Friday, September 4, 2015

Goodbye Cast

Yesterday was cast removal day.  Boy was I excited, it's been the longest 6 weeks of my life.

This is my happy face on the way to the appointment:


Then there was the freeing of my leg, which led to scratching and a whole lot of flaky skin, ugh!

I couldn't believe hot my foot was still orange from the iodine that they use before surgery.

First order of business was to put my lovely new boot on:


Then make an appointment for 4 weeks.  Right now I have stretching exercises to do and I can remove the boot to shower and sleep and exercises, but for any walking, the boot must be on.  In 4 weeks, no more boot and then some PT.

Next order of business was to return that scooter that I like to call the death trap scooter, because I ran over my toe with it and hit my good ankle on it so many times I thought I was going to kill myself.

Then home we came so I could shave 6 weeks of hair on that leg - I swear it was so long I could have braided it.

Then we went to Costco, okay that part was a bit ambitious and I was sore when we got home and had to ice it the rest of the night.  Today it looks great and I slept like a baby.

The only real issue is the calf, it needs some serious stretching because it was in that cast for so long and it's on the verge of a charlie horse at any given moment of the day or night.

It feels so good to have that cast off.  I can't describe it, but I was starting to feel so closed in by it all and now I can get out on my own and do things on my own and do them much easier too.

Life is GOOD.
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, August 28, 2015

Good News

It's been a year since my last cancer check and treatments.  Can't believe that a year has passed.  Anyhow the good news of it all is this - I am CANCER FREE!!  Betty Bladder is in good health and I don't see the Urologist till next August.

Cliff's PSA is remaining in the 40's which is awesome and he is doing well.  His only complaint is that the meds do slow him down and he's having a hard time getting started in the mornings.  But he feels well and looks great and isn't in any pain.

The only other news is that I only have 6 days left of this annoying cast and it can't pass by quick enough for me at this point.  

We are supposed to get rain this weekend and I'm praying for lots of it in the fire areas.  It seems like most of this beautiful state is burning at the moment and something has to give.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, August 22, 2015

12

I'm counting down the torturous days left in this cast.  12 Days.  That means I have completed 4&1/2 weeks of being in a cast and not putting weight on my left leg.  It is getting really old and really frustrating to say the least.  A little over a week ago they removed my orange cast, took the stitches out and then put on my purple cast:


It's pretty, but it's driving me nuts at this point. See that dark spot on my leg, that cast puts pressure on it and my knee when I use the scooter to get around, man it hurts like a deep bruise at this point. And the scooter, while it makes getting around easier, I have had several unpleasant encounters with it.


It's not easy to maneuver, so sometimes you have to move the back wheels and I've often used my casted leg to push it over.  The other day I did that and ended up banging it into the inside of my good ankle which was already bruised from scooter run ins and wow, I could have cried it hurt so bad.  I had to take 2 days and keep it up and ice the heck out of it.  It's still tender to even touch it, but I can hobble around on it again without pain.  I have to say that while it's handy, if you tend to be a klutz like me, it can give you problems.  Pretty much the whole inside of my good leg, from my knee down is full of bruises.  However, it's easier to use than crutches.

This is a big week for me.  I see the Urologist on Thursday to have Betty Bladder checked for any cancerous tumors.  It's been a year since my last check up and treatments and I know we are going to get the all clear.  That said I am a bit nervous, the exam itself is rather uncomfortable and I keep wondering what the heck I'm gonna do with this leg in a cast - I don't think the stirrup will hold it.  Yikes.  I'm sure it will all work out fine and I'm anxious to get the exam behind me.

Sadly, this cast and trying to kill myself with the scooter are the extent of all the exciting things I've been up to.  I plan to get into my sewing room today and work on some Halloween wall hangings for the Aunties and myself.  It's so smokey outside right now it's a good thing the cast keeps me in the house mostly.  

I saw this map on Facebook this morning of all the fires in our state and it's no wonder we are so smokey.


Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Package

CR took me to an early morning massage today and when we returned home there was a package waiting by the door.  Our mail lady was early today.  Anyhow it was from my Aunties and it was full of fun stuff:

This sticker made me laugh, not sure where I'll put it - probably on the bulletin board in my sewing room .

2 adorable owl towels - I love owls

Isn't this little piggy cute - oh my  goodness I love it.  It's sort of bowl shaped.

Measuring spoons with a wine theme

And last, but not least an adorable owl trivet.
What a fun way to start the morning.  

Tomorrow I go to my ortho's office to get the orange cast taken off and the stitches removed.  Then sadly, a new cast put back on for another 3 weeks.  I have to be in a cast for 6 weeks and not put weight on it the whole time.  It's been frustrating because doing stuff around the house, cooking, heck even a shower is a major production.  I appreciate the scooter thing I have because on crutches I'd get less done.  But the scooter has it's limits too and darn if it isn't making my knee and shin sore.  I just keep telling myself - only 3 more weeks and I can do this, I'm half way there.

