Well it’s been almost a year since I last posted. And what a year it’s been. Too tired to go into detials right now, but if you really want to catch up on what’s been going on feel free to check out my myspace page. It gets updated far more frequently than this.
Ok, so it’s been over a month since my last post. Sue me. I’ll break down the update so’s youse can pick n’ choose a topic(s) of your preference.
* Finished my first “Keep it Simple” chemo cap. Made it out of “Berry Parfait” Poof yarn. Came out quite cute, soft and warm. I hope the person I made it for enjoys it. Haven’t heard yeah or neah…mainly because I don’t work with her sister anymore. But I thank you note would have been nice..but I digress.
* Finished the baby hat for another former co-worker. She and her partner has a super cute little girl, and I made her a little roll brim/top knot hat out of Artful Yarn-Candy “JuJuBe”. So cute, and quite easy. (It looks kind of like the umbilical hat in SnB). Yet again, no thank you. Oh well…
* Finished a couple of scarves just for shits and grins and to practice. Started making a scarf out of knit flowers, but it’s on the back burner as more important projects have emerged.
* Bought a kick ass book on knitting flowers. It has a felted cloche w/ flower trim that I am dying to attempt. But as I said above, more pressing projects have reared their fuzzy heads.
* Currently working on a Kittyville hat for one of my best friends from H.S.. She had to shave her head during some medical testing. They thought she had had a seizure, and had to run all these awful tests. Turns out she had a severe concussion. So, no tumor…but also no hair. She lives in Northern IN..and it’s a wee it nippy up there. I sent her a few links to cute/not-your-grandmother’s-knitting patterns, and she picked the Kittyville hat. After several froggings, I think I am back on track. Had to go hunting all over St. Louis County last night for size 7, 16″ circulars, but was victorious @ Hobby Lobby.
* Also working on another chemo cap, but the Kittyville hat took precedence…so it too lays in wait.
* I resigned from FSN in November. My last day was the day after thanksgiving. Started my new job the following Monday. I am still working in development, but am now at an agency whose mission is more near and dear to my heart. (Reading, history, education, museums, etc) It’s going pretty well thus far. Big office w/windows, a super flexible schedule, and I get to travel all over the great state of Missouri promoting our programs. It’s also very different than my last job, as we don’t have the hard-fact, quantitative data that FSN did. There are a lot more statistics on child abuse and neglect then reading programs. So, needless to say, I have to be much more creative in my proposal writing.
Have had 2 Remicade infusions thus far. I go in for my 3rd next Friday. And I must say, this stuff is bloody wonderful. Sure, the Benadryl push hurts like hell and I get a really bad headache later that day, and I am having slight tremors in my hands…but I feel so much better! The good days generally outnumber the bad, and I am able to eat more things without setting my body off. Kudos Centocor, kudos.
All for now….
So I had my first Remicade infusion yesterday. I was much easier than I thought it would be. The benadryl made my arm hurt, a weird throbbing pain from my thumb up to my elbow. It slowly made its way up to my shoulder, and hung out there until it was pushed through. The Remicade itself was no big deal.
I did feel a little tired afterwards, but nothing more so than usual. Matt took me home (he stayed with me the ENTIRE time) and mum and I went out to lunch and then to teh St. Louis Weaver’s Guild show/sale. After wandering around for a bit, I started to get really tired, my stomach started to hirt a little and I was getting a headache. She took me home and I went to bed for the remainder of the afternoon.
Went to the gym, and probably pushed it a little too hard. Felt a bit woozy and didn’t feel up to doing cardio after lifting. The I went to SLAM today w/ mum & Paul (he’s in town for the weekend), and had to sit down a few times. After we had lunch, I had to come home and lay down for a while. Didn’t go to sleep, but just needed to rest and relax. Feeling better now, but now I know I need to take it easy after the infusions.
More on adventures in Remicade land later.
Sean comes home tomorrow. He and Paul are in town to see Jeff before he goes to Iraq in 2 weeks.
Oooook…after several froggings and much frustration, I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. doh! I have been reading te pattern wrong the whole time. On the rows the had *K#, k2to* entire row….I was interpreting it as K#, then k2to for the rest of the row. Sheesh. It means to K#, k2to…then repeat that pattern for the entire row.
So, I am going to start over for the 3rd time. *smacks forehead* I feel like such an eegit, but hey that’s how we learn right? I will include pictures this time.
I start Remicade tomorrow…I am so un-fucking-believeably nervous. I have a lot of other things on my mind right now too, but I can’t discuss them at this time. I have that feeling like there’s a brick in my stomach and I am going to faint. Certainly didn’t make things any easier for myself by eating McDonald’s eggamooby muffin, a pie, and coffee….but hey, I eat when I get nervous. I am not getting anything done @ work today…I was supposed to finish up all the tax credit stuff I have been putting off, but I don’t think I can concentrate that much today.
I am fighting the urge to go out to my car and get the chemo cap I have been working on. I need to frog it down to the first 5.5″ of stitches, before the k2t part. (that’s knit two together for those of you that aren’t hip to the knit) I think I screwed something up along the way. I may just do that….I’ll take my lunch hour and knit in my office. I need to do something other than putz around on myspace.
Well….ciao for now.
I recently found out that one of my co-worker’s sisters had a bilateral mastectomy. She’s only 21. So, instead of making the baby hat I had planned on doing for my first project , I am making a “chemo cap” for her. I am making it out of “Poof” yarn by Crystal Palace, in Berry Parfait.
It’s a soft, microfiber yarn. It’s kind of hard to work with, as it feels like you’re “knitting with tissues” (as my knitting instructor says). It’s coming together quite quickly. I should be done w/ it by the end of the week/weekend.
I am planning on knitting more chemo type hats and giving them away at the infusion center where I will be getting my Remicade. I’ll post pictures when I finish it.
So, I scheduled my first “professional” knitting lesson. I popped into Knitorious the other day to check out some yarn and what not, and the lady I was talking to was rambling off a lot of terms I didn’t recognize/skills I do not possess. She was going over an “easy beginner” pattern with me, and she’s like,” Well all you need for this one is stockinette stitch, drop stick, (and a few other things I didn’t get and thus do not remember)”…I looked at her and said, “I know the knit stitch…that’s it. I kind of know how to cast-on, and I am struggling to learn how to crochet left handed from a right handed teacher. I knit right handed, though.”
She suggested I schedule a private lesson, as they are not really offering classes at the moment. I thought this was a wonderful idea, and did just that. So next Tuesday, I go in for my knitting lesson. We are going to work on the basics and then start a baby hat (the “easy beginner project”) . I may change it to an adult hat, and make it for my co-worker’s sister who is going through chemo. We’ll see. I’m going to make her one regardless.
Well…more later…back to work.
So I started Azathioprine today (it’s the generic of Imuran). I feel a little funky, but I don’t know if that’s from the meds or from my body adjusting to not having a shit load of antibiotics in it anymore. Time will tell…
If you’d like to read more about this, slightly frightening, drug here’s a few links:
And if you’d like to learn more about Crohn’s Diease: