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Checking In


Oh my! I have sure been missing in action. Preparing for the knee replacement surgery has taken up my time. I had to give up getting any quilts done for upcoming shows. What will be, will be. I have had too much pain and appointments and other stuff to tend to.

I have continued to do lots of hand stitching on this piece which will go to the SAQA annual auction. I think I can get it done.

Here is the progress of what I have been doing. Just some random big stitches to outline the center panel.


Added some more seed stitches and French Knots.


Added some orange French Knots.



It is easy to work on this as I sit here in my ergonomic chair, watching TV.

I finished Winnie the Pooh. I still have to knit the neckline and stitch it all together.



Part of what has taken up my time lately is the diagnosis of sleep apnea. I had to do a home test with things strapped to my body and head. Then, I had to go to the pulmonary lab and have blood drawn from an artery in my wrist to check Oxygen levels and I also had to do lots of breathing tests to check my lung function. My home test showed severe apnea so then, I had to go to the sleep study center and spend the night. I had so many wires attached to my body! It took 45 minutes to set it all up. I am still finding sticky goop in my hair! I slept with a CPAP breathing apparatus and it was great! I wanted to bring it home with me. But, I have to see the sleep Dr on Wednesday and then they will write up a prescription for me. They want me to use it for a few days before my surgery which is next Monday! I think the apnea has gotten worse since I have been immobile from the knee problem and have gained weight.

Today, I attended a class on what to expect at the hospital and post surgery. Tomorrow, I meet with the surgeon. I got myself a nice pedicure today and Friday, I am getting my hair cut and colored. Hopefully they will lat me until I get be out and about again.

I will try to check in again before Monday.

2 Responses to “Checking In”

  1. Sally Morris says:

    Wishing you great success and a speedy recovery. This is one of the longest spare parts operations to recover from so be patient. I’m 6 months in with mine, and still healing. But the severe pain is gone and I’m back up to 10,000 steps a day. You’ll do fine but do exactly as the PT says, and persist. It will all be better soon. Oh yes, my PT said using the machine foot pedal was excellent therapy. Isn’t that a great excuse for spending more “Me Time” at the machine? Never forget the 3 P’s: patience, pain, persistence.

  2. Mary Helen in OR says:

    You have been in my mind and heart. I have had your surgery date on my calendar for months so it is as though I could do the “count down” with you. I went to all the training and Dr appts with my Sis who lives with me and know what is facing you. Some knee wraps to hold an ice pack in place was helpful for her to help keep swelling down after surgery. I’m sure that you will have an amazing recovery. Your latest creation is wonderful. What thread are you using for the French knots? Hope to see the “whole thing” when you finish it. The Pooh sweater is amazing.
    Don’t fret about posting. Just take care.