Wednesday, May 15, 2024

And Now For The Rest Of The Story

A quilt full of flowers and butterflies that I made now belongs to a girl with a big smile who just underwent surgery in Medellin, Colombia! 

I made the quilt back in 2019  and donated it to Wrap-A-Smile.  

Wrap-A-Smile partners with Rotaplast, International to provide quilts to children undergoing cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. 

Rotaplast also has a Facebook page and that is where the photo was found. I'm not on Facebook; however, the page is public so I could see the photo. 

Unfortunately, when the pandemic hit the Rotaplast surgical missions were cancelled for a couple of years so all the quilts planned for those missions like the one I made in 2019 stayed in storage for awhile. Wrap-A-Smile also quit accepting quilts for awhile when the missions were cancelled but now are back in business. 

And now that Wrap-A-Smile is accepting quilts again I have 20 quilts I hope to get boxed up and shipped off within the next couple of weeks. FYI - I have found Pirate Ship an economical way to ship. I wonder where they will end up!  

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

May 14 - I received a 25 lb. box of crumb blocks, orphan blocks, fat quarters and other fabrics and batting. I have plans to make 3 crumb quilts for kids asap. 

Today, May 15 - Hubby, John, had a CT scan a couple of weeks ago and had an appointment this morning with his pulmonologist to go over the results. GOOD NEWS! The doctor showed us the scan from October when he was in the hospital with aspiration pneumonia and one from January and the current one. He showed us on the current scan that the fluid is gone and lungs have healed up as much as they can. He still has bronchiectasis and uses a nebulizer and has some problems breathing but he can walk without a walker now and is not on oxygen and a few months ago he was on oxygen, could not get up out of a chair and had to walk with a walker! Pulmonologist told him to keep doing what he is doing and come back in November! Root cause of most of John's health issues stems from oropharyngeal cancer and all the radiation he had over 20 years ago. He can no longer swallow so gets his nutrition via feeding tube and pump. When he could not swallow very well he was aspirating most everything he tried to swallow. Then they put in feeding tube and he was still aspirating bolus feedings. Aspiration led to aspiration pnuemonia and inability to swallow and eat anything before feeding tube led to weakness and malnutrition. Now that he no longer aspirates and lung damage is healed and he is getting nutrition and gaining weight with enteral feeding and doing physical therapy exercises he is getting healthier every day!!! (Oh, and he has a good wife that helps him out too!)

And guess what...another I found a four leaf clover when I was weeding. Lucky me! I am pressing it to save. This is from a red clover (trifolium pratense). I've never found one from a red clover. In the past I have found four leaf white clover (trifolium repens). In the middle ages it was believed by some Celtic groups tthat wielding a four leaf clover would help you see fairies and ward off evil spirits and grant the holder good luck.  I just looked down and immediately spotted it. I was already thinking that I'm a pretty lucky person so now I'm wondering what the future holds!



Jenny said...

Such great news about your hubby's health issues, and yes, without doubt you are indeed a wonderful wife. How wonderful to see where o e of your donation quilts ended up, that happy smile is saying thanks so much!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Now maybe John can enjoy your gardens too. They have probably changed a lot since he was outside regularly. I'm so happy everything turned out well.

One of my grandsons can just look down at the ground and spot 4 leaf clovers too. I think the girl he is marrying is pretty good at it too so I think they were meant for each other.

Sally Langston Warren said...

Celebrate indeed! How encouraging and rewarding to see how far he has come! Hope you will find more things to enjoy together as John regains more mobility and strength.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this excellent news about your husband's checkup!


Astrid said...

Wonderful news about your DH's health issues! Happy dance for you both! How great to see where one of your donated quilts ended up! That girl is so happy! We have white clover in the garden, I haven't seen 4 leaves in a very long time. Hope it brings you good luck!

Kathleen said...

what a fabulous post !!!
what a difference you are making to people both near and far !!!

and isn't pirateship fabulous?

keep on keeping on, Cathy !


Nann said...

Such good news about John! Give him a hug for all of us. Thanks again for the reminder about Rotaplast and Wrap a Smile. We are Rotarians and Rotaplast is just one example of the tremendous work our organization facilitates. (And my college sorority's international philanthropy for years was Cleft Palate Research.)

Tammy said...

So glad to hear about your husband’s progress! And isn’t it wonderful that we’re starting to see our quilts I’m action again!

Vicki in MN said...

I am happy to hear your hubby has made good progress and is on the upswing. So fun that you got a pic of the girl getting the quilt, that is rewarding. Nice bunch of quilts you have saved for that purpose.

Brenda said...

They say good things come to those who wait - and here you get to see a child with your quilted hugs. Wonderful news on your husbands progress too. Things certainly are looking up!

MissPat said...

Such good news about John's health. And what a blessing that he has progressed to getting around without the walker.
My husband was a Rotarian and I had planned to make some quilts for Wrap-a-Smile, but then Covid shut everything down. I have a couple projects to finish up, but then I'll make some quilts for them.

Mystic Quilter said...

Such good news for you both Cathy, happy that your husband is improving now. Good news also that your quilts can now be sent off to Wrap a Smile.The photo opening your blog post says it all doesn't it! Beautiful smiles!!

Laura said...

Wow! What a thrilling month with Wrap-A-Smile and your Hubby doing so well! Awesome blessings indeed! So much to be grateful for! :)

gayle said...

I always knew your quilts would bring smiles like that! You and Wrap-A-Smile and Rotaplast International all changed that little girl's luck. Long may she smile!
And such good news on the home front! You and John are both lucky to have each other. Wishing many smiles for you two, too!