Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Neck Update and In the Doghouse!

For those of you who follow my neck problem - I had an appointment with Lewis Thorne, Neurosurgeon at the Royal Free in Hampstead, North London yesterday. After going thru all my options it has been decided that I will have one further steroid injection in my neck and if that does not help ease th ediscomfort then he has offered to take the discs out and insert wedges so that the remaining discs can fuse together. This op would be a major one as he would go in from the front, move my windpipe and oesphagus to get at my spine and shave off the extra bits that have grown onto my vertebrae that are causing the problem. Separating the bones would then free up the nerves and therefore should get rid of the pain but, like all ops, there is no guarantee! SO now I am in a further quandary as to what to do. I have a few weeks to consider the future but am very undecided what to do - do I risk the op or do I leave things as they are and let my neck degenerate further (nobody know how much worse this can get but the worry is that the bones are now pressing into the spinal cord). If you have any experience of this or know someone who has had this problem I would be very grateful for any advice - good or bad!

Onto my card now - this is for Passion For Promarkers 'Animals' Challenge and I Love Promarkers Sketch and Dogs Challenge.
Papers from My Craft Studio;
Image of bulldog from MCS coloured using Promarkers ~
Cornflower, Apple, Dusky Rose, Sandstone, Cinnamon, Shale, Caramel & Satin.
Brads from stash.
Not much else to say about it - it is pretty clear how it was made. Must see if I can get a nesties that does circles now! I am useless at cutting them!


  1. Hi Sheila, what a fun card. I love the cute image and your colouring is fab. Thanks for joining us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x
    Sorry to hear about your neck problems, hope you can get some advice and make a decision soon x x

  2. Great card and image, Sheila!! Can't help with your decision making but sending you hugs anyway!! Thanks for joining in with us at PFP this week! Juliexx

  3. Don't envy you your choice at all with regards surgery. This card is lovely, I adore that image, thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers this week
    Ruth x

  4. Hi Sheila, Glad to have you back, and thank you for the lovely comments on my blog.
    I am very worried about your neck, wish there was something I could do.
    A friend of mine had his foot and ankle fused together and although his mobility is not as good as it was before (u loose the movement) he has been happier due to the releif of pain he now has. I remember what a big op his was and yours of corse will be bigger than that, but it sounds to me as If you don't have much of a choice.
    You will have to have a think, but I think you will proberbly have to have the op.
    Speak again soon. Take care, thinking of you. Debbiexx

  5. Oh dear! I hope you can get some good advice to help you make your decision. I love your card btw. xx Jenny xx

  6. Oh, Sheila. I'm so sorry about your neck. You must be so uncomfortable. I hope you can make your decision and get fixed up.

    This card is super. Love that dog, lol. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

  7. Hi Sheila, good luck with whatever decision you make regarding your neck. Love the image on your card too, it's great, thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.

  8. A fabulous card Shiela, love the image and gorgeous colours. Wishing you all the very best with your neck whatever you decide.
    Thanks for joining us at PFP and good luck.
    Hugs Emma
    PS I have a £10 voucher giveaway on my blog if you would like to pop over and enter.

  9. fantastic card sheila, the image is fab.the expression on his face is priceless and great papers and layout.
    i hope someone can help you come to a decision regarding your neck.the operation sounds very complex but the bones pressing on your spinal cord is not good at all.i wish you all the best in making a very difficult decision.
    take care.
    xx coops xx

  10. Great card Sheila.
    Thanks for joining us at PfP this week, good luck.
    Hugs Tracy x

  11. Such a fabulous card Sheila. Love the image you've used and the colours also. Thanks for joining us this week at PFP. Hugs Michele x

  12. Ha Ha that dog looks like my husband ! great card ,thanks for joining us at I ♥ promarkers -Kate x

  13. Hi, great card and so masculine looking - that makes the sentiment about right by my reckoning! LOL.
    Whatever your eventual decision regarding your operation, I wish you all the best. Take care and thanks for finding the time to join us this week at I ♥ Promarkers.

  14. A fab card, love that image. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

    I can't help you with any info on your neck, good luck with whatever you decide. I have problems with my back and am waiting to have more injections.They don't last long enough, that's the only problem. Last time I had radio frequency injections which were really painful, but more effective, but they were on a different part of my spine. I'll only go through that pain again if these injections don't work.
    Best wishes,
    Julie x

  15. Oh Sheila I wish there was an easy answer for you. I don't have any advice as don't have any experience of your situation, but I send you best wishes and hope that you come to your decision soon.

    Your card is lovely, I love the expression on the dog's face. Thanks for joining us at PfP and I ♥ ProMarkers. Sue C x

  16. so sorry to hear about your neck :-(...hope everything works out for you...your card is fab..thanks for joining us at PFP...Debs x

  17. What a fun card. And your colouring is just fab. Thank you for joining us at PfP this week.
    Hugs, Anja

  18. Hi Sheila,
    What a wonderful card. Love the image & the funky layout. Sounds like you have a very difficult decision to make about your neck. Wishing you all the very best, whatever you decide. Thanks for joining us at PFP.
    Andie xx


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