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If you notice I'm quieter than usual on LJ, it's because I have a hellacious cold right now. It's also making my sinuses feel like they're full of wet concrete (flashbacks of Allegra, which did nothing for me) so I'm not using my computer as much since it aggravates the light sensitivity that comes with sinus pain. Bleh.

Aside from that, we're gimping along until this cold lets up but it's given me lots of time to catch up on needlework.

As part of the moratorium on buying new patterns or kits, I _finally_ finished the backstitching on the needlepoint stocking I've been working on for Laurel. I haven't trimmed the canvas to size for finishing yet, so I'll post another picture after I've finished it (backing, lining and maybe a corded trim). Fear my uneven freehand script skills. (:


EDIT, NOV 2003: Photos of the finished stocking and a swatch of the lining have been posted.


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Mar. 25th, 2003 09:15 pm (UTC)
Aww. That is cute. I need to do something like that to occupy my time. I love her name. Niki told me the story about it. It's beautiful. :)
Mar. 27th, 2003 12:01 am (UTC)
If you want one of the kits, I have another Pooh With Presents stocking (I bought it for the finished picture so I didn't have to guess as much at the backstitching) and the coordinating Jingle Bells (it has Pooh, Tigger and Piglet on it) stocking. I prefer cross-stitching and am debating what to do with the kits... Robert says eBay, but I don't know. I'm being indecisive on it.

Thank you! Most people think it's doofey that I named her after what she told me in a dream. It's also how my sister-in-law got her name, except it was my father-in-law that had that dream. (Her middle name is a family name, the first name was from Bob's dream.)
Mar. 27th, 2003 08:59 am (UTC)
I love her name I think it's pretty.

That's okay about the kit. I don't even know how to do..and I probably never would. haha. It would just sit here. Thank you very much though for asking! :)
Mar. 25th, 2003 11:02 pm (UTC)
That is beautiful! Very well done.

Do you doctor for migraines? Because my sinuses/changes in barometric pressures always set me off with migraines and my monitor triggers it, too.

Interested to hear that your Allegra didn't work. My mom has been on it, unsuccessfully, all winter. She has major asthma issues and now I am wondering if this only complicated matters for her. She'd been on Claritin for a long time, but it wasn't doing her any good, either.

Take care and feel better. BTW, Bigelow makes some wonderful flavored teas--most notably the French--er--FREEDOM Vanilla (;Þ) and Cherry Vanilla. Meijer's sells them. Have Robert pick you up some.
Mar. 27th, 2003 12:27 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I don't display any migraine symptoms except when my sinuses are acting up -- and barometric pressure (at least rapid drops) is one of the triggers on my sinuses. So are smoke, exceptionally strong odors, rapid changes in temperature, and colds and other respiratory infections.

I was prescribed Allegra in 1998 by a doctor that figured my sinus problems were a symptom of allergies. I had a full allergy workup done back in middle school; I'm officially allergic to kiwi and mango fruit, pet dander, and severely allergic to penicillin. Since I don't call and complain enough to the base clinic to further establish with them that I have chronic sinusitis (diagnosed in 1999) most of the time I go in there they also try to put me on allergy medications, so I've done the gamut. They're good medications (I visited a friend with an indoor cat for two weeks with no allergy problems while on Zyrtec) but if I'm going to treat symptoms, all I need is something to reduce mucus production (ergo sinus pressure) and something to curb the nausea from post-nasal drip. To that end, I've been on phenergan on and off and it stops the nausea cold if I take it before it gets too bad. That and a fabulous antihistamine (clemastine; I get it OTC in Tavist ASH, which also has acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine in it) and my sinuses behave on a budget. (:

Unfortunately I've been out of phenergan for a few weeks, but I have Tavist in spades thanks to Sam's Club carrying it.

And thanks for the tea recommendation! I've been slowly working on some Ginger Peach stuff from Republic of Tea that Robert left me (he's a tea snob and doesn't drink bagged tea unless it's his only choice), but Cherry Vanilla sounds luscious. (:
Apr. 1st, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm keeping your sinus info to take with me to my mom's Friday Doctor's appt. Turned out she had an infection after 5 months of coughing and hacking up stuff--and she had been on an antibiotic last fall. This time, he put her on a Z-pak. He has been having her take the Allegra since fall but hse didn't feel it was working.

With my mom, it's a major issue because she has asthma so bad. Her mother contracted TB when pregnant with her and died when my mom was an infant. She has always had bad sinuses and now is on the breathing machine 3-4 times daily plus 3-4 daily inhalers. It really worries me what with the strain it must place on her heart and lungs.

I have tried everything--even bought her new pillows for her bed thinking dust-mites might be an issue. I'm waiting for the weather to break a bit so I can arrange for her furniture and carpets to have a good cleaning, although I know it may just stir more shit up for her.

Ya know, something jumped out on me in your comment--that you are allergic to kiwis and other things that are "suspect". You DO know that that is a red flag for an allergy to latex, too, right? Just mentioning it as it can cause major female issues as well as dental ones, what with the common use of latex everywhere...
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