Starting in January 2015, my husband Greg and I began a journey that’s lead us into worlds we never knew about, and into what has been a time-warp of doctors, clinics, surgeons, hospitals, surgical and cardio re-habilitation, pain management... The endless challenges of two major life altering surgeries within 4 months of each other.
Total knee replacement surgery occurred in February. Recovery from that surgery, and re-hab to get the new Titanium knee in synch with the rest of Greg’s leg structure was well under way.
In May, Greg had a significant cardio ‘incident’ that lead us into “Triple By-Pass” and “Valve Replacement” surgery. We’re just now getting ready to enter the Cardio Re-hab program, Greg’s starting to drive again, and he’s able to do ‘light’ work around the house, but isn’t supposed to lift anything over 10 pounds.
My quilt focuses on this journey. The background is composed of strips of fabric that have hand-written words & phrases that describe some of the things we experienced during these past several months. The background is overlayed with a dark purple ‘veil’ representing the incredibly deep, solemn times we’ve experienced.
The main focus of the quilt, of course, is Greg’s “Broken” / “Mended” heart. During surgery, the ribs are separated from the sternum so the surgical team can access the heart. Following this, the ribs and sternum are “wired” back together (yes... with real wire !) and the chest is stitched back together. Eventually, the bones and tissue heal; however, the wires remain in place forever. I try to imagine what Greg’s chest X-Rays look like !
I’ve been very, very grateful for this theme. It’s lead me to great soul-searching, and continues to help as Greg and I work our way through these extremely challenging times.