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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Update

This is Shellie posting for my mom Judy.
She wants you all to know that she had surgery yesterday for a torn retina, and is banned from reading, or being on the computer for 2 weeks. She woke up yesterday and had smeary blurry vision in the right eye. She then drove herself (that's just like her) to the urgent care where they told her she had a torn retina. They did cryosurgery and scheduled a follow up for Monday. She is going crazy because she loves the computer....in fact the only thing she loves more than the computer is her eyeball! We should have more information after her Monday appointment. Mom says to stop a minute and thank your eyeballs for all they do!
P.S. the pictures in the journal are from the oral surgery she had last Wednesday. She is not allowed to journal either. No REM allowed for 2 weeks. When it rains it pours!

104 comments:

Snap said...

Thank you Shellie for letting us know. Best wishes and a quick recovery to your mom!

Deana Birks said...

Wow. Ouch. Wow. Hope she feels better ASAP!

Deb's Artful Journey said...

Thank you for letting us know. Please give her our best and tell her I am sending her healing energy. I will miss reading her blog and look forward to seeing her back here.

Melanie said...

Yes, thanks for letting us know ... TWO WEEKS?!? How will WE survive without her inspiration! LOL, please tell her to take it easy ... we will be waiting right where she left us ... lol!

Sherry Goodloe said...

How sweet of you to blog for mom. I'm giving thanks to my eyeballs right now! Give her our blog love. xo

patti said...

Thanks Shellie - Sending love to Judy's eyeballs, may she heal quickly and gently ease back into it all.

I am reminded of a Yoga class I did once, where we were all blindfolded. Like Luke using 'the force' in Star Wars.

Maybe a good opportunity to try some blind-folded sculpture :)

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Oh Judy...

I'm sorry to hear your woes...
just sit back and let the necessary time pass and before you know it, you'll be back into the full creative swing of things!

I did a bit of a collage page, started with a dictionary page, and painted a face on top...inspired by you the other day...but then I got carried away and pretty much burried the face under layers of paint!

oh well....

take care of your eyeball...

ciao carmelina

Buffy said...

Thanks for letting us know,tell her thought and prayers heading her way for a quick recovery!

Kim Mailhot said...

Thank you Shellie for being your mom's voice for a bit. Sending her prayers and love for fast recovery from all of these medical hitches.
Come back to us quick, lovely Judy !

Kim Mailhot said...

PS...Giving thanks for my eyeballs too !

purple bird art said...

Judy - I am so sorry to hear about your eye. I know, after two eye surgeries, how scary it can be to contemplate any loss of sight. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Thanks again for your advice and inspiration - Jan

Ro Bruhn said...

Sending love and healing energy from Australia, please tell Judy we're thinking of her and to make a speedy recovery.

Rochelle said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

lilasvb said...

thank you for give news and wish your mum to be better soon

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risa said...

Ooh...I can see how that would drive you crazy! I almost feel like we should wait to post comments so you're not tempted to take a peek...but I'm sure your loving daughter will carry the messages to you, Judy! Speedy recovery! May the days pass quickly!

drmarty62 said...

Oh Judy, I think for some reason you were really not meant to come to Australia to meet us this year. Please take all the doctor's advice and rest even though it will be frustrating. You will be in our thoughts. Thanks for posting for your Mum Shelly

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

What a sweet daughter you are! Please tell your mum I send her my love and healing vibes. As someone who spend alot of time in the hospital and in bed, I can totally relate to how frustrating it is to not be able to do the things you love.

Tell her I said to behave and do what the doc says-it will mean she can get back to her usual as quickly as possible.

*BIG HUGS* Judy xoxo

P.S. Your mum is a woman after my own heart-stubborn and self sufficiant. I've driven myself to the hospital when I probably shouldn't have too!

Jacky said...

You are having a rough trot Judy...sending you healing thoughts.
Thank you Shellie for letting us know how Judy is getting along. Hope she's feeling much better very soon.

