Languid Lounging, part 4

Don’t worry, I’m not going to carry on indefinitely…

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Now we are two… One more to go.

Here’s the latest. One more, and then I’m calling it a day. They look so nice and clean and crisp and pretty.  Why didn’t I do this years ago?

Today has been a very, very good day. Rather than waiting till the morning to post, I wanted to give some good news. Behind all the frantic stitchery, I’ve been waiting to hear whether the cancer I beat two years ago had snuck back up on me. Today, I found out that the Little Bastard, as I fondly named it at the time, is still beaten. The numerous shadows seen on my recent bone scan are merely my ever encroaching arthritis, the special new hotspot being one of the vertebrae in my neck. But you know what, I just don’t care. Arthritis is not a death sentence, and I’ve lived with it for a few years already. So to all of you out there who knew there was something up, to those who knew what the something was, and to anybody who took the trouble to send positive thoughts my way, a profound and heartfelt THANK YOU♥. There’s still a bit of a medical journey to go, surgery next week, an MRI at the beginning of December, the possibility of more surgery, but I’ve always maintained that surgery is just falling asleep with painful consequences! Now I know what the job is, I know I can tackle it. And thanks to you all out there, I know I’m not doing it alone.

Now, back to business as usual!

43 thoughts on “Languid Lounging, part 4

  1. tialys says:

    Whoever thought arthritis would be so welcome?

  2. Sandi kirk says:

    Great news! Small steps make for great journeys. Xx

  3. I’m so happy for your good news, even the arthritis is positive in those circumstances! I too live with a crumbling spine, and I walk like a drunken sailor these days, so I know what you are going through.
    Your cushions are terrific.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a bundle of laughs, isn’t it? When I get back from surgery, I need to make an appointment with the local pain clinic, as nothing much is touching the problem and my GP won’t let me have anything too tasty! Meanwhile, the cushions combine beauty with utility and prop me up elegantly on the sofa…

  4. Gail says:

    Such good news, Kate. I have been thinking of you and sending you positive healing vibes since I read your recent comments on Celi’s blog. I am normally a silent lurker on your blog but just had to wish you well and tell you how relieved I am for you.

    I really enjoy your blog and am in awe at your speedy quilting, especially at your ability to quilt straight lines. Nice to hear about your life at the opposite side of the world to mine. I live in a small coastal village near Cape Town.

    • katechiconi says:

      How lovely to hear from you, and thank you so much for the good wishes and positive thoughts, which I’m convinced did the trick, coming en masse from Celi’s blog. I’m fortunate to have sewn all my life, so the stitching part of making quilts seems easy. And quilting straight lines is a matter of lining things up with the sewing machine foot! I do hope now you’ve spoken up that you’ll be a less silent lurker, I’d love to hear from you again. xx

  5. Kim says:

    Wonderful news! What a relief! I’m so happy for you. My doctor told me I had arthritis in my hip too after an x-ray recently which was prompted by pain, but I can live with it and it has gotten better for some unknown reason. Enjoy your beautiful cushions. YAY! from Texas.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a huge relief. I never thought that being told I have widespread and deteriorating arthritis would be good news, but there you go. My pain isn’t very well managed, and I have to do something about that, but at least the monster is cut down to size. I’m enjoying this flurry of cushion making, but I think interest will wane after 3!

  6. Carole says:

    That’s brilliant news. I’m really pleased for you 🙂

    I have the same opinion on surgery. Even the stuff that you’re awake for doesn’t bother me.

    • katechiconi says:

      Exactly. Mind you, I’m not looking forward to have them poking around for a vein; chemo has wrecked almost everything in my left arm, and the right is out of bounds.

  7. So please to hear that… I will be thinking of you next week and hope that the op combined with travelling works out ok.

    • katechiconi says:

      ‘All will be well, and all manner of things will be well’. Surgery I know how to deal with, and the travelling is now second nature. I’m hoping to be posting still while I’m away – probably not from the hospital bed, but days either side. Which is why my new hexie travel kit is going into the bag!

  8. RecyclerSA says:

    Here I was popping over to say I expect to see 3 new cushions tomorrow (early my time in South Africa) … you nearly beat me to it 🙂 Glad your news is good, but really hope you jazz up your pain management successfully too.

    I lurk mostly, as my Mom passed the sewing gene (and machine) onto my sister, and I am almost wishing I had paid more attention years ago. Ah well, somebody had to have the dirty finger nails. Back to the farmy, good luck with the rest of the procedures. Laura

  9. Your pillows look so pretty, my favorite colors too. I need to try to make one, it would be my first. Great news. Hope you find a way to cope with the pain.

  10. I have told you before and I am telling you again : you are such a brave lady !!!! and those cushions look stunning !

  11. EllaDee says:

    I’m so pleased you have good news to share 🙂
    I’m about to investigate unsweetened cherry juice for the G.O.’s arthritis & joint pain albeit far less severe than yours. I read about yesterday it in a comment to a post – – and thought I might as well mention it to you also.

  12. Jen Gardener says:

    Fantastic news Kate! Best of luck for the journey ahead. Lovely cushions too!

  13. I’m so happy for you – waiting for news like this, time seems to move so slowly. Onwards and upwards 🙂

  14. Kirsten says:

    Great news and such a relief! I’m so happy for you.

    PS – I adore those cushions!!!

  15. I never thought I would be happy to hear that anyone had painful arthritis, but I get it. May arthritis be the worst of your health problems. Stay well!

  16. Oops, my Ipad is acting up!
    I meant to say:” I am sooooooo happy for you!!!”
    Sending you more positive vibes!

  17. rutigt says:

    I have a friend who also had good news about her cancer. So to both of you I just say HURRAH!!!!!!!
    Gun, Sweden

  18. […] some dark grey fabric with a cream spot, the same, you may remember, as I used a while back for my pillows. I reckon with a bit of nifty piecing-in of some of the red from the red border, I might just have […]

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