Hey there Everyone!! sorry I have been MIA for the past couple of days..I went to my doctors appt yesterday and the news was not what I wanted to hear..so needless to say..still kind of processing this in my mind..because as a young woman I was told I did not have this disease and the doctor yesterday said I do have this disease..so I was shocked to say the least..not happy about it..scared, and still hoping it will all just go away..normal feelings I think..I will give you a background history of this disease..my mom and her brothers and sisters were diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney disease or PKD in the early 80's..so we kids were all tested for it to see who was going to be my moms kidney donor..I was told that I had a few cysts but poly means many and I didn't have it..so I was the best recipient to help out my mom..well the night before the operation they came in and said my antibodies were fighting with my moms and it wouldn't work..so I never gave up the kidney..fast forward to November 2010, I went to the doctors for hip pain and they did an x-ray and found I had kidney stones..so I got a CT scan to be sure and I have stones on both kidneys..but they also noticed that I had cysts..(I already knew I had them because of being tested in the early 80's) well before I can get the kidney stones blasted they wanted to do a renal ultrasound and that happened a week and a half ago and they were concerned due to the cysts they sent me to a nephorologist(?) and that appt was yesterday and he said that I have this disease and in about 5-6 years I will need a kidney..they are still looking at my 24 hour urine specimen for protein, and they took blood 3 pokes..to check my creatine levels and also to see how my kidneys are functioning at this point..so it might be 5-6 years maybe longer maybe shorter..he is going off of when my mom got her first kidney ..she was 56...it lasted 7 years and she needed another one..it is going on 15 years to date..my sister had hers and she was 51..and she is now 55..and I will be 48 this year....we are still trying to make heads or tails as to why the doctors back then would take my kidney and give it to my mom..when clearly I had this..my 3 other siblings are hopefully getting checked for it..they didn't have it at the time..but they could still develop it..so this is where I am right now..I still need to go in and have the surgery for the kidney stones..having them blasted..as having stones can block your kidneys and hurt them worse then if I just left them..so gotta make the appt for that and it will be in the next couple of weeks..so not too thrilled about that either..but like the doctor said there are worse things then having this disease..kidneys are much easier to come by then say a heart..so I need to be thankful for that..and so I am getting my butt in gear to lose this weight..eat healthier, etc..this is a lifestyle change and one that has been needing to happen for a long time..so I am hoping to prolong what I have left..and also I could develop diabetes..and that scares me..so getting the weight off and being healthier will hopefully halt that...Sorry for being such a downer..but I wanted you to know what was going on..and try to stay positive about this..there is nothing I can do about it..but try to stay healthy and have a healthier lifestyle..so more salads, and grains, exercise, and cutting out the junk..I am not a big junk eater..but now making better choices..for both of us..
okay onto more positive stuff..the above is my latest penny rug that I finished last night..I love how this turned out..love how the colors pop against the black background..:)
I used my sizzix for all of this except the bees and the beehive..
even the letters are from my sizzix..
This will be going in my etsy store shortly..so if anyone is interested let me know....
yesterday when we got home..I had a package waiting for me..couldn't have come at a better time too..This is from my great blogging pal Cindy of Cynthia lee Designs sent me these goodies and a wonderful card.
I can't wait to make this one...she knows I am hooked on these penny rugs..they really are relaxing and so much fun to create.:)
and oh I love these books..truly..I want to make everything and now I want to try my hand at this punch needle stuff..I have the stuff..just need to try it..so this might be my next project to try tonight on the couch..
one of the sites that I belong to on etsy is having a giveaway with over 21 items being given away..I have included one of my prairie ditty bags to this mix..so go to their site and sign up for this giveaway.;) you can type in PAFA TeaM in etsy to see all of the wonderful artists items for sale..
well that is it for me..will be back tomorrow to fill you in on my food storage party and how it went and what I got..when my stuff comes I will take photos to share as well..I hope you all have a great rest of your tuesday..still working on some goodies to send to some of you..hoping to have it out on thursday when I go and get my yearly mammogram.;) oh what fun..take care.:) and thanks for all your concern and prayers..it means alot to have you all in my corner..it really does.;)