Monday, June 30, 2008

Fifteen Minutes Of Foot Fame

I got my big honkin' bandages off today. After dragging them around and stewing in the for two weeks, I almost brushed the nurse with her little cuticle scissors away and ripped them all off in one swell foop. I can't describe the feeling of fresh, air-conditioned air on my leg and tootsies. Ahhhhh!

Doc K. came in and took one look and said that it was healing beautifully. I think there was about 10-12 stitches which they took out and replaced with butterflies. He said that he took photos of the tendon when it was opened up and used them for a lecture down at the UW. Let's hope he just got my heel in the shot and not by butt hanging out of my lovely revealing gown. Least I had my best undies on....as far as I know. I checked and they were there before anesthesia and were on when I got home so I'm fairly confident that there isn't some website called 'www dot mollybees tookus' out there somewhere.

So now, I am back in my aircast, complete with fishy-stickers. Still no weight bearing for two weeks but I can at least take the cast off at night to sleep, take a shower (you have no idea what a BIG deal this one is!) , or if I'm just sitting watching TV. It hurts more now that it did with all of the bandages because the cast allows it to move more but I'm being gentle with it and stretching gently until I can start PT on the 14th of July. I even got my spinning wheel out because I can manage it now and it is very soothing. Maybe I can get my 'Firecracker' singles finished and plied before the 4th of July.

And so to wrap up: my foot is famous, I'm back among the cleanly and thought I'll still be terrorizing department stores with my wheelchair for two more weeks, I'm further along the road of recovery!

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and little pick me ups. You have no idea how much they made my days better! You guys are the best!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The View From Here

I got out today! That's right! Molly Bee went mobile and took it on the road! It took a little doing and kind of felt like a bad prison break movie, but galldernit, I wheeled myself around the library and Target! I even washed and dried my hair and put on makeup....just like a real person! Just that much wiped me out though so I spent the rest of the afternoon looking at the wonderful view (see right) and recouping. But it was worth it! Especially since I scored a boatload of knitting mags at the library!

Today starts Socks of Summer 2008. I broke out a skein of Nuro and started knitting away. Our neighbor brought us over his "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" DVD's and we've been watching those. There are 144 episodes! That's a lot of socks! And they (the episodes and the socks) are a lot less scary now that I'm off the heavy drugs!

Our neighbors and friends have been great. The neighbors down on the corner had a big graduation party for the teenage daughter (high school diploma) and the dad (Bachelors) today. Since I was tuckered out from my big adventure to Target and didn't go, they stopped by tonight with a big slab of graduation cake. Nice folks.

Well, back out to my post to watch Robin Hood and knit knit knit! Go Socks of Summer 2008!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Pity Party

I know I should wait a few days and get some perspective on this whole thing, but instead I've decided to throw myself a pity party of epic proportions. And ya'll are invited, you lucky ducks! If you RSVP 'No Thanks', best click out now as the whining is about to commence!

[Hello (echo...echo...echo...)
Anyone still here? (Crickets chirping)
Oh, Hi Mum! Thanks for staying...]

Now I know that there are lots of pros as well as cons to this whole thing, but right now the cons won't bet their big butts out of the way so I can see the pros so I thought maybe a Pro/Con list is in order to clear things up for myself.

Cons
  1. It Sucks! It Sucks! It Really, Really Sucks! I thought I had prepared myself for being disabled. In reality, I never imagined it would be this difficult. It's such a helpless, hopeless, trapped feeling. Gimping all the way for the couch to the bathroom is an epic journey that has to be contemplated and worked up to. Yup! Major suckage. Check!
  2. It Hurts! It Hurts! It Really, Really Hurts! They gave me these weird nerve blocks before surgery and my foot didn't thaw for over 24 hours. I thought I had it made, until it DID wear off. Youch! The Vicodan takes care of the pain but knocks me on my butt and makes me exceedingly stupid (as anyone who had tried to communicate with me via phone in the last three days can attest). And then there's the matter of all of the other aches and pains from simply being immobile. Pain! Check!
  3. My Uvula! My Uvula! My Uvu, Uvu, Uvula! Apparently they did a heck of a job with the breathing tube during the surgery because that little hangy-downy thing in the back of my throat is easily 150 times its regular size. It hurts worse than the tendon and makes me feel like I am choking on something all the time. I am! My own bits!!!! Check!

