As many of you know, I’ve slowed down a bit in recent months, dealing with some health issues.
I won’t bore y’all with the day-by-day details, but when my Medicare kicked in on November 1, I made sure I got myself into the clinic to start getting myself sorted.
Short version — I am dangerously high diabetic, and was put on a fairly aggressive regimen of insulin shots (3x a day), I’ve seen a diabetes counselor, and my daily finger-stick numbers are coming down by strictly monitoring what I eat and doing what I’m told. The endocrinologist started off with “you’ve been SO sick for SO long…..” Eeek. I thought I was just slowing down a bit. Apparently fainting in the grocery store isn’t ‘normal’ for most people (my daughter in law was with me, since it was too cold to walk to market — good thing she was there). My doctor told me NOT to walk to market on my own any more, at least for a while.
The G.I. doc will be exploring my innards in early January. The urologist explored some of my other innards earlier this week, revealing other issues to deal with down there.
And just this afternoon, my PCP called with the results of this morning’s CT Scan and the aorta ultrasound. The CT scan was okay, they just want to check it in a year. The ultrasound, however, revealed a 5cm x 5cm aneurysm (roughly 2 inch by 2 inch). So along with getting my blood sugar under control, I will likely be having surgery in the next week or two, depending on what the vascular surgeon indicates.
None of that, of course, directly relates to amazing colors, lovely-knitting yarns, or weekly Blog Reader Special deals. Except that until the aneurysm is sorted, I’m not exerting myself very much beyond basic survival functions. The doctor didn’t indicate there was an immediate chance of it bursting, but he put in an URGENT referral for me to a vascular surgeon to get it taken care of, so it is a pretty big deal.
So, until I know what’s happening and when, and how it will affect my ability to work and continue making pretties for you (and make money to live on), I’m not doing that (i.e., not busting my ass to create weekly BRS collections). And since I don’t know what’s involved or how long I will be out of commission, I truly don’t know what sort of help I will be needing over the next month or two.
I am sincerely hoping this is a temporary hiatus, but I did want to let you know why I’ve not been putting out weekly yarn collections, now that I have actual doctors finding things and telling me what I need. I feel like I have let you guys down, and I apologize for that, but I hope to be back at it soon.