Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Post-Operative Care

There's a saying that one of my high school science teachers repeated constantly: "There's no such thing as a free lunch." He had us expound upon that for our final along with, "There's no such thing as 'away.'" What he wanted us to know is that everything is at the expense of something else and you can't throw anything 'away;' it just goes somewhere else.
Lessons that have stuck with me for over forty years.
I was considering all that Saturday as it was community clean-up day, meaning we could take anything we wanted to the local refuse transfer station, for 'free.'  I put that in quotations because as i was hauling some brush to the trailer, I tripped and fell on my (non-writing, and more importantly, non-drawing) arm, shattering the radius bone at the wrist into many pieces.
I am home, resting comfortably, after surgery Sunday night, pondering just how expensive "free" will be. (What a way to test out my newly minted Affordable Care Act insurance!)
All that said, if you've visited before you may know I utilize the Zentangle method to help manage chronic pain.
It is certainly serving me well now!
These may not be the best examples of my abilities, but it's making me sit still, which seems to be the biggest challenge to my recovery. (And really, I'm experiencing very little discomfort related to this little "mishap." At least until the invoices start rolling in.)
First up, the Diva had guest Amy Broady provide a challenge to get our shine on. Rather than pull out all the pretty metallic pens and pencils, I went old-school in an attempt to SIMULATE shiny with the sparkle enhancement method. (What THAT means is included in this Zentangle glossary).

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Get Your Shine On!
I wasn't doing this week's IAST before taking care of LAST week's, so they're here:




One is "All Angular" and the other, "Light N Fluffy."
And before I throw in the towel, the EIM for the week, I have to note that I went to the Emergency Room Saturday with one towel and came home with a different one! I guess I took to heart, "Don't Panic and Grab a Towel!"


That pretty much covers it for this week!

22 comments:

  1. I am so sorry that you got hurt! I hope you feel better soon. I really love the zentangles and the idea of the towel is great. Hope that you feel better

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    1. Thanks, Free, I'm doing pretty well, considering. Glad you like my artwork, it's quite therapeutic. c

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  2. Your tile is beautiful and I'm glad tangling helps in feeling better. I hope your arm will heal soon. Take care.

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    1. Thank you, Annemarie! So far, so good! c

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  3. Hope you feel better soon.

    Your inchie is a great idea

    Love Chrissie xx

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    1. It's $6,000 towel; it better be GREAT! Thanks, Chrissy! c

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  4. Well what a week you have had. I hope your recovery goes well, your tangling certainly does. The shine/gleam/glimmer on your tile shows real skill.

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    1. You are too kind, Magrat. And thank you. c

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  5. Oh, Cheryl, I am so sorry about your accident. I certainly hope it heals up properly and that some magical genie takes care of your bills. It's bad enough to be hurting without worrying about how you will pay for the care you need. I do like that you used "shimmer" to get shiny, and stayed true to Zentangle. Love your little towel too. Please take care. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Jean. I'm doing pretty well, all things considered. Glad you liked my interpretations. Thanks for the hugs, gently, c

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  6. Oh my - what a weekend you had - my commiserations - I have heard that same mantra about things "NOT" being free and you certainly found out the hard way, good thing it wasn't your drawing arm at least you can still do your fantastic zentangles - peace be with you and hope you heal quickly and are pain free soon.

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    1. Many thanks for your kind thoughts, Jenny. So far, I'm humming along nicely, trying hard not to get into any more trouble--the possibilities, like Zentangles, are endless! c

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  7. wow wht an experience - hope your arm is healing well. your close up of a towel is brilliant!

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    1. Thanks, Kia. I got my towel, I'm ready for interstellar travel and everything! Other than the cast feeling like it weighs a ton, all is well. c

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  8. Wonderful tiles! Especially I like the first one. It has a lovely shine!
    Hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Thank you, Annette! I'm just practicing mindful patterns on my way to healthfulness. C

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  9. Oh no, how awful but you are right it would be worse if it was your drawing hand. Still I think it is clever of you to produce these tiles as I use my other hand to turn the tile and steady it etc. The towel one is very amusing.

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    1. So far so good! Thank you for the kind thoughts and glad you like the humor in it. c

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  10. Oh, I feel for you! I will pray that you heal quickly and that your discomfort and pain levels are manageable. Keep tangling!

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    1. Thank you so much, Adele! i think I'm getting to the "this is just annoying" stage already, so I must be healing. c

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