10 May, 2007

Standing On Both Feet

Tomorrow is the second anniversary of a life changing event for me, to celebrate I'm standing on BOTH feet! Actually, I celebrate that fact every day now. Two years ago I became suddenly sidelined when blood clots blocked the artery to my right foot. Emergency surgery was performed to by-pass an aneurysm behind my knee. My husband and I were traveling home from South Dakota when the clots occurred. I had no idea what had happened, all I knew was that the pain was incredible; much like having a baseball bat strike the front of my shin bone, that pain did not subside. I bounced around for a few days without treatment after a mis-diagnosis before I ended up sitting on the table of a vascular surgeon who looked me in the eye, after arranging for my hospital admittance, and said "we're going to do everything we can to save your foot". If you've never had that happen you cannot imagine the fear those words elicit. The surgery was successful. I have an ugly scar on the inside of my leg from mid-calf to mid-thigh. I won't wear shorts anymore or anything that reveals the scar, but that's perfectly OK. That scar is my 'gratitude souvenir', it reminds me daily to be thankful; thankful to God for all my blessings, thankful to be standing on both feet! Happy anniversary to me!

Life is Good!

17 comments:

Jim V said...

I had no idea! Well congrats on your anniversary. I guess now we know where Kyle gets his positive attitude ragardless of challenges.

So what will you do to celebrate?

mamaspark said...

WoW!! What a story! I am happy that God has blessed you so. Now about that marathon... (JK)
~Pam

YankeeQuilter said...

What a scarey experience! But such a happy ending. A few scars just gives character!

Libby said...

A very scary and scarry event - so glad you are standing on both feet.

Go ahead and show your scar - celebrate all that means *s*

teodo said...

Good anniversary!
ciao ciao

Laurie Ann said...

Wow!! Congrats on two years and two feet!

You are right, that fabric is just perfect for the back of the cross stitch pillow!

Hugs to Hannes.

Ancestor Collector said...

It's not something I will soon forget....two second anniversaries coming up! I would like to wrap you in a safety bubble in July! :-)

Nancy said...

What a terrifying experience! And certainly good cause to celebrate. And now you know what to write on those forms that ask, "Any identifying marks or scars?"

paula, the quilter said...

I look at my scars as part of a road map on my life journey. Now, so can you. Congratulations on your "second" birthday.

atet said...

Happy second anniversary. Unless you hate wearing shorts -- don't give them up. Wear the scars with pride, it shows how much you have to be grateful for and to celebrate!

Lisa said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

meggie said...

You are truly lucky to have both feet to stand on! I am so glad it worked out well for you, no wonder you give thanks.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Congratulations!! What a GREAT thing to be able to celebrate!

Quilt Memories said...

You have a LOT to be thankful for.
God bless you!!!!!!!! Actually he HAS!!!!!!

Shelina said...

Ouch, that sounds painful! Congratulations on your anniversary. Personally, I would sport the scar proudly. I have psiorasis scars on my arms, and I still wear short sleeves. Once everybody knows that I am not being abused, they are okay with it.

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

It is so good that you are standing on both feet and doing well!

Carol said...

Congrats! Often we don't think about different parts of our body until they give us trouble.

I'm glad you're back on your feet!