Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Day 37 post Thumb surgery recovery

Hi All! I just got home from the hospital! PIN IS OUT! Thank you God!  -- fingers are not moving the way I want. Surgeon was surprised with bruising, but not surprised about the swelling. He said everything else is great. I did hold my breathe when the surgical pliers came out trust me..they look the same as any other pliers! Chef watched as I did my Lamaze breathing that was used 26 years ago! Chef said it was like watching someone pull out nails from a baseboard haha! My physiotherapist kept me focused on breathing! Thank you Vanessa!


The titanium  pin is as long as those flowered quilting pins! LOL I told him I wanted to keep it!

My splint has been cut to expose my wrist for more movement but to immobilize the base of the thumb.

I have exercises now 4 times a day and massaging the tissues. I am sure it will help with my skin! Amazing how limited my motion is just 5 weeks out. I'm on the upswing now!

Still left-handed typing -- but I am hoping physio will help me get back to my normal! This one handed stuff is for the birds! I feel like I have to hunt and peck! I have been watching my videos on Craftsy and browsing anything quilty! most times it's Pinterest because I can just click on the photo's and get to the websites! My favorites have grown exponentially.

Tigger of course is keeping close tabs on me! He literally follows me everywhere. Chef wakes up in the morning and comes downstairs - Tigger still waits for me to get up before he moves!

Chef is feeding me nutritious meals and helping with literally everything! I'm still having trouble pulling up my pants on my own. He says he doesn't mind! Oh Boy! I'd better get a handle on that before I head back to work!
The Youngest  has some quilting news to share this weekend, so stay tuned!

Thanks to all of you for your encouraging emails! I couldn't have done this without my family and of course my quilting friends! I hope that my journey about my surgery gives you good information in the event you have to go through this. No regrets!

Happy Quilting everyone!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Surgery Update

Date of photo's for reference: Aug 10 - Four weeks ago was surgery .... this is 28 days later. Lots of swelling despite RICE. Nine more days before the pin comes out. Right hand sore from one finger typing on right hand :-( The scarring is not too bad! Much better than what I anticipated

Lois Creative Gypsy gave me some sound advice: "...mix you up a little Jojoba oil (1oz) with a few drops of lavender and gardenia essential oil multiple times a day and the scars are virtually invisible! " It's great to be able to compare notes as she is through this!

We'll give this a try! I have only been able to tolerate once a day , as I still have the pin in. Pin comes out next week, so I would imagine this will be much easier after that!

Keep quilting on! I'll be visiting your blogs to pass my recovery time!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Surgery update and project to come!

Next project....last time I sewed the pieces still in the machine from before surgery!..and design wall ready for The Youngest to come help put the blocks together!

Little Man came to help this past weekend and helped Grandpa make pizza for supper. He also went to fetch ice packs for me and said, "Don't worry Nana! You now have three hands! One you have and two of mine! See! Three!" How can anyone not adore this Little Man? Adorable!

Today, Aug 5 - back to hospital to remove the last of the stitches. Now instructions to massage the "S" incision and don't touch the pin. I am 22 days post surgery. Waiting to get the feeling back in my thumb and be able to move the fingers more. Lots more to go, but feeling quite positive it will come along in time. This one or two right finger typing sucks!

My change in splints was night and day!. The LPN that removed my half cast, dug her thumb into my fresh incision resulting in excruciating pain. The old splint was resting on the incision site. X-rays were taken and I was re-examined by another surgeon on duty -- everything still in place. A new splint was made and I am going to have the pin in now for an additional day. Still no using left hand, REST - ICE - COMPRESSION (the splint) - ELEVATION.

 I'll update again when I have more energy! I miss touch typing and I remind myself daily that I will recover and be good as new!  Happy Quilting All! I'll be clicking and reading your blogs!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

11 days post surgery - Basal thumb arthroplasty with tendon interposition

Post with the assistance of The Youngest!

High five just before bandage removal!


Pin is at the top and sutures covered by steri-strips. The pin on top is holding the base of my thumb across to the base of my middle finger. The pin will be removed in another three weeks.

(Really its looking pretty good - not too much blood and gore - The Youngest)

 Hand Comparison
(Left hand with sutures)


Left thumb with pin - no expansion of hand until pin removal -- right hand is expanded. The yellow is bruising.


   Chef took a photo of my new snazzy removable splint!

I've been given strict instructions to keep this on for six weeks until my next re-check. I can only remove for showering; patting dry the incision area. They want me to move the tip of my fingers and move my thumb tip. My thumb is numb to the touch. 

Surgeon said not to panic.

Pain: No more than before surgery, and better most days. Major pain today - more about that later!

Meds: Last T3 with codeine was the day after surgery. Most days nothing. Once every couple of days I may have taken 2 extra strength Tylenol. I have been able to kept it under control with ice.

Sleep: I only wake up to re-position my hand when it's sore. 

Quilting/typing/using left hand: absolutely NO - The surgeon will review after I attend physio after six more weeks. No using my left hand other than moving fingers. Continue immobilization for 6 more weeks.

