Please keep me in your prayers!

Text at the top of the image says "on the mend" and behind the photo at the center of this image, we see tiny flowers strung together, a silk flower, and various color blocks. The photo shows a woman's hand draping down from a hospital bed. The hand has an IV taped to it. This is not an actual photo of Chelly Wood's hand, but very representative of what she was going through as she searched for a diagnosis for her illness. She spent two days in the emergency room before it was discovered that she has West Nile Virus. The heading "on the mend" is hopeful, as are the flowers. Please keep doll clothing designer and YouTuber Chelly Wood in your thoughts and prayers as she recovers from this deadly virus.
Please visit for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Please keep me in your prayers everyone.

I spent two days in the hospital before the doctors discovered that I have West Nile Virus.

I’m back at home now, but like “Long Covid,” the after effects of West Nile Virus can lead to long-term complications.

Right now I’m on strict bed rest, so I’ll be “out of the office” for a while, as far as this website and my YouTube channel goes.

A yellow wooden sign that says "closed" hangs on a pink door. This is framed by a computer window (like "Windows two-point-oh"). The image represents the fact that Chelly Wood dot com is not posting new material for a while, while the doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood, recovers from West Nile Virus.
Please visit for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

It’s weird to be at home but not using my sewing room.

I have to look in there when I get up to use the bathroom, and my little sewing table and ironing board look like they were abandoned in the middle of some sort of apocalypse.

The image shows a sewing machine with a tiny pink swatch of fabric between the presser foot and the feed dogs. Thread, bobbins, and other sewing tools are scattered around a white table top near the sewing machine's base. This image represents Chelly's sewing room while she recovers from West Nile Virus.
Please visit for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Because the hospital performed what’s called a “spinal tap” on my nervous system, and because my recovery from the spinal tap surgery isn’t going as smoothly as it should be, I’m not allowed to sit upright, like I would need to, when using a sewing machine.

Everything I do to entertain myself has to be done while I sit in an easy chair, reclined at a 30 degree angle. Ugh!

But as you may have heard, West Nile Virus can be deadly. It can also lead to things like paralysis. So I have to follow the doctor’s orders.

What can I do? I’ve made a shortlist, a sort of hopeful set of goals, while I’m stuck at home:

A swirly cursive text says, "super basic goals" over the top of a scrap of paper, upon which is written these four goals: get healthy; sew a few things by hand; learn how to set up a shopping tool on my website; read a book or two. Photos representing each of these goals show a.) a street sign connecting the street called "healthy" to the street called "life," b.) a woman's hands stitching a button onto fabric, a laptop open to a shopping page, and a stack of books. These are Chelly Wood's simple, basic goals to achieve while she recovers from West Nile Virus.
Please visit for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

You might be wondering what you can do to help.


Pray for my full recovery.

Pray for strength and courage because I’m in a lot of pain.

Pray for support from my family and community.

Pray that I will be strong enough to take care of me, when all I want to do is go back to my job and be a wife and mother, and feed my little kitty cats, and make crafty doll-related things, and be up out of bed and doing productive stuff.

It’s really HARD to just sit around, but please pray that I’ll do just that.


The image shows a hand holding up a heart. The words in the air above the heart say "send a little love my way" and below the hand is the URL Chelly Wood dot com. Chelly Wood has been diagnosed with a long form of West Nile Virus, and as such is asking for prayers for her recovery and good health. Chelly Wood is a doll clothing designer, YouTuber, and writer.
Please visit for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

56 thoughts on “Please keep me in your prayers!

  1. Oh my! I will remember you in prayer about your serious condition. Is even hand sewing in your easy chair not allowed? So sorry that you are in pain. Obey the doctors and know that we care.

  2. Prayers to you! Hope you will get well soon. I will miss you till you recover.

  3. I am a strong believer in prayer. Not only have I already said a prayer for you, but I will add you to my daily prayer list. I prayer that God keeps you strong and sends all you need for a speedy and full recovery. May He also guide those in your life in recognizing your needs and coming to your aid in whatever way they can. We love you, Chelly. Take care and follow the doctor’s orders!

