First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
- If you're NEW here (and there've been a lot of new additions to the party!) I'm working on creating some tutorials to help you out. You can click on the links above or: See "Getting Started" and "Tutorials"
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If you missed the slideshow, lovingly prepared by Suzanne Wilka, for Challenge #92, Stripes v. 2.0, you can see it here!
if you're a fan of my facebook page, you may already know this story - but for those of you who don't know:
As i mentioned in last week's challenge post, Artoo was having surgery on Friday to have his tonsils removed. It's not common for a 2 year old to have a tonsillectomy, but when i spoke to the ENT about it, he said they like them to have at least 6 infections in a year before they do that. Artoo was well beyond that, so we set it up.
And because sometimes the Universe likes to see how much our family can handle before we fall apart, Artoo got a cold on Monday - so i called the surgeon's office and said that he was getting sick and should we reschedule, they said to see how he was by wednesday - and by Tuesday night we were in ER because of his breathing. We didn't get admitted, we went home with some oral steroids, which seemed to be helping.
Then on Wednesday i called the surgeons office and told them what was happening with his cold, and they said not to cancel or postpone, but to come in and let the anesthetist decide. So we did, and the anesthetist felt it was okay to proceed.
The surgery itself went really well. The surgeon said his tonsils were scarred from infections, which was surprising for someone so young, but that removing them was the right course of action.
So that was good to hear.
But he did not do so well in recovery.
Part of his syndrome is that he cannot clear secretions well - so add that to throat surgery - and you have an unhappy camper who cannot breathe. His weak swallow and cough mechanism was traumatized and so they admitted him over night because he was needing quite a bit of oxygen.
The surgery aggravated the cold he had, and so we have been in the hospital and he has been on oxygen and IV fluids since Friday morning. Even now, as you are reading this, he is in isolation, and i am sporting a very stylish yellow isolation gown. mm. sexy.
Thank you to everyone who's kept Artoo in your thoughts this weekend, and for the emails i've received wishing him well. We really appreciate that.
So, for right now, all we can do is wait for the swelling to go down in his throat so he will drink and eat orally, and for him to go off oxygen. Hopefully it's soon.
Weekly Challenge #93: New Official Tangle "Bunzo"
On the weekend, Rick and Maria released a new official tangle in their newsletter called Bunzo. For those of you who've been around since the beginning i'm sure you're not surprised that this week's challenge is to explore this new tangle.
This is a pretty awesome tangle, built with one shape, done in 50/50 black and white (Unless you wanna make it a tangleation, which would be sweet). If you've been watching Maria's tiles on the Zentangle Blog you may have seen this tangle popping up here and there.
Given my current situation, being in the hospital, i don't have the capability to show you my tile at the moment. But i hope you will find inspiration from Maria's break-out instructions above.
If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here)
Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will post it here. (See the contact tab above for my email address). The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine.
I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??