Thursday, February 10, 2011

{ Sorry for my absence....... }

So, it has been awhile and I must apologize for that! As some of you may already know, I wanted to update my fans and clients who don't, I have been VERY ill for a long time! It started at the beginning of November when I started to experience prisms of light flashes, light headedness, severe headaches, nausea and dizziness which seemed to progressively get worse! My doctor didn't really know what was going on and it seemed when I got in front of my computer to work, it got worse, with the lights from the computer, so he banned me from the computer for awhile! Which for all you photographer's know how hard that is! NO editing, no surfing, no NOTHING! BUT my health was more important, so I listened. Literally did not turn it on for weeks, it seemed to help but I was still having a lot of problems. So he booked me to see an eye specialist and to have an MRI done on my head because of a family genetic history he wanted to rule out something called "Arterial Venus Malformation" which is like an anurism. These were scheduled for the middle of December!

At Christmas, I ended up chocking on some punch, not thinking anything of it. Soon after, I became VERY ill, on top of being ill already. I was on the couch for 6 days with fever, chills, nausea and my whole body ached so bad that the thought of touching me, hurt! I finally ended up going to emergency on New Years day because I couldn't handle it anymore and was getting scared! It turned out I had pneumonia really bad, so they put me on some very strong antibiotics and sent me home to rest and nothing else. With 4 children at home, in the middle of hockey season, you can imaging how hard it is to rest! lol So after 3 trips to the ER and back to my regular doctor, they also discovered I had VERY highblood pressure, low thyroid, and immediately put me on medications for it! It was like 195/105...crazy! So, once I was on the medication and my pneumonia was cleared up, I felt better but was still coughing and extremely tired still.

By the begging of February, all too familiar signs started coming back and back to the doctor I went on February 4th. Once again my pneumonia is back, just what i wanted to hear! It was better this time though because I caught it sooner and I didn't have all my bloodpressure issues's going on like the first time! So back on antibiotics and my puffer! He is very concerned something went into my lung when I chocked, and he said if something did my pneumonia will just keep coming back! So he's now booking me to go see a lung specialist to get to the bottom of everything! I still have a very horrible cough and am very tiered!

So, that is my story so far! That is why I have been absent and falling behind in everything, including my work and I'am so sorry for that! But my health is the most important thing right now, and I had to learn to let go of a lot of things and just heal myself! I'am slowly now starting to get back into things, so I have a lot of catching up to do with a lot of sessions! And I just wanted to send out a HUGE Thank-you to all my clients waiting so patiently for their sessions! I thank-you for understanding and I will be working on them slowly trying to catch up with everyone!

So, this brings me to something I'am very proud of and have participated in it now for 4 years...... The St.Valentine's Day Hair Massacure. You can check them out here and you can check out some of my work from last year here and at facebook here!/pages/Memories-For-Life-photography-by-Chantelle/53147980975. Tammy MacDonald, one of the founders of the St.Valentine's Day Massacure, and my cousin, is an amazing person who works so VERY hard to organize this event every year! It is a family run fund raising event to benefit children with life threatening illnesses. Go check them out!!!!!!

So this year again I have the privileged of photographing this event and I'am so excited about it! I may be taking more breaks then I'm normally used to but that's o.k. I wouldn't miss it for the world! It's such an amazing, inspiring event and it makes me feel so good to be able to capture all those moments! I can't wait! So I will leave you with a picture from last year and check back for many new one's to come! Thank-you to everyone for your support!!!!

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Glad that things are getting figured out for you Chantelle! Sending good health and speedy recovery wishes for you :)