Friday, August 19, 2011

CARAMEL MAGNOLIA ALMOST FINISHED


Had a wonderful time with Deb and Sharon painting and chatting and eating and talking and laughing yesterday!  And made more progress on the Caramel Magnolia painting.  It's not finished - still needs some little tweaks here and there - but almost there :)


Unfortunately, had a tension headache last night that sent me to bed, nauseated, around 10 pm.  Then this morning around 7:30, a migraine started so popped a Maltex (these are to stop the migraine once it starts and one 10 mg pill does work but makes me feel drowsy and a bit off all day).  They are expensive little buggers at 9 pills for...$50 (and that's with insurance paying the bulk of the cost). 

I had my appointment with my chiropractor, Dr. Cawley (who helped me when I was having back issues) this morning.  How amazing:  he asked lots of questions, tested my strength in both sides of my body and my balance and took x-rays of my neck (something my regular GP didn't think was necessary).  And I got the "tingler" treatment = the electropulse tabs placed on my shoulders and upper back that give you pulses of electrical current that feels like little pinches.  I felt much better in my shoulders and neck when I left so I'm thinking that, alone, might help - like a really strong, deep massage.  I will find out what the x-rays showed (if anything) at my next appointment, and get another treatment.  Better than scary pills! 

15 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Gee Rhonda, I sure hope you are feeling better soon.

Christiane Kingsley said...

I'm sorry to hear about your migraines, Rhonda.
I love your magnolia! The colors are so rich...

Katherine Thomas said...

Thats a beautiful painting! Sorry about the headache, I too get a lovely migraine from time to time. Great minds ache alike! Hope you're feeling better.

debwardart said...

Jeepers - you mean your art therapy (provided by your art therapy co-horts) didn't alleviate your pain! Seriously, hope the chiropractor helps you - they can do wonders.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
Get well, get well soon, we want you to get well! The sentiment is legitimate, but the words are stolen from a "Seinfeld" episode.
Rhonda, I believe you have a keeper here. Beautiful colors and pleasing shapes. I can't wait to see the final work.
Brava!
Sincerely,
Gary.

Maggie Latham said...

I love the way this one is coming along. Loose and controlled all at the same time. A really silly question, but have you had an eye test recently (I mean to do with your headaches, not your painting style.....) Hope you feel better again soon.....

AutumnLeaves said...

Absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to see it finished. Something about "Caramel Magnolia" that is just breathtaking in its name and appearance. So rich!

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
Hope the headache has melted away and you can push to the finish line with this wonderful painting.
I'm looking forward with great anticipation to seeing this piece completed. It's a "keeper" for sure.
Well Done, Rhonda.
Sincerely,
Gary.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

So sorry about your migraine troubles. I know what they are like and usually once I've had one they keep coming back over a period of a few days, but luckily not recently. Love this magnolia painting and its rich colours. Can't wait to see the bloom finished.

Jen said...

Yay, Rhonda! (Well, not yay for the headaches, but yay for the good treatment!) I hope that you continue to feel better and that the chiro is able to continue helping you. I completely agree that anything natural is better than the pharmaceutical route!! (I WISH it would have worked for me...the one thing I still haven't tried, but am considering, is acupuncture...I got an approval from insurance, but we still have the co-pay and $ is tight right now.) LOVE the painting...I hate it when my health gets in the way of making art!

Gaylynn said...

Rhonda, so sorry to read that your migraines are creating hovoc. Feel Better Soon!

Caroline said...

Lovely painting Rhonda the colours are beautiful. I was thinking along the same lines as Maggie regarding an eye test. Hope you feel better soon.

RH Carpenter said...

I'm sure I'll be back to normal - whatever that is - soon, Carol :) Thanks for your well wishes.

Thanks, Christiane and Katherine. A lot of creative people get migraines!

Deb, the laughter and fun was great medicine - it just didn't last for days like I thought it would :)

Thanks, Gary, even if the words are stolen :)

Thanks, Maggie. I have new glasses - just this spring, I think, so that's not the problem (as far as I know). I'm hoping the x-rays show something physical that can be adjusted.

Thanks so much, Autumn - and Gary, two posts on the same day? You better get busy painting! ha ha

Thanks, Joan (sorry you get them, too = no fun at all), and Jen (love your art journals and will return to see more).

Thanks Gaylynn and Caroline (eye test next if the chiropractor doesn't stop these things).

I so appreciate all the good words and wishes - you all are fabulous followers of my blog and I'm glad I can continue to share things that keep you coming back to see more! Have a great Sunday.

Vicki Greene said...

The magnolia is beautiful! I love the vibrant colors. Hope you find something that helps with the migraines.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Rhonda, this piece is fabulous! It has such a feeling of dimension, the colors are luscious and your lights and darks make it sing!

Even through the pain your work shines! Now, away with the headaches! So happy to hear you felt better after the chiropractor. Acupuncture worked wonders for my brothers back. He could barely walk and now can run.... no more cortisone injections... yeah! If you go that route, ask around and see who folks recommend. Here's to finding out a solution for this internal havoc!