Friday, January 16, 2015

Home Sweet Home

There really is "no place like home".

In the wee hours of the morning on January 3rd, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital.  Without going into too much detail, the doctors confirmed that the hip I had fractured back in August of 2013 had fractured again as a result of it never having healed properly the first time.  After five hours in the OR, they "un-did" the original procedure, replaced it with a "new and improved" hip which hopefully will do the trick this time.  

So after spending 12 days in the hospital, I was finally able to return home yesterday.  Even though the road to recovery will be a long one, I'm in it for the duration.  My fabric and wool stash is just screaming at me to be used and that's exactly what I plan on doing as soon as I'm able.  

Thank goodness I had some hand work prepped before this all happened because at least now I can sit and stitch and sketch.  One of the many restrictions that I have to deal with is that I can't put more than 40 lbs of weight on my operated leg for the next 6 weeks which means that with Mr. Painted Quilt's help, I can travel from the kitchen, to the living room/bedroom and restroom with a walker.  He's the best care giver that a gal could have...not a great cook but he sure can make a mean sandwich!

Although I haven't received my copy yet, one of the surprises that was waiting for me when I got home was to find out that the Spring 2015 issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects is now available and that my "Noah & Friends" is one of the projects in the magazine.  



Thank you Gayle for sending me the photo that she took directly from the magazine so I could see it.  I hope you like it!

Thank you again for your continued support and friendship.  I have one more favor to ask and that is to keep me and Mr. Painted Quilt in your thoughts and prayers.  


Happy stitching!

95 comments:

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

So sorry to hear about your troubles. Hopefully this takes care of it once and for all. You are in my thoughts. Congrats on the published pattern. It's wonderful!

Lesley said...

Thrilled to know that you are home and being well cared for by Mr. Painted Quilt! Congrats on your published design and I know that you will soon be back to making even more beautiful designs and doing some great handwork. Mend fast and mend well!

julieQ said...

Heal quickly sweet friend, and I love your project in Primitive quilts!! So sorry for your hip problems!!

Mimi said...

OMG...You poor thing. I certainly will say some prayers that you heal quickly and that Mr. Paint can come up with some easy crock pot, tasty meals for you, too.

Sara said...

Hope you heal quickly and that this takes care of that hip for goo.

Congrats on the Primitive Quilts project.

Sheila said...

So glad to hear that you are back home safe and sound. I will be sending prayer to you and Mr. Painted Quilt. I love your Noah and Friends quilt.

Sandi said...

I hope that this new surgery is just the ticket to get you back one your feet well healed and creating again. I'm sure your sewing room is calling to you loudly.

Congratulations on your new project in Primitive Quilts!

marie said...

Sorry to hear about your hip, hopefully this time it will not be a problem. I'm sure Mr. PQ is glad your home. Thoughts and prayers for you both.

Monica said...

I am very sorry to read about this latest trial. As everyone has said, I hope that now you will be good to go!

What a nice surprise to see your project in the latest magazine -- it looks like a really wonderful design! I hope you will have some time for your new DitG designs. This month I am finally able to really dig into mine. Take care and be well!

Little Penpen said...

So happy that you got to come home!!! Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Congrats! on another magazine project.

Diane said...

Praying for you....what a struggle you have had since I first started reading. Yet you persevere and create and give us all such joy. Bless you. Praying that the Lord touches your hip and heals in His perfect time.

Phyllis said...

So sorry to hear of your hospital stay. I certainly will hold you in my thoughts and prayers. Get well soon please. I love your project in Primitive Quilts.

Synthia said...

Consider it done!
Your quilt in PQ was such a wonderful surprise. It's absolutely gorgeous!!!

Lori said...

I read about your hospital incident on facebook. So glad you are home! I'm praying for an uneventful healing!
Congrats on the Noah's Ark pattern. I'm in this issue too!

Bev said...

Bless your heart! Of course I put you on my prayer list. So cool that your Noah's Ark pattern is in the magazine! You are a famous designer! What would we do without hand work? Go crazy, I guess. Sending love and healing thoughts! XO

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Kaaren, I hope you are on the road to a full recovery. By the way, I got my PQ&P magazine and love your darling project. Keep up the good work and your spirits.

Annelies said...

I wish you a speedy recovery. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Karen said...

You are having a rough go of it and I hope the recovery from surgery is not too tough and short of duration.
I spotted your Noah pattern right away in the magazine and think it is a very good design.

