Tuesday, March 24, 2009

ribbon frames

Hello! Today has been such a great day! I haven't really talked about this, but it has been consuming me lately... Ashlyn has been sick for months and we were worried that she might be really sick. Her white counts and platlet counts have been below normal for over 6 weeks now (that have been documented), and she has been pale and lethargic and just not herself. She has something called Neutropenia, it's a blanket name for a condition where one's wbc is low. There are numerous causes from a virus to cancer to genetics. She was sick like this almost 5 years ago and she was tested for Leukemia, which fortunately turned out to not be the case, but there is always a chance that these symptoms can resurface and be cancerous. So, needless to say we have been pretty stressed about this. She has undergone several cbc's, and other blood tests to rule out arthridic conditions, liver conditions, lupus and several other things. They all came up negative.

She had more blood drawn yesterday and her counts are up. yay! They are still below normal, but the fact that they are up is promising. I was really dreading her having to get a bone marrow biopsy, so hopefully they will continue to climb and she won't have to undergo this procedure. She even came home from school with a bit of pink on her cheeks and mopped the kitchen floor because she was bored. Ha! My girl is coming back to me and it's beautiful!!! It's been difficult to see her so exhausted and looking like death (that's really how she looks; pale white with pale lips, blackish-redish circles around her eyes and no life in her eyes), not to mention ice cold all the time. The girl wears 2-3 layers of clothes each day and still shivers.
Anyway, I am hopeful that things are looking up and that she will continue to heal.

Right after I hung up the phone with the nurse, the Census called me and asked me if I was still interested in working for them. Heck yeah I am! I have been waiting (and hoping) for them to call. I start on April 8th for paperwork, have a 40 hour training class the following week and then I stay on for 10-12 weeks working at least 25 hours a week. I am really nervous, but excited.

I figure that things with Ashlyn are going to be better now because there was a reason that I wasn't called prior to this. Everything happens for a reason, and I know I wouldn't have been able to work with her being ill. God has a plan and it's not for us to understand, but to just go with the flow. That's how I roll and everything always works out. I truly am blessed.

These frames are what I created for Purrfect Projects #6 on Ally Scraps. The challenge was to use ribbons in a creative way. I really struggled with this, but at the last minute came up with this way to use my ribbon scraps. I have seen this idea in the past and have always wanted to try it, so now I have. It's super easy and doesn't take long at all. :) Check out the blog for other projects using ribbon, as well as a neat storage idea I came up with to store my ribbon. It has been quite useful for me these past two weeks.
Take it easy!


  1. Wow, that is good news! I'll be thinking of you and your daughter and hoping her counts continue to improve. *hugs*

  2. "Blackish - Redish" sounds like something Nat would say ;) Love you! Glad things are looking up ;)


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