March 11, 2009

Hospital Finishes and First March Finish!

I did a lot of waiting in the hospital for tests and was mostly feeling well, except for the numb foot thing! So..when taken out of my normal fast moving routines with the kids, I got a lot done!!

I finished 3 books: Eat. Pray. Love. by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer  and The Visible World by Mark Slouka. Once the MRI results were nearing, I couldn't concentrate on reading and moved on to knitting. In the meantime, I had also hand pieced two Dear Jane blocks for my swap with Katy.
March crafting

Once I received word that it looked like the MRI showed evidence of MS and that I would be doing a lumbar puncture next, I was a bit of an emotional mess and alone in a hospital, so picked up the knitting and went to town... Here is the sock I finished in the hospital. This is also going to Katy! I am a few inches into the second sock and plan to bring it for car knitting when I head off on Thursday with our patchwork group for a quilting exhibition in Dublin. Will take photos for a new post.
March crafting

Here is a quilt I did on Sunday and have been doing the stitchery for the last few will be my Paddy's Day seasonal quilt for my entryway quilt shelf, just need to sew down the binding at our patchwork group meeting tomorrow.Paddy's Day quilt...nearly done

I am slowly getting my head around it all, and the numbness is getting a bit better now. I will start medication in a few weeks and hope it will help further attacks from happening or happening as often. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the huge outpouring of support. Nearly everyone seems to know someone who has MS and who is getting on great in life. It is all very inspiring! I hope to reply to everyone, but haven't gotten a start yet... Just know that it means so much to me to be supported by my blogging friends.


Debbie said...

Glad to see you back! It sounds like you are off to a great start with getting on with your life as normal! I will keep you in my prayers. Debbie

rachel said...

despite the conditions, you accomplished alot cathi!!!

you & your family continue to be in my thoughts & prayers.

i love, love, love your paddy's day quilt.
it's perfect.

hope you enjoy yourself in dublin.

Bubblesknits said...

That sounds like me. Life gets crazy and I start churning out the crafts. lol I guess it helps us deal...almost like meditation.

Have fun at the meeting tomorrow!

Barbara said...

Oh my gosh, Cathi, you were a crafting whirlwind!! I'm amazed! I don't think I could get that much done in a month. Or more.

I'm really glad that you're coming to grips with everything - you're amazing!!

Laura said...

Hi Cathi,

Glad to hear that you are keeping your spirits up. Have fun on your trip up to Dublin tomorrow. If you ever want to get away for a weekend, you know where I live!!
Lots of love, Laura

Mary-Kay C. said...

I hope all is well and you seem to be in good spirits. That is good to know. I love your green quilt and the quilting in the center is awesome. It will be a lovely addition to your home. Take care.

The Chocolate Cat said...

I love your Paddys Day quilt!! Wow you did try and keep busy in hospital - 3 books very impressive and I love the sock! Looking forward to hearing about your trip to the quilt show.

Kate said...

nice sock :) Did you notice you've got one of the sections pieced backwards in the DJ block on the right (upper right hand corner). Aren't you glad to have me to point things like this out!

Candace said...

I love the green quilt, everything about it.
You will continue to be in my prayers, and it looks like you are taking things as they come and keeping busy.

Jane Weston said...

Wow - You've been busy! Glad to see that all this isn't slowing your creativity down. I guess that's why so many people that craft and sew like doing it as it is a great stress buster. Glad things are moving along and that they aren't keeping you waiting...sounds like they are being quite progressive with the tests and all.

Keep smiling!

P.S. There is a little something coming your way in the post...hope you like it ;o)

Eileen Keane said...

I don't know if you remember me but I just came across your blog again. I am going to keep good thoughts for you and your family. Like so many, I have a friend with MS and she's an elementary schoolteacher. Gotta be doing well to handle that, right? Bless you!

colleen said...

i love that st. paddy's day quilt. happy st. patricks day.

Dawn Hay said...

Cathi, you are amazing to do so much in the midst of a trial...I will be praying for you and thought as today in Aus it is 'St Patricks Day' I thought I would wish you a HAPPY one. Love your Irish Quilt.
Dawn xx

Kmbold said...

Your quilt stitching looks impeccable. Wishing you well.

susan shepard said...

Oh my dear. I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. As you have noted, though, medicine has made great strides in this area in the recent past and the treatments are quite comprehensive and effective. I'm praying for the best for you. Hugs to you and your darling girls.

Rachel said...

You have accomplished more then some that are not ill. I will pray that you find some relief and that the MS will go into remission.

faith said...

I'll say go go girl youre doing so well and just keep being creative and doing things.
Nurses just couldnt understand it when I took my quilts in to handquilt when both times I had relapses. Now the sock is what I have got learn now how to knit a sock.
Will keep in touch.


colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love all that you are keeping busy with. THose socks are to die for, and you know how I feel about South African fabrics. Can't wait to see what you do with all that schweschwe.

Carolien said...

Hello Cathi,

Your day quilt looks great! Such a nice eyecatcher ...
Fun to read that you got all kind of presents! Enjoy them & I hope you are all doing well (I always love to see your kids on your blog, sorry!)

Bye, Carolien

Karol-Ann said...

Hi Cathi, just catching up with you and I'm so sorry to read your news. I will be thinking of you and I'm sending you lots of love from South Africa, xka

Unknown said...

les chaussettes sont magnifiques ! Et les quilts, quelle patience aussi, mais le réultat est splendide.