I haven't really been doing much for the past 3 weeks.  Some cooking and baking, embroidery, and sometimes it feels like a big deal just to shower so I count it as an accomplishment as well.  Sad as it sounds.  I'm hoping that removing the stitches will lessen the late afternoon ache that I feel.  I have had to resort to taking a pain pill to calm it down and I hate pain pills.  Good thing is I don't have to worry about becoming addicted to them.

Sorry I haven't blogged much or instagrammed much, just not much to say, show or see around here. Once out of this cast I hope to make up for lost time and have some fun.  I truly need a fabric shopping fix, but don't have the heart to drag CR to the fabric shop - he does so much as it is right now.

So tell me what you've been up to - it has to be more fun than my summer so far.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, July 27, 2015

Orange


I couldn't believe all the colors there were to choose from.  In the end I choose Orange.  It's the color for Bladder Cancer and this next month I have my one year check up, so I felt it was fitting.  Also, it really stands out in a crowd - Cliff won't lose me while I have this thing on.

I'm wiped out tired today.  We were up and out of the house by 9 for my appointment, then to the veggie stand for corn and peaches and melons.  Apparently that little outing took the wind out of my sails for the day.

Here's hoping that I have more energy tomorrow and thankfully I have no where to be - only need to make a peach cobbler for CR.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, July 25, 2015

My New Ride

I was surprised it's been so long since my last post.  Guess I've been busy preparing for my new ride -behold, my scooter:


Oh, did I forget to mention it's an old lady scooter because this old gal had her ankle operated on this past Wednesday and can't put any weight on it for 6 weeks:


I wasn't sure about using the scooter in the house so I've tried crutches, my walker from my knee replacement and finally I decided to see how the scooter would work - well it's a miracle.  The leg that has the surgical cast on is so heavy that being able to rest it on the cushion really helps when you are trying to do the simplest of chores.  And the cats hated the walker, they're not sure about the scooter, but it's a lot quieter so it's more acceptable I think.

Monday I get a cast put on for 2&1/2 weeks, then I have to have it removed so they can take out the sutures and another cast will go back on for another fun filled 3 weeks.  I plan to pick some wild color for the cast - like hot pink or purple or just something fun, I mean why not, right.

So I'm taking it easy, taking my pain meds and just hanging out at home.  It's a production to get a shower and all so that has to happen at night before bed or I'd never make it to an appointment.  

I've got a couple of projects cut out and ready for me to sit and sew when I'm in the mood, I also have an embroidery project that I can do so I shouldn't get bored.

So tell me what exciting things are you up to?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, July 5, 2015

4th of July

I was busy in my sewing room on the 4th.  It was just to hot to do anything outside and we have to be home when the fireworks start because Maddie gets so upset by them.

So I made some burp clothes and a small wall hanging that I got a couple of years ago in a kit.  It was a fun day, quiet and relaxed - just the way we like it.

It was a photo of Haystack Rock in Cannon beach and some batiks to border it.
Very quick and simple and I love how it looks.

Burp Clothes for the baby girl our niece is having.

Burp Clothes for the baby boy a friend is having.
It's still hot as heck around here and I sure wish it would cool off a tad.  It's only July and I find myself anxious for fall already.  But since it's July, those triple digits are the likely scenario for the rest of the month.  I don't know how early settlers did it without air conditioning, or heat in the winter.  I'm grateful that I wasn't around for that!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs!
Tam

Friday, July 3, 2015

Oncologist Report

If you'll recall back in March, CR's PSA was almost 600 and not only did he have a lot of cancer in the bones, he has suspicious lymph nodes that was way to large as well.  Fast forward to Wednesday and his Oncologist appointment and the great news we got.  While he still has the bone cancer, there is no new cancer showing on the bones.  His PSA was at 80 and the lymph nodes were half the size that they had been.  So the medicine is working and working well.  We were delighted with the news.

Speaking of being delighted, the day before the Oncologist appointment and 2 months and 3 days after the acciden, we got our Suzi the Subaru back.  Wow, it was so nice to drive her to Spokane the next day and she is a pleasure to drive.

Yesterday I spent the day with my good friend Kelly who taught me to quilt.  I made a baby quilt that I bought minky to back it with, then I freaked out at the possibility of it slipping and sliding and me making a mess of quilting it on my sewing machine.  Kelly has a gamil and so we had a quilting day and also went out to lunch.  A lot of talking and catching up.  It was a very nice day.

Lucky me, Rascal gave it an inspection when I got home

A close up of the fabric.  It's for a boy and the nursery theme is woodland creatures.

The back 
Of course Rascal decided he needed to have his picture taken while I was at it, so here he is:

I may be naughty, but I'm so cute it doesn't matter!!
It's triple digit hot here and so for the 4th of July we are staying home and staying cool.  Going to bbq some ribs and just take it easy.  Our fur babies do not like fireworks so we have to be home with them when it all starts.  Everything is so dry that I pray people don't set off neighborhood fireworks, besides it is illegal where I live.  That doesn't stop them, but it should.