But all is not lost, the Youngest is going to come over and we are going to sew ... well the Youngest is going to sew I am going to be the one handed presser

(Almost sounds like a carnival act - step right up ladies and gents ... your eyes will be amazed when you see the one and only ONE HANDED PRESSER!! - The Youngest)

Until Next Time !

Friday, July 17, 2015

Day 4 - recovery time!

one finger typing

drugs are good

refused nerve block

apparently have high pain tolerance

constipation not good

chef amazing and taking good care -- he did my hair!

surgeon said lots of bone chips

thumb wired to base of pointer finger for 4 weeks

peekaboo next week with surgeon

incisions starting to itch

ice is my friend

sleep better sleeping sitting up

right hand hurting from using it too much

i can pull up my pants by myself!

happy quilting everyone!

always, Margo

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Youngest - Edition #5

After another week up NORTH my BF and I were ready to complete the Hungarian sewing desk. It took a "little bit" of wine and another coat of paint but it is finally done. We couldn’t be happier with the results.

At first I thought this would be a quick weekend project, Sand, Prime, Paint Bing Bang Boom were done. Well it turns out that it takes a lot of time and patience but it is 100% worth it!
Here is the Before and After, hope you like it as much as we do


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Youngest - Edition #4

Okay Okay I know I have put it off long enough it is time to paint the Hungarian sewing desk. First to run through my check list: Sanded Check, Primed Checked, Sanity … well that ones in question.
It was recommend by several Do it Yourselfers to use Benjamin Moore – Advance [Satin Finish]. We have a Benjamin Moore paint store in the town so I figured why not go over and chat up the sales staff to see what their take on the proper paint would be.
Turns out the Benjamin Moore – Advance [Satin Finish] is the paint for the job. This specific paint has a lengthy drying time [approximately 16hrs. to full dry & 72 hrs. for a full cure]. The reason this is the best paint for furniture is because of the lengthily drying time which allows for brush strokes to smooth out.
My number one apprehention with this entire project was that the desk would look streaky and like a toddlers finger paint project.
I found out the most common reasons brush strokes are commonly seen on painted furniture: 
1) too much paint was applied at one time
2) The wrong bush is being used
3) The paint is drying to quickly not allowing for the brush strokes to level out prior to drying
Armed with the information to prevent those pesky brush stokes I had a newly instilled confidence that the desk would be a success.
I confidently left the Benjamin more store with a handful of white paint chips. Going off of the newly built shelving in the sewing room "as suggested by the oh so wise BF" the two paint chips that matched the closest were Snowfall White and Chantilly Lace. I decided to go with the regal Chantilly Lace. (Top colour in the picture below)

Armed with my DIY research my BF and I painted the first coat of Chantilly Lace. After we "patiently" waited 16ish hours for the paint to dry I just had to see the desk in its new home. So I made my loving BF help me carry it into the sewing room. I have to say I am pleased as punch with how it looks after just one coat of paint.
Best advice thus far from the DIY bloggers – Use good paint!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Youngests - Edition # 3


Well I’m back and all tanned and rested up from our vacation in Palm Springs, California. Two girlfriends and my patient BF went to a 3 day Country music festival “Stagecoach”, it was a blast.

I’m now re-energized and ready to tackle this Hungarian sewing desk. ….. Where did I leave off? Oh right we were all primed and ready!

Now comes the finicky part, the Painting. I have been dreading this part and that may be why we did a whole vacation before we attempted to tackle the painting of the desk. I have been doing everything I could think of besides doing the painting. I even opted one day to clean the washrooms over painting the desk =S
Now it’s down to the final hour and I have to get this desk done. We were living in a bit of chaos with the garage and front room in shambles. I have a somewhat fuzzy idea in my head of what I want this room to look like. The BF and I decided the best plan of attack is to get the cabinetry and then match the paint colour for the desk off of that.
 HI HO HI HO it’s off to IKEA we go – we head into the big city to pick up the cabinetry from IKEA

We all know that putting together IKEA furniture can be like pulling teeth and have caused many divorces hahaha. With that said I am rather impressed with the BF and I. I only had to leave once because I was getting Hangry. Hangry - it means to be angry as a result of being hungry. SO I promptly left the front room whipped up a quick dinner of lemon butter shrimp and rice for the BF and I, problem solved.

After a couple hours, dinner and a visit from our neighbor and their beautiful little girl we finished!Next stop is the paint store but we will leave that for another day. Oh and how could I forget that I need to start filling those shelves with stash =D

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Youngest's Edition - #2

I have a vision for my sewing room, with the help of Pinterest.
I’m going for a bright room with a pop of colour that is simple and uncluttered. YEAH right, uncluttered… in a sewing room! Well I figure that’s what I’m going to aim for, might as well aim high if I’m going to aim at all.
Step 1 – Sell all of the current furniture (THANK YOU KIJIJI)
Step 2 – Well I wasn’t sure what step 2 was until my mom emailed me a picture of a desk
Step 2 – Okay step 2, buy desk and refinish … and convince BF to help

And so starts the adventure of the Hungarian sewing desk!

