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I miss my sewing machine and fabric!!!!  We've been apart over three months, but I am teaching myself something new...tatting...So my hands are still busy.

April 11th, I had signs of Cellulitis infection...My leg was hot, red and my fever was 103.  Off to the hospital via 9-1-1....and as the tests started coming back, I was sicker than I thought...anemic, very malnourished, A-fib was out of control, kidneys were shutting down, heart rate was in the high 100's, and the list went on.  The results of the CT scan revealed a layer of infection within my engorged left thigh.  Although I'm allergic to all antibiotics, I was given benadryl and pumped full of antibiotics for ten days.

Then I was transferred to the burn and wound unit.  As the fluid from my Lymphedema drained, the infection came to the surface and was the size of a dessert plate.  By May 13th I was able to finally transfer to a rehabilitation place....through the present.

I think I'm getting to old for these rehab...muscle inducing workouts.  But somewhere, deep down within I find that strong woman and bring her to the surface.  I've only had a couple bad days where even wild horses couldn't get me out of bed.  But this old "night owl" is beginning to get a morning routine going. Rather difficult to ignore someone banging on your door at 07:30...here's your meds, here's your food, time to get dressed, time to transfer.etc..  hahaha.  Thankfully they allow some afternoon "horizontal life pauses"!

My only frustration now is that I will eventually have to go back to Cottagewood assisted living place, but hopefully not for long as I'm considering relocating to another city in southern Minnesota.  Wayne's been gone for three years now, there's too many memories here and it's time to start over someplace fresh.

I had considered moving closer to family, but that's not going to make them suddenly want to participate in my life.  Time this strong woman branches out and creates some new fun!!

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Comment by Barbara Graham on July 5, 2016 at 6:14pm

Good luck with your new home selection. I sounds like you have had plenty of time to think about it.

Comment by Janet/MO on July 2, 2016 at 9:48am

I hope you are able to get back on your feet soon!  My mother developed cellulitis and it was awful.  Now a friend of ours who lives north of Denver has had to deal with it recently & he has severe COPD on top of that.  Good luck with deciding whether or not to move.  I like MN too except for the winters.  They are bad enough here in Missouri.

Comment by Irene Gallway on July 2, 2016 at 7:44am

I think you have had your share of bad health news.  I'm glad your feeling better and planning on a change of scenery.  You are a very strong woman and determined to beat these health issues. Good luck in finding a new place to start over and create some new fun.  

Comment by Pam/NY on July 2, 2016 at 4:02am
You have been to hell and back. I know that feeling, but you are woman! Can't keep us down. Someone has to keep things moving forward. My grandmother had flying fingers shuttle tatting. Never kept up with it.
Good luck in the future...I like that you are making choices for you not your family.
Comment by LKC on July 1, 2016 at 7:23pm

Where ever you are keep in touch here at CT. Health problems are no fun. Glad you got some relief. Have fun with the tatting. Learning something new keeps our mind active and young.

Comment by Barb/WI on July 1, 2016 at 6:05pm

There is a saying - something like, "you don't know how strong you are until you have to be."  Fits you to a tee.  Keep up the good work in rehab.  If you do end up choosing to move, I hope you find a nice friendly little town with people excited to learn about you and appreciate your talents.  Be proud of your hard work.

Comment by Sandy Larkey on July 1, 2016 at 2:27pm

Wow!  Sounds like you NEED to be a "strong woman within."  Hopefully, you're over the worst life can throw at you now.  My deepest sympathy for what you're undergoing.

I have a couple of questions; first of all, whereabouts in Minnesota.  My husband grew up in Minnesota and we lived there for nearly 40 years of our married life.  The Twin Cities, but still ... Minnesota.  After we retired, we spent about five years in Louisiana, near New Orleans--got off that houseboat May before Katrina hit.  Now we've living in my old hometown in Nebraska.  Kind of miss the Twin Cities, mostly for easy access to shops, especially fabric shops, and restaurants, and friend--do NOT miss the traffic!

Next question: tatting.  Are you learning the shuttle tatting method, or needle tatting.  My Aunt Hazel did a lot of tatting when I was a child.  She used a shuttle and ball, or sometimes two shuttles to do multi-colored tatting.  She also used #60 sewing thread, thinking that the tatting made with regular crochet thread was too coarse and wasn't very pretty.  She tried to teach me, or rather, I tried to learn, but she had "flying fingers" and I could never see just what she was doing.  I'd ask her to slow down, and she'd reply that she WAS going slow.  I discovered needle tatting about 10 years back, and am so pleased I found out about it.  I can make very pretty tatting without having to learn how to use a shuttle.  I'm in the process of making a Victorian wedding party with porcelain (bisque) dolls, and am tatting lace for the girls' undergarments.  By the way, I've also made the dolls; they are kits from about the 70s, manufactured by Shackman and/or Yield House. 

Good luck with all the rehab and etc.  And one of these days, throw a shoe at that person who wakes you up at 7:30!  I'm a night owl, myself, and I think even if it is for a good cause, I.e. healing you, I think anybody who is so cheerful at that hour of the morning ... well, justifiable homicide! 

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