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Friday, July 8, 2011

Feeling better and some stitching updates!!



 Now that I am out of my drug induced stupor  which might have allowed me to post things that shouldn't necessarily be out there in the world, I think it's safe for me to re-enter the blogging world!  Then again, the drugs would have given me a perfect excuse to say whatever popped into my head and you all wouldn't have held it against me because I was on some very strong painkillers.  Darn!  Missed a good opportunity once again.

My surgery went well. The nerve block that was supposed to allow me to wake up from surgery with no pain however, did not work!  I never wake up from anesthesia well and I'm told this was no exception.  I woke up in  a lot of pain and they were not prepared for that.  Luckily, Dan had filled the prescription for pain meds already and they were able to get me comfortable fairly quickly.  Surgery was at 1 and we got home about 6:30 that evening.  Later than they anticipated and I think they were happy to see me go.

Recovery has not been too terrible.  Yes there was/is pain but with the meds it is tolerable.  I think the complete and utter boredom is worse than the pain.  One can only do so much from a seated position and crutching it isn't working so well.  My left hip does not like bearing all my considerable weight so I am pretty much stuck in my recliner chair all day long with the exception of  those times when I transfer to the rolling chair and roll around in the kitchen.  Everything I do is a process that has to be thought out because the last thing I need is to fall and break a hip or tear the sutures holding the tendon together.  It really makes you appreciate the little things in life.  Like washing your bum.  Hard to do when seated.  Nuff said.

 I also apparently act out my dreams as I found out the other night.  My dear dear wonderful husband had installed a plastic spider in the ceiling vent of Amy's room and she discovered it before going to bed the other night.  Amy and I both have an irrational fear of spiders.  Just talking about them can bring on a nightmare.  And that night I had one where the floor was covered with the little buggers and I was stomping on them.  With.my.right.foot.  The foot that had surgery.  As I was stomping in my dream I was also stomping with my leg IRL.  Can we say OUCH!!  Even though I wasn't stomping on the actual floor just the action was enough to cause considerable pain.  I cursed the man a blue streak once the pain subsided and if parts of his body should happen to fall off in the next little while...he deserves it.

I go back to the Dr. on Monday and I think they take the splint off and cast the leg at that point.  I'm hoping to get the green light to go back to work at this time also.  Won't be able to do a ton of framing but I'm sure I can do some things.  I miss the shop and all the people.

I'm getting some stitching done but not as much as one might expect.  The first week I couldn't see well enough to focus on the stitching.  Good drugs will do that to you. LOL!!  I'm doing better this week but I gotta say, after 6 hours I'm pretty much tired of it and want to do something else.  Never the less progress is being made.  I stitched up this Blackbird design from their book A Stitcher's Journey and will mount it on a wood pedestal base.
                                         

                                         
And I've stitched on Tuscan Rose too.  Finished all that back stitchy crap for now and am happy to see the end of it.  For now.  There's another band of it further down.  I had to frog some last night so I didn't get as far as I wanted to.  Rotten frog. I don't think he should visit people who are recovering from surgery.  Do you hear that Frog!  I don't need any more stinking visits from you!!!  Go see Doreen or Connie!!   Sorry girls.  I had to send him somewhere.  Forgive me?

                                       

                                       
Before surgery, I finished up these two cuties for a customer.  This was my first time using this particular   finishing technique.  It's not a flat fold, it uses an acrylic stand and I really like how it turns out.  The customer did too and now she wants to finish the series.  




I could go on and on today but most likely you have tuned out by now.  I'll have to post again sooner than normal so I can get it all out.  I have kitchen pictures and more stitching pictures and on and on.  Anyway,

Take care till next time!

Julie


 

20 comments:

Teresa said...

Glad you are starting in the mend and getting off the drugs. Nice stitching. Glad my name isn't Connie or Doreen, I don't need any help from the frog.
Take care,
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Doreen said...

Well, that explains it. I've been working on the cat, and I've had no mistakes. Just cruising right along. Then the other day, the first time I stitched in almost two weeks, I had time to do one skein, about 50 stitches. The next night, I had to rip it all out. I was off by one stitch, and it couldn't be fudged. So now I know who to blame... Julie, Julie, Julie, shame, shame, shame....

