What a week!
On Monday Melchett's foot was still giving her pain. It's been over a month since she fell awkwardly on it and over 3 weeks since she's been on crutches. By Tuesday, I sent her to school after some ibuprofen, because just to complicate matters she's been getting growing pains further up her legs.
On the afternoon I got the inevitable 'phone call from the school nurse saying she was in the office complaining of pain in her foot and could I come and collect her. I was now giving her painkillers every 4 hours in the daytime and thought enough was enough.....the foot didn't seem to be healing or at least not as fast as was predicted, so I booked another doctor's appointment....the earliest being 2 days later and had to keep her at home on Wednesday because I knew that if I sent her to school after ibuprofen in the morning, I'd be getting the call to come and collect her early in the afternoon when it wore off.
Thursday morning I sent her to school at first because at 9.30am I was due to teach her class their final art masterpiece lesson of the year. We were due to go to the doctors after this.
Let's just say about the art masterpiece lesson that it was a mad dash prep the night before and first thing that morning as all the squeezy bottles, cups, golf balls, dishwashing brushes etc that we were due to have the kids painting a huge Jackon Pollock inspired abstract with.......had disappeared from the school workroom. So there was some serious last minute scrambling to find things to paint with.
HOWEVER.....it was all worth it. The kids loved the lesson, both the theory and Jackson Pollock's bio (they tried to work out what they could see within his paintings) and of course the practical.....which luckily we did outside on the grass. It's not often I praise the Arizona sun and heat, but I was very glad of it drying a seriously over-saturated with paint from 27 nine year olds that day.
Here's what we did. I wish I could share some of the pics of the kids leaping and running around the canvas spalttering the paint, but obviously I'm not going to do that because of internet safety. But use your imagination.....it's near end of year, we were outside, and they were allowed to make a 'mess'. They LOVED it:
The doctor's visit resulted in an urgent second appointment that day with a foot and ankle doctor....who took more x-rays and concluded that Melchett's foot probably HAD been broken but was mending and just needed a little more help/protection. So she's now in a 'boot':
This, as with everything has plusses and minuses. The BIG plus as she kept telling us was "I can open doors on my own now!". She had also been getting very sore wrists from the crutches and a rash with the rubbing and the heat under her arms. She can also get around a lot faster. The big minus is the boot is heavy and awkward and rubs. Twice since getting it she's woken up and cried asking if she really had to wear it that day. It breaks my heart.....but yes she does. She has to wear it for two weeks and then we've got another appointment with the foot and ankle doctor where they'll take more x-rays and decide on what's next....if anything. Please let it heal, please, please let it heal.
Me? I won't lie, my head is all over the place at the moment. I'm not at the peak or trough of my cyclothymia, I seem to be doing quite well balancing and maintaining a middling state of 'sanity' haha. Keeping busy helps and having things organised too. But it was mothers day in the USA this week and that always has me walking a tightrope above precipice. You CANNOT get away from mothers day here. Every single radio advert in the last week seems to be wanting you to buy something for your mother. Every other tv advert mentions it. Blogs are overflowing with craft ideas and things to buy for mothers day......you get the picture. How any woman with fertility issues or who has lost a child copes around this time of year I have no idea!
And this is my excuse for slipping with photographing and blogging my Me Made May '12 wearings. You'll notice there isn't a day 10 (Jackson Pollock painting day.....I wore my painting muckabouts I didn't mind being splashed, didn't wear anything Me Made that day), day 11 (wore my rainbow tie-dye chevron maxi dress made for last week's Sew Weekly challenge....didn't take pics though), day 12 (wore pyjamas most of the day and my rainbow tie-dye chevron maxi dress when I had to leave the house). But this is cool. Things were tough and I'm not going to beat myself up about not being 'perfect' :) See, psychiatrists of the world....I'm making progress! :)
Aaaaaanyway. You'll see later this week what happened with my Sew Weekly Mix It Up challenge (using at least 2 different prints in an outfit). I'd wanted to do a Dr Seuss Maxi Patchwork-Wonder dress based on this masterpiece by LudicrousLouisa and the gorgeous skirts and dresses of Kate at EvieGreenPixie. On Monday I got out these 9 fabrics:
And when I sewed the left sleeve into the neckline instead of the armhole (you'll have to wait for my post on Sew Weekly to see this triumph) I decided it was time to down tools and take the kids to go and see The Avengers.
WHICH WAS BRILLIANT!
Anyway, refreshed, on Sunday I made a dress....OK, a sort of muckabout throwover that will be useful over the summer, probably most around swimming. But you'll have to wait to see it on the Sew Weekly when my post is published. Don't hold your breath, it's not spectacular.....but you will get to see me doing several impressions of The Avengers.
So. New week......onwards and upwards!