Monday, November 29, 2010

Keeping In Touch

I wanted to tell everyone that I am so sorry for not posting of late and keeping up with everyones blogs. I am running terribly behind and feel so bad about it.
They say that people want to hear about "Real" things going on in peoples lives instead of how wonderful things are all the time when posting in our I guess this is my "Real Thing" that is happening to me at this moment.

For the last several months I have been having problems with dizzyness and just not feeling like myself.  I couldn't put my finger on it...but I knew something was not quite right. In October I was outside taking care of my horses and doing some other chores before coming in to start my day sculpting. I became so dizzy I couldn't stand up and thought maybe I was having a stroke or something then later in the day I started throwing up. This went on for hours until I finally could not take it anymore and told my husband I needed to go into the er. They did all the standard tests, ekg, blood tests, cat scan etc., but the only thing they could find was that I was deyhdrated. They gave me fluids some prescriptions for nausea and sent me home.
In the meantime I was to schedule an appt with a new cardiologist since the company my husband worked for had changed insurance companies and all the doctors I had previously were not under the same plan.
So about 3 weeks ago I was in the cardiologists office and this vertigo hit me again. I was very sick and after an hour or two in the dr's office they decided I should go to the er again. After several tests and a few hours later the er doctor came in and said they wanted to do an mri. That test was not fun at all...they put you in a large tube where you cannot move your head at all. The machine bangs and bangs for over an hour taking pictures of your head. Finally after about half hour the doctor came in and told me that they found what they call a Schwonnoma Tumor in my head. It is a benign tumor that rests below the brain and is usually on the nerve from either ear or the stem of the brain. Only about 1 in 100,000.00 people get this type of tumor and it is caused from a missing gene of all things. (Maybe I should have bought a lottery ticket with those odds)  ;-)
 The problem with these tumors is that if left untreated they can cause, hearing loss, paralysis of the face, inability  to swallow and ultimately death.  So I was in total shock
never thinking in my wildest dreams that I would have something like this...but it all made sense thinking back on my symptoms. Ringing in the ears, fullness in ears like you need to pop them..but can't, the nausea and vertigo and occassional balance issues. So...I am in the process of seeing a ear, nose and throat doctor and then I am sure from there it will be on to a neurologist. Reading and reading on the internet to find out as much information as I can on the type of treatments. I have joined a wonderful forum called  Acoustic Neuroma Association where people that have this type of tumor come and share their experiences. So far I am very grateful for this group as they have been so supportive and helpful.

Our family has also been dealing with my dad who has been having many health issues too. He lives with us and I have become his main caregiver which makes it very difficult sometimes when I can hardly function myself.
His situation is very up and down at the moment and could change with each day. We are just trying to take it a day at a time.

Life has a way of throwing us curveballs when we least expect it but I am thankful that this is not cancerous and there are many things that I am thankful for at the moment. I realize that I am going to have to slow down for awhile which means not working so hard which I have done for many years. I have always been a work ahololic so now I need to focus on my health and take it easy on other things. 
I am still trying to work on dolls on my good I will be showing some things from time to time.
I do have some things I will be posting soon but I just wanted to give an update here on my blog so people won't think I have disappeared from Blogland!  ;-) I do miss everyone and visiting everyones blogs but even being on the computer for very long can set off my vertigo which has forced me to limit my surfing the web.
So there you have it...I hope I haven't bored anyone. Life is still good...I count my blessings every day and am so thankful for my family and friends.  I will be back soon with some updates and some doll related subjects that I want to share.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Take Good Care!!! 

(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Marcie ♥


Sue said...


How awful! Dizziness and the accompanying nausea and balance issues is horrible. I am glad that
the MRI did show the reason for this and I hope that soon you will be feeling more yourself. Having to deal with other issues such as your
Dad's declining health is hard at any time, but if you aren't feeling well, it can seem almost impossible.

Sending healing thoughts your way ....and about that lottery ticket? buy one!

About that lottery ticket? Buy one!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Marcie
It was my hope that your absence was that you were very busy with your home and art...
I am so very sorry that this is what has kept you away.
You have had your hands are full, with taking care of your Dad and trying to tend to your health.. I am glad to hear your tumor is not malignant, and that they have found it now, not later..I know you have alot to face yet, and I wish there were something I could say that would give you some comfort.. Please know that I will keep you in my thoughts daily... I will remember you in my evening prayers..
Although we do not know each other very well, I feel that you are a very strong women. Hold the faith Marcie.. May the Lord keep you in his arms.
If there is ever anything I can do, please send me a note.
Love and blessings,

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

Hi Sue! Yes...I am very grateful that this was caught even if it was sorta by accident. The bigger they are the harder the treatment is plus the side affects are not the best. I appreciate you stopping in always nice to know your friends are nearby. I will be popping in to see what you have been up to too ;-) I am running so far behind. Thank you for your encouraging words...I truly appreciate it!

P.S. And about that lottery ticket...I think I just may do that! LOL :-D

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

Hi Penny! So nice to get your encouraging email. Yes..I am very grateful it was found and not malignant...that was truly a blessing. I know God will be there for me as He always has been in the past. I couldn't imagine going thru this without his comfort and guiding hand. He has and will continue to be my strength in the upcoming weeks. So sweet of you to stop in. As I told Sue...I am planning on popping over to catch up with everyone very soon. Can't wait to see your beautiful creations!

Marcie ;-)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Marcie
Just a qucik note to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bless you.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Marcie
You are so kind to take time to visit me and Bebe... I thank you for your kind words.. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.. I hope you are steady and have family support as you are going through this most difficult time.
If you ever need a shoulder, I am hear..
Merry Christmas Marcie
Love and blessings,

nancye williams said...

I am praying foryou that you can take some time slow down and take it easy. It is hard enough to watch your parents degenerate but to have health issues of your own on top of difficult to say the least. Please take care of yourself. I know aswomen we tend to do for everyone else thinking we will never break. But we do. Stay positive, do wht you can and no more. Remember to rest and let the house go. I had to do it when the cnacer hit me like a ton of bricks. I like slow motion now. Peace and good health for the new year and always. nancye

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

Thank you so much Nancye. I know you have had a very hard struggle too. It can be so very hard at times. But you are right..sometimes we just have to slow down a little and take better care of ourselves. Looking forward to the new year. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Wondrous New year!!! So wonderful to hear from you!!! ;-)

Marlene said...

Hello Marcie,
I just received your Feedback (about the cute bonnet you got from me) today and decided to look at your "About Me" Page & eventually found my way to your webpage and now this blog page.
I've been sitting here reading about your "Life" and was shocked and oh so sad to hear about your recent illness and the tumor.
Upon reading further, I gave a sign of relief to realize that the tumor is not malignant.
However, the affects of it are troubling and I'm sure you will be relieved when this tumor can be corrected and you will feel well once again. True, you will probably have to slow down for awhile, but I'm betting that once you get the proper treatment, that you will be hard at it once again.
A person with your great talents and boundless energy won't give up so easily.
Wishing you the very best for a speedy recovery & hoping that your father regains his health.
Marlene M.

Marcie Hart - A Work Of Hart said...

Hi Marlene!
So nice of you to pop in and say "Hello". Thank you for the encouraging words. I am doing much better. I have recently found out that the tumor is in a different area than we were lead to believe and even though it is still serious and I will have to get annual mri's the area that it is in is less serious than first thought. I am under close supervision and I feel good about that. So nice that you found my blog and popped in. I love the little bonnet and it is waiting to be placed upon some special little dolls head. So sweet!!!
Take Good Care!
xoxoxo ;-)