Tuesday, March 2, 2010

An Update

Good morning, Everyone! Something must be up for me to post two mornings in a row! That something is evening meetings.

Thank you so very much for the tips on sewing my daughter's dress! I sincerely appreciate them. Seriously!

I have to admit that I did and did not cut the lace yesterday. I laid it out on the cutting board and trimmed the edge since either the store or the factory did not cut it straight. So, I now have a straight edge and a small scrap to test-stitch. The rest of the lace is still sitting on the cutting board on my kitchen island. I kept measuring the skirt and measuring the lace and thinking about how to make the over-skirt and the veil too. So, the lace is safe. LOL!

I'd love to hear how you would sew the lace. Would you use a twin needle or a single? Would you use white thread or fine white thread or invisible thread? If you would use invisible thread, would you use it for both the top thread and the bobbin thread? If not, would you use the fine thread for the bobbin thread?

I'm sure I'll have more questions for when I build up the courage to work with the lace but, in the meanwhile, I'm going to work on the top where no lace is involved. LOL!

On my mother-in-law, I'm not absolutely certain what is happening. We were unable to reach them on the phone last night. They don't have a cell phone and they don't make long distance calls, so, they didn't call us either.

We've heard she has three benign tumors that are pressing on her sciatic nerve and, so, she cannot walk. They haven't found a doctor who will operate yet. I'm not sure if this is because of how the tumors are positioned or what. We've also been told she is currently on her third round of antibiotics for a kidney infection. Perhaps they won't operate until this heals. In the meanwhile, she's not really eating and has lost 20 pounds--weight she didn't need to lose. She's also got several cracked vertebrae due to lack of calcium.

To make matters worse, my father-in-law recently had surgery on his shoulder and picking up my mother-in-law isn't helping him heal. This is where we got our giant red flag: The doctor arranged for hospice to come in to help a bit every day. Hospice?!?!?!

I'm really concerned that my mother-in-law is giving up on living. You see, she really enjoys the attention she gets when somebody gives her sympathy or empathy, so, having other people come in to help her might be a big bonus to her. I'm not certain she understands that hospice is for people who are dying.

So, please continue to pray for my in-laws and I'll let you know more when I hear from them.

Thanks, again, for all your prayers and support. I really do appreciate it.

Happy Creative Time!


Sue aka barracudasue said...

Oh, Ileana, how sad. I guess you'll just have to leave all this in God's every capable hands. HE knows what's going on.

Hope you get the nerve to sew the lace. I cannot, personally, offer you any advice as I haven't sewn for YEARS and I would be just as nervous as you are in that area. Praying for courage and I just know the dress is going to come out beautifully!

Keep your chin up and KNOW there are many prayers going out for your in-laws and the family!

Elizabeth said...

Well in my honest opinion and believe me take it as an opinion as I have not sewn in years and working with lace would scare the begeez out of me, I would use fine white thread. Good luck and cannot wait to see the final result, I am sure it will be stunning.

I will definitely keep your in-laws in my prayers.

Patti said...

Ileana, Don't get too alarmed over the hospice situation. I don't know how old your MIL is, but it may be that she qualified for Medicare Hospice just to get her through this rough spot. When the elderly have certain health issues that prevent them from functioning as they normally would, hospice can come in to assist them and to monitor their situation. This does not necessarily mean that they're dying. We recently looked into this type of care for my father. It used to be true that you had to be terminal to get hospice care, but that's not always the case anymore. Your MIL's doctor may have decided this would be the best way to monitor her care until the infection has cleared up, and if she's on her third round of medication, they may be more concerned about clearing up that infection and then treating the tumours, since they are benign. In any case, I hope it all turns out well. It sounds like your mother-in-law's situation is similar to my Dad's. Keep the faith, everything will turn out the way it's meant to.