What I Have Been Up To Lately

posted on 21st of march, 2009

Some of you may have noticed I have not been around much lately and have not been uploading much the past several months. There is reasoning behind that. Since about November I had been having some problems with my foot that started to really hurt me to the point I had a hard time leaving the house or just driving any place to do photography. I had my good and my bad days. At first I thought it might have been hurting because my cats especially Oreo loves to sleep on my feet at night. In December I called the doctor's office up but they could not get me in for over a month. When they finally got me in they took some x-rays of my foot and saw that the foot was inflamed. I was given some medicine to help with the inflamed foot and was told to come back in a month. Well the meds made me constantly sick so I was pulled from them and was told to take Advil. I realized during the month before my next doctors visit my foot was actually popping every time I moved it. When I went back to the doctor they realized what was going on was I was having problem with my Tendons. I had an MRI done on my foot and they realized I had an extra muscle that was keeping my Tendons out of place. I was told I had to go in for surgery on my foot. This past week I had the surgery done on my foot. They removed the extra muscle and found out my Tendon was completely flat and was rolling over this extra muscle. Also the Tendon was inflamed so the doctor repaired the Tendon. For the next 2 weeks I am stuck in bed with my foot propped up and after the 2 weeks I still will have at least another month and a half to recover before I can go out and do photography again.

My husband did buy me Adobe Illustrator CS4 for my Mac so as soon as I start feeling better to the point that I can sit at my computer I will be starting to work on learning Illustrator. I already have several ideas that I want to do for some Illustrations. I'm really excited about the Illustrator.

At least I had my foot surgery done now instead of during the summer because my husband and I have several things we want to do during the summer. I want to go back to Yosemite since last summers trip was cut short do to my mom breaking her foot. I also want to go Horseback Riding in Big Sur and if I am healed up in time I want to go Whale Watching. All my plans involve photography.

I recently also did remove my Exclusive Photographer here on Dreamstime because I really enjoyed selling gifts in the past with my photographs on them and stopped when I became exclusive. I decided I wanted to do that again because many people have told me that they missed the items that I would sell and I really enjoyed knowing that people enjoyed those items that I created.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Comments (18)

Comment by Maigi on April 13, 2009

Get well soon, Susan! Best wishes!

Comment by Lifesazoo on April 06, 2009

Thanks Marilyn. :) I wish I had a garden to shoot and had easy access to get to one. I live in an upstairs apartment and can not walk up and down the stairs which makes it so I can not leave the apartment.

Quick update: I went back to the doctors and I thought I was going to be fitted for an air boot but it turns out they put me back in a cast for 3 more weeks so my foot could heal more. Hopefully in about 3 weeks I will get the air boot so I can try to start walking again.

Comment by Marilyngould on April 03, 2009

Hello Susan, Wishing you a speedy recovery! Perhaps if you need to keep off your foot -- but still have an urge to shoot something, set up in your garden on a chair, a tripod, and near some flowers to capture a few macro bug images! Best always, Marilyn

Comment by Lifesazoo on April 02, 2009


Quick update: I get the Stitches and the Cast taken off tomorrow but I will be fitted for a special Boot. I still will have to stay off my foot for the next month so hopefully I will be back to shooting photography in May.

Comment by Wildmac on April 02, 2009

I love your work and hope you get better soon. Best wishes :0)

Comment by Lifesazoo on March 25, 2009

thanks everyone for your well wishes :)

Comment by Sil63 on March 24, 2009

Wish you a prompt recovery! I really like your portfolio so I need to see more really soon :) Best wishes for everything!

Comment by Mayatairy on March 24, 2009

I wish you a full and quick recovery !
I hope you'll be up on your feet ASAP, doing those wonderful things you've mentioned.
Good luck with the Illustrator as well :-)

Comment by Karenkh on March 23, 2009

Take care! I hope you recover fast.

Comment by Linqong on March 23, 2009

Hope you feel better soon!
I hope to see your more works.

Comment by Eclecticelegance on March 23, 2009

Hope you recover soon! That is no fun!

Comment by Heathse on March 23, 2009

Keep a positive attitude and look after those feet, we ignore them until they hurt! I spent several months strapped up with tendon problems so I fully sympathise. Get well soon.

Comment by Cleaper on March 23, 2009

Hope you feel better soon!

Comment by Lifesazoo on March 21, 2009

Thanks Everyone! I'm taken it easy as possible at this moment. I go back on April 3rd for the stitches to come out and get put into a boot/cast.

Comment by Gmargittai on March 21, 2009

Hope you feel better. From the description of the way you were treated by the medical establishment it is clear you live in the US.

Comment by Rebeccaosborn on March 21, 2009

hope you are feeling back to normal soon. looking forward to seeing your new creations with illustrator! Take Care - rebecca

Comment by Fultonsphoto on March 21, 2009

Here is hoping you make a speedy recovery.

Comment by Picstudio on March 21, 2009

Hi, I am a big admirer of your work, please b careful with ur health, love to see more of ur work soon.

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Update November 17, 2010: Earlier this year I made a decision that I would not be selling my photos any more but would start removing my photos in November. I would like to thank everyone that has given me wonderful comments on my photos the past several years and to the the buyers that have bought my photos. I now will only be displaying my photos for show in a photography journal that I have created which you can find the link listed under my website. I've recently started going back to school for a degree in Zoology and trying to keep up with my stock photography and schooling ... [Read more]

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