Sunday, May 03, 2009

A Little Bit of Art & JP Update

Book is: Art Making, Collections & Obsessions by Lynne Perrella

I'm one of those kind of girls that doesn't not like Surprises. I've always been that way. In fact at Christmas I have no problem unwrapping a gift that I already know what it is. But then I'm also one of those kind of girls that likes to always have all the cards on the table, know all the options. There is nothing worse then hidden agendas Oops I'm sliding off track :(

Back to surprises. Yesterday I went over to JPs to help her shower and change her dressing. SO there we were she looking down while I gently worked the tape loose and removed the dressing from one of the two pins (actually they are the size of those wood skewers for cooking) As the pin is exposed we immediately noticed it was out farther out it was the day before, and then in slow motion we watch the pin slide out and fall on to the bed!!! :( Damn what did I tell you about surprises???!! Call to her family doc who calls the orthopod who tells us to meet him in his office this morning. A couple of xrays later showed that the remaining pin was also working itself out. So we are on to plan B. The bones comprising the "ball" of her shoulder are all still in place. For 4 weeks she'll keep her arm in the immobilized splint while the bones knit together. Then start physical therapy. She will loose some range of motion but then she never played tennis before the accident so she won't miss it to much :)

I'm sure a number of you have heard that medical care here cost quite a bit less then it does in the States. It is also far far more person oriented. Here is a little for instance.

Yesterday JP made the call to her Dr's cell phone ( no going through a service) if the Dr. thought she needed to see JP the Dr would have made a house call for around $20 US. Her Doc calls the orthopod who tells her to be at his office in the morning at our convenience for an xray. When we got to the office this morning both her Dr.s were there. Xrays were done to the cost of $17.00 US (yes the decimal is in the right place). Then into the office for a consultation on options. Sutures removed and the remaining pin removed. Charge? Nothing as it's considered as part of her surgical follow up care :) One of these post soon I'll try to explain how this can possibly be while still receiving the same kind of high tech care that is available in the States.

I only found enough time to make a bit of art. But any time you can make even a bit of art is good time. :) I had bought 5, 2 inch frozen Charlottes that look to be out of the 20s. Every time I see Amy Hanna, Deryn Mentock or any one of the talented artist making altered jewelry with frozen Charlottes I just itch to try my hand at it. This is the pin I made.

The stone is a piece of faceted clear crystal with some amberish (new color) streaks. On the back of the crystal I transferred a clip art that is a piece of a "love letter" with a women's head and the word love. It's really impossible to get a clear picture with the way the light hits the facets.

To the bottom of that I attached a coffee colored glass heart that has 2 milagros hanging from it. One is a heart the other is a woman's head.

Next to the heart is hanging the frozen Charlotte.

The last charm is a tiny glass bottle in which I placed the words Just Be. Then filled it with a bit of beach sand an two very very tiny Mermaid tears.

So baring any more surprises I think it's time for this Bloglandian seek out a bit of low tech entertainment (a good mystery novel).
Have a most audacious today or tomorrow depending on where in the world you are ;)


Rustic Tarts said...

Oh you are a smart girl! Well done.
I'm in love with the frozen charlottes too, there is something about them.

Grandma B said...

O.K. what are frozen Charlotte's and where do you get them? Love the little jar of sand from the ocean. This is something I would enjoy because I love the ocean and seashore so much. But...we live a long way from your jar of sand known as a vicarious pleasure!!!!

The sun is shining here today..the trees are turning green, and the flowers are poking their heads up for sunshine. It will be a good day to be outdoors.

I have to admit, I also peek at presents, and lay my cards on the table. Whatever way is there....

Have a wonderful day.....P.S. Hope your friend will get better soon..

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I'd have fainted when that pin fell out, no doubt about it. DEAD FAINT.

The doctors in Mexico sound like our A&M vets here in West Texas. That is not an insult! These guys are brilliant, they are dirt cheap, they won't charge hardly anything and declare most things as "free follow ups" and they are brilliant in thinking up ways to do things cheaply and differently. We have taken 7/8-dead dogs we've found to them and walked out with a bill under $200 after surgeries and medicines. To compare, my son's ER visit for the seizures is topping $10,000. YES! The CAT scans, all the eegs, ekgs, labs, the xrays, and then the doctors charge their OWN fees on top of all that.

Don't get me started on the so-called doctors up here.

Your frozen Charlotte charm is adorable!!!

The Feathered Nest said...

Pattie!!! Your necklace is GORGEOUS!!!! I just love definitely have a talent for creating jewelry sweet friend ~ I hope you're doing great and wish you a wonderful week! xxoo, Dawn

Tracy M. said...

Hi Pattie, I love your pin! I never knew that those were little Charlotte dolls, but I've always liked those too. Best wishes to you and JP.
Take Care,
Tracy M.

Coastal Sisters said...

I am just in awe over your new creation! I have several frozen Charlottes and have not been able to do anything with them yet but your new design really has inspired me.

I am glad that Jackie is still hanging in there. I would have had a caniption if I had seen the skewer pop out!

Love to you and LW and the fur babies!


Deryn Mentock said...

Pattie, you pin is lovely! Aren't those little Charlottes adorable?

Laeriss said...

Je vous remercie pour votre lien vers Un Cœur en Provence, j'en suis très flattée.
Je me suis permise de vous citer dans ma rubrique "Mes lectrices"

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