But first, here’s an update on the picture from a post or two ago:
(as always, clicky for biggy)
The girl on the right you’ve seen before, the girl on the left is newer.
(BTW, this is an A4 size Moleskine sketchbook I’m working in and I’m surprised at how well the paper is holding up.) Still not finished,but I’m happy with how they’re going. I think the $35 I spent on Suzi Blu’s Self Guided Video Portait Class is some of the best money I’ve spent on art stuff EVER! It’s the first time I’ve EVER done faces like this, and I’ve never used mixed media like this before. The picture above has graphite pencils, coloured pencils and paint, along with a little bit of stamping for texture in their shirts – and I’ve yet to go back in with the pencils and then add more paint, ink, stamping…. but my neck has made me take a break for a while.
So Friday night was not the best -Mr Beloved and I are both still sick with this cold/cough/flu thing, and I was having problems with anxiety and with feeling like a failure when I couldn’t do the mindfulness breathing exercises “correctly” (there is no “right” but I was beyond rational by this point…) so I gave in a took a val1um. (Excuse the funny spelling, I’m attempting to stop getting spammed whenever I mention a med1cat1on.)
Slept for a mere three hours but in that time must have slept in a completely weird position, because I woke up at around 4:30 am in such extreme pain I thought I might have to call an ambulance. Seriously, when I broke my back it didn’t hurt as much as my neck did on Saturday morning!
Mr Beloved did his best to help with alternating hot and cold compresses but he was exhausted and needed to sleep before going out to a long-arranged meetup with some friends on Saturday arvo… fortunately I was able to get in to see my chiropractor as soon as they opened at 7:15 on Saturday morning. His diagnosis confirmed what I thought: severely sprained neck. Probably caused by a combination of the relentless snuffle/cough of the last few weeks, the tension from the panic attack and sleeping wrong on my neck…
Most of Saturday was spent in agony, resting when I could and alternately icing my neck (brrr, one on of the coldest and most blustery rainy days so far this winter) and rubbing this “Fisiocrem” goop into it – I’m not normally a fan of stuff just because it’s “natural”, but this stuff is working waaaaaaay better for me than the deep heat/dencorub products ever did. I’m impressed. Still in pain, though.
Managed to sleep last night (again with sleeping aid, not happy abut that but DESPERATE to get some sleep) and today my neck is marginally better. I’ve booked in for another chiro treatment tomorrow, and right before that I’m having an hour long massage – first time ever for remedial massage, we’ll see how that goes…
And just to add to the expense, my CPAP machine needs a new hose ($40ish) an probably a new fan bearing and service again (was $300 odd last time….) I think it’s time to look at a newer second hand machine!
Right, that’s enough computer time, my neck is whinging again…