Phew! Yesterday was a crazy day. I was at the pool with the boy I nanny and a friend when I got a call from my husband saying he had a potato stuck in his throat. Now I probably would have freaked out except this kind of thing happens regularly with him because he has a cartilage ring in his esophagus called a Schotsky's ring and food gets hung up on it regularly but usually goes down after a few minutes. This time however, He had accidentally swallowed a small fingerling potato and it had been stuck for 3 hours, causing severe pain.
I called my boss and she met me to pick up the boys and I raced to where my husband was at a work conference, about 30 minutes away. We went to a local urgent care but they told us they didn't have the equipment to deal with it so we drove to another one close by and they said they could take care of it. They called a GI specialist who said he would have to do an endoscopy and that we would need to transfer to a hospital because the urgent care didn't have the right equipment.
By this time it had been 4 hours and poor Stephen hadn't been able to even swallow his own saliva and his gag reflex had been making him try to vomit for 4 hours. Plus, the potato was the first thing he had tried to eat all day so he had practically gone without any food or drink for the whole day. We took an ambulance to the hospital where they put him under and extracted the blockage...It had been stuck for 5 hours. It took awhile for him to come out of anesthesia but by around 10:00 we were able to leave the hospital and go to a restaurant so Stephen could finally eat. Got home at 11:30 and went straight to bed. Now we have to schedule a procedure so Stephen can get that ring stretched out and hopefully not have to deal with this ever again.
Anyway, on to more pleasant topics! I have a card for you today that was inspired by two Challenges: First is the weekly challenge over at the BBTB2 blog to make a card using a shamrock Cricut cut. Mine is from A Child's year. The sketch came from the weekly challenge over at The Sweet Stop blog.
Here is the sketch:
And here is my take on it:
Reason #476 why I like digital paper: perfectly matching projects. I only used 1 paper for the background, the scalloped square, and the shamrocks. For the background, I just increased the opacity to make it lighter. For the scalloped square, I just used the eye dropper tool to grab the color from the patterned paper to make a coordinating solid and then the shamrocks are just the polkadotted paper. The paper is from one of my favorite Etsy sellers: Babapuff. It comes in a set of 24 polkadotted papers of all different colors and is super versatile (and only costs $3!). Check back in on Monday because i may or may not be giving away some of their products *wink*
I put diamond glaze and chunky clear glitter on the shamrocks and although they look kinda puffy in the photo, they are actually just clear and sparkly.
The fox is from the give a Hoot Cartridge and is filled with another digi pattern by Lori Whitlock called Spring Celebration available at designhousedigital.com.
- Cricut Cartridges used: Lacy labels (scalloped square), Give a Hoot (fox), A Child's Year (shamrocks), Sweethearts (tag)
- Software: CCR and Silhouette Design Studio
- Cardstock: Conqueror
- Digital Papers: Babapuff (polkadots), Lori Whitlock (orange on fox), Dana Zarling (green stripe
- Sentiment: American Typewriter and Annabel Antique Script
- Other: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (vintage photo), Craft Essentials rhinestones, Martha Stewart chunky glitter, diamond glaze