Monday, June 29, 2009

Great Retreat weekend and now it's Awful Monday

I had a really nice weekend working on some things for our retreat with our online group AAPG. This month's theme was stars, but you could work on anything really. The idea again is to just keep checking in the group to see what everyone is doing.
I started with making what I thought was going to be a mat, but ended up to be a pillow. I seem to always make pillows. Need to venture out to different things. My friend Pat said she will show me how to needle turn applique sometime soon, and I just wanted to try my hand at it. I didn't have matching thread but did the best I could for the first try. I enjoyed it very much even if I was doing things wrong lol. I backed it with a piece of muslin and aged it with Betty's walnut stain formula that she offers with some of her purchased patterns. I'm happy with it and was really happy to finally use one of those leather buttons from a man's jacket in the center!

Then I decided to do a punch needle. This one came together relatively quickly. Just took time to paint the board to go along with it.

Oh, I forgot. On Friday, Nicole and I painted her brothers bedroom which will now be hers. It's just a little bit bigger than hers. Definitely a bigger closet than what she had which is good too. She had chosen two colors to paint it and I really like the results. Here's just a shot of her painting.
We still haven't picked out carpet yet. That is going to be a little while yet. I did pick up some paint chips for her room that will be my new wool room. Am really looking forward to that!

Ok, now for the Awful Monday part. My mil had a doctor's appointment today (just a checkup), but I had to have her cancel it. George has been battling a cold for about 3 weeks now. Coughing a lot, and last night he did some major coughing. This morning he got up went into the bathroom, but never made it into the shower at that point. He was having trouble breathing. Wasn't sure if it was his heart or lung. Being a "man", he just wanted to go to the doctors. He had a 12:00 appointment and got in the shower around 10:00. When he got out of the shower, even with the window and door wide open, his breathing got worse. So after a very long day of taking him to the doctors and having a chest xray, George had a tension pneumothorax. Which is a completely collapsed lung, and the pressure from the air that was building up inside, it was pushing to the other side and on his esophagus and heart. So I took him to the emergency room and they put in a chest tube. This is the second time it has happened and on the same side. We talked with a doctor and have agreed to have it operated on. And that will take place sometime tomorrow.

After the tube was put in, he is feeling much more comfortable. I watched them put the tube in. I had to stand my ground with the emergency room doctor that I was staying there. I've been through this before with George and watched the whole procedure before. This doctor did it a little differently, but George was just fine. I know they were worried that I'd be on the floor passed out. But he's my husband and I wasn't leaving. I know a lot of people wouldn't watch, but I am intrigued but it all. The nurses said I should be a nurse lol. They gave me a copy of his chest xray, and it's the only thing I have from today to show you. I teased George about not having my camera with me to update my blog of his adventure. I didn't want to get him laughing because he couldn't breathe right. But it was funny! Now the picture isn't gory, so don't worry. Just a shot of a collapsed lung. The one on the right has all these squiggly lines going through the lung. that is normal and full. The one on the left (which is his right lung) is totally collapsed and I drew a circle around his lung deflated. The solid black area is all air, and was pushing everything to the other side. Very dangerous. Some of you might find it interesting, some may not. I'm ready to chill out the rest of the night. Haven't called Nicole yet. She is in Ocean City, MD for a week, and there really isn't anything she can do. And we don't want to worry her. I'll know when it's the right time to call her if I need to at all. Craig did come and visit his dad this afternoon. He works at the hospital in the IT department.

I'm just asking for prayer for George. I believe in prayer and I KNOW it helps. It helped him last time this happened. That's why he didnt' need the surgery. God answered. But we dont' want this to happen again, and that is why he's agreed to it. I just ask that God be with George and the Doctor's hands tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers.

Have a wonderful week everyone! I hope the sun is shining and the hands are busy in whatever you choose to do...


Plumruncreek ♥ said...

You sure have had a big day. I will keep you and George in my prayers. Hope he gets to feeling better really soon. Take care of yourself!!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

I'll be thinking of you and George. I'll keep you both in my prayers and hopefully he will be feeling good again real soon.

arlyce said...

you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Best to you and George. arlyce

Anonymous said...

Kathy I will pray for George tonight and you too. If you need anything or just to talk please feel free to call. I will check in and hope you let us all know how everything goes.

weaverpat said...

Linda and I are close by so if you need anything we can be there in minutes! Please don't hesitate to call. I'll be sending my best healing prayers out to you and George!

Joanne said...

I agree with all comments and will do same. Please let me know if you need anything - If you need Nicole by your side I will go pick her up for you or if you just need the company - Just say the word. Anything! So glad you got George there on time and he's more comfortable! After today's surgery he will be on his way to healing and back to new!

JoJo said...

Kathy, we don't know eachother and I'm certainly too far away to offer any kind of physical help. But I can, and will, offer prayers for George and his surgery.

I pray all goes well for him today and he'll never be faced with this medical issue again.

Brenis said...

Kathy, praying for George, you and the surgeon. God WILL hear all the prayers! Please keep us updated on how he's doing!!! Big hugs to you my friend! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Kathy, so sorry to hear about George...I will keep him in my prayers that he will heal quickly and I will pray for you to be able to keep strong physically and emotionally.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Kathy ~
Thinking of you and George and sending prayers your way.
Here's to a speedy recovery!