The quilt is for sale on Etsy.
Friday, April 29, 2011
The quilt is for sale on Etsy.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
- 89% of respondents claimed that they obtain mammographic screening based on age
- 57% claimed to do so based on positive family history, regardless of age
- 61% stated they followed the ACS screening guidelines, 61 percent stated that they did follow the guidelines
- 24% stated that they did not know the guidelines
Breast cancer is a major public health problem, for which screening is at least part of the solution. Plastic surgeons are in a unique position to screen women who may not otherwise receive screening. Knowledge of the American Cancer Society guidelines is an essential component of effective cancer screening, but unfortunately only somewhat more than half of plastic surgeon respondents who perform breast surgery have knowledge of these guidelines. Being male predicted more accurate knowledge of the guidelines, but being female resulted in more aggressive screening, and possibly more diagnoses. Familiarity with the American Cancer Society screening guidelines also resulted in a greater number of perioperative diagnoses. As plastic surgeons, we have an obligation to actively participate in the health and well-being of our patients, and this involves understanding and applying good breast cancer screening practices.
New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines (November 17, 2009)
The New Mammogram Guidelines - What You Need to Know (December 27, 2009; TBTAM)
Screening Mammogram Recommendations (January 7, 2010)
USPSTF Breast Screening Guidelines Pushback (January 26, 2011)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
NSM was attempted in the 1980s but never gained popularity owing to the controversies surrounding oncological safety. Now, better technologies for preoperative staging and assessment of lesion distance from the NAC, along with an increased understanding of the anatomy of the breast ducts with relation to the nipple, are encouraging a return to the concept. One of the key publications that renewed and increased enthusiasm for this technique was the multicenter publication of 192 patients undergoing NSM with only four recurrences, all of which occurred distant from the NAC. Recurrences were seen in the upper outer quadrant, where nearly all recurrences are found with simple mastectomies, at the junction of the tail of the breast and axillary tissue.In recent years, there has been a sudden increase in reports of NSM for prophylaxis and cancer treatment. Of the approximately 1868 NSM procedures performed for breast cancer treatment and published in recent literature, only three local recurrences within the NAC have been reported, representing 0.16% of local events attributed to patients with NAC preservation. Note, however, that most of these studies have short follow-up periods, thus rendering definitive conclusions premature.
The article does a quick review of some of the techniques for NSM (photo credit, 1st reference article):Exclusion criteria included tumors larger than 3 cm, clinical invasion of the NAC, tumors within 2 cm from the nipple, evidence of multicentric disease, a positive intraoperative retroareolar frozen section, and nodal disease, excluding isolated immunohistochemistry positivity.
The article is worth your time to read.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Welcome to Grand Rounds! First, a quick shout-out to Nick Genes, an emergency medicine physician who blogs at blogborygmi (possibly the best blog name ever) and is one of the founders of Grand Rounds. I had no plans to host GR a second time until I saw Nick’s APB for April hosts. I had forgotten how much fun this was until the posts started coming in. So thanks, Nick.The theme this time is what gives your life or work meaning. One of the loveliest, most contemplative posts I’ve seen on this topic is Nourishing Healthy Seeds from Deb Thomas, who blogs at Debbie’s Cancer Blog. ………..
Yes, exercise is good for you. This we know. Heaps of evidence point to the countless benefits of regular physical activity. Federal health officials recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, like brisk walking, every day. ….But now, researchers are beginning to suspect that even if you engage in regular exercise daily, it may not be enough to counteract the effects of too much sitting during the rest of the day. ……
If you've gone in for surgery, it's likely that your anesthesiologist has told you to count backwards from 100 — and that you'll wake up after a nice deep sleep.But that's not exactly true."Sleep is not the state you're going in, nor would it be the state in which someone could perform an operation on you," explains Emery Brown. "What we need to do in order to be able to operate on you — to perform a procedure which, is indeed, very invasive — is to put you in a state which is effectively a coma which we can readily reverse." ……..
Japan is home to the world's largest — and most painful — hornet. With a wingspan of up to three inches, the Asian giant hornet can look more like a tiny flying bird.And if you're a bird — or a bee — watch out.The Asian giant hornet can inject "a deadly neurotoxin, [which] actually can be fatal," says science writer Amy Stewart. "In Asia, they call it a yak-killer because it has such a potent neurotoxin." …..
