Friday, October 21, 2011

Fistulas and Fundraising

On the plus side: this fistula surgery was just in time for Halloween. My arm is still swollen (not twice as large as my other arm anymore, but I still look like I have a man's arm), and the bruises are spectacular. The incision runs across the bend inside my arm and makes it appear my lower arm has been badly sewn on, and I have a egg-sized bump there that accents the gruesome. The glue (instead of stitching it up) from the cut is yellow and peeling.

I can finally start typing, but that's about it.

On the minus side, it still hurts. I am a prisoner to a foam cast from shoulder to wrist, and can't bend my left arm, which makes things like pushing my hair back and putting it in a ponytail for washing my face, or putting on contacts, or earrings, impossible, not to mention taking a shower or adjusting a bed pillow. It's been hellish. Five more days to go for a check-up and hopefully, a green light to resume my life. I have to check the flow with a stethoscope four times a day to make sure the fistula is forming and not closing up.

Because we were dealing with Be's surgeries and death this spring, we were unable to have our annual Wing Spur fundraiser for the mustangs. This summer was too hot. So we are having a fundraiser Dec. 1 that is quite a departure from anything we have done previously. We are showing a new documentary in a downtown theater.

The film is just out and already receiving wide acclaim and awards. It's called 'Wild Horses@Renegades,' (Our showing will be the AR premiere of the film), to be followed by a video of our wild ones. Catering will be by one of the 'hot' restaurants, fortunately, owned and operated by good friends of ours. We will have a live band.

Leading up to this, Excy and I will read stories for the Nov. 22 show 'Tales of the South' that is on the local NPR and now syndicated throughout the country. Excy will tell a story about starting the sanctuary and getting the two bands (families) together. I don't know what my 'tale' will be yet, but I'm leaning towards Francis the fox and the 'coons. Kinky Friedman has signed on as our fifth and newest board member. He has a tour so can't come or do anything at this relatively quick notice, but he says in the future he can get some of his singer friends to perform at future events (yea!), and he's been interested and open to making time to come visit.

So in the midst of a lot of darkness and health gloom, it's certainly nice that this is coming together.


Ms. A said...

I've been thinking about you and praying for you, so it's really good to hear you are on the mend! Hope the arm continues to do well and you can get back to normal activities soon. We never realize how handy our appendages are, until we can't use them, for whatever reason.


Sweet Tea said...

I'm glad to see this update as I've wondered how you are doing. The whole thing sounds painful but I'm hoping the worst is over for you...So good to have some fun & interesting things to look forward to.

ReformingGeek said...

Yee-ouchie! I hope that arm is better soon.

Good Luck on the fundraiser. It sounds fun!

Mrs. Tuna said...

I've been wondering where you've been. Hopefully it's only a few more days until more movement.

Retired English Teacher said...

I also have wondered how you have been doing. This does sound like it has been a trial. I am in awe of your strength. I'm thankful you have such an awesome, upcoming event to look forward to.

Lois said...

Have been wondering how your surgery went, glad you're on the other side of it. Small things like brushing our hair from our eyes is such a normal gesture, hope you can have arm movement back asap. Be well ~ Lois.

injaynesworld said...

Amy, so sorry about the arm. You are one tough broad, my friend. I wish you all the best with your recovery and with that fundraiser. It sounds like an event not to be missed!

Arkansas Patti said...

Thank you for the sweet comment and for the good news that you are recovering. It has been such a long haul for you and I hope you have lots of sunshine ahead. Do take care.