Connie - beware - her words have power!

Dianne said...

your tuscan rose is beautiful! love it!

Joyce said...

Love your blog and I hope that you start feeling a lot better. Your stitching is beautiful...

Mouse said...

glad to hear you are doing well after the surgery but please don't run before you can walk re going back to work even if you do miss it :) love your progress and sorry about the frogs too :) love mouse xxxx

Nancy said...

Glad you are on the mend now and able to stitch! Love all your projects!

Gabi said...

Glad to hear that your doing better.
Love your stitching. Tuscan Rose and BBD looks fabulous, so do your cute little finishes. What kind of finishing technique is that? Is there a tuto about it somewhere?

Catherine said...

So glad to hear that you are feeling better - your recovery doesn't sound too fun - especially the dream part!!

Love the stitches and finishes. And, I'm so glad that the frogs weren't sent my way!

Sarah Beth said...

I sure can relate to what you are going thru. I have been in the hospital since Monday morning when I woke up in pain and paralyzed from the waist down. The pain has made it most difficult and I had some trouble with the medicine 2 nights ago and they couldn't wake me up. So then I had to go without the pain medicine for a while and that ended up causing more pain. I am now getting more comfortable and able to stitch a little. But yes I sympathise with you. I like the new way of finishing on thise last pieces. They look really nice. One of these days I am going to learn more about framing. I lace stitch mine but I want to know more about proper stretching. Any pointers or sites you could referr me to would be most helpful as I just want to be able to frame my own finishes to look nicer. Hope you are well on your way to recovery and you become pain free real soon.

Meari said...

Glad to hear you're on the mend. I agree... stomping in your sleep with your injured foot... ouchie.

Congrats on your finishes. They're beautiful! How do you do that acrylic finish?

Valerie said...

Glad to hear that you are on the mend!

Your BBD finish is lovely...and Tuscan Rose...what a piece! Amazing! Keep up the great progress and I hope the frogs stay away!

marly said...

My brother has a few large black rubber spiders that never fail to send me into a panic. Why are even old boys so mean?

Cari said...

Julie...you are such a riot! I love reading your blog. I sure hope you fully recover... Big get well hugs are coming your way!! Love your stitching progress and framing too.

Sherry :o) said...

Hey Julie - I feel your pain. In April I had emergency back surgery (while there for a virus that was in/on my back - weird, rare thing). After a five week stay, with three of them learning to walk, I came home. I hadn't stitched since Feb. as I couldn't focus and was in much pain....after being home about three weeks, I could finally stitch! (and read blogs again)!! Glad you are recovering and I agree, it's hard to do ANYTHING when in pain or when mobility is not 100%. Love the finishes...acrylic sounds interesting. Hope you get back to work soon - I am still waiting for clearance - therapy seems so slow sometimes.

mdgtjulie said...

Glad to hear the surgery went fairly well, even though you woke up in pain. They never anticipate everything, and I think it makes them cross. Glad you're feeling better now, and welcome back to the world of blogging. I'll be looking for your next post!

mdgtjulie said...

Oh, and btw, grats on all your progress. Sorry, I'm feeling a bit smattered at the moment, and I forgot to say something about it. Love the color palettes you're using for both pieces!

Faye said...

Nice progress on your stitches!!! And, I love the finished pieces for your customer....She loves them I know!! Take care, Faye

wausie said...

We missed you yesterday...it was nice and quiet! Stacy was there and she is doing incredibly well on the Stargazer.
Hope to see you soon.
Linda

Carol said...

Hope your recovery continues to go well, Julie! Having never had surgery in all my 56 years, I'm not sure how I'd react to anesthesia!! Take care now and enjoy your extra stitching time while you rest... Your work is lovely :)

Love the finishes you did for your customer--very, very pretty!

MommyDearest said...

NO I DON"T FOGIVE YOU!!! Stupid Frog!! I have to restitch one half...did you hear me? ONE HALF of LIBERTY becuase of a placement error!!! I had already taken it to Reflections and moved on to the next shop model a Glory Bee chart that ironically says "COUNT ONCE STITCH TWICE COUNT TWICE STITCH ONCE" lol!! Everyone missed you at Saturday stitch.