Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I’m Still Here!!

First off, thank you ever so much for the emails and sweet comments from you all!!  I appreciated every single one!  They really brightened my days so much!!
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I was so mad at my orthopedic surgeon, back when he told me that the second knee replacement can be even more difficult than the first, because everyone else like my PT and friends who have had both knees done separately, all told me the exact opposite.
Well, he was right… at least this time with my second total knee replacement.  This second recovery has been very different than the first… and not in a good way.  Sigh…
But, I finally feel like I’ve turned the corner.
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I’ve finally made it upstairs!  Yay!!
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And I’ve put the walker away and am using only a cane… although not real steady with it yet!
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But, even with all this drama, I do have a quilt to show you!!
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I made the top before I had the surgery, and had a dear friend spray baste the quilt sandwich, instead of pinning it, like usual.
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I’ve been hand quilting it in the Big Stitch style for the last two weeks.
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I’ve really enjoyed using the thicker thread and hand stitching 1/4” around the inside of each leaf, and then stitched in some freeform curved lines in the background.
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I finished the binding and label today!  Yay!!
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I am ready to get back in my sewing room for longer periods of time… I can handle about an hour with my leg down, then I have to go back down and put my leg up and pack on some ice.
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But, I am getting there!  Slowly but surely… one day at a time!!
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Yogi has been patient with me during the rehabbing.  But I think he can’t wait to get back up in his bed on my sewing table, too!!
So, what have you all been up to these last three weeks??


  1. I've been checking in to see if you've posted and noticed yesterday or today the change in the header so thought that was good. I'm the biggest weenie and hope I don't ever have to have that done but....ugh, the left knee really bothers me. LOVE the leaves, so pretty and timely! I saw one the other day that put the bug in me. Like I need ANOTHER project.....

  2. What a beautiful quilt and love the quilting. Well done. When I had my shoulder op then my accident I was pleased I could still had stitch. So know where you are at. Happy Stitching.

  3. Yeah so happy the worst is over. Love your leaves quilt with hand quilting. Do you always spray baste yor quilts, even before quilting on your sweet sixteen? Keep taking it easy and do what the good dr says .

  4. So nice to hear you are on the mend and your quilt looks great. Hope the rest of your recovery goes quickly.

  5. Glad to hear you're doing well and hope everything with your reha will be okay in no time at all! Your Modern Maple Leaf quilt looks great but how big are your leaves? They look gignatic hanging over the chairs. Give Yogi a hug from me!

  6. Good news you are walking [with a cane for the moment] down the road to recovery. This time next year all the pain and recuperation will be but a memory.
    Gorgeous leaf quilt!!!
    Gorgeous Yogi!!

  7. So sorry it has been a rough road! My Aunt had many troubles with her second one as well! It didn't heal properly and she had to have it debreeded (not sure if that's the right word but that's what my head comes up with today!) One of my friends Mom had BOTH of hers done at the same time and she had FAST healing! But she was much younger than a normal knee replacement candidate!
    The quilt is beautiful! Great to see you back!

  8. I'm sure the recovery has been a frustrating time for you. Hopefully, it is smooth sailing ahead.

    Your quilt is just beautiful.

  9. Yeah you are past the worst and so sorry for all your pain. At retreat, I'm reserving you and Linda a spot on the entry end of the sewing tables so that you can get in and out easy. We will all help you unload so don't think of lifting a finger, but your walker might be a good idea to bring along just in case you decide it's helpful.....Pat

  10. Love the way you quilted your little quilt! I always look forward to your posts and I was happy to hear that
    you are healing. You are an awesome quilter. I thank you for sharing your beautiful items. You are an inspiration to me.

  11. So glad to hear you are on the mend. Have missed your posts. Lovely Modern Maple!

  12. Beautiful quilt. The colors remind me of the autumn maples all around my neighborhood when I lived in VA. Lovely dining room and view through the windows. So glad you're about there with the knee!

  13. Hi Polly. Sorry to read you are having a rough time with this go around. Glad you are feeling somewhat better and love your quilt! So happy to see your recent post. Hang in there, thinking of you!

  14. Loving your little quilt - I am impressed about the hand quilting - wow. I am looking at total knee in another two months. My hematology nurse told me to exercise a lot before the surgery, but my dumb knee hurts too much, so do not understand how that will happen. Glad you are up and about and doing better now. I am not looking forward to the surgery, but has to happen. Maybe DWHusband will get me a little dog to keep me company while I recuperate. I am sure it would make it easier.. Hee, hee. Judy C

  15. Happy to hear you are feeling better! Yea!

  16. Welcome back Polly! So glad to hear you are on the mend!

  17. You were missed! Hard to keep a good girl down--your quilt is lovely and just in time for the fall/Thanksgiving season. Positive thoughts for daily improvement

  18. So sorry to hear that you're having a more difficult recovery. This could have been the one time the doctor was wrong!

    Love your modern maples quilt!

  19. Good to hear from you. Sorry this recovery has been more difficult. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. So glad to hear you are on the mend but sorry it's not as speedy as the first surgery. I experienced the same thing when I had cataract surgery. Your leaf quilt is stunning and a lovely addition to your home. I've been meaning to ask you what type pen you use for your quilt labels. I've used the Micron permanent markers and find they fade after a couple washings. I don't always feel like getting my embroidery machine out to stitch a label. Just wondering. Take care.,,,,Barb


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