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A lot has happened since the last time I posted.  Let's recap.

The same day I posted the last journal, I went to the ER.  They did some blood work/xrays, told me it was reflux and to follow up with the gastroenterologist, and sent me on my way.  Needless to say, I was not satisfied with my care.

The 9 days that followed were agony.  I learned that Ensure is gross.  My throat kept getting worse and worse and hurting more an more.  I had a bout of reflux that lasted for 5 hours one night, my throat and vocal chords on fire.  The next day, my throat was raw and my voice was hoarse.  I had to start sleeping in the recliner to keep myself upright at night.  I cried.  A lot.  Then finally, the day of my appointment arrived.

The gastroenterologist was the first doctor to do a proper exam.  He actually touched my throat and looked in my mouth.  When he did so, he remarked that I very obviously had oral thrush, and that it was most likely in my esophagus as well.  Turns out the antibiotics the first doctor put me on gave me a yeast infection from hell in my throat.  Then every doctor I saw after that proceeded to misdiagnose the malady because they never did a proper exam.  So I had to suffer almost 3 weeks without proper care, resulting in my dropping 12 lbs.  The gastro set me up on a 2 week regimen with meds and also set me up for xrays and an endoscopy so we can address the reason I actually came to him, my reflux and possible throat-narrowing.

That was a week ago.  My throat is on the mend, and I already had my special xray (called a barium swallow) yesterday, but I'm still waiting on the results of that.  I still can't really eat anything.  I miss food.  I'm trying to keep my anxiety down, to keep calm, but feeling the natural urge to eat but having your body deny you the ability is really psychologically damaging.

I'll keep you guys posted on how things go.  I just want to feel normal again, but I have a feeling it's going to be a long while before that happens.
  • Watching: Zootopia
  • Playing: Stardew Valley
  • Drinking: Ensure
I've had trouble with reflux off and on since I was pregnant with my daughter back in 2009.  In 2014, I had a bad bout of it, and it caused the unintentional hiatus I've been on with my fanfics.

In the past month, my health has been getting worse.  I started having trouble swallowing things, particularly medications.  I went to a doctor, and they referred me to a gastroenterologist.  They set an appointment for the 16th, almost a month away at the time.   Now, 9 days out from my appointment, I'm pretty much down to a liquid diet.  I can get bigger globs of food down, but the problem is bits tend to get stuck near the top of my throat (most likely by my tonsils), which causes my throat to swell and overall serious discomfort and anxiety for me.  When I do get serious food down, it moves very slowly and tends to get backed up.  I regurgitate food hours after eating it.  I feel nauseous almost immediately after eating.  I've dropped 5 lbs so far, which isn't a lot, but I suspect that number will go up by the time I get to the doctor next week.

I'm hungry.  I'm super hungry.  I want to eat.  But the discomfort that comes after eating is just so fear-inducing.  I don't know what's wrong.  I won't know what's wrong for another week at least.  I've been having to watch anxiety-reducing videos every night to help myself calm down enough to sleep.  I have to listen to instrumental music to try to keep myself mellow and soothed.  I'm not sure any more if I have health problems that give me anxiety or if I have anxiety that's giving me health problems.

I just want to be normal again.  But I'm afraid that's still a long way off.
  • Listening to: Video game bgm remixes
  • Watching: The West Wing
  • Drinking: Water
Sick again.  My throat feels awful.
Stardew Valley is addictive, 'yo.
Trainer Red + Kanto Starter amigurumi set by SakuraMota
Trainer Red + Kanto Starter amigurumi set
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Happy 20th anniversary, Pokemon!

 :party:


In honor of the 20th anniversary of Pokemon Red/Green's release in Japan, I made a little set of Kanto starters plus their Trainer Red in his Gen I outfit!

Notes:

In general
:bulletblack: Most of these were improvised, with the exception of Squirtle.  I used the base body from Squirtle to help improvise the others.

:bulletwhite: Each Pokemon took about 4-8 hours to complete, mostly because of improvisation trial and error time.  Red was the biggest for this, and took about 12 hours to complete.  Red in particular was done all in one day, but most of the others were done over a period of 2-3 days.



Squirtle
:bulletblue: The only one that used a pattern, which you can find on Ravelry.

:bulletblue: Pretty straight-forward, so not too much to say.

:bulletblue: I'm still not 100% happy with the colors.  I tried so hard, but in the end had to settle with the closest I could get with my stash.

:bulletblue: Was the first one completed.



Charmander
:bulletorange: After finishing the body and head and sewing them together, I got rather apathetic, and so he sat on my dresser for about 4 months.  When the anniversary started approaching, I decided to retake the effort and make them all.

:bulletorange: Pretty much follows the Squirtle pattern verbatim except for the lack of shell and instead tail and belly details.

