Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)
How are you doing? We finally got full-on spring here for the past week. Everything is AMAZINGLY green. I've been taking long walks outside lately, often in the meadowland of our area (which we are lucky enough to live right on the edge, of, so I literally just have to step through the backyard to go walking in this:
^^^My absolute FAVORITE kind of day, right there!^^^
The other day I saw some distant neighbors had put up a display of an old wagon they'd acquired, at the top of their driveway. Cool!
Of course, my second thought after, "Cool!" was that I should find a way to ask them if they would let me take quilt photos on it. . .
I didn't feel like sewing much at all this weekend, so I only got part of the Month 2 work done on my Water Reflections BOM:
But, hey! All the Y-seams are out of the way now. :)
My biopsies came back negative for cancer, which is WAY good, of course! But also means more diagnostics are underway. ::sigh:: story of my medical life. . . Ha! (and more on that subject later, but for now I'm turning this linky party over to you guys!)
Public Service Announcement -
If you're in official menopause (it's been a full year since your last cycle), you should not have spotting. Not any at all. If you have any - even just a tiny bit - you need to get a GYN appointment. They'll order ultrasounds (be prepared for how physically thorough those are), and they'll likely want to run some blood tests, and do typical pap exams and all. That's because, while there is a good chance that the spotting is from nothing other than hormones wigging out for who-knows-why, it's also the very first sign of several reproductive cancers. Not pain. Not nasty stuff. Just some plain old itty bit of spotting. And say you've got uterine cancer kicking that spotting off, if it's caught right then, it would be extremely rare for you not to be completely cured of the cancer with surgery.
But how many of us who are new-ish to menopause know that even a tiny bit of spotting is something that has to be taken very seriously?
My initial ultrasounds showed traits of concern, so I had to get some biopsies taken. Happily, those came back negative for cancer, but true to form for my body and medical tests, they don't provide any answer as to why my organs are having issues. So currently I'm in the next step of tests, which is a hormone challenge designed to - essentially - reboot your system. I have 5 more days of pills, then the behavior of my body in the following 2 weeks will tell us if that re-set put sense back to things, or if I get to start through the next phase of invasive diagnostics.
In any case, it'll either be all over in a couple of weeks, or if there is some super-slick cancer lurking somewhere crazy, it's so early that it doesn't freak me out.
So tuck that in your head, menopause ladies: Spotting of any degree is not good. Call for a GYN appointment. :)
So, what about you? Have you been able to work on a BOM?
Sure would love to see!
Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up,
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.