Jacky

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

oh my goodness gracious! i can't decide what in the world to even say to this, judy! my heavens. well, i know how i was when they told me i could not use my right arm/hand at all. i painted with my left hand. i couldn't stand not to paint. but girl, your eye is serious business. you be good and rest that eye. rest the whole package. behave, now. no cheating. i wish we were closer 'cause i'd come over and read to you. i've got some uproarious funny stories and i'd do voices to make you snort while you could bundle up and drink tea. that would be good. make john do that. i bet he could do some very good voices while telling stories. all right. i'm pigging up the comment box. i just want you to know that you are loved and we are all thinking of you and holding you right in our hearts. feel better sweetest girl!

CindyB said...

Shellie, please give your mom my best. I'm hoping this won't stop her from attending Art and Soul. I'm looking forward to creating with her.

CindyB

Kelly Kilmer said...

Shellie, Send much love to your Mom for all of us please.
XO

misty mawn said...

this will all pass so quickly, it will! it has to! we are all thinking of you and wishing only the very best!
much love now & always!

i am off to thank my beloved eyeballs for all they do for me... and the rest of my body for that matter, how easy it is to forget!
take care dear Judy. xoxoxoooxxoxoxo

MB Shaw said...

Oh dear, so sorry to hear about your Mom, our sweet Judy. Thanks for updating us. And hugs to both of you. Here's hoping her eyeball heals quickly. Our eyes are indeed amazing.

Gwen said...

Hugs and healing energy to Judy! Thanks for updating, you are all in our prayers.

karen said...

best wishes to your mom and a speedy recovery. we'll be thinking of her and looking forward to her return :)

eb said...

thank you Shellie
and sweet darling Judy love
yes I am truly blessing
my eyeballs and yours
holding you in my heart
sending you waves
of healing thoughts and prayers
I am trusting
that all will unfold
and unfurl
like the fiddle heads
come spring...

much love,
xox - eb.

Stephanie Lee said...

I love you Judy!!! And Annabelle says she can come read to you if you wanted that. She has a new Shel Silverstein book she's loving... :)

Thank you Shelli for posting this for us all! I might take liberties at this time...to post (on my blog) what I think Judy would post if she could. She can ream me later for it. :)
Seding MASSIVE amounts of love and peace and comfort and thoughts to fill the boredom with for you, dear dear friend.
oxox

lyle baxter said...

shellie, please take care of mom and let her know we are all hoping for a rapid recovery! get her some audio books and a big box of chocolates! lyle

Ocean Lotus said...

thank you for sharing!! we all will be sending healing thoughts her way and will be waiting patiently while she heals...blogland will be missing her but wishes her well.

Beverley said...

Wishing her a very speedy recovery!!

dosfishes said...

Thanks you Shellie for spreading the word. Prayers and hugs to your mom
for a most speedy recovery.

She's the tops!

Leonie Wise said...

Your mum is one hell of an amazing lady! Please give her a biiig hug from me? I was one of her cabin mates at Squam in September last year and my world is a shinier place because of her.

gretchen said...

Thank you Shellie for being your mom's eyes- if you are reading these comments to her, please send along my wishes for a speedy and successful recovery. All of us have been given new vision by virtue of seeing life through her beautiful eyes everytime she shares her art with us.
hugs and xox- gretchen

Donna Heart said...

hey shelley - thankyou for being your mum's eyes and hands! Judy - i hope you find strength and during this time of living in a REM-free-zone, may you have plenty of time to plan your next great creative adventure! I'm sure your 'minds-eye' is still 20/20 !!!

Maija said...

Thanks, shellie!! Sending your mom big love from me, Maija!

rebecca said...

my darling...
this is so anima sola!
please step away from the FLAMES!

sending you peace. patience. and a willingness to R E S T and allow all of us to simply love you into a radiant rejuvenation.

xoxoxxo,
rebecca

michelle allen said...

hi shellie! i don't know if you remember me? (sat. mkt forever ago!)

oh my goodness!:( i'm sure she is going crazy! thankful that this is a fixable problem and not permanent. give her my love! speedy recovery.

Judy said...

Wow Shellie must be interesting posting for your mum. Guess you will be reading the comments for her to. tell that wondeful mother of yours to take it easy and recover properly, she will need her eyes working so she can see everything I am going to show her down here.
Be well Judy Judy Judy.
xo

Meri said...

Scary -- I'm thankful they intervened quickly. You need your eyes to help us see the world, Judy. Take care, dear one.

Tara Ross Studios said...

oh my,,,, sometimes we take things for granted,,, a reminder to all of us to thank our bodies for the work they do for us!! A speedy recovery your way, so you can be back to creating art in no time!!!

xo...Tara

And so it goes... said...

Judy, Judy, Judy! Enough with the medical maladies! Sending healing energy your way...to your eyeballs, to your teeth, to your paraganglioma, & any other parts that need it!
xoxoxoxo deb/debbie/debra

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post Shelley! REST REST REST that RETINA!!!!! Music really helps..........take care.
Missy from the bayou

BJ Lantz said...

Good gosh, Sistah, knock it off already! I'm saving up a BIG hug for you this fall. OK, I am off to to be thankful for my eyeballs now...and sending lots of get-well wishes your way.

XO XO ~Beej

kluless said...

Oh dear! I can imagine she is spending endless hours creating in her "mind's eye" and will astound us all with the lemonade she makes from this.
Sending strength....

Chris said...

Dear Judy, Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hugs!

Jamie said...

Thank you for posting this, Shellie. Please give her a kiss on the cheek for me and tell her to rest well. Oh, what her mind must be conjuring up during this hiatus!

Ann K. said...

Rest, rest, rest, Judy. Maybe some good audiobooks can keep you from being bored out of your mind over the next two weeks. Here's to your speedy recovery!

BloggingQueen said...

Thanks again, Shellie, both for updating us and for being such a terrific daughter to your mom, who needs you so much right now.

If you could pass this message along, I'd appreciate it:

JUDY?!?! What the hell were you *thinking,* driving with smeary vision?! I don't *care* if it was only to get help!
[stops hyperventilating]
Maybe Shellie could borrow some audio books from the library for you. (And if you're reading this yourself, I'm going to drive down and lecture you in person. So there.)

Take care and be sweet to yourself, my reckless friend.

~Lisa

Tricia said...

Oh my gosh, that is so scary. Thanks for letting us know and be sure to tell your Mom that we are thinking of her and praying for a quick recovery. I am so glad they were able to take care of the problem. Tell her to enjoy her forced time off! : )

Blessings,
Tricia

Sandi McLendon said...

You hang in there Judy! My heart goes out to you! Best of Wishes for a speedy recovery!

Yanina said...

Hope she feels better soon.

Zorana said...

I'm thinking healing thoughts and sending good energy. I hope that you'll be a good patient and patiently wait as long as it needs for your eye to recover. All that creative energy will explode when the time is right. Big hugs.

mkayteem on scs said...

Shellie - Please tell your Mom that we love her and to take care of herself! Sending cyber hugs from Columbus, Ohio! Your Mom is the best!

Relentless Toil said...

Wishing Judy sweet scents, soft textures, and beautiful music while her vision heals. --Keet in Philadelphia, a longtime lurker.

kauaiartgirl said...

You are in my prayers. May the universe embrace you and feed you with light and positive energy. We all love you!!!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Oh my goodness, bad enough for someone who doesn't love every kernel of life, but for your MOM??? I am so sorry, but send along healing thoughts to her.

Go to the library and check out some great books on tape. Time to heal that eye and make everything better.

Our bodies do poop out on us piece by piece, but luckily we can be treated and get back on track.

This may sound dumb, but when I had bad eye problems my doctor said "eat plenty of blueberries." So I do. Get your Mom some too.

All best wishes,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! I just went through this in July. Emergency surgery on one retina, laser treatment on the other. My heart goes out to you. Recovery is long and boring, but books on my iPod saved my sanity. Take care, Judy, I'll miss you in Vegas. And thank you, Shellie. My son had to come and be my secretary for a week to continue to run our business. xox

Anonymous said...

(didn't mean to be TOTALLY anonymous, haha, previous comment from Lorie Garver in Phoenix)

Beth said...

