Friday, May 08, 2009

Still cold....

...so lets talk Christmas. No I have not lost my mind (well maybe I have but I will find it laying around here somewhere!) but am working on a StockingAlong with a few online friends. I wanted to share a weekly update. I mentioned I was making this with charms using the hexagon shape. I had basted a number of fabrics I pulled from my stash. Believe it or not, this will be a Christmas stocking when it is put together. I have an idea how I am going to sew it and only hope that it works as I start sewing it.


In the meantime, I decided on the size I want it to be (I hope) and will be adding these yummy fabrics which I took from the basketful of them waiting to be traced with the template of my second charm quilt. Now I can add fabrics given to me by ladies in my quilt group which is fun too.


And yes, I am still very cold. I am in a turtleneck again and have the heating on but just cannot warm up. In the meantime, on Wednesday, my doctor called from the hospital and told me that I have complications from the radioactive therapy I had done in March. 30% of patients are at risk of their thyroid slowing down in the first five years. Mine has slowed so much so fast that she says it is no longer functioning which explains being so ill since last Thursday. I am afraid I am making only baby steps with my stitching and quilting but do what I can. It will be a few weeks yet before I start to feel better as I started the medication on Thursday. She said while my complications are extreme, it will be set right with time. It will mean a very bad couple of weeks yet. We get very little sleep now as I am experiencing heart problems and pain both now as well as breathing problems. I caught a cold now after coming back from the hospital which is making it worse but I am so tired that my immune system is not working either. It is like your body is just shutting itself down. But I have hope and know I have to be patient. So I am off to sit on the couch with a quilt over me for warmth of body, a DVD of the Brontes for warmth of the soul and stitch on my sampler for warmth of my blood.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts, comments and emails. I am slow on blog visits but know you are always in my thoughts!

24 comments:

Tam said...

Hang in there Heidi, it will get better now that they have you on thyroid medication. I can't wait to see your stocking, your fabric choices are great!
Hugs2u

Annemarie said...

Oh Heidi, what a rough time you are going through right now. I wish I could come over and make it all better, or even just to sit by your side and chat (whilst eyeballing the stocking which will undoubtedly be stunning) to keep your mind off things.
Do tell me about your Bronte DVD? Did you know my 'scriptie' was about the influence 'Jane Eyre' has had on children's literature? I'm trying to have a bit of a Bronte fix myself by re-reading their books :o)

Meredith said...

We are on the same wave length. I am just finishing a quilted Christmas tree skirt. I love the hexagons and your fabric choices. Your blog always makes me smile.

martine said...

Sterkte, hoop dat je snel beter gaat voelen.
Ben erg benieuwd hoe je van hexagons een sok gaat maken..

Kaaren said...

Have faith in your doctor Heidi and do hang in there. Being ill is no fun at all. Try to stay warm and try also to keep your hands and mind occupied.

My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

hazel said...

Oh Heidi I am so sorry to read that you are not feeling much better but good to read you are keeping positive. Love the look of the little stocking you are working on and hope to see it finished soon.

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Love Hazel (UK)

Anonymous said...

I forgot to say Heidi you will be better next weekend that's when Chelsea starts and we will get our daily fix of Alan. Love Hazel xx

Karen said...

A hexagon Christmas stocking? Very interesting!

Denise said...

Heidi,
I am so sorry that you are experiencing all of these health
issues! My son takes medication
for an underactive thyroid - his
is hereditary.
Try to keep stitching to keep your
mind off your troubles!
You will be much better soon.
You are in my prayers,
Denise

Stasia said...

I hope you will feel better VERY soon! Keeping you in my prayers...

Pondside said...

I'll be interested to see how the hexagons turn into a stocking. I'm also working on a stocking - needlepoint - for my newest grandchild.
I hope you'll soon start to get your strength and energy back, Heidi. It must be difficult to stay quiet when there are so many things that you like to do, but I'm sure that I few more days with cosy blanket, DVDs and the comfy couch will help.....and we'll all drop by for a chat.

mainely stitching said...

Hey Heidi dear! Thinking of you and sending WARM thoughts to you.

onlymehere said...

Heidi, the important thing is that you just take care of yourself. I love the stocking and am excited to see it finished. I'm hypothyroid and I know it takes time for the meds to take full effect. My first visit to the doctor he really reinforced that to me and I was surprised. Seems in today's world a pill should work faster, LOL! I'll keep you in my prayers and hope that you rebound faster than anticipated. Cindy

Mel said...

Love your choices of fabric and shapes for the Christmas stocking, that is going to be awesome.

God Bless you,
Mel

Letty said...

Hope you are feeling better and warm very soon! Take care!

Nancy said...

I talked to you today, so I know you are on anti biotics now after your night hospital visit. I hope they kick in soon and you start feeling better.
The stocking will be very cute I know. Everything you make is.
Love from New York, Mom

DonnaTN said...

I'm so sorry you are feeling so awful. The light at the end of the tunnel may seem dim, but hang in there for a bit and the light will be bright before you know it. I am looking forward to your stocking progress.

Ginny said...

Your stocking is going to be cute, I'm sure! I do hope you get feeling better very soon.

Carolien said...

Dear Heidi,

I am so sorry to read that you are not well because of the treatment! I hope this will get better soon!!! I won't come over because I have a bad cough at the moment (the whole nanny family had it and yes! I got it too now :( ) ... otherwise I would throw some extra logs on the fire for you. I am wearing my fleece sweater too, while the girls wear thin dresses etc. Well, never mind ...

Take care & hugs, Carolien

diane said...

I am sorry to hear all the complications you are facing. Take your time with quilting and stitching and just try to enjoy it as much as possible. Love the fabrics you have chosen for the hex stocking and I am looking forward to seeing that take shape. Maybe I can learn how to make EMily's stocking from watching you.
I hope you feel better soon and be extra cautious as you are right that your immune system is taking a beating. Gentle hugs to you!

anneke said...

I'm sorry that you're not recovering yet. It must be hard to wait for better days. And babysteps are steps too!

Hope your antibiotics will work and that you'll feel better very soon!

Sonja said...

Hope you feel a little bit better every day. Just keep on stitching. That's the best medicin for you!

Deb said...

I hope that you're feeling better real soon. I'm intrigued by your hexigon stocking. It looks like it's going to be really nice. I really like the fabrics you've collected for it.

MarianneD said...

Lieve Heidi,zet hem op!
Ik hoop zo dat je je binnenkort weer wat beter zal voelen....
liefs,Marianne D