Friday, 28 February 2014
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Not sure why I am sharing this with you but I felt a need........It may help others as I have learnt it is sadly common.
On 19th November 2013 I had a Surgical Management of Miscarriage, this includes going under general atheistic to have a miscarriage removed. I had what is called a Blighted Ovum removed. A Blighted Ovum is an empty gestation sack, where the fertilised egg implants into your uterus but a baby does not develop at all. This can be due to a chromosome problem and your body naturally identifying that there was something wrong.
At the time of surgery I was over 13 weeks pregnant and I did not have any signs of a problem until a few days before my 12 week scan was due. The cruel part was, I was having all the pregnancy symptoms during this time, feeling sick, tired and struggling at work . During a Blighted Ovum your body has not identified that there is no baby and continues to grow the placenta which still produces all the crazy hormonal pregnancy symptoms.
I went back to work two weeks after surgery, I was glad to get back to work for some normality and the young people I work with always bring a smile to my face. Then Christmas came, including a bottle champagne from my husband which was awesome after not drinking for three months.
Now its February 2014 and the lighter nights and mornings have started to creep in, which makes me feel more hopeful. Things might happen better next time, things might not, only the future will tell me this. What I must do, is appreciate all that is good in my life, my husband, my friends, my family, my art time, my job (yes my job, I really do enjoy it and yes I know how lucky I am), my cat, my chickens and lastly, time to ponder, sleep in and be spontaneous.
Going through this experience has made me realise how resilient I am, which makes me feel very proud of myself.
I have a big fat Bee painting on the go at the moment (sketch above), not sure why I wanted to paint a giant Bee but I felt the need :-D Hopefully I will post about this next time.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Mabel and Martin liked to Match
Painting by Helen Dalgairns
Original size: 42 x 59.4 cm
This is my latest painting titled Mabel and Martin liked to Match and I plan to produce this into a limited edition print in the near future. The inspiration for this piece was based upon my love of the Sausage dog or for the correct term the Dachshund. I do not have one as a pet, I really like them including the Beagle but my life is too busy to own a dog. If I did own a Sausage dog, I would definitely make it a little tartan outfit to wear like the one pictured above and let it sit on my knee whilst sipping a herbal tea at an artisan cafe. I can only dream that maybe one day, probably when I am an old lady that this little dream may actually happen :-D
Today was my day off work (yeah!) and I met my best friend Jenny for a cuppa at my favourite cafe The English Muse on Newland Avenue in Hull. We figured that Cream Tea was the way to go, especially on a gray drizzly day in January. The clotted cream was sooooooooo so good and definitely worth the added inches it may have added to my hips!