Judy, you're so full of color and light, and not only will you be back at it very soon, those things will carry you through this rough patch. I say that having had a few of my own - awful at the time, but like rapids in a stream, we get by them and are stronger afterwards. Hugs!

Mel said...

Hello Judy,
I am a fellow unraveller. I hope you are feeling better soon! Hope you have a quick recovery, with love from your unravelling friend in the UK.

Mel
xo

Anonymous said...

Judy, we are wishing you a speedy recovery and rediscovery of the gift of your vision! this is my first time to your blog and WOW, so glad a fellow unraveller steered me here. take good care. we will be here waiting for you when you feel up for it.
-Annie (annielaurel)

Happy Giny said...

Dear Judy, I am also a fellow unraveller from Belgium and I just learnt the bad news of your sudden operation. Please take good care of yourself. the unravelling can wait, and I am sure it will even continue blindfolded ;o)
I'll have a special thought for my eyeballs tonight, and please know that you are in my (positive) thoughts.
get well soon,
Virginie

Irene said...

Dearest Judy,

You know what this means, don't you? Someone (with a capital "S") wants you to slow down. ;-) You've earned it, but knowing how you hate to be idle, I have a feeling that this will become a time of deep reflection and newfound insight into the wondrous spirit that lives inside the beautiful tabernacle that is Judy Wise.

You're the only person I know who seems to be multiplying brain cells instead than losing them, so I will look forward to seeing what becomes of all this so-called "downtime." Get well, my friend, and know that you are loved. I wish I were there to give you a hug.

Baci e abbracci,
Irene

peggy said...

Poor Judy, your in my thoughts and prayers. You can't keep a good gal down so hurry up and get better quick. I did thank my eyes today for working. Shellie thanks for letting us know about your mom, she is the best.

bridgette said...

oh no! Please let her know that somany people are wishing her a speedy recovery.

sugardaisy said...

sending lots of beautiful visions her way for a speedy and complete recovery! xo brenna

Chris said...

Please tell your mom that we are thinking of her and wishing her all the best. I'm SO glad she ran over and got this taken care of! I've been told to watch for that, myself. I'm sorry she has to be away from one of the things she loves! But I'm glad she's been taken good care of!
xo
Chris

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Was hoping for another update.

Thinking of you and your dear eyes,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Genki said...

Judy,

Hope that you recover quickly and well.
From a fellow unraveller
x

Sarah said...

Sending good wishes for your eyes, Judy. Listen to lots of good music in the next couple of weeks!

Rufusandco said...

Judy wishing you a restful 2 weeks where your imagination can run wild but your eyes need the rest. Look forward to seeing you unravelling in a couple of weeks. Ingrid x

Linda Womack said...

Oh Judy! What the heck is going on over there? I'm so sorry to hear all the painful stuff that's come your way recently. Along with the rest of the IEA-PDX kids I'm sending you big hugs and wonderful images to fill your head. Get well soon, Linda

Serena Barton said...

Hi Judy,

I just found out from Linda W. about your surgery. I hope your recovery is quick and somehow bearable...I'll be thinking loving and healing thoughts for you!
Thanks for letting us know, Shellie, and all the best to you as well.

Jackie Wood said...

Here's to a speedy and complete recovery. Your eyes are a blessing to us all.
Much love!

Clare Wassermann said...

please please recover quickly and thoroughly. Take time to heal x

Karen Cole said...

Judy, Judy , Judy......

Hope all is doing better at this point. I will miss, miss, miss you.
Please take good care of yourself.....and thanks to Shellie for the communication.

Big healing hugs,
Karen

femminismo said...

Snap said, Deana said, Julie said etc, and now Jeanne says heal quickly. I loved the comment about getting better to help us all see. So true! Love you, Judy - and your daughters too.

Lynn said...

Dear Judy, I doubt anyone in blog land has more friends, followers, and people who care about them than you do! Sweet of your daughter to bring us into the loop! Thanks to her.
So so so sorry you are having all these health issues all at the same time too. Oy vey!!!
I've done the oral surgeries several times and survived and the torn retina too...so know you will be fine too. Patience friend, You are getting more and more well as I write this. Sending blessings of all kinds; and healing energies.
((((((((((Hugs))))))) too!!!! I'm imagining you listening to beautiful music with your ears (that are still a well part of you) and dreaming of wonderful ideas for art you will make as soon as you are able.