Pros

  1. This is nothing if not an exercise in being grateful for all I have mobility-wise. I'm never going to begrudge not being able to park in a handicap parking space when this is said and done!
  2. It forces me to get off the life treadmill and just 'be'. I'm not really good at it, but now that I don't have a choice, I'll practice a little harder. It's OK to not be going 90mph all the time.
  3. It gives me a chance to realize how much I appreciate Mr. Bee. He's always in my court, but he has really stepped up and been running the whole show beautifully. I love you Mr. Bee1
  4. It shows you how many people care about you. Coworkers, family and friends have been so supportive; phone calls, emails, cards, flowers. I am overwhelmed!
  5. It makes you realize the joy in little things. I cannot explain the unmitigated joy that I felt when I washed my hair at the kitchen sink last night! God is in the littlest details!

Well, just writing down the pros has made me feel much better. See? It is the little things! Guess I'll summon up some gumption and journey to the sofa. I promise this is the last on line pity party I'll throw. My next entry will return you to your regularly scheduled inane programming!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Weekend update

Went to the Sow's Ear on Saturday morning to participate in International 'Knit in Public' day. We, at The Ear, took it one step further and sat outside and knit. I took one for the International 'Knit In Public' team early on by getting stung by a hornet right above my concrete boot! Knitting in Public is dangerous! [Actually knitting in private is dangerous for the likes of me as well. Just last week I stabbed myself in the collarbone with a #2 straight whilst knitting 4" garter stitch squares. Honestly I need a keeper!]

At any rate, it was worth it. Mad City Mike dropped by to introduce himself. I have been reading his blog for a while now. He is an accomplished knitter and weaver who just started spinning as well! He's doing amazingly well. Scoot over there and look. Go ahead! I'll wait!....................What didja think? Really cool right!?! I know! And he's just as charming, sweet and handsome in person!

Shirley was there and so was Jen along with the cutest baby in the universe who fell asleep under the big spruce tree despite the fact that it was pelting him with shrapnel in the wind. He takes after me that way! Friend Donna also stopped by and dropped off a hugantic bag of books for me. And coworker/friend Lynn came to knit and give me some Mad Money that my kids at work collected for sock yarn! Lots to do in the next six weeks!

Left the Ear early to come home and take some benydryl for my sting. It swelled up over a big area including under the cast, so I wanted to make sure everything was hunky-dory for surgery today. The benydryl seemed to take care of it. But consequently I took a three hour nap.

Yesterday was a blur of errands, tying up loose ends and emotion. I am nothing if not a big cry baby and borrower of trouble. If I can imagine the worst case scenario, then I'll be prepared for it when it happens, right? But how can it be horrible when this is one of my cuddle buddies?

Miss Holli practicing 'resting up'. She is very good at this because she practices....a lot!

Will try and write again soon, but bear in mind I'll be under the influence of mind-altering drugs. Yes! Moreso than usual! Thanks for asking! Should be a wild ride!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Superior Service With A Smile, Dude!

Put together a pizza lunch at work today for my kids and a colleague who’s visiting from Spain. Called the local pizza joint and ordered 5 large pizzas and soda. Told him I needed it at noon. He asked me how 11:30 worked for me? I told him that my meeting was at noon and that I didn’t want the pies sitting around getting cold for 30 minutes before lunch. I had called plenty early and I’d need it between 11:50 and noon. He told me that he understood and that he’d take care of it.

At 11:30, the Front Desk called and said that the pizza guy was here and wanted to talk to me. I went down and found out that he was delivering pizza to someone else in the building at 11:30 and had my order in the car. He said, and I quote,

“Dude, do you just want yer pizza now? Or I can, like, drive around with it for 20 minutes or so and bring it back….”

Heavy sigh….

I told him that I would accept the order. He gave me 4 pizzas and asked me to sign the slip. I asked where the other pizza was and he said that there were only four on the order. Sure enough, the 5th pizza that I had ordered over the phone and made the order taker read back to me wasn’t on the order at all. This was the first time I had used this store and I guess it will be the last time. Too bad because the pizza was tasty (chicken alfredo=yum!) but bad customer service is one of my big pet peeves and there are so many other pizza places in the sea.