Colleen said...

Oh my goodness! Heal fast... and I love that pattern! I admired it when I saw it, but hadn't looked at the designer name... Congratulations on your accomplishment and again, speedy recovery!

quiltinginthecountry said...

I hope you are feeling better soon and heal quickly!

Clare said...

Pray that you have a speedy recovery. Over here `Primitive Quilts` magazine takes awhile to get to me. Looking forward to seeing your `Noah`s` project. Thank you for your lovely designs. Happy Stitching.

tink's mom said...

Sending prayers for a complete recovery.

quilter said...

I am sorry to hear of your most recent health problems. I do hope that you will heal quickly.

Gloria
gyates625@bellsouth.net

Maywyn Studio said...

Prayers for your good healing, health, and Sandwich Maker. May the mayo be spread like sunshine!

WoolenSails said...

I am glad you are back home and prayers that you will heal well and quickly. Lap projects will be a great way to enjoy being creative without over doing it.

I love ark pieces and yours is wonderful.

Debbie

Sue SA said...

Thoughts and prayers for a "speedy" recovery, but you stick to your hobbling speed limit otherwise! The new pattern is just lovely.

Lucy said...

Wish you a quick recovery and hope you can be back soon doing all the things you love to do.

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Prayers! You are one strong lady and I pray you will heal up quickly.

Karen said...

I so hope you now have a sturdy hip which once healed gives you no more trouble. You are very lucky to have such a wonderful husband to care for you. I imagine Ollie and Frankie are also great company for you.

Carolie said...

I hope all your healing goes well, so you can be up and around to watch all your wonderful flowers sprout up in the spring.

Heartsdesire said...

A very easy favour indeed, Kaaren. Lots of good thoughts and prayers coming your way. Lucky Mr. Painted Quilt knows how to make a good sandwich, sometimes that's all you need. Keep healing and hopefully by spring, you will be able to walk without the walker and get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Mend/heal fast. Hang in there; this too shall pass. And on the up side you do have a Mr.Painted Quilt to lean on and just about the best excuse to sit around and stitch!

Carole Y. said...

Sending you and your husband prayers and good thoughts.
Carole

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Sending you many gentle hugs for a speedy and full recovery.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

I am so thankful you are home. I hope all your stitches will be now be in fabric, not hips! I am saying an extra prayer for you! Try to enjoy your downtime!

Maria said...

Nice to be home Karren and I wish you a speedy recovery. How nice to have a wonderful loving carer.

barb said...

Prayers and hugs Karen hope you heal soon.

Claddaughquilting said...

Happy that you are home! I am sure that being home will raise your spirits and your road to recovery will be that much easier. Thank God for a good man! That's you, Mr. Painted Quilt! Congratulations on having another one of your designs published, such a powerful acknowledgment of your talent. Take care, and you know you are both in my thoughts and prayers.

celkalee said...

You have been in my thoughts and prayers since your first comment about this difficult surgery. I did a post on the magazine on my little blog last week and your contribution. Please take care. Follow your instructions very carefully. My Mr. had back surgery last year and in Oct. fractured his vertebrae that had been fused on the prior surgery. We have had two long episodes and this time he is listening to the restrictions.

Joan said...

Glad to hear that you are home. Sending healing thoughts your way. Your Noah's Ark design is lovely. Take care. XX

Kristy said...

Most definitely will keep you in my prayers. So glad you have a great helper to keep you company and feed you too! :-) What a darling project. I just subscribed I hope I get that issue! K-

Cheryl Reeves said...

Sending prayers for you and the Mr.

I know from experience it becomes a WE thing when one partner has surgery.

Cant wait to see the magazine also.

Blessings to you

Polly said...

Oh my, Kaaren. I am so sorry for your pain and suffering! I hope your new hip mends perfectly and without too much more pain! Let your DH pamper you with some great sandwiches!!

Barbara in TN said...

Kaaren - SO sorry to hear of your troubles. Saying prayers for a speedy recovery. Loved the Noahs Ark quilt in PQ&P magazine - congratulations on "another" winner! I'm such a fan of yours!
Barbara in TN

Gayle said...

You're very welcome Kaaren! I used to collect Noah's arks so this little quilt really appeals to me. Hope you can stay entertained while you heal!

Kate/Massachusetts said...

