Saturday Recap: MY FIRST VENDOR SHOW + A Wedding!

What a weekend! As I mentioned last week, I participated in my first vendor market! It was about 7 PM on Friday night when I started planning how I was going to lay everything out, what to pack, etc. Well, my mom was getting the hint at how under prepared I was and started asking questions which led to her helping me pack my van which led to her “just coming to help me set up” to “just staying until lunch” to “well might as well stay the whole day!” I’m very glad she did.

There just so happened to have been a quilting retreat in town! First 2 ladies came to shop my quilting shirts…then 4…then another 2 more…they said they get together every year on this weekend so they were just thrilled to shop my assortment of quilting designs! They all got a free sticker with their purchase! I also got to meet a few sweet blog readers, I knew who read the blog by if they asked about my ear! HA! A thank you to Lori for introducing yourself! It was so nice to meet you!

I had no idea how many designs I had until I’m displaying them all. I’m really proud of this business I’ve built over the last (almost) 2 years now!

After the vendor show, we were able to pack up and head out in just 30 minutes! I was off to a friend’s wedding. We ended up bringing the boys. It’s the first wedding we’ve brought them to since December 2020! My good friend and former co-worker Tess got married so I got to see many old coworkers! It was so lovely. Here I am with the bride and one of my best friends, Gabe. Gabe broke her wrist at the bachelorette party but will get her cast off soon! She coordinated her dress with her cast and enjoyed some Anders snuggles. Craig is out of the combine since Friday because we’ve had so much rain here and it was nice to have him there too.

That’s my Saturday recap! We’ve spent the day laying low at home. We’ve needed a lazy day for sure! I’m going back to ENT tomorrow so we will see what they say about my ear. Thanks for reading guys!

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Ear Update: Some Good News!

👂🏻 EAR UPDATE: 👂🏻

Last Thursday, I started with a terrible ear infection. I had thought it had ruptured, was started on antibiotics, but that was not the end of the story.

After an ear tube placement, daily debriding of the ear in the office, an ER visit, 2 rounds of antibiotics, ear drops every two hours, pain medication, a CT scan, then removing the tube that was placed, I’m finally working my way towards healing. The picture on the top is my left ear as of today, the bottom is my right ear. This is a huge improvement from last week at this time but clearly still has a long way to go.

I still have an ear infection but I don’t have to get it cleaned out in the office every day. I’ll have imaging sometime later this month to determine if there’s something more serious going on causing these infections as my CT had suggested. Hopefully my hearing starts coming back as the infection continues to clear up.

I couldn’t have survived this week without my mom and Mill Street Mocha’s pumpkin foam cold brews. The WMC ENT team is absolutely wonderful but I’m looking forward to a few days off from seeing them!

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FREEBIES! Looking for opinions…

I need some help guys! I’ve got a ton of packages to send out once the pre-order closes on Saturday on my Etsy shop! I’m hoping to package all day on Sunday, I’ve got 60+ orders to send!

Some of you who have ordered may get 1 or 2 freebies in the mail! I ordered stickers with some quilt squares I designed. These are super high quality and waterproof stickers. I want to send a few out to get some feedback.

If you get a sticker, please reach out to me either on Facebook or in a comment on a blog post, or instagram and let me know what you think! Put it to the test on your favorite coffee mug or stitching bag! See if it holds up and let me know how much you would pay for a sticker like this. They can actually be pretty expensive to print, especially if you’re ordering less than 100 of each design. The red stickers didn’t end up getting a white border around them so I’ll have to re print those.

You guys know I’m not a quilter but I stuck them on my water bottle to send it through the sink and the dishwasher to see how they hold up!

Here are a few things I want to know: How much would you pay for a sticker like this? Because there are so many colors, how many would you buy and what color of stickers would you buy? Would you rather buy a package of all the colors? These are 3 x 3 inch stickers, would you prefer something smaller? Where would you put a sticker?

