I was very excited when I won this book because I have a love for building houses and floor plans. I was even more excited when I skipped to the back of the book to read Carol Clouse's 'About the Author' section. The last line that is written about her says "The Spirit that moves through all things moves through us all, and Carol believes it shines most brightly through our creative ventures!" Nothing can be more true in life, this is exactly how I feel. I went in to this book thinking how Carol and I are kindred spirits and how I would love this book. It did not disappoint. Through this book we go through Carol's many endeavors from building her own house, to her parents house, to sets for a play. Carol does it all. I loved hearing about her life. No matter what happened Carol kept her head up, even during her low points she was still high spirited and new something good would come along eventually. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who love architecture, the outdoors, nature, and creativity.
Yesterday was a scary day for me! Let's back up a second and I'll tell you what has been going on lately with me, health wise. For the past three weeks I've had a constant headache that turned in to a migraine and then went beyond that. I had one day last week where I had a few hours mid week where I had no pain in my head and it was wonderful! However, it came back. Two weeks ago I started getting dizzy and nauseous, along with tons of hot flashes. Which, by the way, is not fun. I've also been
extremely thirsty! My first thought was, diabetes. I had gestational diabetes and both of my parents have diabetes, so obviously it's a concern. I borrowed my mom's extra meter and started checking my sugar levels. They were completely normal, which is great, however - now I have no idea what is wrong. So I went to the doctor yesterday and told them every thing that was going on. They seemed very concerned. They made me do some things and let's add to the list of weird things going on: when I tilt my head forward it hurts my neck and I see spots, along with blurry vision on the sides. The doctor decided I needed to be seen in the ER because it was too late to have the tests done in the regular hospital and get the results back right away. I said okay well I just have to run home and I'll have my mother drive
me back. They said no I couldn't do that. I said alright let me just drive down the street to get my grandmother so she can have her car. Nope, can't do that either. I was literally across the street from the hospital - they could have taken me over in a wheel chair. I was driven in an ambulance. I told them "Nothing like scaring a girl, guys." haha. Before they took me over the doctor said they were worried about my platelet count and possibly bleeding in my brain. Very scary. I've heard that before though so I didn't freak out at this point.
Once I got to the ER, the doctor said she was concerned because my eyes were dilated I asked what that meant to her. She said it could mean something is wrong with my head, specifically my brain. Wonderful. At this point I was definitely getting more nervous. I was concerned my platelets were low, which I have a history of, and they weren't taking my blood right away. I was told I was going to get a CT scan to make sure there wasn't any bleeding happening in my brain and that wasn't happening right away. The more I sat there, the more my blood pressure raised, and the more I thought of the worst. I ended up getting my CT scan and blood taken within two hours, then came the waiting.
After four hours of being in the ER (in the hallway, by the way, so I couldn't even watch Monday night football!) I was told that my platelets were normal "Okay, whats the number?" "Uhm...250ish?", and my CT scan showed nothing other then some blocked sinuses that "could be contributing to my headaches." I was sent home. So at this point I'm hungry, my head is killing me, I was scared shitless then dismissed, AND I missed football. I was NOT in a good mood.
Anyway, I am now home with a headache. Thank goodness today it is a little bit better and I'm hoping it stays that way. I am so grateful for my mother who is here! She helped me yesterday when I had to go to the doctors then stayed all night with Haleigh. Now she's here with helping me today. I don't know where I would be without my family! I love them so much!