My mother had the find of a century. She found the desk I had envisioned in my head on KIJIJI (THANK YOU KIJIJI). All I had to do was sand it down and paint it white … sounds easy right HA that’s what I thought. My mom went to look at the desk for me as I was stuck up NORTH at work. Turns out that the gentleman “Louie” who was selling the desk ended up coming over to Canada from Hungary on the same boat as my mother’s parents and older sister. What a small world! The desk Louie was selling belonged to his late wife who was an exceptional sewer and painter.
Looking at the desk sweet Louie reminisced about his wife sewing their children’s clothes and costumes. As my mom listened to his stories she knew this was meant to be. My mom reassured Louie that this desk will remain loved and cherished in a Hungarian home. Now comes the fun part… the refinishing. As I have never done this before I took to the internet and with the advice from my new best friends GOOGLE and BOB VILLA the refinishing didn’t seem so daunting.
Good ole Bob instructed me to use my handy dandy multipurpose sander to sand the entire surface of the desk. Only problem I definitely do not own power tools, and this seemed to be the one power tool my BF did not have. Well have no fear da da da RONAs here! As fast as The Flash we went to our local hardware store RONA and purchased a very shiny and new power sander.

I was at the ready with the power sander in hand. I had a good go at the desk and got most of the clear coat off. My BF jumped in and finished all the fine tuning, he did an excellent job. With each pass of the sander we could see the desk transforming and coming to life again.

Again thank you BOB VILLA for the next helpful tip: Use a good spray paint primer as suggested by Bob we used white Painters Touch Spray Paint Primer.

Now all primed and ready for the first coat of paint my BF and I packed up and called it a day. We had one more week of work and then we were off to Palm Springs California to see my good friend and enjoy some Country music, sun and pool time; a well-deserved vacation.

Until we meet again,
The Youngest

Sunday, June 14, 2015

There's a new kid on the block!

What a beautiful day it is up North, the sun is shining the birds are chirping and the heavy haul trucks are running. Whoa wait did I say North... heavy haul trucks?  Yes that’s right I did! I have a confession to make this is actually the Youngest writing. I have commandeered my lovely mother’s blog for a little bit while she takes some much needed time for her hand to rest up before her surgery. Don’t you fret I won’t be on here forever, Mom will be back in no time; those hexi flowers can only wait so long.
SO what will my first Blog post be about??? Well why not about my new sewing room ☺ To give you a little background last summer I moved into my very understanding boyfriend’s house. I previously had a house of my own which was fully furnished and had accumulated the normal amount of “junk”. Before I moved in I purged like it was going out of style. Now if you ask my BF he will say I still have too much stuff, but we all know the truth… boys are crazy!

With the furniture I couldn’t bare to part with we placed it in the front office/sitting room. There were two grey modern sofas across from each other with nice glass and wood coffee and end tables. The room looked nice however we already had TWO living rooms what the heck were we going to do with a third.

Our nice front sitting room turned into the space that no one ever went in … and I mean ever. These brand new couches were used all of ONE time.
From the time I moved up North and purchased my own home to moving back down South and in with my BF I had been sewing on any surface I could find Kitchen tables, Islands and yes even the floor at one time. Needless to say my sewing in the last few years has not been very … shall we say productive.
As my mom mentioned previously I entered my first quilt into last year’s Festival of Quilts. The quilt I entered was a surprise for my BF it was a Black and White quilt with a small touch of Blue. I feverishly worked on the quilt at my mom’s house while my BF was away up North at work.

The weekend of the quilt show my BF and I went camping with a bunch of friends and I had to convince him to leave instead of staying an extra day just to go to the quilt show. I was exhausted he was exhausted … I even had mud in my hair from quading ha-ha. Well we made it there, not without a little convincing from me.
We met my mom at the front gates and started to walk around looking at the quilts. We stopped at one … my quilt and paused there for a moment. My mom gestured to my BF to read the label, that’s when he realized why I was so persistent in going to the quilt show. I had made a quilt for him! Long story short from that moment on my amazing BF understood how much sewing meant to me. Now here we are redoing the front room so I can have a space of my own to sew.
 And so the redecorating/room change adventure begins ……
Until Next time – The Youngest

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Treadling Along!

While I treadle along and look out the front window now and again...the birds feed to the right and then take off again on their way! They are nesting now, but I don't know where!  I'm working bit by bit on my string quilt! So super easy and I get to use those scraps that otherwise would have turned to dust over the years! I'm liking how it's coming along and it goes so fast!

While I treadle -- Chef is up to his regular in the kitchen and in this case out on his grill! So super easy - I showed him this one! The meat is just pounded out and then a Laughing Cow triangle is spread out over the meat. A couple of asparagus spears that have been steamed a bit are then put in the middle and rolled up. Once grilled, they are sliced and plated! The peppers are just a combination of different cheese - anything you have - and a few cubes of feta. A bit of greek seasoning is added as garnish. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over and put it on the grill until the cheese starts to melt! Delicious! The Cesaer salad is from scratch. None of your bottled dressing here! Chef makes the BEST cesaer salad! It's a sure sign of summer when we get "grilled" for dinner! We do grill though out the year, but of course more so when the sun is still high and evenings are extra long! Gotta love summer!

Bon appetite! and of course...Happy Quilting!