Sunday, August 12, 2012

almost back...

I walked into my sewing room earlier today in a daze.  I haven't touched needle, thread of fabric for two weeks.  I walked back out to the living room a bit confused and not sure where to start!  Yikes!

I did read several quilting magazines, a few books, and did a lot of sketching.  (my favorite pass-time in the hospital had to be my block of graph paper and colored pencils...kept me entertained/distracted for hours.)  I'm not sure I am ready to start work on any of those.  I really feel like I should "finish" something on my design wall or the cutting table but here is my dilemma...I can't find my notes (that is if I made any!)  So even my old projects are like starting new ones again!  And that takes energy I don't have right now...

Speaking of energy...my husband came home from the hospital yesterday.  Yeahhhhh!!!  He is doing better but will still need a lot of time to recover.  He had a bout of acute pancreatitis...very, very painful.  My challenge now is to figure out a diet for him.  When they released him they said he had to be on a diabetic-soft diet.  I figured I should be able to find one on the internet...nope.  I can find soft and I can find diabetic but the closest to soft-diabetic is a list of things a diabetic can eat after dental surgery.  That is fine if you are on it for a couple of days but my DH is starting to sniffle at the idea of more soup and jello.  So I have been trolling the recipe sites and making a adjustments to fit what I think will make low fat, low sugar, low fiber meals.   Just trying to toss a bit a taste into the mix!  My first attempt was a faux "baked potato" soup...not bad and it really made him feel like he was getting real food...

The photos are of a Baltimore style crib quilt circa 1840 (39 by 39 inches.)  The applique is nice but the quilting is amazing.  One of the clues that it was made as a crib quilt and not a cut down bed size is how the feathers quilted around the border of the quilt fit perfectly...even making the curves in the corners.


23 comments:

Nifty Quilts said...

Great quilt! Best wishes to you and your hubby. So glad he's on the mend.

Me and My Stitches said...

Glad hubby is home and on the mend. Wish I could help with the diet, but I have no idea. I'm sure you will be sewing up a storm before long!

sewkalico said...

That is a challenge!! I'm sure you will be feeding him some great soft and diabetic stuff soon :)
I know the feeling about where to start - I think that's how I feel about my stuff. Just take your time and as soon as he's better you'll have your mojo back!!

Janet said...

I love the wee quilt and the stitching looks gorgeous. Yay that your DH is home, boo on his diet though. I hope you find some recipes.

Marei said...

I'm so happy hubby is home. I hope his recovery goes well and he's feeling better very soon. Be sure to take care of yourself, too. VBS :) mdmontalvo@yahoo.com

Merilyn said...

Glad to hear your DH is finally back home - nourishing soups are always a good standby, I hope you find some suitable receipes soon! Just take your time getting back into sewing again, it takes a while when you've had other things take hold in your life - even a bit of sorting out in there from time to time may just get the creative urges back slowly. Thanks for sharing that delightful crib quilt!!!

Betty Lou said...

So glad to hear that your hubby is home and on the road to recovery. Everything in the sewing room can wait, you have been under a lot of stress the past few weeks, take care.

Carolyn said...

Glad to hear your husband is home and on the mend. Try looking at a diet for gastroparesis. I've recently been diagnosed and it's often caused by diabetes, although not in my case. The diet is basically no fiber, soft, easily digested food, so there may be some good ideas there for you. Good luck!

cityquilter grace said...

glad to hear your hubby is on the mend...my sister-in-law had pancreatitis, so i know how horrible it is. mmmm, nice little crib quilt

Janet O. said...

I had a friend who suffered with acute pancreatitis--definitely not for sissies! That balancing act of a diet does sound challenging. Hope you can find solutions. And hope hubby gets consistently stronger.
That is an interesting baby quilt. Almost looks like random, leftover appliqued blocks put together. : )

Vic in NH said...

So glad to hear that you and hubby are doing better! Could sugar-free instant puddings be a help? Be careful not to over-reach your own energy levels right now, too.

NeverBored said...

Glad to hear your husband was able to come home! I'm surprised the Dietician at the hosptial didn't offer you more guidance on the foods your husband can have.

judith lockhart said...

So glad your DH is back home! With your creativity and knowledge, I'm sure you will come up with some tasty ideas for his new diet. You're a great cook/baker!

McIrish Annie said...

Glad to hear your DH is out of the woods. Soft bland diet sounds terrible! boo hoo to him and you!
the sewing will come back again. Take your time. both of you have had an awful trauma.

Shirley said...

So glad your hubby is on the mend. I know others that have gone through pancreatitis and it's serious stuff. Those that have done it are apt to do it again. YIKES!
Be careful using potatoes, white rice or pasta in a diabetic diet. In the body, they break down into sugar and should be avoided.

Vicky F said...

Glad your hubby is home and recuperating.
A diabetic soft diet is nothing fancy (literally); no greasy or fried, no spicy, no heavy desserts, with the carb divided through the day.
E-mail me if you want to run specific ideas by me. I'm rather surprised they did not send him home with a basic plan.
Vicky F (diabetes RD)

AnnieO said...

Home is always a better address than a hospital!! Glad you're together again and recovery can be under your care. I'm surprised they didn't give better diet instructions too!

Pretty little quilt.

Tonya Ricucci said...

ugh, sounds miserable to try and stay on that diet. make diabetic food and then throw it in the food processor... looking at Vicky's recommendation - no spicy???? that's the killer for me. ugh.

Kelly said...

So happy for you both that he's making progress. Good luck on the diet - sounds challenging, but do-able!

anne bebbington said...

So sorry to hear about your husband being so poorly - been on holiday so just catching up on blogs - don't forget to take care of yourself too (((hugs))) - here's to him being back to full speed as soon as possible

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Just catching up on blog posts and read your news. Hope your DH is on the mend and that you are keeping well too...(((hugs))) to both of you!

Purple Pam said...

Glad your hubby is home. It is difficult to retrain your eating habits. Hope all goes well with him in his recovery. Do not forget to take good care of yourself. Remember, you cannot take good care of him if you are not in good shape yourself.

Dana said...

No fat
No sugar
No salt
No crunch
NO FUN!