Wednesday, February 22, 2012

But Mostly I've Been Here


This is the view from the front of the VA Hospital in Palo Alto.
I don't know why I haven't bought a sweatshirt yet to show where I spent my vacation... and the next one... and the next one after that! I think the hubs and I should actually get matching ones.
Although this is normally a rule... NOT to dress alike!
But I think he would love one, to replace the hospital gown he has been in since the first of the year. But I actually want one that says Stanford. All of the interns wear those and I think I have been there long enough now to be an intern, don't you?
I have to just say this:
He is getting phenomenal care and the staff is beyond professional... they are genuinely caring.
Nothing could give me greater comfort while we work our way through this health issue.
I stay near the facility and I have had the honor of meeting so many people and their amazing families, undergoing treatment.
This is the major place on the West Coast for brain trauma, poly trauma and cardio thorasic surgery. Mrs. Biden and her staff were visiting here just a few weeks ago. That was so nice.
I have a friend who does quilting for Quilts of Valor and she gave me several quilts, gathered from several women, to take with me for the service men and women I meet. This is such a sweet gesture and so well appreciated. And that is what gets me.
I was going to write here more on that subject but it really is too emotional for me. Next thing you know, the ink will start to smear and you won't be able to read anything!

But I do venture out from here and I visited Prairie Queens quilt shop, after seeing it on PKM blog! I also found a shopping mall (photos in the last post... of their flowers there). They have a Pottery Barn for Kids there... a perfect place for someone like me who is about to become a grandma.
I found a cook book for some light reading! It has scalloped pages.. just too cute! The bakery is not too far away from Palo Alto. It's just a quick trip into San Francisco. But I really recommend this book. It's keeping me entertained anyway.
Posted by Picasa

23 comments:

Linda said...

The bakery would be my favorite plAce to visit. At least the donut counter. Sounds like you guys are in place with wonderful care.

sandra said...

Hi Sinta, I am glad that your husband is getting such wonderful care. I hope that he is progress and you will be able to get home together.
Wonderful looking quilt shop. Do you have your sewing machine with you?
I will put you and your husband in my prayers. Blessings to you both Sandra

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

It is wonderful to hear that your hubby is getting such good care. Praying that he will continue to do well. And for you too :-)

Megan said...

I'm so glad y'all are in good hands! I'll be thinking about you and hoping that you stay in good spirits.

Needled Mom said...

It looks and sounds like a wonderful place, but I hope you can both get home soon.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I like your new blog look! I'm happy to read your hubby is getting great care too. Hope he can go home soon. (hugs)

Cyndi said...

Hi Sinta! I have been continually praying for your hubby and you...and think about you all the time. I am so happy to hear that he is receiving such good care, and that they are caring for you, too!

It's also nice that there are some good distractions in the form of quilt shops close by. Did you bring your little featherweight with you?

Stay well, my friend, and know that you are being lifted up every day!

XOXO,

Cyndi

ytsmom said...

Hope things go well and Hubby can make his escape very soon. I'm glad to hear that our vets are receiving wonderful care.

Stitched With Prayer said...

The VA takes wonderful care of our Veterans, my hubby being one of them. I'm so glad your hubs is getting such great care and I just want you to know that you are both in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. And oh my gosh, you went to Prairie Queens quilt shop!!! I've heard super things about them. Did you find some treasures??? Big Hugs...

Jen said...

Oh Sinta! I spent 16 days in Palo Alto in 2007 while my hubby had reconstructive heart surgery at Stanford and my father in law was at the Veteran's hospital for cancer treatment.... Both facilities are amazing - and the staff... well, they earn their angel wings every day!

I hope you're staying in the Hometel? If not, ask about it!

God's blessings to you both for health and strength!

There are some great quilt shops around there! If you go north on El Camino Real, for about 5-6 miles, you'll run into The Laurel Leaf and Quilter's Studio, and Always Quilting - all in San Mateo.
Their addresses and contact info are here: http://www.quiltersmarchmadness.com/participating.htm

Be well, and take care of you, too!

xoxo
Jen

Carol said...

Sending you lots of hugs Sinta...glad to hear that your hubby is getting such great care...now you take care.

Michele said...

The care your DH is receiving sounds wonderful. My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family. It's great that you are finding some fun little diversions for yourself. Do keep taking care of yourself too. Hugs to you!

Miss Jean said...

Hubs and I took my brother-in-law there a few years back for an appointment. I was so impressed by the employees. Each and every one greeted you whether you were in an office or merely passing in the hall. Wonderful place indeed!

Sherri said...

It's so good to get an update...and to hear that the care there is wonderful. Glad you got to venture out for a little while as well!

Mary said...

I'm so glad to hear he's doing better and getting wonderful care. Any idea of when you can both go home? (Since I'm pretty sure it will be both of you.) Your family is still in my prayers. Do they have a place for family to stay like the Ronald McDonald houses for families of children? I know how expensive Palo Alto is. It looks like you've been out and about. The quilt shop looks wonderful.

May Kristin said...

Good to hear that things are going better! Take care!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Your hubby sounds like he is in the right place to get healthy. I hope he takes a turn for the better soon. I also hope you are getting rest for youself (sounds like you are). You are in my thoughts. Hugs to you, Sinta!

Cheryl said...

So wonderful that you are so happy with the care your husband is getting. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.

Wendy P said...

You might have even seen my father in law there at the VA!

I hope your husband is doing well, and really glad you got to visit Prairie Queens. I was in there the last time we visited Cali.

Keep your chin up!

Eileen said...

So glad to finally here from you. I am sure you are having a "great" vacation. Sure hope hubby is coming along. Great to have such hospitals to go to. Take Care.

PamKittyMorning said...

Hoping that soon you will both return home. If you get a chance, that Elizabeth GambleGarden is nearby and is a beautiful spot all year round. Grab a sandwich and have a picnic. I am sorry I dont remember the street it is on. It's so beautiful and peaceful there.

Gretchen said...

Bless your heart. I hope everything continues to go well for your husband. Sending good thoughts and hugs to you. Keep up your good spirits and your excursions.

Lesley said...

Sinta, I'm catching up on my reading and just wanted to give you hugs . Thinking of you, your hubby, and your family and trust that you will continue to receive wonderful care and compassion from all whom you meet on your journey. Take care.