Saturday, April 7, 2012
The first night, I woke up with excruciating pain around 2am and yesterday was pretty bad pain-wise but last night I had finally figured out (with the help of Dr. Lewis) the correct meds to take and when. So, when I woke up at 2am this morning, I felt fine and went right back to sleep.
This morning, I even took a spin around the house on my crutches! I let Nittany out, fed her and the cats, made some coffee...until Sean figured out what I was up to and sent me back to bed. I did manage to get a shower in before settling back on my pillows for the day. The shower seal thingie works really well!
I don't want to overdo anything today since tomorrow is Easter (oh yeah, and my b-day) and we're venturing over to Lakeland to have Easter dinner with our Florida family. I'm so looking forward to gathering together! I love how over the years we've gotten into a pattern of who hosts which holiday. Mark's Mom and Bill get Easter, Mari and Dave host Thanksgiving, Sean and I host Christmas Eve, and then my folks have Christmas Day. Easter is the first holiday without Dad...and my first birthday without him...AND it marks the one year anniversary of his stem cell transplant. It's going to be a rough day all round but being with my family will definitely help.
So, on the agenda for today - more TV, more knitting, some reading, some cross-stitch. I had to rip all the way back to the ribbing on my Honey Badgers last night. I thought that I remembered the pattern repeat so I wasn't looking at the pattern as I knit. Well, I remembered the actual pattern row but it was the number of plain rows of stockinette that I failed to recall...and suddenly 3 rows between pattern rows became 5 rows and my cuffs became much longer than they were supposed to be. If it was the first sock, I'd call it a "design element" and move on but since it's the second sock, I was stuck ripping it out. So kids - Percocet and knitting do not mix. If you must knit while trying to numb pain - at least read the PATTERN.
I was hoping for some progress pictures today but alas...that'll have to wait until later or tomorrow...
The journey continues...
Thursday, April 5, 2012
5am came quickly this morning. I didn't sleep a whole lot not because I was anxious but more because I was concerned about waking up and getting there on time. By the time I was sleeping soundly, it was time for the alarm.
Sean and I got to the surgery center right on time and they got me registered. They brought be back around 7:30 or 7:45 to get me all prepped. Dr. Lewis popped by just before his first surgery to say hello. The rolled me into surgery around 8:30 to get me hooked up to oxygen and my conscious sedation. Conscious nothing - I was out! I had a moment of internal panic as the anesthesiologist put the oxygen on me - visions of my dad passed through my mind. Hit a little too close to home and I got a little teary.
Next thing I knew, I was back in my bay in recovery! I was super groggy and my foot was aching. The nurses let Sean back to see me and apparently I was already babbling to Sean about a timeline for recovery and when I could reach each milestone...and Dr. Lewis was there the whole time listening. I feel so silly - he told Sean (and me but I have no recall) that let's just focus on this first week. I'm very focused on getting back on the road - can you tell?
We were home by 11 and I immediately crashed (anesthesia and two percocets...) while Sean went to grab my prescriptions. I woke up when he got back and soon after Courtney stopped by for a nice visit during her lunch break. Mom came over after school to hang out and make me chicken soup for dinner (soooooo yummy) and then our friend Jenn swung by with a present for me - notice the bandage on his paw, just like mine!
So I just had a huge bowl of chicken soup and two percocets and am getting super sleepy. Might have to turn Amazing Race off for a bit and nap. It'll be a nice and quiet evening of knitting once I wake up. Speaking of knitting...progress today on my second Honey Badger is below. It's a great knit and goes fast!
Wow, I better sign off before I fall asleep on my keyboard.
The journey continues...
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I'm hoping to track my progress here as I start the road to recovery - my milestones are driving, swimming, biking, walking, and running. I'm hoping to reach all of those within 8 weeks. The doctor seems to think that's about the timeline. I'll take it because that'll put me at June-ish to start the running season.
In the meantime, I've got projects to work on, books to read, and TV to catch up on! On the knitting front, I just started my second Honey Badger sock out of Yarn Pirate superwash merino. I also just received a counted cross-stitch sampler kit in the mail from Posie Gets Cozy. I'm really looking forward to starting that! On the book front, I'm waiting to come off the library waiting list for Clash of Kings (second Game of Thrones book) as well as the third book in the Maze Runner Series (Death Cure) to which I am SERIOUSLY addicted. If you liked Hunger Games, try it out!
