86 – Katie’s First Ventilator and Hospital Stay Experience


I survived a pretty scary ordeal. I’ll pepper in some quilting stuff as I can but this will be a more personal episode.

Hospital stay

Hospital stay

Hospital stay


  1. You will get well. Hang in there! I love you!

  2. Tami from reddit says:

    OH gracious – – I am SO glad you are back on the mend again…… Health scares are SOOOO scary!!! See you on the sub! – but take it easy and slow – we got it and miss you – but are alright too….. you need to get well first!

  3. Diane Rincon says:

    Katie, I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Thank goodness things are better. And I’m praying for you with all my heart!

  4. My heart goes out to you. I’m just so glad that people were praying for you. That’s some pretty scary stuff . Be well in Jesus name!

  5. so sorry you have had such a bad experience. Glad you are getting better.I am praying that nyou get back to normal soon.

  6. I am glad you are on the mend, but what an ordeal. I cant’ even believe all that happened to you. Definitely get a will and living trust done as soon as possible. We did them when our son was born and it was the hardest thing I have ever done, but it gives me peace of mind to know that if something happened to me, my family would be taken care of. I would recommend Ameriprise Financial Advisors. They helped us not only work out retirement, but also short term disability insurance and life insurance in a way that would work as investments as well. It isn’t that we aren’t smart enough to figure it out, but that we didn’t want to spend the time.

    Your serger class sounds great! I am glad to know that you are having a good experience with the serger you bought on Amazon.

    You might take a look at Mary Mashuta’s Story Quilts book. It is an older book, but it may help you work out the design of your quilt. Your library might have it.

    Take care; thinking about you.

  7. You will be in my thoughts for a full recovery. A health scare can certainly be challenging to overcome the physical and emotional trauma, but it also can give you a new appreciation for things which we often take for granted. Best wishes to you and your family as you slowly regain your strength. Do not push yourself too hard. Good luck!

  8. Hi Katie, I was looking for new podcasts today, and came across yours. The first one I listened to is your ventilator experience. I’m so glad you are on the road to recovery! I’m a nurse in Boston and I used to work in the thoracic ICU. Some people are very traumatized by the experience. Especially when you are only thirty in the prime of life. I encourage you to keep talking with your family and friends. Best wishes for your continued recovery. I will continue to listen to your podcasts. Thank you, Mary

  9. Katie, this is the “other Ellen” from quilt guild. I knew you had been in the hospital but had no idea this had happened to you. As a Nurse Practitioner, I know this is traumatic. Take your time with your recovery. I am so glad you are better. Hope to see you soon. Prayers for you and your family. Regards to the Corgi’s from the Bostons in my house, Zoe and Jade :)

  10. Just happened to find your blog while googling the Pfaff Power Quilter 16.0. Listened to your podcast and am just amazed at what you have gone through. All the best get well wishes coming your way. Hope to hear you are doing much better in the future.

  11. Wishing you a full recovery from California! As a new quilter I have been sampling podcasts and yours is one of them. Even though you shared more of your personal story, I can tell that you’re podcasts about quilting thoughtful and well designed. Thank you for sharing your story and once again, best wishes for continued healing.

  12. Was searching for the no sew ornament, happened on your site. Thanks for the tutorial and sure do hope you are well on your way to being well again!

  13. While listening to your podcast I felt myself fixing to cry, I’m really sorry that you had to go threw that and I am very glad that you are getting better. I understand why you would want to go get a will, we never know what is going to happen especially when it comes to an illness. I am really glad you are back podcasting. Fee better and take things slow.