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It’s A New Day

Mingus sunrise 7-23-18. SMD
Mingus sunrise 7-23-18. SMD

Three hours. Two and a half days. 5 insertion points & 8 bruises on my stomach, (the size of a quarter). A huge bandage on my neck until tomorrow. And a ghastly bruise on my wrist. More physicians and nurses than I could keep track of. I had my own room, nice. To say that I received excellent treatment is an understatement.

My Mom told me that when the surgeon came out to tell her how it went, she was smiling, and a little teary eyed. Everything went perfect. They considered sending me home the day after surgery, but just to be sure, kept me one more night. I left the hospital at about 11 am on the third day.

I am putting all this in because I have a friend who has two family members who are interested in the details.

I have had almost no pain. Very little. The most painful, was my throat, from having the tube put in. But that was gone by the evening. A little soreness. when I woke up, but nothing that required meds. I was on pain medication, but I did not feel the need for more. Later that afternoon, I just felt yucky in my stomach. Just aware of my stomach. Not what I could really call pain. Sort of like stomach cramps. Just enough to make you aware of that body part.

I don’t have stitches and no bandages. So guessing they glued the incisions. I am eating fine. LOL. Slurping is more like it. I can have non-caffeine tea or coffee. I don’t drink coffee without creme and sugar, so tea for me. Clear broth, and sugar-free Jello. The first day I did not really taste, it was bland to be honest. But the second meal, my taste buds were back, and everything actually tasted very good.

I am not craving anything. I am not feeling hungry or deprived. I thought I was going to be eating thimble-sized portions. But they gave me a good sized bowl of broth, A full mug of tea, and a whole Jello cup. Yum! I love Jello.

I can have as much water as I want. They wanted me to drink four bottles before they would release me. I did that by the first night. I got to 11 bottles by the time I left. I told them, I have a 64 oz. bottle that I drink from at home. And I do four or five of those a day. (14 hours). That was one of their main concerns, dehydration. They want you to drink at least 64 oz. a day.

After the Post-Op class (We had one before surgery as well, 3 hours.) I will go to soft foods. Soft cooked veggies, soft fruits, healthy proteins. That will be for 60 days. There is a specific list. But i can have eggs every day if I want. Yum. Oh and no lifting over ten pounds for 8 weeks. I am continuing the meds I take regularly. But I can not take supplements until they clear it. I am guessing that is because they can not be sure of all the ingredients, and the reactions they may cause.

I had to walk about every two hours. To prevent blood clots. One of the women that was doing the charts couldn’t believe how fast I was doing laps. She told her co-worker, “Either she is really fast, or I am really slow at charting.” How funny. But I could tell I was walking faster. The first time a nurse walked with me, and they had me use a walker. But after that, I was fine on my own, even having to drag an O2 tank behind me. WOW! I did four and then five laps. All without struggling to breathe!! NO coughing!!!

I use a Spirometer about ten times an hour. From WebMD: When you empty out and refill the air in your lungs, you get rid of fluid and germs that can lead to an infection. You also exercise your lungs, so that they’re able to put more oxygen into your body. That helps you to heal and avoid lung infections.

I am not getting the marker to 500 (lowest), but I can already feel like I am breathing deeper. When they wanted to listen to my heart, I was actually able to take five or six deep breaths without coughing each time. WOWzers!

I was so happy to wake up and not find myself in ICU. When I had my gall bladder removed, I had complications, due to the Lupus I am sure. I spent two weeks in the hospital, the first was in ICU. Thank you Lord!

I even felt fine enough to run a couple of errands on the way home. (What? Are you serious!) Mom had to drive. I can drive after five days. Not bad at all.

This short video shows the procedure. It is the first one. Roux-en-Y (roo-en-wy) gastric bypass. I did not have staples, mine were hand tied. She removed the top part of my stomach, as it is not working efficiently. The acid from my stomach will never back up into my esophagus again.

