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Hi quilting buddies, I hope you are all well. It has been a long time since I posted. My husband got sick just after Thanksgiving and it just kept getting worse and worse. The fist diagnosis was pneumonia and after almost a month of antibiotics and shots with no improvement, he was sent to a lung specialist. A week in the hospital and a couple thousand tests give or take a few hundred, they found out he has "Blastomycosis". A fungus disease in his lungs. He will be on treatment for a year. Doctors said it is a slow growing disease and a slow healing one. We are finally seeing a little improvement though and are very grateful for that. We joke and say that God gave him pneumonia so the doctors could find the fungal infection! He does work in mysterious ways! I am glad Rick is doing better, I was so scared I was going to lose him for a while there.

I have been working on my sister's Angel quilt and finally finished the last of the blocks. Now dear friends I am at a loss as to how I want to quilt the outer boarders. Unfortunately I can not post a picture to show you so that I can draw on your wisdom and experience because my sister Jackie is also on the site! She knows I am
working on her quilt and that it is based on Angels but she doesn't know anything about what the design is and I want to keep it a surprise. I have really had fun with this one and can not wait to finish it so I can give it to her. I have a couple more waiting in the wings, I was going to start piecing together my brother's "Fishing" quilt but my poor little sister in law found out she has breast cancer. They were able to surgically remove all the cancer leaving her breast intact and now she is almost finished with her chemo treatments and will soon begin radiation. she is a trooper and I am so proud of her. Any way, Allen can wait, Becky's will come next! I will figure it out soon and will post the picture as soon as it is finished. God Bless You and Happy Quilting!

Gerri

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Comment by Laurie on February 16, 2010 at 9:06pm
Glad they found out what was wrong with your DH and there is treatment...even if it is a slow go. Will keep him and your DSIL in my prayers for continued recovery. God Bless you and your family.
Comment by Sharon Reeves on February 16, 2010 at 7:28am
I am glad that your husband is on the mend. I've never heard of Blystomycosis and that must be a rare disease. Your sister's quilt will be treasured, because you made it for her. Will love to see it when it's done. Also, your DB and DSIL's. Happy quilting. Keeping your in my prayers.
Comment by Lori/MD on February 16, 2010 at 7:19am
Happy for your many blessings and recoveries of your family. It is a trying time when people we love are ill and there's not much we can do.

How about "Stars" from Heaven for your angel quilt borders.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on February 16, 2010 at 7:04am
You have had a lot going on. I'm so glad they discovered what was going on with your DH and that the treatment seems to be working. What a blessing that is. I'm glad your SIL has gotten through surgery and chemo and pray that she will be fine now, too.
I'm sure you will discover a great way to quilt your borders -- will be waiting the see it all finished.
Comment by Pam/NY on February 16, 2010 at 4:00am
Prayers sent and welcome back.
Comment by Lori on February 16, 2010 at 3:27am
So glad DH is on the mend. Will keep your family in my prayers.
Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on February 15, 2010 at 9:10pm
I am so glad they found out what was wrong with your dh and there is available treatment for what he has. Yes God does work in mysterious ways, Who would ever think pneumonia was a blessing. Thank you Lord. It sounds like your sil is going to be ok, God be with her and keep her in the Shadow of His Wing and your dh too!!
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on February 15, 2010 at 8:14pm
Gerri, sounds like you have lots on your plate. Glad your DH is doing better and hopefully he will continue to improve. Looking forward to seeing your DS quilt when you get it done and after she gets it. Alos sorry to hear about your DSIL. We will be praying for her and your DH. Take care. Hugs from me!
Comment by Vicky Girten/MO on February 15, 2010 at 7:49pm
Glad to hear your DH is doing better. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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