The reason for the new level of tiredness is that I have Whooping Cough. This was picked up in a blood test and nasal swab that my GP sent me to have last Friday.
The results of blood tests that I'd had done earlier in the week showed that my white blood cell count was low so I needed more tests to find out why.
There could still be other things going on. That's the problem with having had cancer in the past, there are so many things that can come back to bite you later on. Stress also has a big part to play.
I had my annual cancer scans yesterday and get the results of them tomorrow. Hopefully nothing bad.
So, Whooping Cough. Without the cough. Without any noticeable rise in temperature or any other symptoms.
At least there is a reason for the tiredness and a pill to treat it - antibiotics for two weeks and one week off work.
Due to the week off work, expect to see a lot of tangling on this blog.
The Diva Challenge
This week we were given the new tangle Gourdgeous. I'd seen this in an email from Rick and Maria but had not been tempted to try it. Like other Tanglers (hello Yorkshire Tortoise), the realism of the tangle doesn't appeal to me as much as the more abstract tangles. Still, I gave it a shot.
Here's my first attempt, a black page taken from a sketch book.
The tile has Gourdgeous, Keeko and a tangellation of Zander. The Zander tangellation is something you will see Shelley Beauchamp use quite a lot. Check out her blog and her new book.
My next tile is my favourite. I thought I'd let myself go a bit with the tangle and found that I quite like the fluidity of the shape.
This tile features Gourdgeous, Meer, Shattuck and Golven. I used chalk-pastels to add colour to the tile. This is a technique and tool that I've recently started playing with. The pastels blend very well and I have a lot of control, more so than with the water colour pencils I've used in the past.
My last tile is simple. It features Gourdgeous and Yah, with chalk-pastel shading.
And to finish ...
Here's some ZIA that I made recently. The object is about 30cm or 12 inches tall.
This was the first time I've drawn on a 3D bumpy surface. Not easy. I am very pleased with the results.
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