  4. So very sorry! I 94 and know about not being able to do what you need and want to do. Will pray for you!

  5. Prayers for your quick recovery with no complications. So sorry you’re going through this illness!

  6. Take good care of yourself. I love your web site. Sending prayers from Nova Scotia, Canada

  7. Hope you get well soon Chelly. Looking forward to your posts when you’ve fully recovered. Sending lots of love ❤️❤️❤️

  8. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼sending prayers get well soon 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  9. YES! I will keep you in prayer! For healing, and for the presence of the Lord of the Universe and the Hope of the World to be near and in you. My good friend with chronic fatigue has discovered a patience with patience, the nearness of God, and the work of prayer, which she can do. I hope you find deepness and joy in the midst.

  10. Hi, so sorry for what you are going thru. Wishing you the speediest of recoveries and will light a candle for you.

  11. Chelly
    Ian so very sorry for your sickness and I’m praying for you and your family. My heart and prayers go out to you. God bless you.
    Jeretta Bliss

  12. I wish a speedy recovery for you – and remember to take care of YOU. Greetings from ‘an old hen’ – 64 – and with long-Covid

  13. I will keep you in my prayers. I hope you feel better soon. I have been sewing since I was 9years old. I started making my own doll clothes and would show them off to my friends. Of course they were jealous and wanted so of their own so I shared them. Well I just started making doll clothes again and am loving it. Thank you for all of your help with videos and emails.
    I do hope you get better soon and can send more my way. I find when I have a sickness to follow all of the doctors orders to get better faster. I have had quite a bit.
    Thank you, your friend Faith

  14. So sorry to hear about your illness. It is very difficult to be still when you have been so active but yes, sometimes, we have to get a wake-up call from our body. Please take all the time you need to recover because you only get one body and you have to treat it right. Your followers will be here waiting on your full recovery and praying for your healing.

  15. Sorry to read that you are having such serious health problems.
    I’m sure that you will be recovering fast. I will have you in my list of names when praying. Get well soon.

  16. I have never heard of this virus but I’m so sorry this has happened to you. I hope that your recovery will be quick and you will soon be back in the sewing room.

  17. Oh Chelly, sending prayers, love and light your way. I’m in the same situation and can’t get back to my sewing. Stay strong! God Bless!

  18. I am so so sorry this has happened to you !!! I know how difficult it is to be unable to do what you love. You will be in my prayers. 🙏🙏

  19. Oh no! Prayers coming your way, every day until you are fully recovered! Listen to your doctors and don’t try to do too much too fast. The doll world wouldn’t be the same without you in it to enrich our doll closets! Take care of yourself!

  20. I am so sorry for you to have this illness and I will be keeping you in my prayers for a full and quick recovery. Praying you are up and around quickly

  21. I’ll pray for you every day…hope is on the way…I am a firm believer in prayer.

  22. Praying for you. Your job right now is to get plenty of rest and beat this quite nasty virus. Thanks to your patterns and tutorials, my grand daughter has the best dressed Barbie ever! Just don’t let any kitty get too used to sitting on your lap – ever try to run a sewing machine with a cat “helper”?

  23. I am so sorry. I had long covid and it nearly killed me in December. I collapsed as could no longer absorb oxygen and was in intensive care for 10 days. When released from hospital, I was told to DO NOTHING for 3 weeks, no work, no hobbies, no going out, no visitors, It was the longest three weeks of my life but I am back to full health now. I feel for you, I wish you a speedy recovery and do as the doctors say.

  24. Thank you so much, everyone! I’m feeling a little better today (Thursday 25th of May), but by no means fully recovered. I appreciate your heartfelt kind words, thoughts, and prayers.

    Keep those prayers coming! They are making a positive difference!

    1. So sorry you are not well; your site is so much fun. It’s a virus I have never heard of, so with a quick check out with Mr Google it was clear it is most unpleasant! I really hope you are improving and that each day brings a bit more sunshine and recovery.

  25. THANKYOU and Get Well Soon!!!!
    You have given us sew much, the least we can do is give you our best wishes and keep you in our thoughts, hoping for a healthy recovery 🙂

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