Friday, November 26, 2010

The best project for hospital waiting rooms

The past 2 weeks are a blur.  My mother has not felt well for quite some time. A visit to her family doctor resulted in a scan that revealed she needed to have her gallbladder removed. We were referred to a surgeon who suggested she have a colonoscopy since she'd never had one. After a little persuasion, she agreed and was scheduled for the procedure the following day (perfect timing so she didn't have time to dread it). Good thing she had the colonoscopy because he found colon cancer. He felt it was contained and was very optimistic that surgery would remove it all. 

Two days later she is in surgery to have her gallbladder and a portion of her colon removed. During surgery, the surgeon ran into complications and couldn't do the procedure as planned. That turned out to be a good thing, though, because he also found cancer in her intestine.

As a child I remember feeling very sad at Christmas when I learned of the passing of a lady who went to our church.  I thought how sad it must be too lose a loved one or get sad news around the holidays.  They would never be the same.  Unfortunately, I will never think of Thanksgiving in the same way in light of what happened the past week.  Time will heal the shock but Thanksgiving will always be the holiday season when mom was diagnosed with cancer. 

I spent a lot of hours in the hospital and put my time to good use.  I worked on my baskets. 

Did I mention I need 280 something of these little guys to make a quilt?  They are perfect for hospital visits.  I am sure we will have many more medical appointments so I'll have a lot of opportunities to make more. 

Hope you get a lot of quality quilting time in this holiday season!


  1. Kay,
    I am so sorry to learn of your Mother's condition. Things do have a way of working out in our best interest.
    You have made a lot of progress on you basket quilt, and with the times ahead for your Mom, you will probably finish most of the baskets required for the quilt.
    I can certainly relate to you receiving the news around the holiday. I received news of my Mother's cancer on Good Friday. It was a day that changed my life forever and I always think about it around Easter. Please know that you and your Mother will be in my prayers in the days ahead.

  2. Hi Kay,
    I'm so sorry that you all have to go thru this challenging time! I hope that thing will improve soon. I'll be thinking about you and your mom. Good luck! Paula

  3. Sad news about your mom, but hopefully the doctors will get things sorted out soon. It's good that they found the culprit to her not feeling well early.

    Your baskets are beautiful! I am working on them as well. They are the perfect "take with" project, with each one being small enough to work on in tight places away from home. At first I thought that I would make a smaller quilt than the one pictured by Blackbird Designs in their book, but they are easy and fun to make so who knows! I hope things go well for your mom.

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  4. Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts. I do so appreciate them.