So, hopefully more to share tomorrow - if I'm not too drugged up after the surgery. It's scheduled for 8am and the doctor thinks I'll be out of there by 10:30.
The journey begins...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
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Sunday, May 2, 2010
I've been lacking in the knitting FOs department as my eyes have strayed elsewhere lately. I FINALLY pulled out my wonderful Ashford Knitter's Loom and finished the project that was warped and quickly warped another one. I've got something else on the loom now using some black microfiber and sari silk. Weaving is such fun and as far as instant gratification goes, it's pretty darn great!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Could it be a finished object? Indeed it is! I finished Liesl last night while relaxing on our porch. My goal with this project was to use as much of the yarn as I possibly could - I only had two skeins of the Malabrigo Worsted and I didn't want to waste a bit. In hindsight, I probably should have to a normal bind-off on the bottom instead of the picot edge. That would have given me a big more yarn to go on the sleeves. I ended up with a bit left over but I was starting to get really worried towards the end. Maybe the sleeves are a bit short but I like them. I'm wearing this today with a white tank and a flowered skirt. Probably completely inappropriate for Orlando in March but I don't care!
Yay FO! Yay Ysolda Teague!!! I love her patterns but this is the first I actually purchased...it won't be the last!
Just got back from a 6-miler (doesn't quite make up for the missed 10-miler yesterday but oh well). Now it's time for a quick visit to Bed, Bath, & Beyond to return our Cuisinart Rice Cooker we bought a couple of weeks ago (quick review - it OVERFLOWS no matter how small a batch of rice you make!!!) and then off to my folks' house to watch the UCONN women take on Iowa State. Go Huskies!!!!!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
So, with this first really wonderful evening of porch-sitting, Sean has renewed his efforts to put power and cable and a TV bracket out on the porch so we can sit AND not miss our shows (or basketball, in the case of this week...). He's a flurry of activity right now because he's going to have to pull wires to make it all work. The thought of this evening being able to drink beer and watch b-ball is pretty cool though!
On the knitting front, I've been motoring along on my Liesl cardigan. I love this pattern and I love the yarn I'm using - Malabrigo Worsted in Lettuce. I have to say, it will be the last green thing that I'm going to knit for awhile, even though Citron in Malabrigo lace is next in my queue. I just have to move away from green for a little bit. I'm still not sure how I ended up with this much in the first place!!
Multnomah and I are having a tumultuous relationship. You would think that it being all garter stitch to the border that it would be fairly straightforward. Wrong! Give me feather & fan or cables any day - garter is making me sloppy. First I missed a yarn-over...15 rows back. Ugh. Tried to rip back just the few stitches and then up again with no luck - frogged all 15 rows. Then, this afternoon, I'm in the waiting room at the vet (no worries, Mir just needed blood-work for her thyroid condition) and I notice 9 rows back just the oddest looking stitch ever. Seriously - no clue what I was doing except I know that around then I was knitting at the movies while watching Green Zone. This time I successfully took the three messed up stitches down all 9 rows and knit them back up without losing the entire thing. I think I've got it now but really, I think I'm going to finish Liesl since that (knock on wood) has been a much smoother project.
Next to be cast on are Calvin & Ripple socks by Cristi of Turtlegirl's Bloggy Thing. Might have to call them Mir & Gracie (and in memory of Georgie...) socks though because they're a bit jealous. I haven't grabbed needles for them but the yarn is all picked out (Cascade Heritage Paints). Cristi is SUPER DUPER thorough in her pattern instructions and while 11 pages for two socks is rather daunting, I'm ready for the challenge.
I think that's it around here...oh, a quick update on Sean's sweater. Of course, the day that I picked it up from the tailor was the day the weather began to turn. Of course. We still had some rather cool mornings the next week though and Sean ended up wearing it as a jacket three days in a row and then out to dinner with some friends one evening. How cute is that? Sweater curse? I don't know nuthin' 'bout no sweater curse! Of course, I'd also highly recommend letting your significant other pick out the yarn and pattern and make him or her feel like they're part of the process right from the start.
Well, off to drink my Magic Hat #9 (best beer EVER) and spray down our porch of all the pollen so that we can properly prepare for our TV-watching-on-the-porch-extravaganza this evening. Sorry for the no picture situation today...more hopefully coming soon!