Find me:
"Every calling is great when greatly pursued." (Favorite quote)
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
: Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi
Watching: College Basketball (Go Duke!)
Listening to: Rush, Moving Pictures/Signals

February 21, 2018

Well, it's been almost a month since I last checked in. It has been a hell of a start to the
new year. Unbelievably, a bit of infection remains, despite antibiotic treatment in the
hospital and at home. So I still have the drain, which is uncomfortable and hurts. Hopefully
next Friday it will be removed. So, I have been limited in what I can do without being in
pain. I stopped taking the pain meds a few weeks ago; I am just taking Advil and Tylenol
now. I don't like lying around, so I am spending some time in the Black Lodge (my office),
but can't spend too long in there without feeling discomfort. Any amount of exertion
causes me pain. I made the mistake of eating french fries a couple of days ago - big
mistake. Fried food it out completely. Probably a good thing. Despite all of my complaints,
I am grateful for the great life I have, and the most wonderful partner in the world, who
has been amazing through this whole ordeal. I hope 2018 has brought you better luck than
it has brought me so far!

January 25, 2018

What a month I have had! On Saturday the 6th I had a band of pain around my abdomen
to my back. Turned out to be gallstones. So I had surgery to remove my gall bladder.
Then, as I am recovering, they gave me a button I could push every 6 minutes to receive a
dose of Dilaudid, a strong pain medication. Apparently it was a very high dose. Well, they
didn't tell me anything so I pressed it a lot - I was in a lot of pain. Jennie noticed that I
was not breathing normally (my chest wasn't rising) and told the nurse to check my vitals.
The nurse did, and my blood pressure and oxygen were very low. He called for Rapid
Response. Suddenly 10 people were in my room. They were telling me, "Stay with us,
Celeste". They had to give me Narcan to keep me from overdosing. It was scary. I've
always wondered how it felt to overdose. Now I know. Then, after I was home for a week
in excrutiating pain, I started to "leak" and went back to the hospital. Turned out that I
had an infection. So I was back in the hospital for another week treating that. I am in a lot
of pain right now being managed with pain medication, and hoping it lessens soon. I see
my surgeon today to have my stitches and staples removed.

"But did you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"

January 3, 2018

Happy New Year! I am very excited looking forward to 2018. I have a few goals in mind so
far for this year. They are:

1. Build a good inventory of paintings
2. Make some "tiny art" to sell (8 x 10 and under, on paper, in a frame)
3. Work through
The Artist's Way with a friend and get back to writing poetry
4. Read more
5. Eat more healthy

That's enough for now. I have a plan underway to get started on those. I wish you and
yours a happy new year and healthy and prosperous 2018!
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