Monday, February 13, 2012

Accidents Happen!

And my latest was on Jan. 26th; that's the day I fell down the stairs in our house and broke my leg! :-( Specifically, I broke my left fibula (the smaller of the two long bones in the lower leg) and tore ligaments all across my foot and ankle. Not exactly something I was wanting to have happen!

I had surgery on Thursday, Feb. 2nd. They repaired the torn ligaments, and they re-aligned the broken bone and attached a metal plate to it with several screws (the plate and screws will now be a permanent part of my anatomy -- yay, I get to set off metal detectors!! LOL), and they put two additional screws into the joint to temporarily hold everything in the ankle nice and still until it could all heal. Because of those two screws, even though the break has been repaired, I can't bear any weight on the left foot for the time being. I'm in a splint for now, and I go in this-coming Friday, 2/17 to have my sutures removed (I'm going to have some pretty nice scars on both sides of my leg/ankle!). Then they'll put me in a regular cast for at least 4 more weeks. At that time, they'll remove the cast and I'll have another procedure to remove the two screws from the joint. After that, I can use a walking boot and start on the road to rehabilitation.

What all this means for my business, unfortunately, is that there may be delays in processing orders. Hannah's is currently housed in the upstairs bedrooms in our house, and I'm not exactly climbing stairs right now. :-( Fortunately, my husband and friends have been amazing, and they are helping to pick and pack orders when they can. But as my hubby isn't very keen on measuring and cutting fabrics for me, for the time being, there may be some delays (figure a week, give or take) in our sending out orders for the cut-to-order fabrics. This includes all cotton fabrics, wool, WoolFelt, silk matka, muslins, and weaver's cloth. The cross-stitch linen pieces are pre-cut, so they won't be subject to the delays. So far, you have all been wonderful about this little snafu, and I appreciate it so, so much!

Orders for the cut-to-order fabrics can still be processed; I just need to wait for hubby or one of my friends to be available to get the fabric from upstairs and bring it down to me; then I'm able to lay it out on the dining room table and do the cutting with scissors. But I'm at the mercy of having someone come 'round who doesn't mind doing so for me (and again; not hubby's thing! LOL). As for patterns, flosses, notions... even the pre-cut linen pieces; those hubby doesn't mind picking for me, so we can get them packed up and shipped within just a couple of days of receiving those orders, for the most part.

I'm doing fairly well at this point; very rarely need the pain pills anymore. Now, I'm sure that possibly after the sutures (I think I have staples in there) come out, and definitely again after my next surgery to remove the screws from the joint, I'll need another couple of days to recuperate and won't be working much at first. I'm extremely hopeful that I'll be finished with the worst of this and into the walking boot (and able to get upstairs and work again!!!) by mid- to late-March.

Thank you again for your patronage, support, and patience! :-)