Well, this journal was definitely needed. An update!Health Related
As some of you may already know, I had surgery recently on the 22nd May, which I have been slowly recovering from. The surgery was laparoscopic and a few small incisions were made in my lower abdomen--including one actually in/through the belly button--to see if Endometriosis was actually present. Good news: the surgery went well without any problems or hiccups. Bad news is that she did not find any Endo tissue as we both suspected. So...I still actually have this terrible pain problem related to cycle and now extra scar tissue around the area to boot. She has now referred me to Oxford Hospital, where I will have to attend the Chronic Pain clinic for my pelvic pain, since when these phases do happen I end up straight on a strong dose of codeine painkillers and they alone make me so incoherent and out-of-it that I'm on the verge of losing consciousness when I take them. Sure they help the pain and are the only pain relief that actually DO something because the agony is so bad, but it has severe side effects for me and the next step up to that is morphine.
Ibuprofen or paracetamol do diddly squat! So in the end I am off work anyway due to the codeine backlash; working in a Pharmacy with confidential info and giving medical/medicine advice in that state would literally be a disaster!
I am a slow healer, so my stitches have only just started to feel okay, although standing all day long like I did this weekend for my first time back at work actually hurt somewhat due to standing stretching my lower stomach muscles straighter and, in turn, pulling at my stitches. Yet I feel I am doing well for now! Spent yesterday mostly asleep due to the long weekend back.Art Related~
On another note: I do have some pictures in progress, might have them done by the end of the week--they are more detailed ones.
I shall also be making a new commission journal and opening up 3 slots a month (or 4 depending on their detail level,)
for them because I feel I have perfected my skills enough to be dead sure what the prices are, although for the most detailed ones it would be a higher price naturally. I am deciding to open them up again since there is a trip I am actually going to at the beginning of July, despite my other health conditions making me nervous about going. Anyway, I will be going to Poland to visit a good friend of mine! I'm excited, yet the fact I have been off work a few weeks means my funds for the trip are shorter than I would like to be honest until my next pay date AFTER the trip (not helpful XD.) I am also considering opening a PaypalMe page, so if anyone really likes my work and supports me, instead of a commission that has a set price, you can donate any amount of money you would like just to support me, be it £1/$1/1 Euro or £5, etc. That might be best since even though I have considered Patreon, I know that due to my health, work and other factors, I may not be able to get so much stuff done in a month, plus I know artists are currently having a major issue with the site for one main reason: people offer to pay the full amount at the end of the month, take away everything from the higher tiers or whatever they pledged, then immediately take themselves off the Patreon and thus their money with them! This is both rude and absolutely appalling! They basically take everything and pay nothing, proceeding to upload those special Patreon awards on places like Pinterest or Tumbler without the artist's consent--defeating the point of it being special whilst leaving the artist with no financial income for their hard work! What out of any of this is morally correct? None.
Right, let me know what you guys think of all this and if you have Patreon, have you had a similar issue as described above?
Thank you all so much for still sticking with me despite everything! It means ever so much, and I honestly cannot thank you enough for how amazing you have all been. Apologies for the silence, but I have been here, checking messages, uploading an artwork that I was working on while recovering from the operation, etc. Always checking on here everyday even if I am silent.
Hope you are all well and doing alright. I know for quite a few it is the major exam period, hence I wish the best of luck to you too.
Keep being amazing!