Randi Nervig said...

Thank you Shellie for the information. I can only say what everyone else has said: Keep your eyes quiet, get lots of rest, and when you're healed we will look forward to more beauty from you.

Anonymous said...

Praying for a quick recovery. God Bless you, Judy!

Seth said...

Wishing you well Judy. Hopefully somebody is reading you all these comments and they help you to heal even sooner.

Leaves and Feathers said...

Hi Judy,
Sending you lots of get well thoughts from over at the Unravelling e-course! So sorry that this happened to you in the middle of our class. I've been browsing your blog and it is very interesting!
xoFaith

Susan Tuttle said...

dearest judy,
thinking of you -- sending warm, healing thoughts, big hugs and lots and lots of positive energy.

You are one special lady

and one tough cookie.

xoxo

stef said...

sending you healing thoughts and so much love!

xoxo

Bonafyde said...

Sorry to hear you are down for the count Judy, happy to hear it's not life threatening! That being said I wish you a safe, healthy speedy recovery! HUGS

Susannah said...

sending you love, Judy, for an extra fast and fabulously speedy healing!! we love you xox

Steph said...

Sending healing thoughts your way Judy! And feeling very grateful for my eyeballs right now.

Hugs to you,

Stephanie :)
(a Squam 2009 art journaling student)

Adrianne in Portland said...

Wishing you a quick recovery, Judy. I love your blog and inspiration!

martha brown said...

Oh Judy! have a speedy recovery! thinking of you,
~martha

lk moonwood said...

Oh my goodness, Judy! It DOES pour! I love the good humor that comes through in spite of this. Get a good rest and quick recovery - we love you!

Thank you, Shellie, for letting us know.

xoxo lulu

Cindy Woods O'Leary said...

Judy, I hope you're not climbing the walls or tearing your hair out, not being able to journal or read! Sending you healing thoughts and big bear hugs. xoxo (and thanks for keeping us posted shellie!)

Marit said...

Thanks for the update! Wish you a lot of succes recovering! (My dad had this same thing in October last year... I art journaled about it. He's doing well now...)

Linda said...

Please send my hugs to your mom...she is so special. Linda Esterley

yhalos said...

Oh that's awful. Thanks so much for letting us know. She must be going crazy..lol. I will keep her in my prayers for a quick recovery . Hope she gets well very soon..!!!!

Queen Of Toys said...

Shellie,

Thanks for letting us all know about your mum and her status of health issues. I am so sorry she is in this condition and i feel really bad for her. I am dissapointed that she is not travelling to Australia as I was one of her students in most of her classes but I understand her health comes first. So the Judy/Jan replacement will do a brilliant job and I am sure she will be a credit to Judy. All the best for a speedy recovery and please dont do anything you shouldn't do.....LOL

Daris Judd said...

Oh Boy I totally understand, I just fell on ice and broke my hip. Down time can be a challenge and a way of telling us to slow down. Judy you will heal and life will be good again, hang in there. Daris

Anonymous said...

Be well, Judy! Best wishes for all body parts, and for you - more than the sum of all these parts...
Margaret

Leslie said...

Oh dear! Sending her my best thoughts for a quick recovery. Thanks for letting us know.

Bridget B. said...

take care and feel better soon, darlin - at least you can still paint in your head. we miss you at IEA . . . kisses, Bridget

Joanie Hoffman said...

Take care, Judy!
Eyeballs, I love you both.
xoxox,
Joanie

jgr said...

Thank you for the update. Many prayers are being sent up for your Mom and all of you.

Dawn E. Shepherd Nguyen said...

Oh Judy!
I had no idea what you were going through...blessings of love and light to you and your eyeballs. Shellie-thank you for sharing your mother's condition with us and bless your heart for taking care of her now.
Can't wait until you are all healed up dear friend.
Love,
Dawn

pam said...

love and blessings your way.xo