Saturday, May 15, 2010

Home from Hospital

I want to Thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers while I was in the hospital. A VERY special thanks to some very special ladies who sent me the flowers, THANK YOU Shelley, Kelly, Evalina, Nancy R, Pam in IL, Pat in NM, Carolyn in NC, Debra and Marion. They really brightened my return home.

Without going into all the graphic details this is what happened to me and let it be a lesson to everyone not to wait to go to the doctor when something is not right with your health.

On Tues I started to feel a little dizzy and weak but I just ignored it. Wed it was a little worse but again I thought it would pass. On Thurs (this is the yuky part of the story)I started to have bloody diriaha and couldn't walk from the living room to the bedroom without holding on to something, later that night I got so dizzy I almost fell on my way to bed. Friday was pretty much the same. Saturday I was even weaker but the diriahria had almost stopped. Sunday was D-day for me. I was so weak I could not walk with Tracy holding me. By evening I was having trouble breathing and that scared me enough to call for a ambulance.

At the hospital ER they did all the blood work and poked and jabbed at me and when the results came back the Doctor told Tracy I was in critical condition as I had lost 2/3 of my blood volume and would be admitted to the ICU for further tests to find the source of the bleed and to received a blood transfusion.

Over the next 3 days I was scoped from every opening in my body except my ears, had to drink some really nasty stuff to have x-rays done. I received 6 units of blood. I spent 4 days and nights in ICU then my last night I got to go to a regular room where I was finally allowed out of bed and more than 3 steps away from the bedside. By Friday morning I was well enough to come home.

On top of the GI Bleed (if that wasn't enough) my diabetes went way out of control so now I have to check my blood sugar 3 times a day and have insulin to take along with oral medication when it gets too high.

I'm still a little weak but getting stronger each day and finally feel like stitching again. I'm also being very good about changing my diet and lifestyle. I will start doing more exercise and get my body in better shape and hopefully put back on a little of the weight I lost.

Now you know the whole story I hope you learn from my ordeal and go to the doctor at the first sign something is wrong. If I had I would have spared Tracy a lot of worry.

Until Next Time .... Happy stitching

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Finish, A WIP, A Start

Stitching was off and on last week. Some days I got a lot done and others not a stitch....a very strange week for me.

A Finish....

"Women who behave..." by Sue Hillis Designs
Stitched on 28 count "Tea" Linen with DMC
On Wednesday Nancy R and I got together at our LNS for a day of stitching, shopping and chatting. I was a VERY good girl and came home with only 2 new charts...."A Quaker Halloween Sampler" and the latest LHN Ornament of the month. I took "Behave" with me to stitch on and managed to get all but the backstitching done. I finished it up on Friday and now I need to find the perfect frame for it and get it off in the mail to my DD.
I also finished stitching a ornament for a Summer exchange and am in the process of putting it together. Can't share the picture until it arrives at it's new home.
A WIP....

I trying real hard to get back into my "rotation" so I can get this finished before the end of June. Page 4 only has a few more stitches to be finished then on to finish page 3, 5 and 6. I will not start on Quaker Halloween until this is done, or at least that's what I keep telling myself.

Another Start....

"Needle and Thread" by Little House Needleworks
This project has been calling to me to start for a while now and since I also have the cute little mattress with it's pillow for the finish I decided to go ahead with it. It's going really well and should be finished by the end of next week.
Friday was our usual date night. Since Tracy had his regular check up with the heart doctor it was the perfect time for our date. After a earl dinner we headed for our favorite hang out, Fremont St. Tracy now has a new nick name (excuse the language) but now I call him "Lucky Bastard". He wanted to play the slots and of course I couldn't say No. It didn't matter what machine I picked to play he sat down next to me.....I lost and he won! He would give me the machine he was playing (and won on) and what happens.....I lose. Again he came home with more money in his pocket than he left home with....The Lucky Bastard (I'm lucky too, I have him).
On Saturday I met with Kathy from OC of our ILCS group for lunch. This was the second time we have gotten together (she was here last Fall) and it was like we had just seen each other last week. We had a delightful lunch and a great time chatting.
I'm still getting my stash organized (a never ending task) and have made some progress. Maybe by the end of the year I'll have it all done hehehe.
Until Next Time....Happy Stitching