Saturday, April 03, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching, Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!  Hope you have a good day!  I will be making some au gratin potatoes and having dinner at daughter Kristen's house.  

This week has sped by again.  I have gotten a few things done.  I quilted this top I made for the Salt and Sand Blog Hop, and got the binding sewn down by hand.  

I didn't get any hexies done this week, will talk about that later.  

I got Miss Klara's little doll quilt done for Beatrice, and made a little pillow with  an old sheet of Klara's that had rainbows and unicorns on it.  She came over this afternoon and was quite pleased with it, I think Beatrice was too!  

I got gingko leaves done on my free motion sampler, and started working on the graffiti quilting, but got interrupted on that.  

For Slow Sunday Stitching this week, I will be working on stitching on these tea towels for the In the Kitchen Blog Hop which is coming up in a couple of weeks.  

I will be linking up For Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.    Thanks so much to Kathy for this continued motivation and place to link up each week!

Now for the rest of my week, which seemed to go to Hell in a handbasket.   

Tuesday grandson Keaton came to spend the day with us.  He is 14, and loves to spend time with his Papa.  I think he also likes the food.  I made pancakes, grilled cheese sandwich and we had meatball sandwiches and homemade potato salad for dinner, as well as Snickerdoodles.   Kristen, his mother hadn't wanted him to spend all day on the computer, and his brother Jaeger was at the lake with his girlfriend's family, so Keaton would have been alone, and happily on the computer all day.

Just before Kristen came to pick Keaton up after work, John got in bed, and told me he was cold.  I put two blankets on him.  He wanted another and another.  He ended up with 4 blankets on and was shivering.  I took his temp and it was 100.3.  The next morning it was the same, but came down later in the day running high 99's.  He slept all day on the 31st.   I was supposed to get my second vaccine that day, but cancelled my appointment as I didn't feel he was safe to leave alone.

Next morning I called advice nurse to try to get a  message to his Dr. to order a urinalysis as he was showing symptoms of having a UTI.  They wanted to talk to him and did, but he talks very slow anymore, and breathes through his mouth and is a heavy breather.  They thought he was in difficulty and said I should call 911, he could be going septic.  I felt he could be too, but his breathing I wasn't worried about because that is the way he breathes on exertion, or trying to talk.  He refused.  I called back again, to try to get a message to his Dr. to order a urinalysis as I had a sterile container at home.  Second time I got a Dr. on the advice line, she briefly talked to him, and advised me harshly to call 911 as I could be putting his life at risk, and I was acting negligently.  He had a mild temp this day, was sleeping all the time, telling me he didn't feel right, and was breathing heavily they thought.  I tried to talk to John again, and he refused to go.

So they set us up with a telephone call with his Dr. at 12:30.  His Dr. ordered the urinalysis, but told John  he needed to go to ER if he got any worse, and John agreed.  

After lunch, John decided he needed to walk down to the bathroom to have a BM, but couldn't get up off the commode after.  His legs were shaking and he could not do his part of pushing up on the handles and standing up.  I put this gait belt we have to try to pull him up, but couldn't.   So I told him this time there was something wrong that needed to be checked out.

We were in the ER from about 1:30 pm till 9:45 pm.  They found he did have a UTI and gave him IV antibiotics, but wanted more observation.  That facility was full so they sent him to a neighboring city that has been doing overflow for our hospital. In the ER, his feet and legs were hanging off the bed at least a foot.  They said they would pay for the ambulance ride to the second facility.  He has a private room, there are no COVID patients on this floor, and the nurses are very kind.

He has been there since April 1st. He is still on observation status, now taking IV Vancomycin.  Apparently 2/3 blood cultures at our facility showed the same organism that was in his urine.  They repeated blood cultures today.  His blood pressure also is way out of control, and they have been trying to bring that down.  He is so weak, he cannot roll to the side by himself.  He was continent several days ago, but doesn't appear to be now, and so they are changing him frequently.  The way he is right now, he will likely be sent to rehab after his infection (s) are treated.  

I will go in again on Sunday when the doctor from our facility makes his rounds.  

One thing that came up on my daughter's Facebook feed this week were these two pictures.  The little guy on the right is my grandson Jaeger, and his friend.  They have been swimming together all these years, and this year they are graduating from high school.  

Hope everyone has a great week!  Thanks for stopping by!


CathieJ said...

Karrin, I am so sorry that you have had such a stressful week. I hope John recovers soon. UTIs are just so draining sometimes. Love the photo of your grandson and his friend. That doll quilt is precious.

The Cozy Quilter said...

I'm sorry to hear that John is not well and in hospital. I hope that the medications take care of the infection quickly and that he will soon be back to his normal self. Your grand-daughter and her doll look very pleased with the little quilt you made! Happy Easter.

Design Originals by KC said...

Karrin... so sorry your hubby is hospitalized with a UTI and same strain in his blood.. IV VANC to the rescue I hope! I hope he is feeling better when you see him today... the pics of the elementary school chums and again now grown is amazing... I hope you can do some kind of hand work to take your mind off of your hubby in the hospital... take good care... you and he and in our prayers! Kathi

Angela said...

Such a sweet doll quilt! I am so sorry for all the health issues you are dealing with. Sending some hugs.

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Maggie said...

Happy Easter. Hope your family get better and that you can have a better week this week. When I worry about a family member, I cannot sew. To distracted to do so. Will say a special prayer for you.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Karrin, I'm so sorry that John is so ill. That sounded like a very tough bunch of hours. I hope he seems better today. It sounded like other parts of your week were lovely, with time spent with the grandkids especially. Have a good day - thinking of you!

chrisknits said...

Prayers that everything is getting better there.

Birthe Marie said...

I'm sorry that your husband is so ill. It is difficult when we develop illness in the family. Thinking of you.
Your doll quilt for Beatrice is beautiful. Also your freehand quilting looks amazing.

Jenny said...

Oh dear, such a stressful time with hubby's health issues, do hope it all comes right soon.
The little doll quilt is so pretty, and I really admire your surf and sand quilt too.

Miaismine said...

Hi Karinn,
Wow, you were so productive this week! What a great little gift for Klara and her doll, Beatrice! I didn’t realize you were also a long-arm quilter! Lovely job!
I’m so sorry to hear about John and the medical issues he’s having! That can be so very scary! You both will be in my prayers! Hugs to you!

Ivani said...

I am sorry to know John is so ill, Karrin. Hope he recover very soon. Sending prayers your way.
What a cute doll quilt you made for your grand daughter.

Cathy said...

So sorry to hear about John’s health issues and I hope they get him taken care of quickly. In the meantime, take care of yourself. The doll quilt is adorable as are all the pix of the grands! xo