Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Time to smell the roses and other flowers


This past week has been one of some last minute sewing, a quilt and merino tiny tot clothes, on their way to the South Island on Thursday.Deadline was 10.30 a.m. Wednesday. All done!!!Whew,,  great releief at having all finished, and packed !!! The Flopsy Bunny fabric was printed for a fabric book, so the squares did not line up, the lines did not meet, and as I added strips, nothing matched as it should. But I liked it. The merio leggings, size 0-3 months looked SOOO tiny. So I made some more in the next sizes. Tiny wee hats, all double fabric so no scratchy seams on a tiny new-born head .The baby boy is due in March.

The Flopsy  Bunnies

Flopsy Bunny quilt on the back, and merino leggings and hats

We had some lunch, a friend and her grand-daughter came, we had coffee,they went home. I picked some salad veges,  and didn’t feel well. Off to the bathroom, back out to Hugh, and said “ I don’t feel very well. I have the shakes”. His reply, “ Oh, guess I’ll have to turn off my computer game”!! Then I said, Ring the ambulance. They came, blood pressure was so high, they checked the usual responses in case of a stroke, I could smile, that was good news,  but still  off to hospital.We arrived, I was wheeled in, and THREE staff all waiting,  “ In here, off with all the top clothes,” so before I knew it,  the ECG leads were stuck on to those patches, a line in, blood test taken, and blood pressure monitored constantly. It came down slowly, ED was so busy with really extreme emergencies, staff were wonderful. At 8 p.m. they decided to keep me in overnight, another blood test at midnight, ran a drip in, and gave me a portable ECG machine, much like the old mobile phones. Staff came and went constantly, drip out at 11 p.m. blood taken at 12 midnight, truly didn’t feel the needle go in at all. Coffee at 6 a.m.,  breakfast some time later, staff visited, 3 patients discharged, 2 of us left. Doctors visited, “ You are a  mystery, we couldn’t find anything, Would you like to go home” Yes please, …OK, and see your GP next week. BUT… if you get the shakes again, you have to come in immediately.

So I am taking life more slowly,( although they were sure that being in the sun, doing sewing that had to be finished, or anything elsethat could be called stress or otherwise  had contributed) and am so grateful, and thankful for all the care, and equally so to be home.

I wandered round the garden, and looked at the greenery. What a wonderful world, and so glad to be part of it.

Gossamer Grass fronds in the sunlight

Gossamer Grass fronds

Agapanthus flowers among the trees

Agapanthus flowers among the trees

A tall Flax spire, and on the right hand side a cicada flying past. I had to click on the photo and enlarge the percentage to make sure it wasn’t a smudge on the lens.

Flax plant spire and flying cicada

The best news here in NZ, Jake Bailey from Christchurch, is in remission, and will have a GAP year, in 2016,  his words inspire, and on his Facebook page he thanked so many, with his ability  to put that into wonderful words.I hope he continues to be well.

As usual with Open Live Writer no spell check, so hope all words are as they should be. OLW hope to have this added to the program soon.

Quotation of the day, from Marcus  Aurelius

“When you arise in the morning, 

think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -

to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love”

Greetings from Jean


Mystic Quilter said...

Sorry to hear about your high BP and your hospital visit. Stress certainly doesn't help high BP and nor does the heat - I know 'cos I'm on two medications for this problem! My GP jumped on this when he had taken a few readings which were sky high, so I'm pleased you'll be off to see your GP next week. Good Luck.
Take time to smell the roses and enjoy your garden!

Carol Mattingly said...

Oh, Jean I am so glad you are OK, but you have to take care and get enough rest and well, I guess you know all this what with going to the hospital. Please please take care. The guilt is fantastic. Carol

The Furry Gnome said...

Glad you're ok! Take it easy and take care of yourself!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

I can only think to say Wow. What an experience. It was definitely an episode and so thankfully not a stroke. Was your sewing that stressful; we know it is supposed to be relaxing. But thankful too for fast and good care. It sounds like you were in good hands. How wonderful it must have felt to come home and feel the sun on your face. I can hear the relief in your words, Jean.
Btw, my little grandson is just getting to know Peter Rabbit and loves the show on t.v. and has the dishes. Adorable quilt.

Susan Heather said...

So glad you are o.k. - what wonderful care you get down there.

I ready in the paper this morning about Jake being in remission - wonderful news.

Take it easy.


Susan Heather said...

Just looked at the flax photo enlarged - are you sure it is a cicada - looks like a dragonfly - thought I could see the wings.

Nancy J said...

Thanks to you all for comforting words, and Susan, you are so right, it is a dragonfly. That is what happens after a hospital visit, not even able to identify an insect!!! you can see the wings.

Leeanne said...

That must have been a tad scary! Thank goodness you were in good hands. Take carexx

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear, dear Jean ~ Stress can cause such scary things for us. I hope you are feeling better.

Your little fabric book is cute and I'm sure will be greatly enjoyed.

I recently found that quote too and printed it out. Life is a gift, each and every day.

Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, That sounded like a scary time. I am so glad you are OK. Sounds like you have a great medical care there. I like the cute fabric book! Take care and have a great weekend!

Inger said...

This post started out as such a peaceful place and then....I am so glad you are OK and hope you will continue to take it easy and enjoy your days. I love the quote and I do practice it with morning prayers of gratitude.

Lori Skoog said...

Jean! You do such beautiful work! Now, what the heck was going on with your blood pressure? Glad you were not in the hospital very long and are feeling better. I'm looking forward to a nice sunny day. Enjoy your weather!

Janet said...

Take care of yourself Jean! You are a messenger of hope and love and we need your words.

Barb said...

Dear Jean, You must take care. Do you have a blood pressure cuff at home? Mine tends to go low and when I start feeling a bit light-headed, I take it to see what it is. Your teeny baby clothes and quilt are so pretty. What a lovely baby gift! Thinking of you in snowy CO. (I love seeing your blooms!)

Georgia said...

Jean, your life can be entirely too exciting at times. Glad you got the baby things done. They look lovely and warm. Take care, friend :)

Jenny said...

So pleased you are now home and feeling better. Take care of yourself too, I know you are busy taking care of Hugh, and the pussies!
Lovely to speak on the phone to you yesterday, and know everything is OK.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Sounds like a scary episode...glad you're OK.

Sue said...

Glad you are ok Jean, take care of yourself and maybe slow the pace of life down a notch. Enjoy the your garden and the quiet things in life for a while.

TexWisGirl said...

sorry about your scare! i do hope it was nothing to be concerned about!

KB Bear said...

I'm so glad you're okay. I used to have episodes every year or so... and I never knew why. Now they don't happen anymore. You take it easy and relax. We all want you around for a long time to come, my friend!

Allie-oops Designs said...

Oh my dear I am so glad you are ok - I will be praying for you - how scary! Do take it easy. I really love that quilt, and all the tiny tot goodies - but please - take it easy!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I am so glad you are ok, that must have been so scary! Your quote is spot on- what a precious privilege it is to be alive!!!

Shelley Folkerts said...

I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better after your high BP scare. It is great that you have a husband and a GP that listen to you when you knew something was wrong. Please take care of yourself. Sewing is not supposed to be stressful, right? Hugs to you and Hugh!

Nancy J said...

Thank you all again, your words and knowing that you care mean so much. Life is fragile, and I am taking every day as a bonus.