I’m also going to give these away at the vendor show this weekend if you buy a quilting shirt from me! If you’re a blog reader and you see me at the vendor show, please introduce yourself to me! I’ll have Anders there with me! Here’s a link to that event: https://fb.me/e/ozHInN4gl

I always value your opinions so THANKS in advance!

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EAR UPDATE:

My ENT doctor is hopeful that this isn’t a cholesteatoma, but it can’t be ruled out. The infection is better but still pretty bad and they can’t see much with all the swelling and inflammation. I have to go in every day this week to get my ear “debrided.” I’ve never heard of an ear infection like this before!

My pain is better controlled and it’s not draining as much. I also get to have a pumpkin cream cold brew from my favorite coffee shop every day this week so that’s a bonus!

Thanks for all of your prayers, comments and well wishes! I’ll keep you posted!

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Not Just an Ear Infection…

Well folks, I was hoping my ear infection post would be just that – an ear infection. Things seem to have escalated.

Yesterday (Saturday) I woke up feeling pretty good. I had planned on going with my friend Regan and her family down to a new makeup store about 45 minutes away. It was great to see them and catch up but MAN, all of a sudden on the way home, my ear was SO PAINFUL. I was already on as much medication as I could take (Tylenol and Ibuprofen) and it wasn’t time for a re-dose. If you read yesterday’s post, I’ve been struggling with a painful ear infection and had to have a tube placed in the office on Friday. You can read that here: An Ear Infection…

This entire time, my ear is just pouring out fluid, this may be gross but I just wanted to demonstrate how persistent this is – it’s not like a typical ear drum rupture seen in kids – green and thick. This is like water. It started out pink but now has turned orange/yellow and bloody. If I don’t have something in my ear to catch the liquid, it just drips down my neck and into my hair.

They dropped me off at home, I rushed over to my mom’s in tears and said, “I have to go to the ER now.” At this point my pain was a 9/10, I was shaking. We quickly arranged care for the boys (thanks Kelli and Sofie!) and we took off to the ER where I used to work.

My best friend Gabe (hey girl) was working and many of my old favorite coworkers were working as well. It was so nice to see familiar faces. They gave me a pretty strong pain medication and sent me for a CT scan.

I’ve already been on antibiotics for 3 days at that point and I was getting WORSE – not better. The drainage was non stop, I have to tape gauze and cotton to my ear. This is an important symptom that will come up later. I really can’t hear at all out of that ear. The tube they placed in the office on Friday was supposed to fix all of this but it hadn’t improved anything.

The CT scan came back and while nothing is confirmed right now, there are some awfully suspicious findings. In summary, it appears I may have something called a cholesteatoma. I’ve been in the medical field (most of my time in the ER setting) for almost 11 years now and I’ve NEVER heard of this before. By definition, a cholesteatoma is an abnormal collection of skin cells deep inside the ear. If left untreated, it can damage the delicate structures inside the ear that are essential for hearing and balance. It can become invasive and destructive.

Two of the main symptoms of cholesteatoma are watery persistent ear drainage and hearing loss. I have both. I can’t stress how annoying and gross it is to constantly have gunk dripping out of the ear.

None of this is an emergency so I was sent home from the ER with stronger pain meds and a new antibiotic. I’ll see ENT tomorrow morning to get a second opinion and a plan for treatment which usually involves at least one surgery if not more.

None of this is confirmed yet, I hope that it’s all resolved by tomorrow morning when I wake up and the CT was read incorrectly but I just wanted to give an update. I’ll know more tomorrow. In the meantime, my pain is under control and the boys are behaving so I can relax today. Craig was home for about 2 hours this morning and he will be home by 6:30 tonight – the only time we get to see him anymore is on Sundays for about that much time. Harvest is getting LONG.

I’m so so so thankful for my mom who took me yesterday, helped manage the boys and let me hang out at her house an dose while I was still on pain medications. Rosie and Izzy and Anders were very comforting.

I’ll let you know what I find out. Fingers crossed it’s all a big misunderstanding and that I don’t need surgery!

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