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Dr. Who Dalek Tardis Hello Kitty Earrings

Published March 31, 2012 by Sara

You can find all my items on eBay, Etsy, Artfire and Bonanza :

http://www.pinkclaymonkey.com (linked to my eBay account)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/JegasCreations (this has my old business name)

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/PinkClayMonkey

http://www.bonanza.com/booths/pinkclaymonkey

Princess Rosalina Earrings (Super Mario Galaxy) Cosplay

Published March 31, 2012 by Sara

I have been commissioned to make Princess Rosalina earrings and I loved how they turned out, I figured I’d make a permanent spot for them in my store. Not sure just how much interest there will be to be Rosalina for Halloween, but we shall see. I do plan to make her medallion she wears on her dress and her wand as well. Who knows, I may even sell all 3 as a set! 😉 Stay tuned kiddos!

You can find all my items on eBay, Etsy, Artfire and Bonanza :

http://www.pinkclaymonkey.com (linked to my eBay account)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/JegasCreations (this has my old business name)

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/PinkClayMonkey

http://www.bonanza.com/booths/pinkclaymonkey

Once Upon A Time Bracelet

Published March 31, 2012 by Sara

I have been working on this for almost a month now. I had ordered some Swan charms that still have not arrived, so I caved and spent some $$ at my local craft store for some Sterling Silver swan charms. 

My original concept actually had a few changes and I must say I am 100% satisfied with the final result! 

*UPDATE : Since listing these, they have been selling quite fast. I am unsure when I will have these in stock again, since I only had 3 of the Swan charms to start and it was the last 3 my craft store had. I have an order I placed a few weeks back, but it’s international and could take a lifetime to get here….I have one bracelet left as of typing this.**

So instead of talking about it, here it is :

You can find all my items on eBay, Etsy, Artfire and Bonanza :

http://www.pinkclaymonkey.com (linked to my eBay account)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/JegasCreations (this has my old business name)

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/PinkClayMonkey

http://www.bonanza.com/booths/pinkclaymonkey

Packer Tailgate Tour

Published March 30, 2012 by Sara

I received my vendor form today and have been doing some research with the possibilities of having some newer merchandise to offer.

I’m just racking my head on just how much I should make, being as I don’t want to make to little but then I don’t want to make too much either. BUT the upside is, if I make too much, I know come football season, it will sell or at least have a greater chance of selling.

I can’t find my notebook, so I snatched up a coloring sheet Julia printed and have been using the back for notes. Mainly little tid bits about the team and some ideas to start cracking on. 

I hope to get this all in check over the weekend, being as I need to turn in my vendor form and tell them what I plan to be selling. I should ask Jill if that even matters if it changes from now till then. I won’t change what I have listed, basically will be adding more so I have a bit of variety.

Actually, I’d rather have more of a variety then with just massive quanities of some items.

I also need to check to see if it needs to be strictly only Packer related items. 

So exciting, but so stressful at the same time.

Anna Brown

Published March 29, 2012 by Sara

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I am just appalled at how medical staff refused to treat her properly because they “felt” she was a drug seeker. And come to find out, she had blood clots in her legs and by failing to take proper measures. She died. 

BUT only after the staff called the police and they DRAGGED her out of the hospital to take her to jail. She died only 30 minutes AFTER the took her to her jail cell and left her on the floor writhing in pain.

This truly saddens me and I think medical staff nowadays are so quick to slap a quick fix and not truly treat you. I went to the ER for an allergic reaction, to what, is anyone’s guess. We think it may be a new shampoo I was using, but I NEVER used it again for fear my reaction would be much worse. (And talking to my primary doctor I have now, says that was a smart move.)

Literally, I had been to my primary doctor at the time, twice. And my reaction was only progressively getting worse. My face and hands had completely swelled and I could not stand for more than 2 minutes, being as I felt like I was going to pass out. Called my doctor and he told me to get my butt to the nearest hospital. Instant panic set in. When a doctor tells you that, it made me realize that this was much more serious than either of us had thought.

Got to the ER and I couldn’t even tolerate sitting. I just wanted to lay down being as I just felt like I was going to pass out. I stop a nurse and ask if I can get a bed or if there is something I can lay down on while I wait. She says, wait just one second. And not even a minute later, they rush me into a room, bypassing the 7 other people that were waiting before me.

