Sunday, May 3, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday - And what's been going on

When I started to do this post I realized that the last one was right before hubby's accident. First of all here is a link to some other slow stitching sunday posts.
slow stitching.

Here is a picture of what I have been working on.

I am doing this quilt as you go. I now have 2 rows joined together, but just realized I hadn't taken a picture of that yet. Will do next time.

This was to be a surprise but with everything going on it was easier to show our son-in-law so that I could work on it when they were here helping around the yard.

So what's been keeping me busy? On November 13, 2014 my husband of 40 years fell 6 foot from the crane at work and landed on a cement slab. He fractured his right side pelvis in 3 places. There are only 4 doctors in our state that do the surgery he needed so we were taken by ambulance to Baton Rouge to the best trauma surgeon in the state. On the 14th he had surgery to repair those fractures. He now has 2 plates and 9 screws. We found out 2 months later that he tore his right rotator cuff to the point it is not repairable. They actually tried to repair it but it was much worse than they were expecting. Eventually he will need a reverse shoulder replacement. He has been in therapy since the accident (the first 3 weeks he was in a pt hospital, the next 2 months he was in at home therapy, and the rest of the time until last week he was in out patient therapy). He returns to the surgeon next Thursday and they will determine if he can be discharged until he is ready to have the shoulder surgery, or if he needs more therapy. He is VERY lucky to be alive. He could have died every time they moved him after the accident till the repair was done. They moved him 8 times. He is back at work since the last week of February on limited duty. He will always have a limp, and a certain amount of disability. Eventually when the pain or lack of movement affects him he will have to have the shoulder replacement. The doctor agrees to wait as long as possible so that he won't have to have another one later on. He is 5 years from retirement right now. He is hoping to make it till closer to that time before the surgery. I return to work soon it looks like at least for a short period of time, hopefully 6 months? As you can imagine this has been very stressful. He lost alot of blood and needed transfusions and has to continue to take iron pills for a while longer. But considering all he has been through, they are amazed at the attitude he has had through all of this and the improvement he has made. The doctors have said he wouldn't have recovered as much as he has without the "I will try" attitude. Anytime they have asked if he could do something his answer has been I will try.  I am very proud of him. He has stayed with a positive attitude through the pain and changes it has made in his life.

So please keep good thoughts, prayers coming our way. And now back to the regular scheduled quilting.


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I stopped by after you left a comment on my blog to see what you have been up to your silence and have read about your DH - sounds like he has been in horrible shape and glad the surgeries have gotten this far in recovery - I hope he will continue to do well and good that he can be back at work now and hopefully this well work out ok.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Oh dear--your poor husband! He certainly has had some trials to cope with. I hope he can get to a place in his recovery where he's not in too much pain and that you will be able to find a little time for yourself!

cajunquilter said...

thanks ladies, he is doing remarkably well considering the extent of his injuries.

cajunquilter said...

thanks ladies, he is doing remarkably well considering the extent of his injuries.

Maggie said...

One thing that works really well, to make new red blood cells, which is crucial, when one is dealing with iron, is to eat red beets. Cook them in water, with their skin on, then once cooked, cool and peel. Parsley also contain iron. Being a vegetarian, I learnt this over the years.
Will say a special prayer for your family.

CathieJ said...

So sorry to hear of your husband's accident. His attitude is wonderful. We could all learn from it. I hope he continues to heal and improve from his injuries. My thoughts are with both of you.

Kaja said...

Oh my goodness, this sounds awful. I'm glad your DH is doing well, and hope his recovery continues.

cajunquilter said...

Thanks ladies for the thoughts and prayers. We really appreciate them.