Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Recent Adventures

I know many have e-mailed to inquire as to what has happened and to express their care and concern.  Thank you so very much....I have to say I feel very loved and that is a wonderful feeling :)

Last Saturday I went to my Machine Embroidery Guild (MEG) meeting for a wonderful presentation on machine embroidery greeting cards given by Ellen Snyder.  I had a great time and loved Ellen's power point presentation...it was excellent!   Another member, Carol, brought some hand made greeting cards from Germany that are thought to be from the 40's.  I took several close ups in preparation for a blog post (wasn't expecting the title to be "The Adventures of Calamity Jane" that's for certain!
I really enjoyed seeing these old cards and could certainly appreciate the time and effort put into making them.

This was also my first visit to Quilt Heaven's new location.  Wow, what  a big beautiful store Lois has....if you live in the area, stop by and check it out.  I took a few pix of the shop to share.
Oh....I gotta tell ya it was also the last day of a sale, 25% off all fabric and an additional 5% if you finished the bolt.  Yep....you know I  did some shoppin'....and then some more shoppin'.......  Taking my sack of fabric to the car and leaving to have lunch with my girlfriends from the MEG meeting... I was very happy.

That happiness came to an abrupt end when I broke my ankle.   Suffice to say since then, time has passed in a new way.  I had 3 fractures and a dislocation which basically means I was in a world of hurt like I never knew possible.
It was Wednesday before I could get my thoughts together and I still don't recall much of  Saturday night through Tuesday.  I was taken down for Physical Therapy on Wed. and when I returned to my room someone had cleaned it nicely.  Yep...that's my quilt....I took it with me in the ambulance to help me feel safe when they took me back to Toledo Hospital Saturday night late.  My quilt provided many opportunities for conversation and of course much warmth and beauty to an otherwise un-fun place to be.

This is an inside view of my 7 days spent in and out of a narcotic haze.  See all these arrow buttons?  Do you think they all work? Nope!  Try to figure out which ones work and which one's don't while on narcotic pain killers is a very tough task indeed.  I pretended they were "needle up/ needle down" indicators and I was sewing...at least I was doing something I enjoyed...LOL.

Laying there I heard several things over the PA that mostly didn't make sense at the time but are quite humorous to me now.  The first was a Code Brown being announced.  Following the Code Brown came a description of a person and that they were in the West Wing.  My narcotic haze translation:  

Someone has had a toileting accident in the hallway...no...they wouldn't be giving a description of there person would they?  Oh don't tell me they are describing the the person as a brown person....I give up, I'll ask someone later.

When I asked I was told a Code Brown is a missing person....a patient who is not in their room and should be.  I was so relieved to know there were no potty in the hall...LOL.

Time as Relative

We've all heard that one...how long does a minute last?  Typically it doesn't feel like a minute is a very long time but since this accident...I  know know the entire length of 60 seconds VERY well.  When 60 seconds is attached to another 159 of it's friends and the pain is so intense all I could do was pant....well....I can tell you I have an intimate awareness of the passage of a minute.  There were several of those hours this past week and I never want to experience those again if at all possible.

THEN there were "THOSE THREE MINUTES" yesterday when time came back in to the center of my conscious awareness.  It was 12:58 on Saturday, October 19th and I had laser focus....what was I doing you may wonder?  Trying to sign on to Quilt In A Day TV for the 1:00 (my time) airing of Lady Eleanor's 35 Anniversary Party. 


There was a blank screen where you see Lady Eleanor and I was in a tizzy.  There was no way I was going to miss this program...I had my phone charged in case the ambulance transport arrived on time (little chance of that happening I thought) AND just to be 100% CERTAIN I would miss it I had my computer completely charged so I could watch while in the ambulance going across town to the Rehab Center.  The screen was blank until 1:03 when I started to hear the music play and my heart raced and I was back in my happy mode and time was fun again.  Hooray for me!  I was fortunate enough to watch 42 minutes of  Lady Eleanor and her beautiful family celebrate their 35 year Anniversary...then my screen went blank again and the streaming stopped.  I won't focus on the end....just those fun wonderful 42 minutes I so enjoyed.  Those grand babies are sooooo sweet :)

Congratulations Lady Eleanor....you sure are one very lovely role model inside and out!  I say "role model" and  I'm not referring as much to your amazing quilting career (you Quilt Hall A Famer you!!! :)  as I am to the fine woman you are and the fun you bring to what ever it is you are doing.  We need to make a beautiful red carpet just for you...a scepter  and a throne too!   Will someone get right on that as I'll be laid up for a while yet.

Last evening I lost all track of time while looking at every piece of sale fabric at Quilt In A Day....don't miss their big sale...you'll be very sad if you do! 

Until next time....thanks for hanging out with me here in the Rehab Center :)

Kelly

25 comments:

  1. WOW!! I have been a little out of touch with my blogging, is that your foot all wrapped up? Hope you are feeling better. It looks like you are getting around o.k. Thank you for sharing those love cards, they a beautiful. Take care.