They give me fluids and a shot of Benadryl, which couldn’t come at a better time, being as I was just going into anaphalaytic shock. (At the time, all I knew was my throat closed as the shot was administered. The nurse could not explain why that happened, but again, talking to my primary doc I have now, explained that is what happened.) 

I was at the ER for 2 hours and when they told me I was ok to go, I explained to them my hives had moved to my feet and was uncomfortable to walk on. Basically they told me they did all they could do and my swelling went down in my hands and face. It took about a week for all of this to finally clear up, but it would move from my feet, to my back and it would flip flop. 

Maybe I am being dramatic about this, but truly, I felt let down when they sent me on my way when apparently my original symptoms improved, BUT moved to a different body part. And while they did treat me, it just scares me that I am putting my health in someone else’s hands. And granted, nothing more came from this, but I just felt let down to be sent home with symptoms still.

Now back to Anna Brown. I am just shocked they didn’t do more for her. They say they felt she was only there for a drug fix. But did they use a doppler to check her pulses in her feet? Why didn’t they do an MRI, which would have clearly shown the blood clots she was suffering from? 

My husband suffers from blood clots due to a blood clotting disorder called Factor 5 Leiden. He even had a leg amputated due to this disorder. We have two doctors that argue back and forth. One says he should have stayed on blood thinners, another says he shouldn’t be. And it just angers me he was even taken off of it in the first place, this could have been prevented or possibly, the outcome wouldn’t have been having his leg amputated. He has so many other factors that contribute to this, but that being one of them.

But watching the video of her writhing in pain, literally makes me cry. I’ve seen how much pain this puts my husband through. And each time, I got him a wheelchair since it hurt him way too much to walk. Each time they used a doppler to check his pulses, which is useful, but sometimes not always the greatest at determining exactly what is going on. And they always end up doing an MRI just to see where these are at. 

And what is also crazier, they can toss ALL sorts of pain meds at my husband and it will have zero effect on him. The last time he was in the hospital, they kept upping his Morphine and then had moved onto other pain killers. All the while I am telling them, give him some Ativan. That is used to treat anxiety, but also enhances the dose of Morphine. It amplifies it’s effect. Kinda like putting a magnifier on it. 

I only learned that from when he first suffered from blood clots and when he was in ICU, he was writhing in pain. They had done a fasicotomy on his right leg. (The slice open the calf on each side, cut past the sheathing around the muscle to allow it to expand and then pack the incision. This allows the swollen muscle to expand and allow blood flow to return.) I can not tell you how many pain meds the nurse went through and she was out of options, when it was suggested to give him Ativan, that stuck with me and it’s a good thing too.

BUT I hate mentioning it, being as the staff looks at us like we are drug users.  And at one point I was asking my husband’s Physical Therapist about this and she said that the cocktail that works for my husband, is in some cases what works for people who are heavy drug users, BUT also sometimes people just don’t get the effect from Morphine like they should, my husband being one of them. But as soon as she said that, would explain that pausing look I would get from staff. And quite possibly why after mentioning it to 4 different nurses/interns and even the stinkin’ pharmacist. When my husband’s vascular doctor finally came into the ICU unit and I told him what I have been suggesting, he didn’t miss a beat and said that is a good suggestion, afterall, he is my husband’s doctor and I am sure he knows his body just has a high tolerance to pain killers. Goodness, my husband barely takes Ibuprofen.

BUT with all that being said. It just saddens me, what if what happened to Anna happened to my husband? For one, it shouldn’t happen to anyone, plain and simple. I am just glad I am there, being as what would happen if he was single or went in alone?  

I can’t hold the officers to blame, being as they were only doing their job and she WAS just at the hospital and they trust that the medical staff are doing their job. But I truly wonder how all these people who neglected to treat her properly feel now? People really need to stop and quite treating people like they are drug addicts. 

I truly think, just for arguments sake. Maybe implement a test they can do for patients to check for drug abuse. But then also, regardless if the person has a drug habit, should not impede their care, period. 

Insane

Published March 22, 2012 by Sara

I am giving my dog his summer hair cut early, but he looks like he really needs it! Our temps have been warmer than the norm and I hear him pant more than normal, which I know has a lot to do with the heat. But decided, let’s give you your hair cut now, which usually isn’t until at LEAST May. Here it is March…. it just doesn’t feel real.

I started on him last night and have only his hind legs and tail to do. Sadly, his hair was so long, in some spots it got matted. So he is going with the short cut so it looks even. Plus the upside to it being VERY short, longer time it takes me to give him another hair cut. LOL