I was pretty proud of myself for not creating a new orifice for the delivery guy. It wasn’t his fault. He was only like six years old or something and the man I ordered from was much older. I know the because HE didn’t even call me ‘Dude’ once. I’m betting Pizza Order Taker Guy told Pizza Delivery Guy to drop off the 11:30 order, go take a 15-20 minute drive or nap or whatever and then bring mine back. He didn't realize that 'Pizza Delivery Guy's too young to have a fully formed brain and would, like, spill the beans on the whole evil plot, Dude! Which makes the whole thing even WORSE! Aaarggghh!

(And with that, her huff pulled up and so she left in it. )

Monday, June 09, 2008

Update-y Goodness

Knit Night was a blast on Friday and I got my pink socks finished:

I did the heel a little differently:
But otherwise they are just plain old white bread socks. I just loved the color so much I didn't want to gum up the works with a fancy-schmancy pattern:
(Click on the photos to biggify)
Amy D. was there which is always a blast and a whole group of us worked on an especially vicious New York Times crossword puzzle. It took 4 hours and about a million IQ points to finish, but we finally got it. The last clue was:"What a crossword editor says to puzzle solvers". The answer was "Try Googling This". Since we had had to Google a good portion of the puzzle on Amy's Blackberry (which as everyone knows is actually a Purpleberry) we all felt likeWill Shorts had caught us all cheating. His name was cursed. Repeatedly.

I just wasn't in the mood to spin this weekend. I couldn't calm down and sit still enough.The weather scared the bejeepers out of me all weekend; tornadoes, 100 m.p.h. straight-line winds, torrential wind and hail. I was jittery most of the time, as were the pups. Especially Holli. She is even more of a lapdog during thundershowers! So I contented myself with knitting 4 inch squares out of leftover sock yarn and running to look out the window or at the Weather Channel every six seconds. Besides, I can't start another pair of socks yet. Socks of Summer starts on the 19th and I will start a fresh pair then. I have an idea for a cute sock pattern. I want to use one of the patterns in the Vogue Stitchonary so I don't know if it would be marketable or not, but I will write it up and pump Baxter's Mom and Mrs. SABLE for publishing information next time I see them.
Anyway, what with the horrid storms and all we didn't get to the Lambs and Lettuce festival like I'd hoped. I haven't been over to Cindi's website yet to see if she and the rest of the folks floated away or not. I hope it turned out OK for them. Mr. Bee and I watched movies (Grace is Gone, Semi-Pro, 28 Dresses and prepared for my upcoming time off. He did take me out to lunch at Claddaugh, my favorite Irish Pub (Yum! Monte Cristo sandwich with brambleberry jelly) to celebrate a promotion at work but mostly we stuck around the homestead.

The flood waters are still rising today, but at least the weather has been halfway decent. Took the doggies out back to play ball after work tonight. I just love the action picture mode on my new camera. I especially love to get picture when they are running, ears flopping.

Holly is considerable happier with the weather today! Yee Haw!

We loves us some big tennis ball!


Off to do some laundry, reorganize, rearrange, make lists and mumble to myself. Have a great Tuesday!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Pathetic Pictures of Swag Swag Swag!

To make up for a kinda crappy week (Mr. Bee has a cold and ear infection and I'm in De Nile Knee Deep that I'm coming down with it too. I DO NOT want to postpone my surgery!) the Yarn Gods have shown fit to smile upon me to compensate!

This is pure, goat, mohair pencil roving that one of our field reps sent from her hobby farm on the West Coast. She sent 4 spirals, two for me and two for one of my kids who spins (waaaaaay better than me). She said if we liked it she'd cut us a deal on future orders. You cannot imagine how soft this stuff is. I just want to throw it on the floor and roll in it. Bentley does too!

Should I dye it before I spin, after I spin or leave it natural? Oh the glorious decisions!
I also raked in a haul from Knit Picks. I decided that I was gonna get me a set of Harmony #2's, what with all the sock knitting coming up and all. Don't need them but they are so beautiful I couldn't deny myself one little set of double points..... After all, I did talk myself out of the entire set of interchangable circs! But I just couldn't talk myself out of this!

What a deal! Or these-couple of pairs of sock yarns. Gotta break those new needles in!

And here they are. Not much light out-kinda gloomy. My camera flash thingy popped up and then pooped out apparently because it didn't flash, but you can see a little better if you biggify them. They are so pretty and smooth.

There is nothing like Stash Enhancement! Bliss!