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About Traditional Art / Hobbyist Melanie C.Female/United States Groups :icon52weekproject: 52weekproject
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From Sunset by shortpinay
From Sunset
It's over, isn't it?

Posted a time-lapse of the work in progress on my Instagram (shortpinay_).
Watercolors, masking fluid, Copic multiliner.
Pokmon Go by shortpinay
Pokmon Go
I got some details horribly wrong, but this is my girl.

There's a Pokestop across my house that was crackin' earlier today, cars were stopping and kids were sitting around the trees.. I was.. One of them.. :'D
Grounded by shortpinay
Give her wings when she wants to fly..

Let her use them..
Hi everyone, sigh! Life's been a rollercoaster lately and I know I completely left with a cliffhanger with my last journal entry.. First of all I just want to apologize for not updating.. You guys really mean a ton to me and that was the least I could have done. So here's an update-- sit tight, and I'll do my best to sum up everything without putting you to sleep :(

The history is this: I've had a chronic wrist sprain since early 2008, and it's been gradually getting worse. I went through physical therapy for a year with no improvement, and just decided to live with it because it wasn't too unbearable as long as I didn't strain it. Drawing and painting was doable, but as the years went on, the pain started to surface sooner into my drawing sessions (eventually I'd only last 10 minutes drawing/painting before feeling pain). So I slowed down on art and just studied, ultimately working toward my bachelors degree a couple years ago.

Early last year, I found out I got into a post-grad program and they required a physical to be done, so while I was at my doctor's, I brought up my wrist. I had an appointment with a specialist, had an MRI done (where a doctor completely annihilated my wrist during injection and the pain was so bad and frequent I had to buy a wrist splint to wear for work, which I've never needed before), and awaited the results.

The result showed a cluster cyst wrapped around the radial artery in my right wrist, and the doctor asked me if I wanted to proceed with surgery, to which I was excited to finally find a treatment and agreed. After a month or so of waiting for the procedure (the surgeon apparently went on vacation for a whole month), I was finally in a hospital bed, IV'd up and everything, minutes away from being rolled into the procedure room. The same doctor (who was also the surgeon) approached me:

Dr: Where do you feel pain?
Me: Here (points to back of wrist)

She proceeded to tell me that my pain was not located near my cysts and that there was a risk of damaging my radial artery if there were any complications during surgery (the risks I already knew), and that because my pain was far from the cysts, the surgery would probably not relieve the pain I was experiencing. That was something I didn't know. She then asked if I was still willing to do the procedure. 

The thought in my head: Are you kidding me? You couldn't have told me this before? I waited a whole month for this surgery when I could have been getting a second opinion and possibly treatment elsewhere? Side note: I was on a time crunch. My post-grad program (halfway across the country) was starting soon and I needed all the time I could for recovery if a surgery was necessary.

I declined the procedure, and was prescribed pain meds, which did not work.

I was pretty upset after that.. I thought my wrist was getting fixed and I guess I was just really disappointed and ashamed. I couldn't quite bring myself to update, and I didn't know what to say. Things got even more hectic as the year went on, and I just lost track of my art side.

So here I am now, a year later and my wrist is still the same. I'm on my "last summer break" before school resumes and the working world hits again, so I started to paint while I can. I still feel pain when I draw for too long but.. for now it's worth it.. My wrist won't kill me, I'll get it fixed one day, I just need to be patient during the processes again. I was just reminded of the joys of painting and drawing when I sat down to paint with my little sisters at home this past week. I look back at my old drawings and journals and wonder how I was so positive-- Who knew I'd be motivating my future self? haha!

Sorry, I said this would be short but instead it's a whole novel long!

TL;DR: Due to apparent miscommunication, the surgery was canceled and my chronic wrist sprain has since been left untreated. 

Thanks to everyone who has wished me well, and who has stuck by me until now! You're all the best!! I've been painting a bit lately and I'll post some of it up.



Melanie C.
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
Go and draw FEARLESSLY : )

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jesregino Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  New Deviant
I love your art is so awesome🤘🏼
dragoinrase Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
It's good to see you back here! I started following you back when you were halfway through your 365 project and I'm glad that you're alright. I'm sorry about your wrist but I do hope that it will get better some day. Your art is amazing and I find myself coming back here every couple of weeks to go through it all. I hope that your life is going in a direction you want it to be, and I wish you the best. 
JackieHella Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is amazing! And your style is gorgeous! You inspire me, thank you
mellothecaro Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your art!! Really motivates me to do better!! ^^
MokaTheArtisticVamp Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you draw beautifully! I love pretty much every single post on here! My gawd you're good
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