Sunday, May 30, 2010


Wishing all of you a meaningful Memorial Day! I wish to honor all who gave their all and lost their lives in all wars to keep us free and to honor all who have served in our Armed Forces and survived to return home to their loved ones.

A picture of my Daddy---Garland W. Hudgins when he was home before being sent to Europe during World War II. This was taken in his parents yard. He is holding my oldest first cousin Betty.

Daddy survived D-Day Invasion on Omaha Beach, Battle of the Bulge, and the Invasion of Africa.
While overseas his mother died and it took two weeks before the Red Cross notified him...he was at the Command Headquarters at that time.

Daddy survived the war and came home to marry my mother and raise two daughters. But loss his life way to early at the age of 63 to cancer.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Since Thursday life has turned upside down around these parts of the woods. I had bronchitis earlier and getting over it. Husband had signs of it and he would not go to doctor. Probably just as well now as Thursday he went for his normal blood work and his Dr. not there and the person seeing his patients doesn't do it but thinks he has pneumonia and sends him to ER. Where they start IV's going right then upon arrival with two antibiotics plus fluids as he's dehydrated. Do chest x-ray, come in and said he had to be admitted so the antibiotics could be continued. Also running a TON of Blood Work for bacterial infections among other things.

Baby Girl rushes from work and they sent her straight back. She talks him into being admitted. This man is 68 and was born in hospital and when 4 had tonsils out otherwise never a patient in one. Waiting for room to be made ready and next thing we know they are whisking him to ICU he is in Acute Renal Failure. He numbers were eight and suppose to be one or less.

Good news he did not have pneumonia and actually his lungs were amazingly clear. All the scans and numerous other tests show his heart is fine. His kidneys are normal in size, look great otherwise. This failure was caused by one Rx turning against his kidneys attacking them then another one he takes to protect his kidneys from diabetes turned against him causing further failure.

His numbers started coming down, his blood pressure which was dangerously low started going back up and his accelerated heart rate returned to normal by the next day so moved him to a private room. Where his reputation became the worse patient anyone had ever seen in their lives. Not a good reputation to have when those people check your IV's give you shots, tend to your catheter for 24 urine collection.

Saturday his numbers had dropped more but still high and they admitted two people for kidney failure whose were lower than his the day before. But since we are five minutes from hospital, and he so unhappy and stressed out, they agreed to let him come home and go back to Dr. Monday for blood work. To make sure the magnesium they gave him by the bagfuls for three days is holding and the bags of iron has his anemia which we had no clue about either are back to normal and especially his Creatinine levels are heading closer to normal levels. So he can remain home and off of dialysis. That they will find a medication he can take that won't mess his kidneys up. And they can get him back on his diabetes medicine as that and a dye used in one of the scans if mix in the blood/body that can do kidney failure as well.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I've been told I am long overdue for blogging. And I am. I promise to blog again soon. So far behind I'm not sure where I'll start. But I promise I shall soon . . . must get over whatever is going on in my lungs. . .told bronchitis but the medications hasn't helped that much and have finished the Z-pack--still taking the others.

My goal is to put an "E" on the cutest little swimsuit for the cutest little 19 month old with my new machine. Took my old one in for a good going over and to have two issues fixed...low bobbin thread alert and needle threader. Both had to be replaced on old one. It is now good for me to take to class or baby daughter to take over it when she feels she's ready to upgrade machines.

To get an idea how sick I've been, I was in the quilt shop one morning to order an embroidery stick. That afternoon Dr. Al called to tell me this issues, costs, etc., next day someone called and said it was ready to be picked up. Took me OVER two weeks to get there to pick it up. NOW, that was a first I doubt seriously that store open for 23 years at various locations and I've never been a week without dropping by to peek around to see what's new, etc.

When I went to get refills for Rx's I stopped in, got machine and the new stick.

Garden Song embroidery designs are by Nancy Halvorsen. Really nice designs in it. And while I was googling around looking for pictures of it found out there is a line of fabric by her in the Garden Song theme which looks NICE too!

Lori of Blue Waters...I PROMISE...I will get those pics and lace to you soon.

And good news is M-I-L who was taken ill before we went to PA and admitted to hospital, we cut trip short when we learned about her and came home to find her being moved to nursing facility for therapy. This week family told she should be able to go home in two weeks. We are elated never thought she'd be able to go home again the first few weeks at the facility. However, with the bout I've been dealing with and also DH dealing with now as well I can see how someone in their 90's could get that weak that quick.