It will get easier Kaaren, I promise! Been there! You will be working in your garden before you know it and all this will be history! I will pray for you both. Keep saying this to yourself: every day, in every way, I am getting better. The self-talk helps alot.

Betty said...

Kaaren, Sorry to hear of your health issues - sending positive thoughts your way and hoping you heal quickly and are able to get on with the other parts of your life.

Betty in Sunny Alberta

Pam in IL said...

So glad to hear that you are home! As always, you're in my thoughts and prayers. Love hearing that Mr. PQ is such a great caregiver!!!!

Vickie Lewis said...

Good luck on a speedy recovery! Happy Quilting!

paulette said...

YOU got it!! Wishing you a speedy and pain free recovery!!
Big hug!!
P

Katie said...

Ouch! So sorry for your pain and confinement. Truth be told I’m almost jealous. (not really!) How nice it would be to have some quiet time to sit and stitch! Great news about the magazine! :-)

Laine said...

So sorry to hear about your previous hip replacement not healing properly and then fracturing. I had a hip replacement in Sept because I fell while taking a walk. Thank goodness my husband was with me. I am doing well and I sure hope that you do too. Congrats on you design being published.

lorir said...

Praying for a speedy recovery. My thoughts are with you.

Sandy said...

What an honor, can't wait to get that issue! Home is for healing, that is for sure. Prayers for you and hubby...also the furry ones! Happy stitching.

Janet O. said...

So sorry about your re-injury and surgery do-over. I'm glad you have good help! Hope recovery goes smoothly.
I HAVE to find that magazine!! Looks like a great pattern!

Rilene said...

I hope your hip heals right this time!
Enjoy your quiet creative time. You'll be actively sewing soon.

Needled Mom said...

Oh dear Kaaren.....how terrible. I hope the new and improved one will heal quickly and you will be back to running around soon.

Elyte said...

Hopefully this procedure was successful and wishing you a fast and full recovery.

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

I wondered if all was well when you hadn't posted for a while - so I'm glad to hear that you are back on the mend. If I were closer I'd offer to pop in with some lunch and do a little bit of house chores for you while visiting. I know from experience the hubby's good for most everything, but a little extra help is nice, too.
I LOVE your new Noah piece and I picked it as my first to do from that issue!!
Healing thoughts coming your way -

Tammy said...

Thinking of you Kaaren! All the best for your recovery.

Mª Alba said...

Bon dia Karen. Sento molt llevir que has estat de nou al hospital.
Ar espero que la recuperació sigui satisfactòria.
Segur que el teu marit et cuidarà amb molt de carinyo.
Molts petons i abraçades !!!!

Lin said...

So sorry to read this Kaaren - best wishes for a speedy recovery meanwhile enjoy all that hand work. xx

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Karen,
wish you a good and fast recovery. Get well soon, and yes, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Greetings,
Sylvia

barcord said...

You and Mr PQ in my prayers. Hope you can relax and take it slow in your recovery. Praying that the surgery is spot on this time. I love Mr Noah and friends. I hope to get my copy of the mag soon.

Joy Burkhart said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, Kaaren! I bet the fur-babies were glad to see you. Thank God, tho', for husbands!!! You are in my prayers. {{{Hugs}}}

Lauraalyse said...

I so sorry that you had to go through all of that. I hope you able to sew away to pass time and discomfort. I am happy to hear that you have such a great attendant!

andsewon said...

So sorry to hear this Kaaren. Wishing you speedy and perfect healing this time around! Lovely project!
Lola

Ronda said...

So Sorry Kaaren but so glad to see you are on the mend!!!!! Mr PQ is a keeper for sure! Will keep you both in prayer for strength decreased pain and healing. I am sure you will accomplish great works in that chair!

Teresa in Music City said...

Life has certainly interrupted your plans hasn't it? Praying for your quick recovery and return to "normal" life!

Debbie Lou said...

So sorry about your hip problem. Hopefully it is now in good shape and you are on the mend. Blessings and prayers being sent your way. Happy thoughts!

Lynn - JnL4God said...

Praying for your continued recovery and full healing.

Marilyn said...

Praying for a quick recovery from your surgery . It's
wonderful that your husband is such a good caregiver,
kudos to both of you .

Lindah said...

So sorry to hear that your wings have been clipped again. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. PQ, too.

Susan said...

I hope you like your new hip, mine gave me a new lease on life! Praying for your full recovery and for mr. PQ to be blessed and a blessing to you.

