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Big cheer-up post...

April 14th, 2012 (05:39 pm)

...in which I moan a bit, and then post lots of images (some of which are probably not work safe, one of which is very big, but none of which shows gall bladders or related wounds).

...

If there is such a thing as post-operation blues



I'd more or less convinced myself that the whole gall bladder thing was a big storm in a teacup, and that there was really nothing wrong with me, so I was surprised when the surgeon's sidekick told me that the operation had 'not been easy' because the gall bladder had been quite inflamed. He didn't know why I hadn't been in more pain -- he said that some people just have a high tolerance.

I'm pretty sure, though, that I'm not one of them!

Anyway, when they detatched the gall bladder from the liver, the liver started to ooze, so they put in a 'drain' -- a tube leading to a plastic bag -- to collect the blood. Unfortunately, although they did tell me about it when I woke up, they also told me that it meant I'd have to stay in hospital for a couple of days (when I'd been hoping to go home the same day), so the drain itself didn't really register, and when I went to the loo, having spent the whole afternoon soaring on a combination of morphine and oxygen (which I highly recommend), dreaming that Stanley the hamster was not only still alive but also in hospital, I accidentally tore it out.

There was a bit of a panic, and at one point it looked like I would need a scan, but by Monday morning it was clear that there was no infection or anything, so they let me come home.

That was two weeks ago, and I'm physically fine now, but I just can't settle. I keep trying to write, or draw, or watch DVDs, or even do some housework (which is always a last resort), but I'm too fed up to concentrate properly. And I start work again on Monday. Waaah :-(

I have made a few icons, some banners, and a map of Eryn Carantaur (though I intend to redraw that), and I've written a drabble for dmhgchallenge, but I've had to drop out of the Otter and Ferret Fest because the only plot I could think of was long, complex, and would have required a close re-reading of The Half-Blood Prince, and I really couldn't be arsed face it. (And, until this moment, I didn't think to watch the film and make the story movieverse!)

Plus... My beloved Vancouver Canucks, having won The President's Trophy last week (by finishing the season at the top of the league), are now 2-0 down to the lowly Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.

But that's the Canucks all over.

...

So, to cheer the place up a bit, here are some banners, the map (which needs a bit more tweaking, and some better labels), and some previously unposted icons.

Banners

The Time of the Orcs has Come A strange creature with telepathic powers takes Eowyn over; the duel in chapter 6 takes place mainly in her mind, so I decided to make that banner in Technicolor :-)

The time of the orcs has come

Smudges of green

The duel

The End


The Lady Vanishes During the Yuletide celebrations in Minas Tirith, Legolas and Eowyn investigate the disappearance of a young woman and uncover the villainy of a local crime lord.

The lady vanishes

Dressing the Yule Tree

Apologies and Insights

Disappointments

The Wedding

Unpleasant Business in Eryn Aras

The End


The Eowyn/Legolas Challenge

Eowyn/Legolas challenge

heart

broken

triangle


Huge Map of Eryn Carantaur
The river running from north to south west is the Anduin; the unnamed tower on its eastern bank is Minas Athrad, where The Time of the Orcs takes place. The Divor Rocks conceal a passage to and from the Underdark in Shadowland. The unnamed town on the southern edge of the Divor Rocks is where Legolas & Eowyn take little Melannen in Winter Magic. Newhome is where Arador's parents live. Doro Lanthron appears in several stories: the road from Doro Lanthron to Newhome is the setting for The Dead Forest; the road that runs into the squiggly line Mountains of Mordor is the setting for The Wise Woman of Eryn Carantaur. The Alevorn is a strange, unnatural lake that captures unfortunate passers by and drags them into shadow Middle-earth in Shadowland.

map


Icons

At least man_challenge is back!

Men
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16
13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20
17 18 19 20
Christmas
21 22 23 24
21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28
25 26 27 28
Miranda Otto
29 30 31 32
29 30 31 32
33 34 35 36
33 34 35 36
Eowyn
37 38 39 40
37 38 39 40
41 42 43 44
41 42 43 44
Legolas
45 46 47 48
45 46 47 48
49 50 51 52
49 50 51 52
53 54 55 56
53 54 55 56
57 58 59
57 58 59


Comments

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: April 14th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
If there is such a thing as post-operation blues

I feel you are totally entitled to claim post-op blues!

Some lovely colouring on those banners ( Apart from Haldir. I have a probably unjustified grouch against Haldir, his 5 o'clock shadow distressed me unduly. :-D )

I love the Eowyn wassail icon with the white stag particularly, it is a real mini-artwork!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 14th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: If there is such a thing as post-operation blues
eowyn_tiny

Haldir, his 5 o'clock shadow

Yes, and I've made it worse! (Haldir is a very manly elf altogether, with this barrel chest, but I quite like that ;-)

Thank you! I was proud of that icon because it involved grafting the head from one screencap onto the shoulders from another!

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: April 14th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: If there is such a thing as post-operation blues
Hmm 2

I think the 5 o'clock shadow is a sign that he is actually the love-child of Círdan - possibly with Galadriel... or possibly not!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 15th, 2012 08:02 am (UTC)
Re: If there is such a thing as post-operation blues
elves

Now there's a plot bunny... or not!

Posted by: gillo (gillo)
Posted at: April 14th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)

Some very pretty artwork.

You really have been through the mill. Look after yourself - this is a time when self-indulgence is not justified but mandatory!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 15th, 2012 08:03 am (UTC)
singin & dancin

Thank you!

Posted by: Ree (reetinkerbell)
Posted at: April 14th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
On My Way

That sounds scary! I'm glad there were no ill effects by your accidental pulling of the drain. I hope you are not in pain still.

And it looks as though you have been busy with art making. Very nice, as usual. :)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 15th, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
draco_beauty

Thank you.

It was an idiotic thing to do, because I found it, & thought, "I must be careful..." and then forgot about it again! And pain-wise I'm fine, though the painkillers actually made me ill for a while :-)

And thanks! If you ever want a banner...

Posted by: Ree (reetinkerbell)
Posted at: April 15th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
Art Nouveau - Alfons Mucha

For me, when I've been on doctor-prescribed painkillers, it was mostly afterwards that I felt ill, when I was pretty much detoxing. Of course, the first time I took such painkillers, I was sick-sick, so I probably wouldn't have noticed if the pills made me feel ill too.

Thank you for the offer. I've never considered it, mainly because I like things to be uniform, and that means I'd want a banner for every story I've ever written! LOL. So I'm a bit too insane. But thank you; I might take you up on it for a sort of LJ header banner for my writing community... But not now.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 16th, 2012 11:28 am (UTC)
dramione_turquoise

The codeine put me to sleep and the ibuprofen gave me {whispers} diarrhea. I can recommend the morphine, but that was just for the operation itself ;-)

Let me know if you want one. I did a very general one for sistermine which showed the two characters and just said 'an Eagle fanfic by sistermine'.

Posted by: Ree (reetinkerbell)
Posted at: April 16th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
Art Nouveau

Morphine is very good indeed! The pills I got made me sleep; honestly, I slept for two days straight the first time, just getting up to take more pills and allow my mother to force me to eat something. (I took three different types of pills, two painkillers, and the one that put me to sleep is called, in Swedish, Citodon. Not sure if that tells you anything though.)

That's a good idea. I will have to consider it, especially now when my icons are fewer and I don't have all the fandom icons I used to have for posting of my stories... But, I don't really write and post a lot so I don't know. But thank you again, it's very kind of you to offer. You enjoy making banners and icons huh? I wish I could just take the time to learn to make my own; I would love to be able to do some myself.

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: April 14th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
meep

Those banners are beautiful - I'm not sure I can pick a favourite - but Dressing the Yule Tree is got to be up there.

And you can, most certainly, have post-op blues - twenty years ago you'd have been in hospital for a fortnight and then spent at least the next six weeks convalescing!

The map is fascinating - I am going to study it properly when it isn't time I was in bed.

And the Otter and Ferret Fest is surely a pub? Or a tavern in Gondor somewhere...

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 15th, 2012 08:21 am (UTC)
dramione_turquoise

Thank you!

People keep telling me what a big deal it used to be, and I can well believe it because, even with the tiny keyholes, I couldn't sleep properly for a week as, every time I moved, the 'joins' pulled, and I can't sleep on my back. I was a bit grumpy, to say the least :-)

I'm pleased with the map so far. I always had a vague idea of where everything was, but when I came to draw the map it was hard to place some of them. There's another river (or two) that needs to go in -- the bubbling water from Doro Lanthron must come from a spring, and L & E follow a river to Melannen's home, and there's a river near Ma's factory... And I seem to remember Haldir taking a cold shower somewhere, in Season of Mists!

LOL, Otter and Ferret does sound like a pub! Unfortunately, none of the prompts I was given really spoke to me, and the best of them was set firmly at Hogwarts, and I tend to write stories set post-school.

Posted by: Missus Howard (syien_island)
Posted at: April 15th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)

Love your stuff! Happy you're still alive and kickin'!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 15th, 2012 08:22 am (UTC)
pair_kiss

Thank you :-)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 16th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
apocalypse

I've just recognised your icon!

No doubt you know who the mysterious cloaked figure is and why she(?) seems to be accompanied by two armless zombies(?). I presume she has something to do with the helicopter, and the migration of the zombies towards the big building?

And... I'm worried about Rick's sanity, but at least Daryl seems to be OK.

Posted by: Missus Howard (syien_island)
Posted at: April 16th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)

She's just a'wanderin', just her and her two armless, jawless companions.

It's going to be all about Rickatorship from here on.

Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: April 16th, 2012 06:34 am (UTC)

I'm glad you are on the road to recovery and I hope it's made you feel much better overall. Love the banners!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: April 16th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)

Thank you :-)

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