Sunday, 25 May 2008

Yesterday was hard.

Yesterday was a difficult day for me. A service user to whom I had become very close, in a very short time, left the island. She is going somewhere that can give her so much more than we can here and we both know it is for the best, but it was a difficult goodbye.

She became disabled through injuries and a stroke, but prior to those times she was a crafter, she did lots of cross stitch and made home furnishings, even after her accident she continued to craft and has only recently admitted defeat after her stroke. I tried to encourage her and pointed out that a good Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist could help her out and with the right support she could keep on cross stitching, but she would have none of it, maybe in time she will realise that I was right, I do hope so.

I helped her to sort out her belongings and to pack, she is going from a small apartment into a single room at a rehab centre so had to be brutal, she left many of the staff with happy memories and small tokens of appreciation, but it was the cratfters among us who seemed to benefit the most. I was presented with some fabrics, all of which she had utilised in some way after her accident, but before she was disabled by her stroke.

The bears and the Paddington fabric she used in her daughters bedroom. Somehow she ended up with two Humpty Dumptys! I'm not sure what I'll do with him, but I'd better find a use, she wants pictures.

She also left a lot of cross stitch stuff, I inherited two UFOs, (Un Finished Objects) Santa being my fave. There are no threads for him, but I have his pic and a chart which lists the DMC threads.

There are a few others which came my way, as well as a bunch of threads and a hoop holder which clamps onto a table. Another colleague also took some UFOs, a couple of brand new kits and a few charts. She also took a roller frame and a table top stand. There is still a bag full of stuff which we will donate to the local hospice shop.

I shall miss my service user, she has become a very dear friend.

On the quilty front? I've done nothing but dream.

On the job front? I have an interview on 1oth June and another on 11th. EeeK!

Have a great weekend.


Janet said...

Some nice stash Loulee! Good luck with it... just sad you had to get it in that way.

Ali Honey said...

A bit sad I agree, but use up her treasures and remember by them - That's what I would want if it was my stuff being passed on.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Sorry to hear you've had a difficult day...goodbyes are so hard.
Nice that you have a few items to remember her by. I like the Santa cross-stitch I'm sure that will be lovely when it is finished.

blackbearcabin said...

sorry to hear your friend is moving away... but what lovely goodies she has left you to create with! it will be fun to see what you create from all of these generous offerings! I love the santa crosstich!
lisa jo