it'll help I'll try it! So that's that! We'll see how I get on over the next month or so with the Menopace and hope they help.

If you've got this far thank you for reading:) I hope everyone has had a good week and have a wonderful weekend:)



Julie said...

Lovely header pic, looks a nice place to live.

RR looks superb, just the right amount of lavendar? colour. SS is growing nicely too.

Hope the new tabs do you good, go for the yoga, its wonderful!

Heather said...

Lovely stitching Sally, I love the ink circles one.

Yes I've seen Menopace in Boots. I remember being at the doctor 'in the summer' last year and him telling me that in about 10-15 years time we'd be discussing HRT, I told him I wouldn't take it, so he told me that Menopace would be just as good for me if not better.

I hope it works for you, your headaches vanish and that we see those needles sending smoke signals very soon!!!

Kim B said...

Your octopus looks wonderful! 8 legs!

Sounds like you're getting some answers and trying to get a handle on the headaches. I hope you find something that works for you without the risk of wild side effects.

Lynn said...

Ink Circles is looking good :)

Good luck with the Menopace, I hope it helps. If not, you could try high strength evening primrose oil. I started taking it after the hysterectomy and it's done wonders for the symptoms.

Vonna said...

Sea Stars is looking divine as usual!

Andrea said...

Lovely rr piece and your WIP is coming along nicely.
Here's hoping the tablets work, although as you say it wouldn't hurt to do a bit of yoga too.

Chiloe said...

YOur ocotpus looks great!!! I love the colors;)

Hope you'll find the yopa helpful !!!

Karan said...

Beautiful stitching, as always Sally. Keep those SS updates coming! :0)
I think it will rpobably help finally naming what's wrong too - you know what you're dealing with now. Hope the tablets work wonders for you Sally & that you feel the benefits of the yoga (((((hugs))))).

Karen said...

lovely stitching Sally
hope the tablets work for you and you get back to normal

Stitchingranny said...

First of all love the view.

I hope things go well on the Menopace and the yoga is worth a try, it certainly wont do any harm. If you decide to go to a class I am told that you need to shop around as some can be lovely friendly and relaxed but there are some that are very lycra orientated lol. Good luck and hoping we will be on our final stitches on Monday.

Irene said...

Hope the Menopace works for you. I would try the yoga as well. All your stitching is lovely. The picture in the header is very nice. Lovely place.

Michelle said...


I LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER PHOTO!! Tell your husband he took a wonderful photo. What a view!

Your stitching is beautiful, as always.

I'm glad you found out what was going on and hope you feel better soon!


Twana said...

Glad to hear the results were nothing life threatening.

tkdchick said...

What a beautiful piece of stitching!

Anonymous said...

Your stitching is looking lovely and I love your new header!

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Stitcher said...

Great progress on Sea stars, and I'm loving Quaker RR too.

Anonymous said...

Hope the Menopace works for you Sally. Love the header picture, well done to your DH for taking a really nice pic.

sammyjo said...

Hey dont do that! when i read the beginning of your chat about your blood test i thought you were going to tell us you were dying, thank god i read on!
i hope the med works for you it must be worrible to not feel like your self, and good luck with the yoga!

By the way i like the new title background!

lena-lou said...

Your new banner looks so nice Sally :)

Nice progress on your WIP !

Glad you found out your 'problem' and I hope now your headaches will get better for you. Didn't know these things happened with the pre-menopause. Think I will just stay a girl ;-)) lol

Enjoy your weekend, have you got the grey rain too ?

Marianne said...

Love your progress on the Sea Stars Sally! Tracy's block is so pretty. Love the colors. Glad to hear you are doing well. Yoga is wonderful.

Wanda said...

Your new banner looks great and your RR is super!

Sam said...

Love the new banner Sally! Hope that the test results give you something to focus on to make you feel better, which I'm sure the yoga will help with.
Lovely stitching too - Sea Stars is looking great! :o)

BeckySC said...

Your stitching is looking so lovely, Sally :)
Have a nice week :)

Itching To Stitch said...

I do like your new header, it's a beautiful picture. Sea Stars is coming along quite nicely. I hope you'll be able to get your headaches under control ;)

Joei said...

Lovely stitching Sally. And really nice banner, looks nice to live there.

Hope the medicine works for you. Good luck on yoga.

Michele said...

love the new picture! Now I want to come visit!

Your stitching is lovely as always. I'm really enjoying watching SS grow. and the RR is lovely!

I hope the Menopace works for you. It's sure not fun going through this change is it. Being a bit older than you, I'm hopefully almost done and honestly it hasn't been horrible for me .. very few night sweats and hot flashes .. but the mood swings have been horrible! Good luck :)

stitcherw said...

Sea Stars is looking so awesome, I love the motifs on this one. Good luck with the menopace and the yoga. I'll be especially interested in how the yoga works out for you. Stretching and getting in better shape is something I keep thinking I really should be focusing on as well. The flexibility that yoga allows is supposed to be really helpful as one gets older which is why I'm thinking of it.

Michelle said...

Love how Sea Stars is looking. I think yoga would definitely be a help for you, and hopefully the Menopace will help as well.

catandturtle said...

I love the colors you chose for this piece. I am doing it too and find it to be a very satisfying stitch.