Friday, February 22, 2019

2018: The Lost Year

Now that 2018 is over and gone, I will try to catch you up on what has been going on with me. I am sure you noticed my rather long hiatus from the blog. I checked in and made corrections and a few improvements but haven't posted since the summer of 2017. I have been dealing with some health issues and other problems and general busyness. My eye troubles began In August of 2017. I moved from my apartment to a house in October. By February of 2018 I was hemorrhaging in my left eye. This left me essentially blind in what was previously my dominant eye. I began having problems with mu feet also.

Both these medical issues were due to diabetes. I have been getting injections in my eyes every month since to prevent more bleeding. My eye is improving and the outlook is good. I had to learn how to do a great many things differently because of my limited vision. Even so I managed to continue teaching and even painted some last year. I had to move two of my classes to another location because one of the Hobby Lobby stores was remodeling. I decided to keep the new location in my schedule after we were able to go back in November.

My right big toe became infected in the summer of 2018. A similar problem on my other foot had improved but not yet healed. At the same time I had a sinus infection I couldn't seem to get rid of. Then my house mate moved to Alaska. I had not lived alone in nearly 20 years. What an adjustment.

I was so tired all the time from the infections I would come home and fall asleep in my chair nearly every day. In December my foot was getting worse which meant another trip to the emergency room. I was admitted to the hospital on December 23rd and spent 11 days there. They immediately put me on insulin and IV antibiotics. My toe was amputated right after Christmas. That was a breeze. I had little pain but was weakened by the worst respiratory infection I have ever had. I literally fought for every breath. I won't go into details about my hospital stay but it was awful and I am so grateful it is over. My blood sugar is under control and I am back at class. I still get tired but I am getting better every day. I can breathe and walk. Life is good.

One of my goals this year is to post to the web site more often. That should be easy since I did not post at all last year. Here's to the end of a long dry spell. I will let you know some of the things my students have been up to soon. We have some great news to share.

1 comment:

Diane Hamilton Hinkle said...

I am so sorry to learn of so many health issues. Sometimes when it rains, it pours and it appears you were caught under the proverbial thunderstorm. Sounds like you are slowly recovering. And still teaching and painting. Hoping you continue to improve. Hang in there!