Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

If you are still reading this blog... must be desperate for something to read - LOL! It's been 12 days since I posted anything here, as everytime I have started to write, it has been something negative. Ah well, it is still September - maybe that's why. My MIL phoned to let us know she'd had a fall and banged her head, which necessitated a trip to hospital. Fortunately there was no major injury sustained, so she was allowed home the same day. Two weeks ago, a close girlfriend was in a car crash in which a teenage boy turned right in front of her, putting a dent in his car, but writing hers off. Just as well she didn't have any major injuries, but she suffered whiplash, and has been aching all over ever since. Without her car she was unable to get to work, but as she starts early, for the past week I was able to pick her up and take her there before I started my own work.

On Thursday night, I started getting flashes and black dots in front of my left eye. It seemed to be okay on Friday, but I decided to get it checked out just in case. My brother once had a detached retina, and told me what it was like, so I didn't want to risk the same thing. The optician had a thorough look at my eye, and found I have a small hole in the retina, so as that can lead to a detached retina, she booked me into an eye specialist on Monday to have it fixed. Ken's comment was "that's what you get from sitting up all hours on the computer, or reading books!" Nonsense - it has nothing to do with that. The optician explained that it is usually due to trauma of some kind - either to the eye directly, or a blow to the head. She said it can also result from weakness due to an earlier injury, which is most likely in my case. About 30 years ago, I was hit by a car while riding my motorcycle, and I received severe head injuries. As a result of that, my left eye muscles were damaged and had to be 'stitched' up. Even though it has been 100% fine since then, the optician said that it will have weakened the eyeball, and this 'hole' in the retina is probably the result. Well, gritting my teeth in anticipation of some discomfort next week, I would rather go through that than lose my sight in the eye and possibly not be able to stitch (or do a lot of other things) for the rest of my life - NO WAY!


Blogger Medieval Lady said...

Hi Gina,
No not desperate, just always happy to hear from friends. Neg. or Pos. September is turning out to be a bit bumpy for me and I'm trying to stay positive.
I'm glad your able to get your eyes fixed. You make so many beautiful things. When I was younger I used to get these things called floaters. Like little grey clouds. The area would get bright and then dim. Sorta like the sun passing through a cloud. The doctor never could figure it out. shrug
I posted some pictures of projects I've been working on. It's on my other blog if you want to see them. It's for my reinactment stuff.'re in my thoughts always. Take Care and keep posting positive or negative. It's always good to hear from friends. :)

Monday, 25 September, 2006  
Blogger Nicole said...

It's funny Gina, but I'm hearing from alot of gals of how September is having such a negative effect on them. I have suffered the "poor me's" more often than not this month and I cannot wait until October lol. I'm really pleased that you are getting you eye fixed and that it is not as serious as it could be. It could be worse... yes? I must say that I considered you one of my closest blogging friends.... and you never ever bore me.... ever! It is brilliant that we can share each others lives like this and be there for each other when we need to be. Much love to you, Nicole xox.

Monday, 25 September, 2006  
Blogger Peggy said...

I so enjoy popping in to see whats going on in your side of the world. Hope the eye is soon mended and you are back to finding lots of treasures for your collections.

Wednesday, 27 September, 2006  
Blogger miss*R said...

I pop in here, was wondering what is going on - gawd, you will be glad when September is over! hope all goes well with the eye specialist xoxo

Wednesday, 27 September, 2006  

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