Embird and Cut files and my nine lives

A month or so ago Embird released its latest version (a free update for Embird 2015 users) that now creates cut files for the Cameo Silhouette (svg files) and the Brother Scan and Cut so that you can send those files to your machine and have them cut the files. I haven’t had a chance to play with this new command yet but I have heard that there are still little glitches with it. Like anything it takes time for something new to run smoothly. As soon as I can I will have a play and see how I get on with it. However for those interested I do have a lesson available at Secrets of Embroidery that shows you how to use the Silhouette Cameo in both Embird Editor and Embird Studio that will create the correct files for you. I wrote this lesson last year before the latest release of Embird and this method still applies.

Now, here is the reason that I have not had time to play with the latest version of Embird. On April 1st (Aprils Fools Day) 2015 I suffered a stroke. I will not forget Aprils Fools Day ever. It certainly was no joke! I had been out to dinner with my hubby and we walked home – about 500 meters – and when I reached home I didn’t feel well at all. I thought I’d got food poisoning as I had a stinking headache and felt really sick. My neck was aching and I couldn’t stand the lights on in the house nor any noise. I went to bed but got up again and started vomiting. This happened again during the night and the next morning, when my headache hadn’t gone away (I don’t generally suffer from headaches) I decided to check it out with my doctor as we were about to go away for two weeks holiday. I walked to the doctors surgery and didn’t come home for two weeks. The doctor checked me over and called an ambulance. I was rushed to hospital, had an MRI and then operated on the next day. It was a subarachnoid haemorrhage. The surgeon told us that approximately 50% of people do not survive. I had a lot of people praying for me and I am sure that’s why I made it through.  And of course, the surgeons skills.

I remained in hospital for two weeks while they waited for the danger period to pass. It was so nice to go home after I was released. But I was told not to drive my car for six months and I have to have another MRI after six months as well. My mother, her cousin and her cousins mother also had the same condition so it is apparently hereditary and now my children need to be screened as well to see if they have the same condition. Genetics, eh?

Anyway I was very fortunate as I had no signs of  any long lasting effect. No speech problems or any paralysis at all. Very lucky. I have 23cm of coils in my head to clip off the blood vessels to prevent any further bleeding from that area and I’ve also got to have a 30 minute nap every day to refresh my brain. I think I escaped very lightly and now that I’m in “the system” I will be checked regularly for further problems. Its taking me a while to get going and working on the computer is a bit tiring but I’m doing my best.

Keep me in your prayers please. I really appreciate your prayers and kind wishes.

On a lighter note I’m down to seven lives now as I’ve lost two of my nine lives so far. After escaping that rock fall last year while walking and now the stroke this year I’m down two lives. But I figured that two down after 65 years I should make it through okay. 🙂


Take care everyone –


9 Responses to “Embird and Cut files and my nine lives”

  1. Carolyn says:

    Thank you Colette. I am improving. I have an MRI next week so I will get to know if there is any issue in my head. Bit scary, but it is better to know. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Hi Chris, I’m doing okay, thank you. I get tired easily but I am enjoying my sewing for my grand daughters. I find that I cannot concentrate on the computer for long though. But I do manage to get out and get my exercise most days. I am very fortunate to have recovered as well as I have and I am sure some of it is because of the prayers that have been said for me by my internet friends. Thank you very much for your concerns. I really appreciate it that you think of me. Have a wonderful Christmas my friend.

  3. Chris Nagle says:


    I sure do hope that you are feeling much better. It’s been a couple of months since your last post here and I keep checking on you dear one.
    Please do as directed so that you can back to yourself and thank GOD that you survived. Take care.

  4. Colette says:

    Hope you are getting better Carolyn.
    A bientôt, j’espère.

  5. Sheryl says:

    Carolyn I am so sorry to hear of your health issues
    it sounds like you did and still are getting excellent care
    Big Hugs from Canada-you”ll be in my prayers

  6. Carolyn says:

    Thank you Wendy, I really appreciate your kind thoughts. I hope that your husband is well now as well. I am quite relieved as my two daughters are to have CT scans this week as well. The hospital wants to check for any abnormalities as well seeing as they think mine was hereditary. Life, eh? But like your husband, I’m still here to tell the tale!! 🙂

  7. Carolyn says:

    Thank you Linda. Yes, I will. My hubby is like the “jailer” – he makes sure that I do everything that I’m supposed to do – like my prescribed 30 minute nap every day!! Thanks for your kind thoughts.

  8. Wendy Oosthuizen says:

    Hello Carolyn, my goodness – what an awful, awful experience. I am so pleased to learn that op went so well and no lasting effects. Can understand that working on the computer is tiring – your brain has taken quite a knock. My husband had a similar experience a year ago and is also so fortunate in that has no lasting effects. I pray for a complete recovery and that you will soon be strong and on the go again. Best regards, Wendy

  9. Linda says:

    So sorry to hear you have been ill Carolyn. Please try and rest and take care of yourself.
    Lots of get well wishes.

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