Saturday, August 6, 2022

Been A Little While, Eh?


Hello my friends, it's been a very long year for me so far, although I've tried to keep up with you all through your blogs!  Let's see, what's happened this year.....

I guess it started with my hubby falling on the ice in January.  He hurt his ankle quite badly, couldn't walk at all, then fell every day again with the crutches.  A week later, I fell myself, in the garage, and ended up not being able to walk or use my right arm.  I fell on my shoulder.  What a blessing that my son was here, and was able to move our coffee makers upstairs!  

After 3 weeks of not being able to get downstairs, my brother called and told me he thought our mom was having a stroke.  Somehow, I managed to get dressed and into the car, and took her to the hospital. It may have been a mini-stroke, but they ran all the tests and she seemed fine to them.  I brought her home, and from that night on, she was living with me.

Eye surgery.  Pacemaker surgery.  Learning how to do insulin (she couldn't remember how to even pick her finger to get blood).  Finding all new doctors for her.  A fall, and a week later, we all got covid.  

After the fall, I took her to the ER, as she was acting goofy again - they kept her for a UTI.  By this time, we had been through the quarantine period for covid, but she was still testing positive so they stuck her in isolation.  This is how I had to visit her:

And my gosh, was it hot!  She made it through that, and came home, then fell again that very same night - hard - and had an ambulance ride where they again kept her.  This time, because I wasn't with her, and she was still testing positive, they wouldn't let me in with her.  She went from there to a nursing home, where they took abysmal care of her, and she finally came home.  Malnourished, with cellulitis, and very weak - but glad to be home.

Because, you know, home is where your daughter spoils you rotten.

During all of this, my arm was still not functioning, but it's better now, I can almost lift it as high as my shoulder.  And it doesn't wake me at night anymore.

Needless to say, I've done nothing else.  All of my sewing stuff is either packed away or given away.  My drawing supplies and paints are languishing.  My house is a disaster.  But you know?  God is so good!  My house is also filled with laughter, good food, and blessings too numerous to name.  

I have to admit I've missed blogging.  It's become a record for me of the years that have gone by.  Now that I can hold a camera with two hands again, I think I'll start back up.  For myself, though, to remind me - I know with no quilty content, I won't see most of you again.  And that's ok, we're all busy, believe me I understand that!

So - in the next month, barring any unforeseen problems, my son will be getting married.  And I have to find something to wear.  I also just (foolishly) cut 6 inches off my hair, so I may have to find a hairdresser.  Hard to cut your own when one arm doesn't work right, lol.  Life is full of the little daily things right now, so we are looking forward to a major occasion!  




Jenny of Elefantz said...

Girl, I would visit your blog even if you wrote about elastic or weevils.
I come because of you, your generous and funny nature, your kindness and care for others, your ability to see God in every circumstance and give Him glory, and because you are the very best prayer partner a girl ever had.
It's been a long year, and we've prayed a lot, eh? But we have both seen the Father's hand at work in all privileged we are to be daughters of the King.
Love you heaps,
Jen xxx

Karen said...

So glad to see you are back to blogging but so sorry to hear what has kept you away. Your wonderful attitude will surely see you through. Prayers for your family and Best Wishes! Look forward to reading more often,

Fiona said...

Oh my... you are having a testing time.... special love to that gorgeous Mum of yours.... take care ....xx

WoolenSails said...

I am sorry to hear you have been going through so much, but glad to hear that everyone is doing better. I hurt my shoulder, years ago and then fell on my elbow so I know how hard it is to keep up with our crafts and photographs, but I am stubborn and can't sit still for long, lol. Healing prayers for your mom and your family.


Nancy J said...

I will visit, no matter what photos or not are there. What a year, and in a flash life changes so quickly.You will conquer all of this, walk again with courage and eace, your man will walk carefully, the fabrics and paint are there for another day or month. We out here are with you, every step of your way. Love from a wet day down here in New Zealand, sending love flying northwards.XXXX Jean.

Lin said...

Oh Allie, what a year! But nevertheless, so good to catch up on your news. I hope that your shoulder continues to improve and Mum is now in the best place! A wedding to look forward to must be the best tonic ever. xx

dianne said...

bless your sweet heart!!!

Jocelyn said...

So happy to see you post again. And I agree with Jennifer. I would come to your blog no matter what you write about. It has been an eventful year, hasn't it? Glad your shoulder is doing better. Take care and God bless.

Cathy said...

Oh've had a rough time. I'm so glad you are all healing and that you Mum is with you. I hope she is doing better now. Take care my friend. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs

Águeda said...

Dear Allie,
I'm so happy to hear from you.
Life is so complicated nowadays. isn't it?
My life is complicated too. Sometimes I wonder where the free time is? Where is my time to sew, write on my blog, read my friend's post ? I had a peaceful period of time in the past. I wonder where it went...
But, I must be grateful to God. All my family is here, alive. All of us can eat every day yet. And you have write a new post. And you are an example to follow, a very good daughter, a very good mother and wife, a very good sister.
Your fabrics and sewing suplies are packcaged, but your heart and its treasures are whithin reach of everyone who needs you. I admire you for it.
Take care yourself too, my friend. Try to find a small daily moment for you and your painting, or sewing, nothing. But, a moment for you. Because you deserves it.
I wiih you a fast recovering of your hurt arm.
A big, big hug Allie.

Mary-Kay said...

Glad to hear you are all recovering. Your situation sounds exactly like mine. In January, hubby slipped on the ice and fell off the porch. he broke his back and injured his neck. One month later, he had his neck fused from C2-C7. He is still in a collar 6 months later. In May, we bought a new house, one floor for him, and the next day we all got COVID. We missed the upswing in housing prices for the sale of our house and ended up losing a ton of money. All my sewing stuff was put away and last night was the first time I sewed in months.
My longarm fits here in the basement so I'm happy about that. One day i will have to do a blog posting but there never seems to be enough time. Take care and I hope your mom is doing good.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Oh, No! I wondered what happened. I figured you were like me, tired and getting older So sorry you've had such a trying time. But thankful everyone is okay. So nice to hear from you! Keep us posted! Hugs

Tanya said...

Wow. What a hard 6 or 7 months of the year. Please don't overdo anything. It sounds like everyone needs to gain some strength. Continue praying!

Flickenstichlerin said...

Amazing what you all went through and still write such a cheering blog post. Best wishes to you and your wonderful Mum.


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