Hope you all have a wonderful celebration tomorrow and a wonderful holiday weekend - Be Safe!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hot Enough to Fry an Egg Outside

Good grief my part of the world is hot right now.  It was 110 on Sunday, by the time I went to bed at 10 pm it was 93 and I woke up at 6:30am this morning and it was 80 degrees out.  On top of the hot temps we've had some gusty winds and thunder storms.  Sadly there is a pretty good sized fire NW of us in Wenatchee, WA and several small fires around the area.  With our drought situation we are only allowed to water our lawns twice a week and with the 4th of July coming and idiots shooting off illegal fireworks I suspect our firemen are going to be extremely busy and exhausted.

Friday we went to Spokane for CR's scans and this Wednesday we should get the results.  In the meantime we got a call from the repair shop and it appears our car is finally in the assembly stage and we are hoping to have it back later this week.  Wow, that made our day.

I've healed up and am ready to put it all behind me.  I did see the orthopedic for foot and ankles this past week.  Three years ago I injured my left ankle and so I wore a boot for a couple of months that summer.  Boy did I hate that stupid boot, but I wore it and my ankle seemed fine, until lately.  About the last 9 months my ankle has gotten increasingly painful when I am at rest.  It's pretty much constant, so I decided to see him again thinking it might need a cortisone shot or perhaps a few weeks in that darn boot.  Well, after an x-ray and an MRI and a painful exam we discovered that my ligaments are not holding my ankle in place - darn thing is wiggly and floppy and has a tear and 3 ganglion cysts and a darn bone spur to add insult to injury.  I have 2 choices, wear a brace the rest of my life or have surgery to repair the issues.  Waiting to long could result in major tendon issues on top of it all.  So, since it's hot as hell out and we have no plans for the summer, I'm having ankle surgery.  I'll have a cast for about 6 weeks and won't be allowed to put my weight on it, then a walking boot and some PT.  I figured better to do it now than the winter - who wants to navigate slick surfaces with crutches.  I swear I just know how to mess myself up and have some fun.

On to some fun news.  I recently made 2 baby quilts.  One I'm going to quilt on my friend Kelly's long arm as it will be backed in minky fabric and I'm afraid of it slipping and having issues trying to quilt it on my sewing machine.  The other baby quilt I backed in flannel and finished sewing the binding on this morning:



I also made a few burp cloths that I found a free pattern for on the Internet.  


And 3 years ago I (wearing that darn boot), painted my sewing room and covered my ironing board with this fabric:


But after 3 years of spray starch and thread and a leaky iron, it was time to recover it.  So this afternoon I covered it with this fabric:


It's actually a darker yellow than it appears - almost an orange yellow.

Well that's what I've been up to lately, what have you been doing?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blueberry Pickin

It's that time of year.  Blueberries are ripe and picking is abundant.  All total we picked 56 pounds and froze most of them.  Cliff has blueberries in his oatmeal all year long and I do some baking and it's amazing how you truly use them all and are ready for picking season to begin.

Blueberries ready for the Freezer

A blueberry pie that didn't last long

A blueberry buckle, more cake like than a cobbler or crisp.  It was delicious.
I received a box in the mail from my Aunties - they told me they were sending me a "little" thank you for the wall hangings and cookies I sent to them.  There was nothing little about it and I was so excited when I opened the box and saw what it was:




Oh my goodness when I saw the Jim Shore boxes I couldn't get into them fast enough.  They spoil me!!  

Along with all that blueberry picking and baking, I finished my July Block of the Month Door Hanging early and I love how it turned out:


And for Fathers day I was able to get Blackberries at Farmers Market, so Cliff got a delicious blackberry pie:


And just because I haven't posted pictures of them for a while, here are the kids:

Chance man has taken to napping on the wicker chair in my sewing room, that is currently
hidden under a pile of fabric and a few wall hangings.

Maddie (shhhh, she has to go to the groomers this week and she won't be happy about that!)

Razzy - watching birds and napping and thankfully staying out of trouble for a few minutes!

Scotchie likes to hide in back of our bedroom door, I wish I knew why, but if you
can't find him in the usual spots, you'll find him there.
My shoulder is so much better and so is my neck.  I'm still doing one more session of PT, and seeing the massage therapist once a week.  The only issue at this point is my wrist.  I thought the problem with it was my shoulder just causing my whole arm to be weak and hurt, but it would seem there is more to the wrist than just the shoulder.  Ugh!

My car is still in repair, apparently one of the parts was bad so they had to reorder it and it didn't come in till Friday.  Please pray that they get it to painting this week and then assemble it and I get it back.  This week will be 2 months since the accident and I am so OVER the whole thing.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam