The surgery apparently went well, meaning that the surgeon accomplished what he intended to: creating a drainage path for my pancreas so that the fluid would no longer back up. He did say that I have some extensive pancreatic damage, and that I’ll likely live with chronic pancreatitis.
At one time that would probably have been devastating news, but it’s amazing to me how adaptable we humans can be. After the past year, I can honestly say that things could be so much worse. As long as I have weeks, or days—even hours, sometimes—at a stretch when I feel well enough to do work that nourishes my spirit, to spend time with the people I love, or to sit on the back patio listening to birds sing, I can manage the rest.
For now, I’m doing a little hand-quilting, watching some really awful but occasionally amusing reality TV, keeping up with the news (why do they insist on focusing on the same 3 or 4 stories over and over again? Isn’t there so much more they could be telling us about what’s going on in the world?), and taking lots of naps. A little twittering, some email, and blog-hopping fill in the gaps.
So . . . no new pics, projects, or tutorials to share with you for now, but hopefully those will be back soon.
I just hope my next project doesn’t end up looking like Jon and Kate or America’s Next Top Model :-)