Yep, still here

Categories Blog

So apparently getting a lower wisdom tooth out is a really good way to lose an entire week. I had an upper wisdom tooth removed in December and while it was sore for a few days it wasn’t too bad, so I was expecting the lower one to be similar.

Wrong, very, very wrong!

I was well and truly knocked for six by this one. The tooth was only partly erupted so it was a much more difficult extraction, which resulted in stitches and a great deal of bruising and swelling. Then the next day, I had a bad reaction to codeine – it turns out that opiate-based drugs are not my friend because they make me panic, pace relentlessly and cry uncontrollably. I didn’t need to go to hospital or anything but I could definitely have done without it.

Unfortunately, it’s been over a week since I had the tooth out and I’m still in quite a bit of pain – it’s extremely likely that I’ve had a condition called Dry Socket where the jaw gets inflamed, I’ve certainly had all the symptoms. I think it is getting better because the pain is definitely a lot more bearable than a couple of days ago but if it’s not right by Monday, I’ll go and get it checked at the clinic. In retrospect, I should have gone back to the Dental Hospital in the middle of the week and I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t: I think I was just on so many painkillers that my mind was foggy and doing anything at all felt almost impossible.

Still, in between heroic doses of non-opiate painkillers, I managed to finish updating The Diary Project. Yep, all 365 envelopes have finally been scanned, uploaded and blogged – now I just have to work out why the set over on Flickr is mysteriously missing 6 envelopes. Oh and there’s also the small matter of organising an exhibition for the project but I’m not even starting on that until I get back from Australia.

Speaking of Australia, here’s my schedule:

Evening of 28th February – Arrive in Sydney
28th – 2nd March – Staying in Manley and exploring Sydney
2nd – 7th March – Kiama
8th/9th March – wedding
10th – 20th – in Sydney, Manley and Blue Mountain area, possibly fitting in a quick visit to Melbourne if I have the energy
Evening of 20th March – fly home

If you’re a reader who lives in any of those areas and you want to meet up for tea, cake and art chat, email or comment and we’ll arrange something.

I have other stuff to blog about but right now I need to go and take more painkillers and sleep. In the meantime, here’s a photograph that I took on my one of my very few trips out of the house this week…

Kirsty Hall: Photograph of trees reflected in a bus stop during a clear winter sunset
Kirsty Hall: Trees reflected in a bus stop during a clear winter sunset

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

8 thoughts on “Yep, still here

  1. Hi Kristy,
    I hope you have a lovely trip to Australia and the flight isn’t too bad. I’m a subscriber to your blog from the USA who has just reccently moved to Sydney. I’d offer to show you around, but I’m afriad I’m still learning myself. :) If you need anything while you are here or have any questions, I’d be more than happy to help.

    The beaches are beautiful and the weather is good, though we have had some big rains blow through. In Sydney itself, give yourself plenty of time for the botanical garden (and be sure to take a bottle of water, sunscreen and a hat in addition to your sketchbook). The gardens are huge, especially if you stop to see the flowers. If you go to the zoo, take the tram ride (like a ski lift) as it offers a great view of Sydney. In Manly where you are staying -try the ice cream at the wharf. :)

    Cheers and have safe travels.
    ~Julie

    [Reply]

  2. Hope your mouth has healed & is pain-free in time for your Australia trip – have a great time.

    Enjoying your blog a great deal after arriving upon it by chance (via a mention on someone else’s), I especially love the Diary Project, which is a wonderful idea & an inspiration too.

    [Reply]

  3. Hope your mouth has healed & is pain-free in time for your Australia trip – have a great time.

    Enjoying your blog a great deal after arriving upon it by chance (via a mention on someone else’s), I especially love the Diary Project, which is a wonderful idea & an inspiration too.

    [Reply]

  4. Kirsty – sorry to hear about the tooth – that’s really not what you need just before you travel. I hope you’re feeling better by now.

    You may not be aware of my second blog “Travels with a Sketchbook in….. but I’ve started posting about my trip to Australia 11 years ago and my blog posts are loaded with links which might be useful to you – and it also means hopefully they’ll be accessible to you while in Sydney

    Top 5 recommendations:
    1) get a window seat on the left (I think) and hence get a great view of the plane coming into land over the top of Sydney – see last Friday’s post for the view
    2) do a Coffee Cruise with the ferries around the harbour – they take you out to the heads and back and you get great views of the whole of the harbour
    3) walk around the perimeter of the Botanic Gardens and take great photos of the Opera house and bridge
    4) visit the New South Wales Art Gallery – see if you can see their Whistler collection
    5) eat fish and chips on Balmoral Beach
    …and try and visit the Darling Harbour fish market – that’s the one I missed out on due to minding a sleepy 3 year old in the car!

    [Reply]

  5. Kirsty – sorry to hear about the tooth – that’s really not what you need just before you travel. I hope you’re feeling better by now.

    You may not be aware of my second blog “Travels with a Sketchbook in….. but I’ve started posting about my trip to Australia 11 years ago and my blog posts are loaded with links which might be useful to you – and it also means hopefully they’ll be accessible to you while in Sydney

    Top 5 recommendations:
    1) get a window seat on the left (I think) and hence get a great view of the plane coming into land over the top of Sydney – see last Friday’s post for the view
    2) do a Coffee Cruise with the ferries around the harbour – they take you out to the heads and back and you get great views of the whole of the harbour
    3) walk around the perimeter of the Botanic Gardens and take great photos of the Opera house and bridge
    4) visit the New South Wales Art Gallery – see if you can see their Whistler collection
    5) eat fish and chips on Balmoral Beach
    …and try and visit the Darling Harbour fish market – that’s the one I missed out on due to minding a sleepy 3 year old in the car!

    [Reply]

  6. Hi Kristy,
    I hope you have a lovely trip to Australia and the flight isn't too bad. I'm a subscriber to your blog from the USA who has just reccently moved to Sydney. I'd offer to show you around, but I'm afriad I'm still learning myself. :) If you need anything while you are here or have any questions, I'd be more than happy to help.

    The beaches are beautiful and the weather is good, though we have had some big rains blow through. In Sydney itself, give yourself plenty of time for the botanical garden (and be sure to take a bottle of water, sunscreen and a hat in addition to your sketchbook). The gardens are huge, especially if you stop to see the flowers. If you go to the zoo, take the tram ride (like a ski lift) as it offers a great view of Sydney. In Manly where you are staying -try the ice cream at the wharf. :)

    Cheers and have safe travels.
    ~Julie

    [Reply]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *