Sunday, January 29, 2012

A week of surgery, beginning recovery and as always a little applique . . .

I live in Glen Carbon, Illinois, USA, which is just a short distance from St. Louis, MO, USA.  Every time my husband and I go into the city we are greeted by the St. Louis Arch, one of my favorite landmarks. 

This past Monday, January 23rd, we drove into St. Louis because I was scheduled for surgery at Barnes Jewish Hospital (BJH) on Tuesday, January 24th.  We only live about 20 minutes outside of the city but decided to spend the night as I had to be at the hospital at 5:30 a.m. CST for a total hip replacement. 

Like a loyal friend, the beautiful Arch greeted us as we drove past it on our way to the hospital. 

I arrived at BJH on time the next day and was taken back to the presurgical holding area and prepped for surgery.  I don't think anyone looks forward to surgery.  There is always a little apprehension no matter what you are having done.    So, I was a little nervous but once I got back into the preop area, my nerves were put at ease by a very friendly, caring staff who more than reassured me about everything.  BJH is a huge hospital and the campus is also home to Washington University. 

Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
The building on the left is South Campus, and it is where I had my surgery. 

The entrance to the hospital is shown to the right.  When stepping inside, you would think that you were visiting a nice hotel as there is a beautiful water fountain and you are greeted by the aroma of freshly ground Starbuck's coffee.  It really is a gorgeous campus with a staff that, in my opinion, is second to none.

Dr. Robert Barrack is the surgeon who completed my surgery, and it was a great success.  I cannot say enough for Dr. Barrack and his entire staff.  They were very thorough from start to finish and everything proceeded exactly as planned. 

Do I let a little thing like surgery get in the way of my applique ~ never!!  The day after surgery I got out the first block for my Roseville Album quilt and worked on it.  My progress to date is that I am about half way finished with the first block.  The basket is finished and I am now looking forward to stitching the stems, flowers and leaves.  It is such fun working with Kaffe Fasset fabrics and this really is turning out to be the pefect project for me to focus on during my recuperation.  Hopefully by next Sunday, I will have this block complete and will have already begun my second Roseville Album block.
Thanks for stopping by and may you always find a little time every day to work on something or experience something that brings you joy!


  1. Glad your surgery went well. Sending healing thoughts your way.

    1. How thoughtful of you, Kay! I am doing very well. Thanks so much :)