As mentioned earlier, I will be having some major surgery next week, which will (I hope) put me on the road back to regular working form. I’ve been told I will be in Surgical ICU for a day or two, and then a week in a regular hospital bed, and then possibly one or two weeks in a rehab facility which will likely include some OT and PT so I can start building up my strength again.
I don’t anticipate my doctor releasing me to regular work for about 6 weeks, so there should be a new collection of Blog Reader Specials in early March. To avoid unnecessary duplication, I will most likely be posting any important notices on the Knitivity Facebook page. You’ll be able to check there for updates. Because this whole health-care journey is new to me, I am posting daily notes on my personal blog, but most are boring little details and little day-by-day things I notice as I discover all the magnificent ways my body can interfere with my life. 🙂
Because of the blood pressure medication to significantly lower my b.p. and safeguard my aorta before surgery, I am not up to doing much of anything. Any real energy I spend is limited toward doing what I must do to prepare for surgery and being away from home for a while – catching up on laundry, straightening the house a bit, etc.
The last planned shipping day is this Saturday. There aren’t many yarns remaining on the Blog Reader Specials page, anyway, but it would be awesome to empty the bins so that when I am allowed to start working again I can start with a clean slate.
After a bunch of tests and blood samples and imaging and CT scans, I went to see a second cardiac surgeon (referred by the first one). It is somewhat worse than I’d imagined from what I’d learned so far.
I will be having surgery on Jan 22, during which they will not just patch the aneurysm on my aorta. They found another troublesome spot further down and they will be replacing a big length of the whole aorta. The one single solitary ‘good news’ part of it is that they will not have to crack my chest open. But it will be a “Y” shaped replacement aorta, so I’m assuming the incision will be similarly “Y” shaped. Or maybe just a straight line down and they’ll just move my innards around to reach what they need to reach. (I didn’t realize the aorta was just in front of the spine, behind all the other internal organs! They’ll go in through the front and move everything aside to do what they do — fascinating!)
I’ll be in the hospital for about a week, and then possibly in a nursing facility for another week or two (if I don’t come straight home), but the doctor said it will be six weeks before I can think about getting back to work lifting wet yarns, moving the loaded steamer, and all the other physical labor of being an independent art yarn dyer. Even now, of course, I’m not supposed to lift over 10 pounds, but he said not even 5 pounds after surgery if I want to avoid creating a hernia.
I’m already going stir-crazy — can you imagine how I will be when this is all over?? (On the other hand, can you imagine all the brilliant new colorways I can think up? Aortic Ice! Incision Iridescence! Suture Surprise! Suture Self!)
I’ll be having a sit-down with my daughter this weekend to plan out the essentials of what can or will be done.
Best case scenario, it will be sometime in March that I am able to dye up the next batch of Blog Reader Specials.
The doctor said I probably won’t even feel like knitting until a couple weeks afterward, but I will try to have pen and paper handy.
Feel free to ask what you will — no guarantees of details answers, but I’ll try to answer what I can.
Well, howdy! I wasn’t sure I could get this done, but there is a new batch of Blog Reader Specials – the last of 2019.
I’m still on weight/activity restriction until I get the aneurysm fixed, but yesterday my granddaughter Devyn came over and helped dye a batch of Phydlbitz Sock. She actually messaged me and asked if she could do that, on her day off! And, actually, she dyed the batch and I mostly sat my sick self on the couch advising her as needed. I dyed one Twinset and sort of helped with another, but basically what you see is Devyn’s handiwork! So proud of her. 🙂
I think she did an amazing job. She picked out her own palette of colors to work with, and pretty much applied the dyes with her own color stylings and technique. There is loads more to teach her, of course, but I do believe she has a natural talent for this type of work.
Many of these Twinsets will work up into self-striping spiral-stripe socks, while others would do amazing for shawls, scarves, or other larger-than-socks work.
All of these are Phydlbitz Sock, 75/25 Superwash Corriedale/Nylon, 430 yards, and are $27.00 each. They were all dyed as Twinsets, but I just noticed I failed to underscore the Twinset pairs on the 2nd photograph as I normally do; even so, it should be clear which ones go together.
Because of my clinic visit schedule, and the doctor’s orders to limit my activities, I hope to have these ready to ship by Saturday for you. I realize this is a little longer than my normal lead-time, but I don’t want to press my luck with my health.
To claim the one(s) you want, just send me an email indicating your numbered selections. I’ll send you a Paypal invoice, so if you’ve not ordered before be sure to let me know your state or country so I can calculate the correct shipping and handling charges for your destination.
eta: All the skeins not claimed during the preview have now been posted to the Blog Reader Specials page.
Already Claimed: 881, 882, 885, 886, 887, 889, 890, 891, 893, 894, 895, 896, 899, 900, 901, 902, 903, 904
I am hoping 2020 will be a better year for me than 2019. As much as I appreciate having access to health care with Medicare, there are things not fully covered — like my insulin and Symbicort, and many of the specialist co-pays and co-pays for certain procedures and tests. My MedicareAdvantage plan covers a LOT, but not everything. The last two months have been expensive for me in ways I neither expected nor budgeted for, with more to come in the next few months before it all levels out and I have a better sense of what I can manage and what I’ll need help with. I think after the surgery I will be able to tackle a more consistent work schedule as well, so it won’t be as bad as it is now.
I feel like such a schmuck for my absence, but I’ve spent a lot of my energy paying attention to my health issues.
This week I have to do bloodwork at the lab on Monday, and then do a CT scan and a cardiac stress test, both procedures on Thursday … and all fasting from the night before. Yuck. That will help the docs figure out what sort of surgery I’ll need to fix the aorta. And then on the 10th I’ll have a colonoscopy to figure out what’s wrong with my lower tract. What fun! (not!!)
I saw the cardiac surgeon who told me NOT to do anything strenuous, not to exert myself or lift more than 10 pounds, etc. So I’ve been doing very little and as much of that as possible.
Anyway, since I’m not supposed to be doing the heavy labor of dyeing (hefting bins of wet yarns, etc.), I’ve not been able to work for several weeks, so things are getting tight. BUT… my granddaughter offered to come tomorrow when I get out of clinic, and dye up a batch of yarns for me.
Sooo…. who wants some DEVYN-ity Sock yarns? I don’t know how many she’ll be able to get done, but I’ll have a full batch ready to go. As a guest artist, her colorways will be of her own making, and definitely one-of-a-kind (or two-of-a-kind Twinsets). 🙂
They probably won’t be ready to show until Tuesday, and then not be ready to ship until Friday or Saturday.
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.