My husband had a 14 hour surgery on September 29 - mandibulectomy and fibula free flap reconstruction which means they took his fibula and made him a new mandibule. He had a broken jaw due to the radiation (osteoradionecrosis) he received several years ago when he had cancer. While I was waiting through the surgery and for days afterwards I read a book, caught up on adding blanket stitch around my Quilting 365 circles for August 9-31 and September 1-19, and read an entire book (Home by Harlen Coben) and part of another one (The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan).
My husband was discharged yesterday and I'm taking a week off to get him situated at home. He has an NG tube for formula feedings and medicine, neck stitches that need to be cleaned several times a day and with drains that need to be packed, trachea hole where the trachea tube was that needs to be cleaned and bandaged a couple of times a day, stitches on his leg from knee on down that need to be wrapped daily and boot for minimal walking. Some of these things I never dreamed I would be able to do because I get rather squeamish at the appearance of blood and body fluids but I'm hanging in there and doing what needs to be done.
By the way, thank you to all who offered prayers and healing thoughts. The doctors are amazed by my husband's recovery. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We had a family reunion campout, my son-in-law was discharged after 3 weeks in the hospital for chemo for leukemia, I made and canned salsa, finished a baby quilt and attended a shower for my nephew and wife, made a couple of quilts for a medical benefit for my son-in-law, took the grandkids school shopping and won a $25 gift certificate from FQ Shop for Scraptastic Tuesday.
September 1-19 circles. I have the rest of the month cut out but just not completed yet.
I started them on November 4 last year and I'm still making them and having fun with them.
I also took along some Peacock fans to applique.
I think I now have 20 14 inch blocks. Can't remember my target number. These will have sashing between them.
And now I need to prep more handwork. But I guess there's always hand quilting.
Thanks again for those healing thoughts and prayers. They seem to be working for my son-in-law also. He will still need a bone marrow transplant; however, his second bout of chemo which was last week went much smoother than the first round. His medical benefit was also a huge success.