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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Detours

There are times when you kind of know life might throw you a curve and then there are times when it comes out of left field.  Many of you know that my DH had a complete shoulder replacement last August.  It appeared that things were going to be wonderful.  But things didn't exactly go that way.  Last Thursday he went back into surgery to fix the problem. The joint was infected and the doctor had no choice but to take it out and put in spacers.  He will be in a brace for 6-8 weeks.  The brace straps his arm to his torso as he currently has no shoulder.  He will also be on IV antibiotic therapy for 6-8 weeks and then he will go back in for a reverse shoulder surgery.  While there is bone and tissue infection, the biggest praise is that it's not in the blood.  I am not a nurse but yesterday the home health nurse came to the house and showed me how to give the IV in his pic line.  This will be a new normal for us for a few months.  
We're taking it a day at a time.  

I thought about this quilt as I put out my spring quilts a few weeks ago. It's called "Beauty for Ashes".  The story is here.  It's one of my favorite quilts not only because it's Robyn Pandolph's line Secret Garden (I was obsessed with this fabric LOL), but because of the story behind this quilt and the message that reminds me to trust God in all things.  I will probably be a little absent as I'm trying to juggle my nurse duties, my job and my upcoming quilt show in April - eek!!!  I keep remembering that I'm the Chairman!  I am finding snippits of time to work on the hand quilting of my Jubilee quilt, it's amazing the stories that are woven into these stitches.
Thanks for listening, have a great day.
Karen

15 comments:

Miriam said...

Best wishes for a smooth and complete recovery for your DH.

Janet said...

I'm sorry to hear about your husband's shoulder! Sounds painful- I hope the infection clears up soon! I've had a curve out of left field thrown at me too this week. Trusting God in all things is not always easy - thanks for the reminder. I like your Secret Garden quilt :0)

Heather said...

I am sorry to hear about your husband. Sending good thoughts to both of you for a fast and complete recovery.

audrey said...

Best wishes for your husband and you. Sounds like your stitching time will be more needful in the weeks ahead.:)

Every Stitch said...

So sorry to hear about your husband Karen - it must be a huge worry for you. Best wishes for a quick recovery and I hope you have time for a little quilting therapy.
Hilda

regan said...

Wishing a speedy and pain-free recovery for your hubby! Nursing duties take their toll.....make sure you remember to breathe! :o)

And since you're chairman.....you get to delegate! Do it! They're expecting it! :o)

Carla said...

Oh, my goodness! What a story. I"ll be praying for a happy ending! I remember when that RP fabric came out and used some in a quilt or two....yours is lovely.
Take care, Karen.

QuiltSue said...

Oh your poor DH. That sounds horrible. Sending best wishes to him for a speedy recovery and to you too cos you've certainly got a lot on your plate.

Ruth said...

Oh, no! That does not sound like fun. I hope your DH will have a speedy recovery. I'm wondering if his surgery was at Baptist Hospital where my son works on the surgical floor nights. You do have a full plate - have been missing your posts.

pandchintz said...

Thinking of you and hoping all goes well.

Barb said...

sorry to hour about your husband.
Your spring quilt is great, love the mix of pieced and applique!

Karen said...

Such a bad thing to happen to your DH. Will he have use of his arm after the next surgery? I do not know anyone personally that has had a shoulder replacement. I have had two knee replacements and metal in the spine so I know you have to be cautious about infection.

Jana said...

Wishing and hoping for the best!!!
Jana

Janan said...

I am sending prayers your way for your dear hubby. Both of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

MamaT said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the difficulties. Tim and I will pray for him (and you) tonight.