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

Hi there ....you and I are almost in the same boat! Laid up and being cared for my men who can make a mean sandwich and awesome pot of soup......well it's getting better :) not as many black pots in the sink ! Cause he's the one who has to clean them too.
I will add a prayer for you to get all better.
Just before Christmas I went into hospital short of breath.
Long story short. I was admitted thinking I was having a heart attach and blood clot in lungs. Very scary indeed.
I spent 9 days in hospital coming home New Years Eve. I too have a new lease on life. It's a New Year A time for a New Me, and I plan to make it the best life ever.Prayers and Friends are the greatest; bloggers have been so supportive too. Sits a time you find out who your friends really are.
I have been blessed!
Congratulations on making it into PrimitiveQuilts and projects....I can hardly wait to get my copy !
Listen to your body....rest when you feel like it. ...... And listen to the guy taking care if you. It's a new thing for a man who is used to having us care for them.
They are trying their best......
We now have an excuse to " sit and stitch"
Spending prayers your way for a fantastic recovery!
Hugs Marg.

Sherry said...

Wishing you the best as you heal and have a wonderful time stitching and sketching

moosecraft said...

Wow! What a way to start the New Year! So glad they were able to re-do the procedure quickly and you are well on your way to healing... I guess if being "locked in the house" was going to happen.... winter is the preferred time of year... :-) Hugs ~Sharon

Annelein said...

I hope you will recover asap and wish you good health.

Enjoy the time there is now to stitch and design....

Gail said...

Hi Karen,

Hope your recovery goes smoothly and quickly. By the time spring and summer roll around you'll be able to enjoy them. Better to be laid up in winter than in nicer weather.

Gail in NH

Carolyn Sullivan said...

Sending prayers! glad you are not alone and have someone to help you.

JudyCinNC said...

Sending you armfuls of positive thoughts interlaced with huge virtual hugs and a ton of prayers for a successful outcome to this temporary freckle in the constant balance of everyday life in which we seem to have little control over !!! Congrats on your Primitive Quilts project publish. We all really missed you. Judy C in NC

Janet said...

I know you have the best of care at home but I'm sending best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. Congratulations on the Magazine quilt, I think it's fabulous.

MoeWest said...

Congratulations on being in Primitive Quilts again! I bought the Winter 2014 issue for your Vintage Christmas quilt and found other projects that I love there too. I'll be sure to check out the spring issue. Mr. Painted Quilt is sure to improve his cooking skills after six weeks of practice. My hubby likes to make soups and stews because you don't need to follow the recipe too closely. I hope you feel better soon.

Helen Bowie said...

Awe Kaaren,
So sorry to hear about your suffering and set back. You can't keep a good woman down! Congrats on your design being published again in Primitive Quilts. Your work is wonderful. You are so talented.

Prayers for you both. Take care.

krislovesfabric said...

A friend gave me a copy of that magazine and your Noah pattern is the one I zeroed in on immediately. Sure hope you heal quickly, prayers for you and your husband!

Muddling Through said...

Oh, Kaaren, I am SO sorry. Thank God you have such a great caregiver! Hope your recovery is much faster and better than anticipated. I really do like your published pattern.

Janet said...

Welcome home.I was so excited when I saw your Noah's ark. It is fantastic. I wish you a speedy receovery.

June said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you! Having recently gone through hip problems myself, I have a lot of sympathy for your situation. Please take good care of yourself!

terriquilts said...

So glad you are home! Prayers for a swift recovery. I was excited to see your pattern in the latest Primitive Quilts magazine. Definitely on my to-do list. I'm working on my stitchery for the Vintage Christmas quilt now. Love your patterns and great instructions.

Donna said...

Oh, my, you have had such a rough go of it. I do sincerely hope you are well on the way to recovery by now and will have no more setbacks.

Rose M. said...

Prayers are being sent your way! Speedy receovery.

Das neue alte Haus said...

Dear Kaaren,
I hope you feel better. Be careful with yourself and take time to recover.
Get well soon.
Greetings Karina

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oooh sounds painful! Hope you are well on the mend now and that you get better soon!!

Debra Graham said...

So sorry that you have had such a difficult time. I will keep you and yours in my prayers. I hope your lovely Dog and cat will keep you company while you recuperate.

Scrapatches said...

Sending healing best wishes ... <3 Pat