Friday, September 13, 2013

Detours

Sometimes life slips a detour into the road we are traveling and I have recently run into another one. After many years of issues with my sciatica, a recent MRI and consultation with doctors has determined that I need back surgery. I suspected this was coming as I have had difficulty walking without significant pain for several months but somehow I figured that it would be a relatively minor non invasive surgery that I had heard others speak about. Sadly that is not the case as there is too much damage in my spine and possible permanent nerve damage so I need the surgery ASAP and that means I am going under the knife next Thursday, Sept 19 for a Lumbar fusion. Yuck. I will be in a back brace for 4 to 6 weeks and will be under major restrictions which means my sewing will be limited at best.
So before surgery I am working hard prepping several appliqué projects so that I will have had work to keep me from going crazy during my recovery time. Not much time for blogging now but I am sure I will be catching up after surgery.
For now, here are a few more of the blocks I have finished for Tuella and Friends.












And here is how far I have progressed in the Aiming for Accuracy QAL. I am sad that I will not be able to keep up with this one as it finishes but hope it won't be too long before I am cutting and stitching on the machine again!




Happy Stitching.

20 comments:

Donna~~ said...

Oh Heather, I'm sorry you have to have surgery. (But it will be nice for you to be rid of the pain.) Good to have your applique ready ahead of time too. Are you having the surgery next Thursday--the date isn't right, as the 15th is Sunday? (Whenever it is set for, I hope you have a speedy and strong recovery!

Dolores said...

Did I miss something? The Aiming for Accuracy photo perhaps? I really like that darling quilt you're making. Great colours.

Brandie said...

Oh Heather, I'm so sorry to hear that! I'll keep you in my prayers! I'm hoping for a really quick recovery time and no more pain, ever! Take care

Frog Quilter said...

Ouch, back surgery. Take it easy and follow doctors orders. Love your appliqué blocks. Make plenty so you won't run out. Hugs.

Carla said...

These just get cuter and cuter with each block!

Cardygirl said...

Good luck with the surgery, you sound in capable hands. Love your prep!

Julierose said...

Bes of luck with your upcoming surgery! Glad you are prepping stuff to do when you get home--that should help a lot. Hugs, Julierose

Carol Sanin said...

Best of luck with your surgery hope everything turns out great for you. Beauitful quilt.

Judy Dietrich said...

I thought the knee surgery was going to help you walk better. Didn't know you have suffered from back pain too. My mom had this surgery & it relieved her back pain tremendously. At least your surgery will be come quickly--I think anticipation is the worse part!! Hope you let your loved ones take care of you for the first part of recovery. Will keep you in my prayers & hope for a good surgery day. Every day the medical community gets new discoveries---which makes our lives better.

What Comes Next? said...

no fun, but I do hope you have a quick recovery, and end up without pain. Lovely blocks

Oops-Lah said...

Sending you best wishes and a big hug. Hopefully your recovery will be speedy and you'll be as good as new in no time (and a lot better than you are now). Will be thinking of you on the 19th. xx
PS: Your new blocks are gorgeous as ever. Good idea to go into this prepared with lots of hand sewing ;)!

Every Stitch said...

All the very best for a swift recovery :)
Hilda

Karen said...

I have had two big back surgeries and know that you will be out of commission for a while. I hope that the surgery relieves your pain and you can be more active.

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Oh My! I do hope your surgery goes well. Tha t means I have two "friends" having back surgery this coming week. My other friend's needed to be don ASAP also. I will say a prayer for you both for a speedy and easy recovery! God Bless you!

A Nudge said...

Heather, I am sorry this happy. Know that I will be saying prayers for you on the 19th for a successful surgery and recovery.
Gentle hugs,
Angie

A Nudge said...

That was happened I meant to write. And the blocks are lovely. Esther has post part 4 if you have time to prep any of that. Blessings.

audrey said...

All the best to you. Your blocks are very sweet.:)

Margaret said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog. All the best with your back surgery. The important thing about stitching on your back is just to have all the tools you need nearby (and a good light over your shoulder!)I have scoliosis, and they won't operate.
Margaret

Rachaeldaisy said...

Wishing you all the very best with this surgery. 6 weeks is nothing if it means an end to the pain you've been having. I always say isn't it lucky at times like this that we have such a great hobby for sitting down. you'll get so much beautiful hand sewing done.

Miriam said...

Best of luck for your surgery, Heather.
May you have a swift and complete recovery.