Monday, April 25, 2011
I have written about this previously.
ALCL and Breast Implants – an article review (March 9, 2011)
ALCL and Breast Implants (January 31, 2011)
Breast Implants and Lymphoma Risk (June 29, 2009)
by calling 800-332-1088.
1. RAND Corporation; Press Release April 19, 2011
2. FDA safety alert; January 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
When a plastic surgeon says “Your scar will fade over time.”
Patients often hear “Your scar will disappear over time.”
Friday, April 22, 2011
I mis-cut one of the four so ended up with a gap in the layout.
To correct this (as I didn’t have a fifth piece so I could just re-cut it), I inserted red squares so it would look like a ribbon woven in.
Here is the finished quilt. It is machine pieced and quilted. It measures approximately 29 in square.
I quilted it with gold metallic thread on the front using beige cotton thread in the bobbin.
Here is the back before I sewed on the sleeve and label.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Emily Fennell, 26, last month became the first person in California to have the revolutionary surgery. Six weeks and many hours of therapy later, she has no regrets. …..On March 5, Fennell became the first person to undergo a hand transplant in California and the 13th nationwide to have the revolutionary surgery. . …."It's crazy how good it looks," she said at her occupational therapy session one morning last week at UCLA, where she spends about eight hours a day working on learning how to move her new hand and fingers. "I knew the match wouldn't be perfect, but if you didn't know what happened, you'd think I just had some kind of orthopedic surgery." ….Doctors told her that the biggest risk from the surgery comes from the side effects of lifelong use of strong immunosuppressant medications, which can cause high blood pressure, kidney or liver damage, elevated cancer risks and lower resistance to infections. ….."I decided the benefits were worth those risks," Fennel said. She has adjusted well to the medications. ….She has no sensation yet in the transplanted hand. The nerves grow about one millimeter a day from the connections the surgeons made to her arm, and it will be several more months before sensations develop."The hand is connected to me. It's mine," Fennell said. "But until I have feeling in it, it's not going to feel like mine." ……….
Her therapists encourage her to say "my hand" instead of "the donor hand." It's a psychological adjustment that runs parallel to the physical challenges she deals with. ……..
This news article coincides with my reading of the journal article on issues related to face transplantation (full reference below). Both hand and face transplantation have similar issues to other solid organ transplantation. One of the big issues with hand transplantation is whether the risks are worth it as a hand transplant is not a live-saving procedure as a heart or liver transplant is.
Two of the world's first four face transplant recipients acquired cytomegalovirus viral infection by means of their donated facial organs. Also, the French experience, and our own, has been challenged by cytomegalovirus reactivation and graft rejection, therefore necessitating a critical evaluation. The authors have also learned, from their own experience, that facial composite tissue allografts containing mucosa and paranasal sinuses present a distinct challenge with regard to their accompanying flora.Conclusions: Although the risk of donor-derived cytomegalovirus is acceptable in life-saving solid organ transplantation, for face transplantation patients, the scenario is different. When the authors' team performed the first nearly total face/maxilla transplantation (December of 2008), there was little known regarding the consequences of cytomegalovirus-related donor transmission in face transplantation. Therefore, the authors now recommend that all candidates be fully informed as to the risks of cytomegalovirus/infectious transmission and that aggressive viral, bacterial, and fungal prophylaxis be instituted.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This past weekend I helped my husband and his mother clean up some debris from the storms which had come through Thursday night/Friday morning. Here are before and after photos.
However, to the poison ivy I tend to react like this (photo credit):
Dr. Paul Auerbach wrote a review of the product Zanfel in 2008. In the comment section White Coat left this helpful suggestion
One of the other things that helps to some degree is "Ivy Block" - it allegedly keeps the urushiol from binding to the skin. http://www.ivyblock.com/ivyblock.phpAlso, check out the post he did “Poison Ivy – Son of an Itch”
Also, TechNu is reported to work as well as Zanfel, but is significantly less expensive. http://www.teclabsinc.com/products.cfm?id=1F5604C8-9D05-4675-56129F6D83DF2417§ion=1
Leaves of Three, Let Them Be: If Only It Were That Easy; Medscape Article, May 28, 2004; Patricia L Jackson Allen, MS, RN, PNP, FAAN
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Welcome to Get Better Health’s Grand Rounds, Volume 7, Number 30. This week’s theme borrows from Patriot’s Day which commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, on April, 19, 1775. …….…..
Seven and a half years is a long time. My very first post on crzegrl was on 12 November 2011, a fitting date for me as so many major events have happened on that day for me.I swore into the Army.
I closed on my first home.
My friend Danny died.
My blog was born.
I remember purchasing my first domain in 1999 (homesickangel.net) and struggling to create what was, then, an online journal, on software that didn’t easily support the idea. Who would have predicted that I would be considered an old timer in the blogging world. ……
A few days ago I published a blog post about Dr. Mehmet Oz NOT being a trustworthy source of health information. It set off a firestorm of blog comments, tweets, and Facebook sharing – all because people (like me) had developed sincere concerns about the safety of viewers who might take his advice to heart. The outpouring of commentary, and the rapidity of the response made me wonder: can we harness this power for future good? Could we counter Dr. Oz’s (and others like him) misinformation with peer-reviewed content that’s easily accessible by Twitter and Facebook? ……….
Check out the guest post on KevinMD by Roy Benaroch, MD: Should the HPV vaccine be given to boys?…………………………………….
Beth wrote, “I plan on having my daughter vaccinated against HPV when she’s the right age (which is what by the way?). Recently, some friends were saying they were planning to have their sons receive the vaccine as well because although males obviously don’t get cervical cancer, they can spread HPV and put their future partners at risk. Is this true?”Yes, men can catch HPV infections, and spread them to women. But that might not be reason enough to have your son vaccinated.
Mrs. Ramona Lindsey’s Fourth graders, in partnership with Woodlawn Community School, are taking their feelings about the high level of violence in Chicago through the Stop the Violence Traveling Quilts Exhibit. Drawings are used to share how they really feel. While some pictures spoke louder than others, the messages were all the same – STOP THE VIOLENCE!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Originally, Martorell described the following diagnostic criteria:a) Ulcer located anterolaterally on the lower legs,b) arterial diastolic hypertension of the lower legs,c) hyperpulsatility of the arteries of the lower legs,d) absence of arterial calcification,e) absence of CVI (chronic venous insufficiency),f) symmetric lesions (either ulceration at the same time or as a result of previous ulceration of the opposite leg),g) increased pain in horizontal position, andh) female sex.
Friday, April 15, 2011
This baby quilt was made back in 1996 for my friend Marla who left her surgery residency after the fourth year to pursue her love of languages. She now does medical translation work for John Hopkins.
The center area of the quilt is composed of courthouse step blocks. I machine pieced the quilt but had Scottie Brooks do the hand quilting for me. The quilt measures 38.5 in X 61.5 in.
The young man holding the quilt is the “baby” it was made for all those years ago. Thank you Marla for the photos.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The research has also found that in order to achieve their ideal body weight and shape:
- 16% would trade 1 year of their life
- 10% would trade 2-5 years of their life
- 2% would trade 6-10 years of their life
- 1% would trade 21 years or more of their life
- £5000 from their annual salary (13%)
- A promotion at work (8%)
- Achieving a first class honors degree (6%)
- Spending time with their partner (9%)
- Spending time with their family (7%)
- Spending time with their friends (9%)
- Their health (7%)
- 46% of the women surveyed have been ridiculed or bullied because of their appearance.
- 39% of the women surveyed reported that if money wasn’t a concern they would have cosmetic surgery to alter their appearance. Of the 39% who said they would have cosmetic surgery, 76% desired multiple surgical procedures. 5% of the women surveyed have already had cosmetic surgery to alter their appearance.
- 79% of the women surveyed reported that they would like to lose weight, despite the fact that the majority of the women sampled (78.37%) were actually within the underweight or ‘normal’ weight ranges. Only 3% said that they would like to gain weight.
- 93% of the women surveyed reported that they had had negative thoughts about their appearance during the past week. 31% had negative thoughts several times a day
Steriod Use in Girls (February 21, 2008)
Get Girls to Focus on Skin’s Appearance (May 19, 2010)
Maternal Influence (January 3, 2011)
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
This is the first time iMedicalApps is hosting Grand Rounds, and to those not familiar, Grand Rounds is weekly collection of medical blog posts with different themes — hosted by various blogs.To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what Grand Rounds was until very recently. When I started iMedicalApps in November 2009, we were a rag tag team of physicians and medical students, and I had no experience with the “medical blogosphere” — I didn’t even know it existed, I just wanted to review medical apps and provide a quality resource for medical professionals. ………..
Last weekend, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) launched an e-newsletter called “Voices.”The name reminded me of a video MBC and LBBC helped with last year: “Faces of Metastatic Breast Cancer.”The low-key video shows a variety of women doing every day things with their families and commenting on MBC. It’s not a public service awareness message–it’s not preachy. Some people are serious, but many are laughing, playing with their kids and so on. It’s well worth a look!Here are some other women who have inspired me:Molly Ivins:“Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you;
then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better
–Molly Ivins 1944 – 2007, columnist, political commentator and humorist
Where can people find out more about emergency preparedness?
· On my Seattle Mama Doc blog, I recently wrote a post about emergency preparedness.
· I’d also recommend checking out the American Red Cross’ Website and 3 Days 3 Ways for more information.
Editor's note: Alison Criado-Perez, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) shares this first-person account of evacuating war-wounded people out of Misrata. Ali is a nurse working for MSF in Libya and Tunisia. She has previously worked in Nigeria, Colombia, Uganda and Central African Republic. The video embedded in this blog post shows Ali actually treating a patient on the boat described in the account shared below. ………
H/T to @Allergy who shared this on twitter: Lost in translation: the warning "I am deathly allergic to nuts" accidentally became "I am absolutely dying for nuts" http://goo.gl/h8Myp……………………………….
Ted Leonsis, founder of the company that owns the Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics sports teams, along with Verizon Center in Washington D.C., ……He's also had to deal with his allergy in a foreign country. He recently visited Paris, and before leaving, asked the stewardess to translate into French the following message: "I am deathly allergic to nuts. Please do not serve me any nuts or nut products." He then passed the note to a server at a French restaurant. The message was lost in translation, accidentally becoming "I am absolutely dying for nuts. I must have nuts." The error was discovered when the waiter brought ten plates of nuts out for Leonsis. ……….
H/T to @grahamwalker who shared this tweet: Awesome. NEJM Clinical Practice review on "Care of Transsexual Persons." Very progressive of them. nejm.org/doi/full/10.10……………………………………….
On loan to Winterthur from Plimoth Plantation, the Plimoth Jacket is not an exact reproduction. Rather, it was re-created from two examples in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. One was chosen for the cut and construction of the jacket and the other for the design of the embroidery. Both originals date to the 1620s. ……The sewing, embroidery, and lace were all entirely done by hand. The lace spangles (the tear-drop shaped sequins hanging from the lace) were created using tools made specifically for the project. The tools and techniques replicate those from the 1600s. Even the lining was hand-woven and dyed with natural indigo.Learn More
View a PDF presentation about the creation of the jacket.
Monday, April 11, 2011
The 20-year-old patient presented to the UAMS Emergency Department via ambulance from Malvern, about 50 miles away. The patient’s nose, upper lip and most of his right cheek were amputated by the edge of a hollow metal pole that came through the patient’s windshield during the single-vehicle rollover accident. He also had multiple facial fractures with extensive damage to the palate and teeth.At the accident site, the property owner directed emergency responders to the severed portion of the patient’s face some distance from the vehicle. The avulsed tissue was properly stored and brought to the ED along with the patient.Only One ChoiceMauricio Moreno, MD, director of the UAMS Head and Neck Cancer Division and a fellowship-trained microvacsular surgeon, saw the patient in the ED and determined that the only choice was to attempt one of the largest known composite facial replantation surgeries in medical literature.The ischemia time was critical to the outcome since most successful replantations of facial tissues are performed in less than 8 hours. Due to inclement weather, an effort to fly the patient to UAMS had been aborted, and nearly six hours had passed when the patient was taken to surgery.Without a successful replantation, the patient’s prognosis was poor for both function and appearance. No amount of plastic and reconstructive surgery would provide a cosmetically satisfactory result, and the patient’s ability to eat, drink, or speak would be severely affected.Prior to surgery, Moreno consulted with UAMS’ Marcus Moody, MD, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery specialist, who agreed that the facial bone fractures could be repaired at a later date.The ChallengeSuccess depended on reintroducing blood supply via a microvascular anastomosis of the facial artery to the angular artery and microvascular anastomosis of the retromandibular vein to the facial vein. Given the nature of the injury, the vessels were severely damaged at the point where they were transected. In order to overcome this problem the vessels were dissected from the transection site until they appeared less damaged, and the anastomosis was made at that point. This was one of the most technically challenging aspects of the case. Very short vessels forced the release of some tissues in the face and neck in order to achieve a tension-free anastomosis.Moreno worked as quickly as possible, completing the replantation in about two hours, maintaining the total ischemia time just under eight hours.Six days after surgery, while the patient remained sedated in the ICU, the retromandibular vein thrombosed and the patient was taken back into surgery to repair the clotted vessel. Two days later the same vessel thrombosed again requiring a third – and final – microsurgical procedure.The episodes of thrombosis likely were related to the vessel trauma that resulted from the accident.Leeches HelpBecause the tissue was unable to accommodate the increased blood flow, medical leeches were flown to UAMS and applied to the replanted tissue for 72 hours. The leeches corrected the venous insufficiency, which can have the same deleterious effect as when replanted tissue gets too little blood supply.The replantation was a success. It appears to be the largest composite nasal replantation in the medical literature of about 15 cases described worldwide.Ninety percent of the tissue survived; only a small portion of the patient’s nose and right cheek did not survive, but that tissue can be replaced.The patient lost vision in his right eye, and the right side of his face is paralyzed as a result of the trauma. Multiple procedures will be needed to repair the numerous facial fractures, restore facial symmetry and achieve the best possible cosmetic and functional outcome.
Friday, April 8, 2011
I love this
Still haven’t decided which word block I like the best. Sometimes I think it’s just certain letters like the “k” in monkey or the “a” in toucan or the “a” in gator
or the “E” in horse or the “b” in bear or the “d” and “o” in dog.
Or this “C” in cow which ended up sticking out into the border. I had to hand applique that portion down.
Here is the back.
Previous posts on this quilt:
Word Play Quilting
Animal Names Word Quilt – WIP
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Breast Self-Exam (October 8, 2009)
October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 2, 2008)
Mammograms (October 13, 2008)
Breast Cancer Screen in Childhood Cancer Survivors – An Article Review (February 2009)
Indications for Breast MRI – an Article Review (March 2009)
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I must say when I first read the title of this article (full reference below) I thought it was a joke. Apparently, I was just unaware this syndrome exist.
Their conclusion:with attention to a major radix augmentation graft and substantial reduction of the nasal tip projection. In addition, as with the illustrative cases described herein (Figures 1, 2, and 3), we also correct other offending features at the same time (eg, dependent nasal tip, boxy tip, poor alar support, alar base width, wide nasal bones).
REFERENCEIn all of our years of teaching rhinoplasty, we have always maintained that in considering surgery, the patient must understand that nothing in the external world will change because the of the patient's rhinoplasty. The only thing that will change is the way the patient feels about himself or herself, ie, their self-esteem.Rhinoplasty for the angry face syndrome, however, may be the exception to the rule.
The Angry Face Syndrome; Pastorek NJ, White WM; Arch Facial Plast Surg 2011;13(2):131-133; doi:10.1001/archfacial.2011.14
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Welcome to the Angry Birds edition of that weekly compendium of medical blogosphere goodness, Grand Rounds! I’ve chosen my addiction du jour, Angry Birds, as the theme for my 7th turn as host.For those who are not familiar, Angry Birds is a game in which Green Pigs steal Bird eggs, causing the Birds to become angry, start screeching and begin catapulting themselves from sling shots in an attempt to destroy the Pigs, who house themselves in various structures and giggle at the Birds.Got it?
Okay then! Let’s get started! ………..
- Dr. William K. Rundell, Director of Transplant Surgery at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Wright State Univ. Boonshoft School of Medicine
- Dr. John Donnelly, Asst. Professor of Family Medicine at the Wright State Univ. Boonshoft School of Medicine… and a pancreas transplant recipient
- Dr. Alex Tabarrok, Professor of Economics at George Mason University and co-author of the economics blog Marginal Revolution
…. As a life care planning expert in amputation injury and limb loss, I find hand transplantation somewhat disturbing. I can appreciate the technology and biological advances that have allowed transplantation to occur. …….One need only to review the case of Mr. Jeff Kepner, a bilateral hand transplant patient, to understand the concerns of such a procedure. One year after his transplant he still regretted his life changing decision. In his words……….
We've had our eye -- so to speak -- on Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) for sometime, and with the invention of a new implantable microchip it's coming ever closer to getting the bionic eye working on real-deal humans. The tiny chip measures five square millimeters and packs 98 electrodes that stimulate retinal cells to restore vision. ……...
Following the global hair trade, from the braid-laden Peruvian highlands to the sheitel machers of Borough Park.I. In the fall of 2009, Helene Rosen, her husband, Yoni, and eight of their eleven children moved from Baltimore to Cusco, Peru, to harvest human hair.1 Helene is a forty-four-year-old Orthodox Jew and self-proclaimed “master sheitel designer” who began making wigs fifteen years ago, for ten dollars an hour; her custom hairpieces now sell for up to two thousand. “You can bring me any wig,” she said this past winter, sitting at the table in her spare dining room in Cusco, “and I can tell you how old it is, how much it has been worn, and if it has ever been repaired. I can tell you everything about it.” ……….
Benjamin Hale is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he received a Provost's Fellowship to complete his novel, which went on to win a Michener-Copernicus Award. He has been a night shift baker, security guard, trompe l'oeil painter, pizza deliverer, cartoonist, illustrator, and technical writer. He grew up in Colorado and now lives in New York. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore is his first novel.To visit Benjamin Hale's website, click here
Monday, April 4, 2011
Surgeons worked on Anaiah from 1 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Davis says, to try and save a shattered left leg.On Saturday the leg was amputated. The brute force of the accident also broke Anaiah’s right leg, fractured her neck, damaged her spleen and destroyed one kidney.
“I didn’t decide! Hospital decided for me…They all made the decision; I didn’t make no decision on nothin’. I didn’t even see it. All I know is that [my wife] told me that when she came to the hospital they told her that they had to take it off.” --- Male, 67, primary amputation, 12 year post-injury“I was conscious until I got here [to the hospital], but when I got here… from that time I was in a morphine daze for several days. And most of those decisions were being made by my wife.” --- Male, 53, primary amputation, 8 years post-injury“I’m lucky my brother was here for 3 months, I mean he was here like the day after it happened… Because I wasn’t terribly coherent, I mean, it’s not that I wasn’t conscious, I was on a lotta drugs. I had my own little morphine clicker.” --- Female, 56, reconstruction, 8 years post-injury
“I have to say I am happy with the results of the surgery, who my surgeon was. However, the problems …. Mine are not what everybody gets. Some people never have bone spurs, some people never have neuromas. But I do. And why people that have trauma injuries suffer more than pain, I don’t know. Why do we get a bursa? It’s just there. It’s painful. There’s nothing they can do about it.” --- Female, 62, primary amputation, 9 years post-injury“I was kinda angry about it, you know, like why did they have to take my right [latissimus dorsi] one? ‘cause I’m right handed. Like, why couldn’t they take my left? I was really mad about it.” -- Male, 36, reconstruction, 12 years post-injury“No, as of today, sitting here I wouldn’t have changed my decision [to do the reconstruction], but we did second guess it, several times, as we went through the multiple surgeries and everything else that came as a result of that.” --- Male, 41, reconstruction, 10 years post-injury
Sunday, April 3, 2011
The back is a lovely gold fabric with triangles for ease of hanging. A bamboo skewer is used along with a picture hanging hook.
Friday, April 1, 2011
This is one of my early quilts. I finished it back in April 1992. It was made for my husband. It is machine pieced and quilted. It measures 42 in X 67 in.
Here you can see the fabrics and quilting.
I was just learning to machine quilt at that time. I used a method that involves quilting in segments and then sewing the segments together. I actually like the way the back looks, but often on the front the quilting (at least for me at that time) didn’t match up.
Here is another view of the back.