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  2. Glad to hear you're on the mend. Now I'll have a new story to think about when I see my local UPS "man in brown". Funny story! Get well soon!

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  3. What an experience Kelly. You always have a way of looking at the bright side of the picture. Needless to say, that will help you with your recovery. Thinking of you and sending prayers and hugs your way.

    xxxooo
    Jocelyn

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  4. I know you will find all the humor in this, someday, lol.
    Last weekend we went hiking and I slipped on moss. Did you know wet moss is like ice, straight down belly and face flop into the dirt, so I am having my own fun week, haha. I hope you are feeling better each day and can get online so you can enjoy browsing and shows while you heal.

    Debbie

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  5. Kelly, I just read about your accident. I hope you are doing well and on the mend. You are dealing with all of this such a sense of humor. Take care of yourself. Robin

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  6. How awful, I feel so bad for you, but happy to hear you are on the mend.

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  7. I guess you'll not be dancing on the table tops anytime soon. I think you need to print out photos of your foot and hang them on your front door on Halloween night...or maybe better, hang them at the restaurant where this accident happened.

    Sure hope you continue to feel better every day and soon back 100%.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  8. Kelly, I just can't believe that this has happened to you again. My heart goes out to you and I do understand your pain. How do this terrible things happen to such a sweet person. How long will you be in rehab and how far is it from home and your family? I wish there was some way I could help you. I will put you in my prayers. Big hugs Sandra

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  9. Kelly, While I know you are still in pain, it is so good to read this and hear your "voice" again. Knowing that you are able to see humor in calamity lets me know that your spirits are up. Peace be with you my friend.

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  10. Kelly, it's so good to read you again, Karin has been keeping us updated, but this is wonderful. You've been through so much this year, it's good to see you're getting your spirit back. Hopefully they have wifi at the rehab place and you'll spend time talking to us.

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  11. Glad to see you in good spirits! I wish you a very speedy recovery.

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  12. So glad to know you are on the mend. I too broke my ankle 3 years ago. (both bumps on the sides and tore up all the ligaments in the front of my ankle) You know when there are 4 steps down from a deck you should probably take all 4 - no need to say more. I had a plate in my leg/ankle that looks somewhat similar to yours with 6 screws but it was removed after a year because of problems. I do want to tell you to keep up the PT to get as much flexibility as possible back - doesn't seem like you are making progress at first but little by little it gets better. It will never be the same but walking without pain is possible. Wishing you no pain and a steady recovery.

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  13. Aw Kelly! You have such a good attitude about this whole thing. Is the restaurant "footing" the bill for your pain? I hope they are going to be compensating you somehow.
    Get well quickly. Try to enjoy your laid up time. (although, I know how hard that can be!)

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  14. Oh no! I guess I won't be seeing you at market. Guess I'll have to send your copy of my newest book (and one for give-away). It should keep you busy for a few minutes. Get well soon!

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  15. Well Kelly, I see that it was your left foot that was broken, not your right, sewing machine pedal foot. When you finally get home (heal quickly) you can prop that left foot up, put that right foot on the sewing machine pedal, and start stitching away. Oh yea, you might want to start wearing your Beam and Read light all the time now. It might help you to see those black rugs on the black carpet in the dark room.

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  16. Hi, Kelly----Well, what a time your are having! I am so sorry for your pain and frustration. So you are now in rehab, and that's good. I can't help but wonder what sort of restaurant would have dark rugs rolled up on a dark carpet that patrons couldn't see? Doesn't seem very responsible to me. Get well soon, and keep blogging for your and our amusement--a sense of humor always helps. Marjory

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  17. It is amazing that you still have your humor considering all that you've been through lately. I hope that you are up and about soon.

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  18. One can't say you don't live an exciting life though I think you'd would prefer winning money instead of what happened. Take care, nows the time you can get caught up in watching all the programs you didn't have time for earlier.

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  19. One can't say you don't live an exciting life though I think you'd would prefer winning money instead of what happened. Take care, nows the time you can get caught up in watching all the programs you didn't have time for earlier.

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  20. Calamity Jane... You crack me up, woman!

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  21. My email has been on the fritz along with being away from home "dog sitting" for a friend. I heard of your recent accident. So sorry for all the pain you have been in. How you could write about it with such humor exemplifies what a strong lady you are. Of course, we all know that without your falling. GET WELL SOON!!!! Aunt Linda

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  22. It is amazing what comfort is to people, yours is watching Eleanor Burns and then shopping....what a way to take your mind off things.

    Here is hoping that you feel tons better.

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  23. Oh, my goodness! those pins in the previous post mean you are back to together but I know the pain can not be fun. At least you seem to have kept your sense of humor. Thanks for sharing the greeting cards. They are awesome. Be good, take care, and a big hug to you

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  25. So sorry to hear of your fall, and continuing adventure ~ so great of you to have the fore thought to grab a quilt on your way to the hospital! Take Care, and try to enjoy your down time ~ actually, milk it for all it's worth ;)

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