Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A lot going on in my head

It's been almost 3 months since my last post. Things have been pretty crazy around here. Good news is we put our house on the market and sold it. We have also found a great house that we are moving into on November 15th. I will now have a true studio to work in. My current studio is small and has no heat or air. So it makes working in the middle of summer and winter tough. The new studio is in the main house and is considerably larger. So I'm really excited to get in there and start working.

Unfortunately I haven't been feeling well for the past 3 months. While working on my last painting I started to develop dizziness. I went to the doctor and he performed a number of blood test which all came back fine. After a few more weeks of feeling light headed he did more test which also came back normal. About this time I started to hear a whooshing sound in my right ear. So I was referred to an ear, nose and throat doctor to check out the cause of the tinnitus in my ear. After several test he determined that there was something pushing on the nerve that leads from the ear to the brain. He ordered a MRI of my brain which showed a 1 inch glomus tumor that is putting pressure on my jugular vein and is restricting the blood flow. That is what has caused the dizziness and the whooshing sound in my ear. Thankfully it is not cancerous. The doctor said that it is slow growing and has probably been there for about five years. The next step is to have it removed within the next few months. The surgery will be pretty extensive (6-8 hrs) and require 3 different surgeons working as a team to remove. If all goes well I should be back to myself within 6 weeks.

With all of this going on I just haven't had much motivation to paint. But that is starting to change and I'm getting the bug again to start something. I have several paintings in my mind that I want to start so to keep me occupied I might begin drawing out the next piece. I'll post up progress once I get it started.


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Best of luck bud... Hopefully you get well soon and create many more beautiful paintings...
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rateyourart said...

Hang in there.

Nick said...

Hope all goes well and look forward to seeing some great new work from you soon!

Alvin R. said...

This truly sucks David :( I'm sure you've been going through a rough patch with it all and it's only normal. A bump in the road. Events like this almost become wake-up calls, of how fragile life can be, not only for you, but your love ones and freinds as well.

Any kind of illness will make you more introspective, you really learn what you're really made, almost like you're being tested, or God is testing you. But once the dust has settled, this journey will make you a more stronger and better person.

Knowing you have a young family you also give you more perspective for life. Once you're surgery is done with, you've recovered and back to your old self, you'll have even more appreciation for life itself.......and in the end it all comes down to Love! LOVE is the most important thing, nothing else really matters.

Stay POSITIVE David! Your inner dialogue is key in getting better. Having the a proper attitude will not only benefit you, but all of those who care dearly about you. You are not in it alone.

My thoughts are with you David, REMAIN POSITIVE!

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Wish you all the best..!

Jeff Hayes said...

Hi Dave - just read this post. Keep us updated, and all the best wishes.

Anonymous said...

Best wishes.

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