Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Two Valentines cards and what I was afraid to share.

A while ago I discovered the wonderful work of Elizabeth Dulemba. I realised that they would make awesome cards and have used quite a few of her images. Just look at this cupid. Isn't he just adorable?

This card was made for my DS. He saw the image that I had coloured and found the paper in my stash. Then he asked if I thought it would make a cute card? How is a mother to say no then? The paper is left over from another project over a year ago. The hearts were cut with my Cricut Expression and the smaller dots were done with my Cuttlebug. The glittered dots are juat glue dots covered in glitter. Ribbon is from my stash and all Cardstock is Bazzil. The images were coloured with my Copics.
Now for the part where I bear my soul. I won't be offended if you stop reading now I promise. As some of you know, I have had some health issues over the last few years. I was finally diagnosed with acute Asthma about a year ago and since I have been treated for that my health has really improved.
About a month ago, actually, come to think about it, it has been longer, I started with a blocked nose while we were on holiday. I had very bad sinusitis, it eventually got so bad that I could not sleep any more, because the moment I lay down, I could literally not breathe. When I finally fell asleep from sheer exhaustion, I would snore so badly my DH could not sleep.
In the mean time the blocked nose got steadily worse, to the point where I was having difficulty breathing during the day. I knew that I should see a doctor, but I was too scared. Scared that it would be something far worse than Asthma. My mom died of lung cancer and my dad 10 months later fom Emphyzemia, so I have a very real fear of suffocating to death like they did. I know, I know, I don't smoke and I have never even tried to smoke and they were both chain smokers, but... what about all the scary stories you hear about second hand smoking?
DH has been begging me for weeks to PLEAAASE go to the dr. But stubborn me refused. Its just a cold, I am not going to the dr for a common cold.
Yesterday, as I am about to leave school to come home, my phone rings. It is DH. Where are you? he says. What does he think, where could I be? its 2 o'clock in the afternoon, I tell him. Where do you think I am?(Poor man, not easy having a conversation with a grumpy woman not feeling well.) Why? Then comes the shocker. I am waiting for you at home. At home? DH? He NEVER takes off work for anything. Why? Because my dear wife, I am taking you to the doctor. I could have killed him with my bare hands.
To make a long story short. We went and yes, it was just a cold. A cold that has been neglected. With the result that I have polips (sp?) growing in my nose that is preventing any air from getting in my lungs. The only way to effectively treat it? Cortizone!! Don't you just hate that thought? When they first started treating the Asthma, I was on large dosis of Cortizone and I picked up 15 kilos in three weeks!!! I moaned and told the docter that I really didn't want that to happen again. His comment? Do you want to be thin or do you want to breathe? I asked if it was too much to be both? He just looked at me and DH said, she wants to breathe, just give it to her. ( gotta love a man that doesn't mind a wife that looks like Humpty Dumpty as long as she breathes)
So dear friends. I will be rather huge in six months time, but the dr. assures me I will be breathing. The only way to cure it? Leave the East Rand and move to the Coast! Not possible right now, but if I should win the Lotto or Powerball, well.... then we will be there in a flash - wait.... do I have to actually buy a ticket to win?
If you made it to read right up to here, thank you for listening to my ramblings. Isn't it funny how silly our fears are when we actually write them down?
Good news is, I slept like a baby last night and woke up breathing! How cool is that?


  1. Tertia - I love what you did with my little Cupid - Great job!
    Elizabeth O. Dulemba

  2. Love your cards Tersia! So happy your Hubby took you to the dr. See, now there's not much to worry about and you're feeling better already.
    Happy crafting!

  3. Tertia,
    Would you mind if I share your creation in my next Coloring Page Tuesday alert (would go out Tuesday, February 16th). You can get in touch at elizabeth at dulemba dot com.