Monday, December 6, 2010
God is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! Our family was blessed with my sister's new heart on Monday, October 25, 2010. We send prayers of thanksgiving and comfort for the family who lost their loved one and chose to give the gift of life. We have been told that the heart came from Minnesota, and was a young, strong heart that had a trauma at death. I pray that the donor did not suffer any pain and that the Lord made her passing peaceful. Our family has been blessed with this generous gift because the young lady who passed on was an organ donor and let her loved ones know that wish. We know because of this gift, my sister will be able to fulfill the plans God has made for her life.
Our journey since the 25th has certainly been tumultuous. She started her surgery with two allergic reactions in the operating room that they couldn't determine the cause of. They started the surgery around 6:45pm. and we were able to finally see her at around 2:00 am on Tuesday, the 26th. She actually had color to her face. I've never seen her with pink cheeks! It was extremely emotional for me. Later in the day on Tuesday things started to turn bad. They were unable to get the volume of the heart to the levels they needed it to, so they continued pushing fluids, but that wasn't working and only succeeded in causing the rest of the cells to fill with fluid. by Tuesday night the new heart was in distress and they made the decision to go back into OR to reopen her chest to relieve some of the pressure the heart had from all the excess fluid and from the small chest cavity which didn't offer much space. They saw improvement so left the chest open and sent us back to ICU.
By Wednesday, the 27th, the new heart was failing and my sister was in liver and renal failure. They decided that there was a need to bring her back to surgery and put her on a heart and lung bypass machine called ECMO to try to let the new heart rest. They thought is was failing due to all of the excess fluid and if they could let it rest it would begin to work properly. Things continued to get worse and my sister became unresponsive (they had her sedated to ensure she didn't have pain, but they would wake her up to check brain activity and she would respond appropriately when asked to squeeze a hand or wiggle a toe). The were not getting the responses they needed from the new heart function and the liver and kidney function continued to decline. They were talking about the need for dialysis. They were trying to hold off to let her body have time to work though this, but it wasn't figuring it out.
On Thursday, the 28th, they found there was a problem in the cannula that drained the heart into the bypass machine. The also suspected that there was a problem with the connection of her body to the new heart, so back to the OR they went. The surgeons confirmed the obstructions of the heart at both areas they suspected. They were able to adjust the connections and immediately the cardiac output (the heart's function) doubled! This proved to be the most stressful and the most relieving of the days after the transplant. By Halloween there was enough improvement in the function of the heart and the rest of her bodies functions that they removed her from the heart/lung bypass and with the fifth and final surgery, closed everything up. She's been making steady progress every since.
The doctors and nurses that worked with her have told us and her how her recovery has been a miracle. We were very close to losing her and God's faithfulness to the prayers of those around us brought her to the place we are today. She's doing really well. She stays at the transplant house near the hospital and will until the end of January or beginning of February. She make great progress every day. She has lost all of the 60 pounds of fluid that she gained from the numerous liters they filled her system with, and she is up to 35 minutes on the treadmill for cardiac rehab. She feels good, and she is so happy.
God has surrounded us with an amazing support unit in our family, friends and those we haven't met. Our Thanksgiving was one celebrated with a different and truer understanding of the day. I look forward to the upcoming Christmas holiday and the celebration with my sister, family and friends. I am blessed to be a part of this journey and I am so proud of my courageous, and strong sister.
Monday, October 18, 2010
- oval cut out in pattern paper or cardstock (however large you want the bib to be)
- circle punch (proportionate to the oval--used to make the "neck" hole
- ribbon for "ties"
- border punch
- coordinating 1 1/2" wide x 11 or 12" long cardstock for "ruffle"
- Use your border punch to along the length edge of the paper
- Run the strip of cardstock through your crimper to make it pliable. You may also want to crumple the paper to make it "softer"
- Trace and cut or use punches (oval for the bib and circle for the neck) to make the bib the size you desire.
- Apply adhesive around the edge of the back paper that makes the main portion of the bib, leaving the neck free from adhesive
- Begin shaping the ruffle by placing the cardstock around the bib as desired.
- Once the ruffle is in place (I had to cut another small piece to finish with the look I liked), this is what you'll have.
- Now it's time to place the ribbon for tying.
- And here is the final result. It matches my project perfectly!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I've been MIA for a few months and I've missed my blog time. We've had some exciting news on the home front. My twin sister has been on the heart transplant list for a number of years now, and at the end of July her condition got much worse. The transplant team at Mayo Clinic here in Minnesota moved her into "active" status on the list and they feel she will have a new heart by Thanksgiving! We are all excited about this new step in the journey with the exception of my sister. As you can imaging, there are a lots of emotions someone has to go through with this process.
I'm hopeful that everything will work out, and I'm also remembering that I have to take time for me as well. Our extended family has been wonderful in taking turns driving her to appointments at staying with her in the hospital when needed so that the burden doesn't fall completely on my shoulders. My wonderful husband is also being amazing. He hasn't been working since February, so he's taking the role I would normally have in attending appointments, etc., which has also been very helpful.
Through this whole adventure over the last few months, I've learned that God's timing is truly perfect, and He has a plan for everything. I was completely humbled and overwhelmed by the response to this situation from family and friends. God is good!
I hope to be back on track with my blogging now that sissy is more stable, but I know you'll all understand if you don't see from me at times. I will also make a commitment to try and blog a minimum of once a week. I will also keep you updated on my sister through the blog for those of you that are interested.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
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- Penny Black clear stamp set titled Holly Day Critters
- ki Memories 12 x 12 paper pack titled Family Time
- a DIY 12 x 12 scrapbook calendar
- Deja Views Home for the Holidays 8 x 8 paper pack
- Jim Holtz idea-ology Game Spinners
- Dress It Up swirl center flower buttons
- Paperbilities Daisy Flower Accents
- Leisure Arts memories in the Making Collection SWEET embellishments
- Rhinestone stickers
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- Two packages of Making Memories label holders
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Friday, July 23, 2010
Simple Wedding card
This card is very simple. There is one piece of pattern paper, one piece of cardstock that is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, one piece of carstock cut with a border punch on both sides to make the "banner", and two stamped images cut out with a punch and adhered with pop-dots.
Next is this simple sympathy card. I again used an embossing folder to make the background textureds, and then a simple sentiment and coordinating ribbon.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Here is a side view of the button.
Place adhesive only on the very bottom of your leaves sections
Repeat with the second set of leaves
And here is a final look at the finsihed card with two thrifty embellishments that coordiante perfectly!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Here is a sample of the monthly envelopes inside the album. I tried to use some techniques that are out of my norm. I used lots of stamping and distressing.
If you're intersted in knowing how I made this, please let me know.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Then I inked up my background stamp with a good layer of ink.
Lined it up with the edge of my guide (masked), and applied even pressure, rubbing the stamp back and forth without picking it up off the paper.
Now this is what my card looks like. You'll note that the background image doesn't go all the way to the bottom of the card, but that's fine since there will be a layer of patterned paper covering that section.
Here is the front of the card with the pattern paper in place
Next I stamped my sentiment and punched it out. I then inked the edges with the same color ink that I used to stamp my background.
Here is the completed inked sentiment.
Monday, July 19, 2010
What do you think?