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 As a few of you know, I have lost both Saber and Links this year.  Needless to say it has not been a good year for me.  We lost Saber on 1-20-16 and Links on 3-10-16.  I can't say it was easier on either of them but I can say that loosing Links has hit me harder.  With Saber, we all knew that it was coming soon.  His age was guessed to be around 21 years old and he had many health issues and I was pretty much acting as his in home hospice nurse.  We even had our own IV bag set up for his weekly SQ fluids.  So for Saber I was able to prepare myself for what was to come and at least have a bit of time to say my goodbyes.  For Links, on the other hand, I did not have any warning or time to say goodbye at all.  He passed suddenly and from 1 of 2 possible conditions that even with monthly bloodwork and x-rays would not have been able to diagnose.  My only saving grace with the passing of Links is that I was home for it and able to comfort him to an extent.  I do not want to go into details as to what all happened, I do not mind sharing the details through private message but I can honestly say it was very traumatic for everyone involved.  I can say that everything that could be done to save him was done, I preformed CPR and was able to get him back for a few seconds before he passed.  I held him in my lap through the entire episode and within less than 2 minutes from the start of the seizure he was gone.  After getting in touch with one of my Dr's at work he told me that he would meet me at the clinic.  My fiance and siter-in-law brought me there and I had a group of my co-workers waiting for me (mind you this is all after hours and everyone had went home for the evening).  My Dr even broke out his Ocarina and played The Song of Time for us.  I even have this on video, one of the most touching things that they could have ever done for me.  I can honestly say that this memory still haunts me and flashbacks are still fairly common, so sometimes I have a hard time with scenarios at work or even when I am seeing a patient that looks a lot like him.  I would have completely lost my mind if it wasn't for my fiance who has been there for me for every flash back and panic attack that I have had since this as well as my amazing support staff at work.  So needless to say there will be another tribute tattoo coming soon for Links, tho I have not finalized a design or location as of yet.  My girls have also been different since loosing both of their brothers.  Mya has taken on Links' favorite nighttime tradition of his "lost meow" as I called it, so I still get my nightly reminder that I have to remind my furry children that we are there and they are not lost, lol.  Sierra has become very clingy since loosing them, she loved to curl up with Links and now has to follow me pretty much everywhere I go.  She is fairly clingy to begin with but even this level of attachment is new for her.  Marshmallow has become more attached as well, especially with Sierra.  The two of them pretty much HAVE to sleep with each other now. 

And all of this is on top of me dealing with 2 grandparents that are battling inoperable cancer.  My grandad is in stage 2 pancreatic cancer and we know that it will not be operable at any point due to his overall health and the only way to rid of that cancer is full removal.  My granny is battling an aggressive form of breast cancer and we have to shrink the mass before she can undergo surgery to remove the entire breast.  Operation for my granny is almost certain that we can attain this goal.  So all in all my year has been a bit of a downward spiral, one of the few things that has kept my head up is that I am also planning our wedding for the end of October.  This has at least helped me keep my mind on something positive during all of this loss and stress that has been thrown my way. 
  • Listening to: the wind outside
  • Reading: inferno by dan brown
  • Watching: nothign
  • Playing: dishonored
  • Eating: nada
  • Drinking: water
Links by dlphneek
Links
one of the best facial images i have of him
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tribute for saber by dlphneek
tribute for saber
this is the tattoo down my right side and the one that means the most to me.   I always carried him on my right hip everywhere we went, these are his actual paw prints for all 4 feet.  i will be getting another soon for Links as well
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 As a few of you know, I have lost both Saber and Links this year.  Needless to say it has not been a good year for me.  We lost Saber on 1-20-16 and Links on 3-10-16.  I can't say it was easier on either of them but I can say that loosing Links has hit me harder.  With Saber, we all knew that it was coming soon.  His age was guessed to be around 21 years old and he had many health issues and I was pretty much acting as his in home hospice nurse.  We even had our own IV bag set up for his weekly SQ fluids.  So for Saber I was able to prepare myself for what was to come and at least have a bit of time to say my goodbyes.  For Links, on the other hand, I did not have any warning or time to say goodbye at all.  He passed suddenly and from 1 of 2 possible conditions that even with monthly bloodwork and x-rays would not have been able to diagnose.  My only saving grace with the passing of Links is that I was home for it and able to comfort him to an extent.  I do not want to go into details as to what all happened, I do not mind sharing the details through private message but I can honestly say it was very traumatic for everyone involved.  I can say that everything that could be done to save him was done, I preformed CPR and was able to get him back for a few seconds before he passed.  I held him in my lap through the entire episode and within less than 2 minutes from the start of the seizure he was gone.  After getting in touch with one of my Dr's at work he told me that he would meet me at the clinic.  My fiance and siter-in-law brought me there and I had a group of my co-workers waiting for me (mind you this is all after hours and everyone had went home for the evening).  My Dr even broke out his Ocarina and played The Song of Time for us.  I even have this on video, one of the most touching things that they could have ever done for me.  I can honestly say that this memory still haunts me and flashbacks are still fairly common, so sometimes I have a hard time with scenarios at work or even when I am seeing a patient that looks a lot like him.  I would have completely lost my mind if it wasn't for my fiance who has been there for me for every flash back and panic attack that I have had since this as well as my amazing support staff at work.  So needless to say there will be another tribute tattoo coming soon for Links, tho I have not finalized a design or location as of yet.  My girls have also been different since loosing both of their brothers.  Mya has taken on Links' favorite nighttime tradition of his "lost meow" as I called it, so I still get my nightly reminder that I have to remind my furry children that we are there and they are not lost, lol.  Sierra has become very clingy since loosing them, she loved to curl up with Links and now has to follow me pretty much everywhere I go.  She is fairly clingy to begin with but even this level of attachment is new for her.  Marshmallow has become more attached as well, especially with Sierra.  The two of them pretty much HAVE to sleep with each other now. 

And all of this is on top of me dealing with 2 grandparents that are battling inoperable cancer.  My grandad is in stage 2 pancreatic cancer and we know that it will not be operable at any point due to his overall health and the only way to rid of that cancer is full removal.  My granny is battling an aggressive form of breast cancer and we have to shrink the mass before she can undergo surgery to remove the entire breast.  Operation for my granny is almost certain that we can attain this goal.  So all in all my year has been a bit of a downward spiral, one of the few things that has kept my head up is that I am also planning our wedding for the end of October.  This has at least helped me keep my mind on something positive during all of this loss and stress that has been thrown my way. 
  • Listening to: the wind outside
  • Reading: inferno by dan brown
  • Watching: nothign
  • Playing: dishonored
  • Eating: nada
  • Drinking: water

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I am an animal activist, veterinary technician, vegetarian, Wiccan, mommy to many furry children and other species and all around art lover. I love my camera as well and a good graphite/chalk art and coloring books. I do not draw much and when I do it is not for realism, I draw according to my mood and it comes out as more of an expression than anything in the world.

I have recently become more interested in cosplays so I will be trying a few out within the next few years and test my hand eventually at sewing my own original piece. I will be getting some practice in on this while doing alterations and such for items for my wedding (Doctor Who/Steampunk).

I am also an avid runner, I wasn't always able to run due to health issues and now that I am back into the swing of it I have competed twice and have my next challenge in a few weeks. I would have competed more but within the last year and have been in hospitalized, in a car wreck, sport related injury, 2 rounds of physical therapy and battled the flu. So needless to say I have had many obstacles in order to get back into my normal running routine.

I do practice photography on the side as well but not as often and what I was once able to. With my career and training that I am going through I do not have as much time to play with my camera, but I don't mind since my company is paying for my classes for my certifications. I will upload things randomly and I will not be uploading as much or as wide of a variety as what I have in the past. I have found it to be very common for some users here to post very inappropriate comments on images and I have quite frankly become tired of this childish act and no longer wish to feed images into that kind of behavior. So there will not be as much how shall I say this......"alternative" images or suggestive images posted through my account. I do still ask for PROFESSIONAL COMMENTS ONLY, but I have come to not expect this in the least.

If anyone here wishes to get to know me more then please feel free to send me a message. I am pretty much an open book and will answer most anything but I will not put up with suggestive or vulgar messages at all. Please tread lightly if you intend to send anything of that nature to me.
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Zero-G-Raven Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, sorry I'm late with this! D: But Happy Birthday! :D :dance: :party: :airborne: :cake: I hope you had a good one and I hope everything is well! :aww:
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dlphneek Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
no worries girl!!!!!!  birthday was crazy...not in a good way but it ended well!!!!  i will pm you soon, gotta leave here in just a few to get back to work
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Zero-G-Raven Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw that sucks ^^; At least it ended well :) Did you get anything cool?
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byzho Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Artist
Happy Birthday! Have your cake and eat it too
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dlphneek Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!!!!
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itsmyccrets Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Erika, I hope you have an AMAZING Birthday!!!
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dlphneek Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!!!!!  it was a crazy day at work but the evening was nice and quiet
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Zero-G-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so sorry, I kept forgetting to thank you for all the favs. ^^; I apologize! Thank you very much! It means a lot to me! :D
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dlphneek Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem chicka!!!!! 
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Zero-G-Raven Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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