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deviation in storage by daw294
Hi all, I don't know if anyone still keeps up with me here (DA isn't what it used to be, by far), but I thought I would just give a quick update to those of you who don't follow me elsewhere. Back in June, after my last journal entry, we went on vacation to the Alps, and during that time, my left leg suddenly became completely numb on the outside (skin layer), from the waist down, and burning/tingling on the inside (deep below skin layer), at the slightest touch. And my right leg became so weak I could barely lift it, and I couldn't clench my toes. It was a very good thing that I already had my cane with me during the trip (for the chronic plantar facsciitis in my foot), as I then desperately needed it to walk. I had no idea what was going on, and no way to really find out until I got home and could see my doc. After I got back, they ran all kinds of tests, did bloodwork, gave me an MRI and did a spinal tap, and they finally pinned it down to being MS. So needless to say, that diagnosis has pretty much flipped my life upside down, and even though I'm on meds for it now, my health has been going downhill, and I don't know if it will get any better, or keep going downhill. I did manage to get the feeling back in my left leg, and some strength back in my right one, but it's still weak, and I still need a crutch to walk anywhere, and I can't go very far before my legs just totally give out.

I'm also so extremely fatigued; I wake up exhausted, and even the slightest chore wipes me out, plus there's the chronic headaches, chronic insomnia, dizziness, chest pains, lower back pains (can't even bend over), knee/joint pains, hand tremors, painful spasticity, balance issues, depression, inability to focus/concentrate on/remember anything, and inability to find the right words I need to say when talking (so I usually prefer not to talk at all to anyone but my hubby, since he understands me even when I can't get the words out). And now, in the past few days, my right arm/hand--which is my drawing hand, btw--has gotten very weak and painful, burning and tingling at the slightest touch (even from hair and clothing lightly brushing against it), with shooting pains from my shoulder to my wrist, and severe "phantom itching" (deep under the skin where it can't be reached, and scratching doesn't help, since it's just damaged nerves misfiring) that keeps me awake all night, and also prevents me drawing or crafting anything. Even typing and holding objects is difficult. I don't know how long this symptom will go on, or if it's a temp thing...with MS, you can never tell. But anyway, all this (along with other pressing/stressful matters) are why I've been so quiet and unproductive lately, so please bear with me, as I really don't know when I'll be able to be creative again. :(

Take care,


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Xenia Eliassen
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art

Current Residence: Nannestad, Norway
deviantWEAR sizing preference: XL
Favourite genre of music: celtic, 60's-80's rock, classic/progrock, classic country, bluegrass, monk chants
Favourite photographer: my hubby and some others here on DA
Favourite style of art: photo-realism, stylized realism, surrealism, illustration, some toonish stuff (but not anime)
Operating System: Snow Leopard (on my iMac)
MP3 player of choice: ipod/iTunes/YouTube/Live365
Shell of choice: seashells, especially spiraled augers, scallops and sanddollars
Wallpaper of choice: Waverly and Laura Ashley brands
Skin of choice: feathers and fur, of course
Favourite cartoon character: Last Unicorn, Hazel & Fiver, Shishigami & Yakul, Haku, The Baron, Totoro & Catbus, FiM
Personal Quote: "I searched for my inner child...and found a puppy."

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Ynik-name Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank u so much for the watch
SmexyOryx Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Holy faves, Batman! Thank you so much Swan! :DI am a dummy! Heart Heart Heart 
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome, dear! <3 Glad to have found you here! :D 
WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Thanks very much for the watch!
parallel-pam Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015   Photographer
thanks for the :+fav:s :-)
MaresaSinclair Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
Thank you so much for the favourites! :heart:
EpHyGeNiA Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving ^_^
Leeanix Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Is the group crow conglomerate still active? Still waiting on approval on a deviation from over a week.
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm just a co-mod, and I check in there only sporadically, since I'm not on DA much anymore. If it has expired, just poke me with the link, and I'll resubmit it for you.
Leeanix Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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