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Monday, March 16, 2015

Post-surgery update

So about a month has passed since my surgery and I'm doing pretty well considering.  I'm off crutches and I only have to wear the brace when I sleep.  I'm much more mobile and physical therapy is going pretty well.  What's not going well is sleep.  I'm alternating between nights where I sleep and nights were I don't.  Thank goodness for Friends on Netflix! 

School has started up again and I'm struggling with class; not because it's difficult, but because I have a very hard time sustaining the mental energy required to finish the readings in time.  I thought it would be less of a problem now that I'm off almost all of the heavy meds (and only taking the last one I have left at night), but I'm still struggling.  I can't spend too much time at the computer before I have to go put my leg up on the couch, and my back is killing me because I'm out of alignment but I can't go see the chiropractor just yet.  Thankfully I'm out of work for at least another week and then we'll see if I'm ready to go back in for light duty.

It's strange.  Things are going better than I expected, and yet it's still taking longer than I thought.  I can do stuff, but only for so long before I'm exhausted.  I still need to take a nap most days.  And surprisingly, I'm getting bored with my knitting.  There's lots of stuff I want to make, but I don't have the energy to follow the pattern so I'm filling this time with Hexipuffs and this pair of socks for my old physical therapist...because I miss him.  He never tried to kill me during therapy like this new one does. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Ladies and gentleman...we have more snow

Cause if there's one thing that we really needed around here, its more snow.  At least I didn't have to leave the warmth of my apartment today.  I stayed home and have thus far spent my snow day equally between doing my final project and fooling around.  I've logged lots of hours on Ravelry and have made all of my visiting teaching phone calls, and it's only 4 o'clock.  But never fear.  I'll get that final project finished by tomorrow night and then I'll be ready to scrub my apartment in preparation for surgery.  I'm ready to go.  I've put all the things in order (as best I could) for the Primary to run while I'm out, and I had a blessing.  Funny how the topic of delegating responsibilities and asking for help when I need it keep coming up in my blessings lately.  And here I thought I'd gotten better at doing that :)

In other news, I finally finished the gloves for my husband's friend and he's really happy with them.  At the end of the day, I'm happy with them too.  I just don't like knitting fingers so I hated them while I was making them.  Now I hardly know what to do with myself since the constant nagging at the back of my mind to finish these is gone.  Maybe I can focus on getting my cousin's mittens in the mail, or knitting Dante's long overdue sweater.  One never knows which way the wind will blow.

I have managed to get quite a lot of work done on Aaron's Slade.  I finished the first of the sleeves last night and started the second before heading off to bed.  I think I can get the other finished and the body blocked out before I have surgery.  If not, the finishing and the button band/collar will have to wait.  And we all know that it's not exactly like I don't have other sweaters in various states of completion to work on while I'm waiting to be able to block this current work-in-progress.  At last count, I had 5 sweaters in progress.  FIVE.  Maybe I can get one done.  Or maybe I'll be too foggy with all the painkillers to get much of anything done.  If I post a finished sweater to Ravelry with three sleeves, you'll all know why.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

And more snow

We survived the blizzard, and as you can see here, I finally finished my Calligraphy cardigan.  I have not gone so far as to actually block it, but it's all done.  I love how nicely the buttons contrast with the violet/gray of the yarn.  I picked them up at Webs at the same time as the yarn, which I don't usually do because you really need to see the finished garment before deciding on buttons, but I had a really good feeling about these.  I have two extra buttons and I'm thinking about putting them on the sleeves.

The storm wasn't as bad as I expected and we never lost power.  I can't begin to say how thankful I am for that.  I've spend a few days snowed into my apartment without any heat, and although we survived just fine, it isn't as fun as romantic movies make it seem, lol.  I did manage to get quite a bit of knitting done, besides this completed sweater.  I knit through the 2nd clue for Follow Your Arrow, and yesterday I banged out the 3rd clue in one day! 

Forgive me for the over-exposed photo but I was working with my iPhone camera in less than ideal lighting.  There are tiny horizontal arrows on the lower rows.  My shawl so far is worked as clue 1B, 2B, and 3A.  I added a second color into the 3rd clue, following the suggestions that Ysolda included in the pattern notes.  I think it would have worked best if I was knitting 3B (and I sort of thought that I was) but It made an interesting pattern on 3A.  It does break up the smocking a bit, but I'm just going to press forward with it.  I'll be wearing it bunched up around my neck like a scarf anyway, so it won't be that much of an issue.  For clue 3A, I went with aqua Cascade Heritage.  I saw a pair of mittens knit with aqua and cherry red, and I loved the color contrast.  I'm deciding if I want to continue with a stripe or if I want to shift over to aqua for the rest of the clues.  We shall see.
In other news, I have a date set for surgery and it's fast approaching.  I'll have my knee repaired on Feb 13th, so I'll be spending my Valentines day hopped up on pain killers and totally immobilized.  I've already put out the call for all concerned friends and family members to send chocolate.  One bright spot in all this is that I'll be on break from school so I won't have to worry about trying to put together a coherent thought.  Oh, and Friends was added to Netflix in January so I'll have plenty of shows to watch. 

On a slightly related note, I've gained quite a bit of weight since my injury.  That happens when you go from being really really active to sitting all day.  Aaron recently got started as an Herbalife representative so I took advantage of his discount in exchange for being a Guinna pig.  I've been having protein shakes for breakfast and lunch, and then eating better at dinner.  So far, I've felt great.  I haven't been hungry.  I've been making shakes with real food that I would normally eat but don't always have time to eat on work days.  I also picked up the suggested supplements and I'm enjoying feeling alert and satisfied when I eat.  So far I've lost about one pound a week, and considering that the only exercise I get is what I can do at physical therapy, that's not too shabby.  I think it's really important to get off as much extra weight as I can, not for appearances sake (I carry my weight really well and most people don't know I'm over weight), but for health reasons.  And it'll definitely be easier on my surgically repaired knee if I'm carrying less weight around.  So, I'll let you all know how it goes.