This song came to mind on the way home from the hospital. Still more work to be done. But this is one giant step forward. Huge. HUGE.

Saying thank you seems so little an offering. I am so thankful for your prayers, kind words, and good vibes. It all matters. There is power in all of those things. When I woke up I thanked God for taking such good care of me. And I was in tears. And I thought of you, all of you who were thinking of me. Tearing up now. So very grateful.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude
of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
– Albert Schweitzer

“Such lovely warmth of thought
and delicacy of colour are beyond all praise,
and equally beyond all thanks!”
– Marie Corelli

Mingus Musing


Sunrise Pops. SMD 2019

Sunrise Pops. SMD 2019


Just Another Mingus Day. SMD 2019

Just Another Mingus Day. SMD 2019


Serenity. SMD 2019

Serenity. SMD 2019


Storm's End. SMD 2019

Storm’s End. SMD 2019


Weather is giving us spectacular views. I have art to post, a couple of pieces. They need to be scanned though, so I thought I’d share these views I have hoarded. Roughly a week’s worth.

I mentioned before the Liberate Your Art postcard exchange has been cancelled this year. Kat Sloma does such a fabulous job of hosting the swap. Life has other wonderful plans for Kat, and the time intensive event had to be crossed of her to do list.

I plan to send out cards to those of you that swapped with me last year. I have about 25 on the list. There is no obligation for anyone to swap with me in return. If you think you would like to, contact me by email, or here in a comment.

I thought it would be fun to send a card to Kat as well, and decorate the envelope as we often do for her. Should be a nice surprise don’t you think.

Jacinta Moore posted on Instagram that she would like to swap this year, and a MINILYA has begun. Reach out to her if you would like to add your name. Someone asked if they could be handmade cards. I think that would be a fun change to include both handmade, and printed cards.

I am thinking of sending my cards out mid to late March. They will be printed. I send cards out to family and friends, and internet friends that don’t take part in LYA. Too many to make by hand at once.

Looking forward to hearing what you think!

Happy day to you!








#WorldWatercolorMonth #24 – #27


#24 WWM. 4 x 5 in. watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

#24 WWM. 4 x 5 in. watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.


#25 WWM. 4 x 5 in. watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

#25 WWM. 4 x 5 in. watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

The sky in these first two is Winsor & Newton Professional watercolor Cerulean Blue, Series 3. This is the Cerulean I placed in my revamped sketch box. I’m not liking this blue. It seems dull, and a little sad. Maybe it was just me sad, that this color was not the vibrant color I had used on all my Mingus skies.

You might not see a difference here. The fact that there is so much white in the sky, is a sign of how well, it does NOT scan. I scanned these three times. And then spent time in Photoshop trying to get the sky blue to show true.  On the paintings, there is very little white in the sky


#26 WWM. 4 x 5 in. watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

#26 WWM. 4 x 5 in. watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

There’s blue sky! Another difference I can see now, is that the Cerulean in the first two, is more sedimentary. You can see the texture of the paper more, because the paint has settled in the valleys. Here, the skies are smooth and clean. And BLUE.


#27 WWM. 4 x 5 in. watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.

#27 WWM. 4 x 5 in. watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb. cold pressed paper. © 2018 Sheila Delgado.


#WorldWatercolorMonth Calendar

This month has flown by. I am so glad I did not pass up the opportunity to continue daily painting. Painting in a journal made it so much less intimidating. These were “quick” sketches, not full paintings.

I know for a fact, that I will not paint daily next month. My to-do list needs attention before the September 30 in 30 challenge. I do have a few in mind though, that I want to get done. Anyone else planning on doing the September challenge?


I shared this sunrise on Instagram, some of you have already seen it. WOW! It just knocked my socks off again. Ha-ha. I took way too many shots of this. And the first one was the best. How lucky was that.

Enjoy your day! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Mingus sunrise 7-23-18. SMD

Mingus sunrise 7-23-18. SMD