Friday, April 16, 2010

The difference a day makes

Today was Sophie's recasting. I realize that it sounds innocent enough, but trust me, it is anything but simple when you are three. The recasting was done in the hospital and under a light general anesthesia. That means, no breakfast. Anxiety. Delays. She was initially scheduled for the 7:45am timeslot. It was 9am when they took her in. I am getting to be an old hand at watching my kiddo get the gas mask put on, but I don't like it. The original casts (in white) had to be changed. She had too much swelling a week ago to go with anything smaller, and the original ones could not possibly be walked in.
(in one of her happier moments!...sitting on the can in the middle of the living room)
The newer casts are purple, and fit like thin socks. In theory she will be walking in these in a few days. Much to my surprise, even after being put to sleep this morning, she's in very good spirits this afternoon. She wanted to go grocery shopping with me, which I was unsure she ought to do without another parent to help. But she did great. I had forgotten what it was like to get a bunch of inappropriate looks from strangers -- as though we inflicted some kind of injury to this child. Unbelievable. As a very young infant, she had casts from birth to about 12 weeks. The looks we'd get used to astound me. But she is doing great, and is counting down the next 34 days.
Here's a customer quilt I will be sending on to it's owner on Tuesday. It's a great 81" round robin quilt.
I did some feather variations, some flowers, and a lot of very detailed quilting.
I hope that the owner will like how her quilt was transformed.

I'm off to MQX tomorrow, and if you are wondering if I am excited, wonder no more. I cannot wait to see the quilts!!! I have spent much time this week (ok, some time -- not too much) on the quilting of one of my quilts. Too much detailed quilting and use of poorer back posture. My back is killing me. I have been quilting around MANY bias strips (go back a post or two for pics) and trying my hardest not to stitch ON the bias strip.
Have a nice weekend and I will most definitely return with some eye candy for all.


Chris said...

Your quilting is beautiful, and inspires me to improve my FMQ skills.

My oldest son had trouble learning to walk because his legs turned in at the hip. He fell down a LOT! Total strangers would tell me off, assuming I'd never taken him to a doctor. My son had 7 surgeries before age 2. His legs were the least of our problems. But the story has a happy ending. He DID learn to walk and later had physical therapy in the form of karate lessons. When he earned his black belt he did 100 tornado kicks in a row!

Sewing Junkie said...

My sister back in the 50's had to have braces on her feet. She couldn't walk or crawl with this brace with the bar between her feet. People do look and stare and are critical. But my sister can walk now and she doesn't remember much of it for all the effort my parents went through to give her a chance at a normal life. You know you have given your little one a better chance at a normal life and who cares what other think. She is a cutie and she will do fine. Chris

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

I second the comments not to worry about what strangers think. One of my sisters had to have braces and casts on her legs for her entire childhood to correct her bowed legs. I'm not sure, but something like 9 surgeries or so. She has no problems now and is a nurse. So it was all worth it in the end.

Thank goodness there are walking casts nowadays. Purple's a good color too. :-)

Mikol said...

I'm glad her spirits are up, love the purple casts.

Your quilting looks wonderful, I can't wait to open the box and see it up close. Thanks so much!!