Doctor Update and Charity Quilt Update

Sorry I’m a little late with an evening post.  I thought I would save today’s evening slot for a little doctor update.

Today we traveled to Lacrosse for an early 9 am appointment.  That meant Hubby had to take off from morning chores (which rarely happens) and we were out the door at 6:45.

I was prepared and have papers to rip off my string blocks on the way there….


First stop.  Nuclear Physicist.  She was in charge of explaining the “rules” to me.  All my questions were answered and I feel comfortable that I can easily abide by them.  Here are the two pieces of news that mattered to me most:1-I only have to be away from Kalissa for a week.
2-I CAN SEW!!!!!!  The first three days I should only sew on something of my own. After that, anything I want!!!!!!!!!!!

It boils down to complete except for Hubby the first three days….Stay three feet away from everyone for another five days or so.  After the week, I’m okay for everyone, any amount of time and distance, except for pregnant people and kids.  I’m not a “hugger” person so all should be well.

I did ask her about the papers that were sent home with me says sex is okay but no drinking from the same cup.  She said she never noticed that and that the guidelines were in the process of being revised and she’d make sure to bring that up.

After that it was blood work and then off to take the scan does of radio active iodine.  It was seven pills- No big deal at all.

After that we drove home and did the errands on the way.

Then I hurried and finished up machine quilting two quilts and package them up.  Then is was a frantic run to the post office.  I wanted all the charity quilts out that could go out.

First off thanks so much to everyone who offered to help with the quilt binding.  I VERY much appreciate it.


Here’s the tally of what got done in the just over a week since I decided this charity quilt binge was going to happen:

We delivered three quilts to Mary Jo in Lacrosse.  Two of those quilts were made by Kathy Sims….one by Rose Herning.
Five flannel baby quilts were quilted and are in my garage waiting for Binky Patrol from NE Iowa to pick up.
Janet in West Des Moines is getting three quilts from Lani B, Laura H and Sarah W.
Nancy in Hyde Park AZ is getting a quilt from Jocelyn P from Happy Cottage Quilters
Heather L in Saline MI got a quilt from Sharon J and Pat T.
Anne D from Winona MN for 2 quilts both made by Laura H.

I have three here that are bound (thanks to my daughter Kayla’s help) and ready to be sent out.  I’ll be showing you those over the next few days.

That makes a grand total of 19 quilts that got done over the last 10 days.  WA-WHO!!!  I am so happy.  As wonderful as that sounds, there are 11 more here.  That is very do-able.  I feel comfortable with.  Any guesses on how many were done with batting scraps??  SIX.  You can see that my scraps were taking over my quilting room.

Once five days are up, I’ll be back to charity quilts.  I still intend for all of them to get quilted and sent off to a binding volunteer before the end of my time off.  I am keeping a list of binding volunteers.

I couldn’t be happier with all the help.  It’s just awesome and amazing to see all the people who have come forward to help.  I do want to make it clear that I still really want to continue doing charity quilting.  I like it.  I enjoy it.  I feel good about it.  I just got snowed under and needed a push to catch up.  PLEASE don’t get a false impression that I don’t want to do them because I do.

Now about tomorrow’s doctor appointments:
I get a scan to see if the thyroid cancer has spread.
I see my endocrinologist.
I take the treatment dose and come home.

It all is completely do-able.  I’m not worried about it.  Whatever comes, one foot will still need to go in front of the other to get to where I am going next.  Thank you for all the well wishes, happy thoughts and prayers that have been sent for me and our family.

I’ll update you on my health report on Friday morning.

18 thoughts on “Doctor Update and Charity Quilt Update”

  1. It sounds like you have everything under control and are all set to keep busy. Good luck with the treatments and take care of yourself. If you need someone to bind a quilt, let me know. Keeping you in my prayers…..

  2. WOW, you have been a busy bee. I’m glad to hear that you will now have some helpers
    with the charity quilts when you might get backed up. A thank you to all the volunteers
    that are on the binding patrol. Good luck with future treatments, you’re in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You have such an amazing,supportive family and community support – local and the internet. Much prayer and blessings to you and your family.

  4. Woowoo!!Great progress on all fronts. Keeping you in prayer. I would be interested in binding a quilt. God bless you. Marilyn

  5. Lorraine Bujnowski

    You have amazing spirit. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I, too, enjoy doing charity quilts.

  6. Good, you’re working your plan! Keep going…

    The pic you posted of your string blocks – the print with the little blue birds is sooooo cute! I’m amazed by the variety of designs in fabric.

  7. You are in my prayers…hopefully you will get a body scan at the end of your treatments.
    Take one day at a time…
    rest and use this time to plan more quilts!!

  8. I hope you know that we are sending our BEST thoughts, prayers & hugs to you during your treatment & recovery. You are amazing in the things you accomplish and are a good example for us to TRY to model. I like your attitude of “one foot will still need to go in front of the other to get to where I am going next.” Sending healing thoughts & wishes to you.

  9. Jo, wishing you success in your battle, I rearely comment but read every post. Also wanted to let you know that if you ever need any more binding volunteers, you can count me in. I am making and donating quilts to a recognized charity here in Western Pa called “A veterans Place” they help homeless vets get the treatment they need for the issues they are dealing with and provide life skills training and temporary 2 year housing for them to get back on their feet. They also provide as much of their household needs as they can, which is where the quilts come in.

  10. I do admire your positive attitude. I am sure underneath you are a little worried but as you have said, one day at a time. Prayers go out to you and the family but I am sure things will work out for you. You are such a good person. On the binding front, if I lived in th US, I would certainly have volunteered to help you with the binding of some of the quilts. My mantra is “if you can’t do a good turn for someone you must never do a bad one”. Take care and look after yourself.

  11. Glad you got such great news on your activities and people time. Nothing like a little dent in a big project to spur us on to the finish, eh?! I’d be happy to sew a binding for you, but I know I can’t get to it until the week of May 8th. If that isn’t too late, let me know. We have several fine charities here that could use a quilt (a domestic violence shelter, a home for unwed moms & moms to be, etc.). Sending good thoughts and prayers for your time in ‘captivity’ and full recovery.

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