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    Hello quilty friends,

    It's been awhile since I've posted a Jim update but I've been thinking of you. I know you are there cheering us on and it means the world to us.

    Today was his 81st day in the hospital. For those of you who haven't seen my previous posts, my husband tore the inner lining of his aorta on November 4 and had an emergency surgery which lasted over ten hours. He was in ICU for eight weeks, a rehab unit for two weeks, and a regular hospital floor for two weeks. The change to the regular floor was not an upgrade; they put him there because he couldn't handle the rehab since he was regurgitating everything he tried to ingest, even through the tube feeding. They have done multiple x-rays, c/t scans, etc. and they can't find what's wrong. They tried re-instituting the tube feeding day before yesterday but he still keeps on throwing up so they had to stop it again. He has had almost no nutrition for five days. No wonder he has lost 43 lbs. (He needed to lose it, but this wasn't the way!) They are going to do an upper GI in the morning. Hopefully they will be able to figure out what's wrong and it will be easily treatable. His next stop will be a rehab nursing home where he will be for a long time. He tells everyone that comes to his room that his goal is to go to the nursing home by his birthday (next Tuesday). I was flabbergasted when those words came out of his mouth; this is the same man who asked me years ago to never put him in a nursing home.

    Everyone keeps telling me to take care of myself so I've been doing the best I can. I see family and friends a lot and I have a great network of family and friends. My sister is doing updates via e-mail so I don't constantly have to call people and let them know how Jim's doing. She sends updates to over eighty people.

    I treasure the concern, thoughts, and prayers of everyone. I know I'm getting a lot through the forum, too.

    The best thing I have done for myself is (drum roll, please) I went to a quilting retreat last weekend, from Thursday to Monday. It was the second time I have been to this one and I am fortunate that it is less than an hour from home. People travel from all over the southeast; I feel fortunate to be so close. I had a wonderful time; my BFF was there and she completed her very first quilt top--a Jelly Roll Race with a flange and three borders! It is so pretty. I saw a wonderful picture on this forum of a Labyrinth Walk quilt, got the pattern, and made the blocks at the retreat. (When I saw the picture, I thought, "Well that's just half square triangles and 90 degree triangles so I can do that." One of the male quilters said that's the quilter's way of saying "Hey Bubba, Watch this!") I cut and labeled carefully and still wore out my seam ripper. Here's the progress I made with the squares; borders to follow.

    Julie's graduation quilt.jpg


    What I make with my hands, I give with my heart.

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    That is an amazing quilt!
    Prayers to your husband & to you.
    May the road rise up to meet you...
    May the wind be always at your back...
    May you be in Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead...
    Patt :icon_wave:


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      Hugs to both you and your hubby. Although I haven't had the pleasure of chatting with you, I have kept both you and your hubby in my prayers...

      Your quilt top looks like a rats maze to me...The reason you picked this is you have felt that you have been running a maze these past weeks! You go for it. I am impressed. Isn't it amazing that we pick the hardest thing to do when we are stressed the most?
      Home is where your mother is..........;)


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        Glad to hear that Jim is doing a bit better and I hope they get his feeding situation worked out quickly. He certainly has fought a long hard battle. Also glad to hear that you are getting some "me" time as well. Your laby top looks great!
        K is for Karen 😊​ Albuquerque, NM..................
        Cremation - My last hope for a smokin' hot body.

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        T - is it TRUE?
        H - is it HELPFUL?
        I - is it INSPIRING?
        N - is it NECESSARY?
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          Quilting is good therapy so good to see it is helping you. Hope your hubby gets well very soon
          Life is short - Live everyday to the fullest


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            Prayers for you and your husband. That is one amazing quilt.


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              So good to hear an update on Jim and yourself... your quilt top is fabulous! I love it, and I'm glad you had a great time at your retreat, you needed it...


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                I will pray for your husband.

                WOW that quilt is just amazing.
                Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!


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                  What a clever looking quilt... It's great!

                  Praying for you and your husband.... A long illness like his can wear you down ... I know.... Taking care of yourself is excellent advice...

                  A quilting retreat is the perfect stress reliever....You are so lucky you had a good friend along... I am going on a three day one in February.... I figure the worst that could happen is me having a meltdown over my sewing machine..... I 'very known these women for a long time, so it will be OK.

                  Glad to here Jim is improving.... And I hope the feeling issue is him hugs from all of us!

                  Sandy from Cincinnati

                  AKA Kermit


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                    Best wishes for your husband's recovery. Your quilt is absolutely amazing! I have one of these on my quilting bucket list.
                    A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.


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                      Glad to he is is improving. Continued prayers for you both.


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                        Grace-Ann, this is amazing. Keeping you and Jim in prayer.
                        ~ Sally \0/


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                          Will keep praying for Jim (and you). Hope you get good news from the test results.

                          Your quilt looks great. Sounds like you enjoyed the retreat.


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                            Grace Ann, I have thought of you often and wondered how things were going. Glad to see things are looking up. Prayers will be continuing.
                            Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love



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                              Grace Ann, so good to hear from you. Love your quilt and glad you are using quilting as part of taking care of yourself. Continuing to keep both of you in my prayers.

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                              A bad day in the sewing room is better than a good day at the office.