Well hello there!
It's been a while since we've posted and we thought we should fill everyone in on what's been happening at Balcones Frame since our move to Camden Lamar Heights.
August 2015 seems like eons ago and yesterday all at the same time.
Karen took leave last August to provide palliative home care for her husband, Mike, who, sadly, after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimers, passed away in November. She is slowly returning to work full-time but we want her to take as much personal time as she needs.
Sean has been sorting excess equipment and inventory from our warehouses and storage to consolidate from the move and getting our framing orders finished as best as he can amidst chaos.
We've been trying to work while being in three or four places at once.
And I, Jane, have been sick for the first time in my life. I just didn't know I was sick!
I've been having dizzy spells complete with falling and blurred vision since last summer-- the time we began our move.
My eye doctor said my vision was changing and gave me a new prescription for lenses but they never felt 100% right.
In mid-January I developed laryngitis, which I have had off and on my entire life, especially during allergy season. We all know how bad the cedar was this year. So I thought "this will pass".
My voice did not get better. I kept falling and my vision kept getting more and more blurry. I could not concentrate on anything.
Last February I began to develop edema in my feet, hands, and face.
I wanted not to take cortisone yet again, which is what my doctor always gives me for laryngitis, so I wouldn't go see my allergist because I felt like this was allergy related.
In late April, I began having trouble breathing and swallowing. My edema became much worse. I thought again, it was allergies.
Karen came over to work a few weeks ago. Thank goodness she did.
I was incoherently rambling & barely able to see or breathe at all. She said she was taking me to the emergency room.
I did not want to go, but her doing so saved my life. We had no idea but my thyroid was shutting down.
If you have any throat problems please have your thyroid levels checked. If you have any balance or vision problems, get complete blood work done INCLUDING YOUR THYROID LEVELS.
I am still not 100% recovered but we at least have a diagnosis and I'm on the mend.
My voice is still strange but I can TALK.
My eyes focus again and can read for short periods of time. I even added a column of numbers twice, correctly! Yay!
I am steadier on my feet and now that I know what's causing my dizziness, I use my cane for balance (along with Sean and Karen's elbows).
I swallow without sounding like a flock of ducks quacking.
I am slowly, slowly, losing the edema.
We are so grateful to Brackenridge ER for catching this. It is an awakening to go from never being sick to experiencing a full blown thyroid storm.
According to my doctors, this took months to develop and it won't be an overnight recovery.
The good news is they caught it.
We miss all of you. Contrary to what you may or may not have read on the "web"-- we are NOT "out of business." Ha! It will take more than one storm to shut us down.
In all this chaos, my job of being a good administrator and paying bills and keeping up with accounting got tossed aside.
Apparently if you don't pay your phone bill, they actually cut it off!
I am still behind on everything, but we are still here, we have jobs we're finishing and we will let you know what phone numbers we end up with when the dust settles.
In the meanwhile, our temporary phone number is 512-431-7730.
If we don't answer, leave a message. We are still by appointment only.
Much love and gratitude,