:bulletorange: After attempting to make the tail myself, I gave up and found this pattern, from which I borrowed the tail.

:bulletorange: Completed second, and has the longest "in progress" time of 5 months (September 16th to February 18th).  Despite this, the actual "work" period is only maybe 2 days.



Bulbasaur
:bulletgreen: Base body was altered to be thicker than the previous 2.  Only thing the same from the Squirtle pattern are the limbs; everything else is improvised.

:bulletgreen: The bulb was a pain in the neck.  I'm still not satisfied with it.  Took nearly 3 hours to find a look I was okay with.

:bulletgreen: Completed third, and was intended to be the last.



Pikachu
:bulletyellow: Was an impromptu decision to be inclusive of Yellow.  

:bulletyellow: Base body is thicker like Bulbasaur's.  Also like Bulba, only the limbs are from the base Squirtle pattern.  Tail came from this pattern.

:bulletyellow: Completed in one day, in about 4 hours.



Red
:bulletred: Just when I thought I was finished, I decided it'd be fun to make Red as well.

:bulletred: Body comes from a base that I like to use.  I've made quite a few human dolls using this pattern.

:bulletred: I originally started making FRLG's Red (because I like that design better, personally), but decided instead to go Gen I so he'd match the 20th anniversary theme.

:bulletred: After experimenting with a few ideas, I gave up on trying to get the spiky hair.  His hair is instead embroidered to the head.  Bleh.

:bulletred: The hat is not removable, but the jacket/vest is.  Jacket was more or less patterned after this one, but with a few alterations.

:bulletred: Not pictured here is a tiny Pokedex I made for him out of felt, which fits in his jacket pockets, which are functional.

:bulletred: Made in one day, from about 11 AM to 11 PM.




NOTHING IS FOR SALE.  Patterns listed when applicable.  Pokemon belongs to Nintendo, GAME FREAK, and its other related companies.
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NAME SakuraMota
NICKNAME: SakuMo
D.O.B. July 31
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A lot has happened since the last time I posted.  Let's recap.

The same day I posted the last journal, I went to the ER.  They did some blood work/xrays, told me it was reflux and to follow up with the gastroenterologist, and sent me on my way.  Needless to say, I was not satisfied with my care.

The 9 days that followed were agony.  I learned that Ensure is gross.  My throat kept getting worse and worse and hurting more an more.  I had a bout of reflux that lasted for 5 hours one night, my throat and vocal chords on fire.  The next day, my throat was raw and my voice was hoarse.  I had to start sleeping in the recliner to keep myself upright at night.  I cried.  A lot.  Then finally, the day of my appointment arrived.

The gastroenterologist was the first doctor to do a proper exam.  He actually touched my throat and looked in my mouth.  When he did so, he remarked that I very obviously had oral thrush, and that it was most likely in my esophagus as well.  Turns out the antibiotics the first doctor put me on gave me a yeast infection from hell in my throat.  Then every doctor I saw after that proceeded to misdiagnose the malady because they never did a proper exam.  So I had to suffer almost 3 weeks without proper care, resulting in my dropping 12 lbs.  The gastro set me up on a 2 week regimen with meds and also set me up for xrays and an endoscopy so we can address the reason I actually came to him, my reflux and possible throat-narrowing.

That was a week ago.  My throat is on the mend, and I already had my special xray (called a barium swallow) yesterday, but I'm still waiting on the results of that.  I still can't really eat anything.  I miss food.  I'm trying to keep my anxiety down, to keep calm, but feeling the natural urge to eat but having your body deny you the ability is really psychologically damaging.

I'll keep you guys posted on how things go.  I just want to feel normal again, but I have a feeling it's going to be a long while before that happens.
  • Watching: Zootopia
  • Playing: Stardew Valley
  • Drinking: Ensure

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eatpraylove Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, long time no see! You've had your wisdom teeth out, right? Is it normal to have trouble opening your mouth two days after the surgery? (Also, what's your 3DS Friend Code? I have New Leaf and I wanna play with someone :D)
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SakuraMota Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's normal to be a little stiff for a while, yeah. If it doesn't improve after a week, I'd inform your doctor, though.

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eatpraylove Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply. My mom's going to call them tomorrow, since my teeth still hurt :( :(

My Friend Code is 0576-5807-4247, and my Mii's name is Sara (spelled without the H, unlike my actual name, because reasons). What's your Mii's name?
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eatpraylove Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy belated birthday!
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AnimeArtist154ever Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Writer
Happy Birthday
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XxDigiHeroesxX Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
do you do request?
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SakuraMota Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I do not. Barely can make time for my own personal art stuff, let alone do requests on top. Sorry! :c
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XxDigiHeroesxX Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
ok
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DragonHaven42 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthankyouspray1::iconthankyouspray2::iconthankyouspray3::iconthankyouspray4:
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SakuraMota Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome. :icondummydanceplz:
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