Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I'm Back...

Hello :) I am finally home and beginning to feel better.

What I've learned: listen to your body - no matter what the doctor tells you. Anyone who suggests "waiting it out" as a strategy for dealing with extreme pain is to be avoided. Put your foot down and insist on high quality care.

I say this because, in addition to everything else that has fallen by the wayside these past few weeks, I have wasted valuable, valuable between-semester knitting time. My pitiful progress:


Lobster cloth for my mom, because she asked. It's a paltry reward for coming up to frigid New England from her warm winter retreat to sleep in a cot in my hospital room and watch endless episodes of What Not to Wear between rounds of walking me to the bathroom. Also, folding 1,000,000 loads of laundry, humoring the chihuahua, buying my kids Hef-style bathrobes just because, and generally being super-nana. Thanks, mom. The lobster is in the mail.


Another Bib n Burp set, this one for DH's cousin. Check out the dragonfly button :)

And that's it. sigh. Now I must hit the ground running with teaching and school as the semester kicks into high gear. After perusing the latest issue of Knitscene and getting caught up on my Ravelry trolling, I've quite an impressive wish list of projects to address. Hopefully February will be a whole lot less painful - and more productive!

8 comments:

Cindy said...

Not paltry knitting. When you're in pain, nothing much matters. I'm so glad you're doing better. And, yes, your Mom rocks.

Kat with a K said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you're feeling better.

witchypoo said...

I'm so glad you are finally home and hopefully feeling much better.

We must remember there is a reason they say doctors "practice" medicine... and it's always good advice to listen to your body first and foremost.

Welcome back, we missed you!

Vivian said...

Glad to see you back! What happened?

Jennifer said...

Thanks, you guys :) **CAUTION: WHINING - READ AT YOUR OWN RISK**

It was a very big kidney stone - pretty straightforward, you'd think. I went into the hospital before Christmas but my case dragged on for weeks. The doctor finally did a lithotripsy and pronounced it "a success" but then I had even worse pain than before. He told to me "just wait it out" and insinuated that I was simply hysterical. Ha - I was vomiting non-stop and couldn't sit or lie down. I finally rushed back to the ER and insisted on a new doctor. The hospital transferred me to a world-class clinic that has a urology specialization. They did a scan and found that the lithotripsy had done absolutely! nothing! to the stone. They did laser surgery and that was that. All those weeks of narcotic meds, 3 hospital stays, IVs, persistent pain, etc etc. all because my dr refused to consider the possibility that he might have been wrong. My advice: always speak up for yourself. I should have done that a lot sooner.

Kathy said...

Oh Dear! Sorry to hear that you had to go thru all that. Doctors....that's why they call it "practicing" medicine. Glad to hear that you finally are feeling better.

Love the little bib set. May have to search out that pattern. How cute is that dragon fly button!

Dianne said...

That sounds terrible! You poor thing. Yay for super-nana, though! Glad you're back and feeling better!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Glad you're on the mend and that your mom was there to help you when you needed her!!