Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sisterhood Hydrangeas by Texas Flower Artist Nancy Medina

Sisterhood Hydrangeas
by Nancy Medina
11X14
Oil on Linen Board
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Sisterhood Hydrangeas is a new painting, one that I wasn't at all sure I could complete tonight but I'm really glad I did. Thank you to everyone who sent prayers, good thoughts, and words of encouragement - my breast biopsy today went fine. I was really fortunate to have a great doctor, and she was fast and did everything she could to make sure it was painless as possible. As soon as I arrived, the Nurse gave me a warm blanket because she thought I looked cold. I carried it around like security blanket as they shuffled me from room to room, and then when it was time for the procedure, the tech held my hand through the whole thing. She was a young gal, very smart, I could tell, and probably half my age.

The doctor was very professional, but she had a great bedside manner. She had short, spiky red hair, cute glasses, and an intellect that had me convinced I was in the absolute best hands. She kept insisting that if I needed more of the anesthetic, to be sure and let her know. (and I did at least once!). We watched the whole procedure on a screen and she took four tissue samples. When she was done, she inserted a marker that looked like a tiny comb with three titanium teeth. This will guide them for any future surgeries. I should have results by Monday, since their lab is right there in the same hospital.

I thought I had made a big mistake not asking for anesthesia so I would sleep through the procedure, but I'm glad I just went with the local and stayed awake. It was not as painful as I had feared, and I also feel like I achieved something today. I was terrified, but I did it and I did okay! As I lay there, I thought about every one of you and what you said, and the experiences and good thoughts and prayers that I knew were coming my way. I cannot tell you how much that helped, and how much it still and always will mean to me. As one dear friend said tonight, our social media has allowed the friend and sister circle to be large and embracing. Thank you to each of you for that embrace. It carried me.

10 comments:

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Huggs and love and constant thoughts and prayers are sent to you
love
tweedles

Sara Mathewson said...

Nancy,

I'm so glad the procedure went so well. I've been thinking about you all day and saying prayers. I will keep praying until you get the results. I'm very proud of you for how you handled it so graciously and how you were still able to paint tonight! And your painting is of course absolutely beautiful!!

Take care,
Sara

AutumnLeaves said...

Somehow I see hope in this piece, Nancy. It is beautiful.

I am so glad that the procedure itself went well and that you had such a sure doctor and compassionate assistant with you. Now lets pray for wonderful results!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

I'm just now hearing of this, Nancy. Will have you in my thoughts for an excellent report on Monday.

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
oh my gosh!
your new painting is amazing. i am so glad the procedure went so smoothly and you had such wonderful people taking care of you!
i love you!
missy

PAT MEYER -- said...

So glad everything went great. Continued prayers. i just got home from the hospital last night after a couple days stay from my heart problem. They are taking great care of me and will be back to the easel in no time. Keep us up to date on the results. Sending good thoughts your way. Prayers and Gentle Hugs.

Martha Kisling said...

Nancy, I am so glad that the procedure went well. How nice to have a circle of friends around you in love and spirit giving you support through all of this!

Nancy Medina said...

Thank you Tweedley, a little pug who has such a healing heart....and who is so loved!

Sarah I appreciate that so much. My studio is a safe place and I always feel better when I am there, especially because all the fatties are there with me. I appreciate your prayers so much. xo

Thank you Sherry, I had a special tube of hope paint and I used quite a bit on this painting. ; ) Howie sends his love and devotion to you.... : )

Camille thank you so much, I appreciate the good thoughts and words of support!

Melissy, tell that little Archie that he just gets cuter every single day. And kiss him for me, too! xo

Pat I am so glad you are home, I am keeping you in my prayers for fast healing. I hope we can travel together for a workshop someday!

Martha you are so absolutely right. What would we ladies do without our besties??? Thank you for all your notes and encouragement. I sure hope we can get together when you are here in October.

Wendy L. Trommer said...

Nancy, I love this piece. Hydrangias are one of my favorite flowers and you capture them beautifully.

You are in my prayers for a good result. It's a very scary thing to go through. Having lots of friends, both near and dear and those you only know from afar, always helps.

Only the best,
Wendy

Linda said...

Another very beautiful painting Nancy. So sorry to hear about the health issues and sending you warm wishes for all to be well. It is a comfort to know others really do care, isn't it. Take care. Hugs to the pugs.

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