Getting closer
Monday August 03rd 2009, 8:24 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Crohn's flare,Knit

( Baby Silk, two skeins to finish, 5mm needles, Michelle shawl lace pattern, four repeats plus edging, not yet finished/not blocked. Another nurse scarf-to-be.)

Saturday, it did not look good, I admitted during my appointment today, giving the dermatologist details.

That concerned him.

But then, as he got a look at the site of the staph infection, it turned out it had gotten much better under there in the interim and I exclaimed my relief as he peeled back part of the bag. He looked in my eyes, knowing what I needed to know, and told me, his voice sharing his own relief, “I see nothing now that would give a surgeon pause before going ahead.”

Thank goodness.

A very small part of my brain that I’ve been squelching hard wants to pipe up with, No? Are you sure?  Could you, like, maybe, look harder?

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Ah, a first 🙂

I am SO glad we can again embiggen your pics – that scarf is lovely!!

You want to buy time but YOU know if you get it done this week you will be that much closer to healing. And really, don’t you want to be completely recovered in time for the fall holidays?

Hugs, wish I could be there waiting for you to wake up Wednesday after surgery, but instead I will be here waiting for word in Cleveland-town.

Prayers and good vibes are constantly enroute!


Comment by Cathy (catsandyarn on ravelry) 08.03.09 @ 8:41 pm

I am so glad. Yes, I know that nerves two days before surgery are almost harder than the day of, but I am SO glad that your body is fighting that staph infection. To me, that means your Leukocytes are armed and ready for battle, ready to keep you safe while you heal.

I want you to know that all day Wednesday and Thursday and as long as it takes I will be knitting on your bag and thinking of you.
I will also be knitting other stuff (new patterns on big needles) when my hands get tired of tiny tight stitches, but the bag will be always at hand, and will be my main project. It already sits beside me every day, and is petted and admired by the people special enough to visit me (Sean likes it a LOT).

Comment by Diana Troldahl 08.03.09 @ 8:51 pm

“I see nothing now that would give a surgeon pause before going ahead.” Thank goodness, indeed! Surgery is NEVER fun (I know), nor is the anticipation. But soon you will be on the mend. What with all the prayers coming your way, and the skill of the doctors, it cannot be otherwise. Rest easy that so many are rooting for you.

And a bit of humor to go with it —

A lady called to make a reservation. “I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York.” I was at a loss. Finally I asked, “Are you sure that’s the name of the town?” “Yes. What flights do you have?” she answered.
After some searching, I came back with, “I’m sorry,ma’am. I’ve looked up every airport code in the country and I can’t find a Rhino anywhere.” The lady retorted, “Oh, don’t be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!” I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, “You don’t mean Buffalo, do you?”
“That’s it! I knew it was a big animal,” she said.

Comment by Don Meyer 08.03.09 @ 9:10 pm

Yesterday would be a much better day for surgery than tomorrow. So hang on until tomorrow turns into yesterday. We’ll hope that sometime you’ll be remembering it as a long time ago. Go! Fight! Win! Alison!

Comment by LauraN 08.03.09 @ 9:24 pm

Back when you were a kid in Maryland, did you ever watch the weather report in winter and hope there’d be a snow day so you’d get more time to study for a final exam? No chance of snow tomorrow, I suppose but that really is a good thing. Out of the way ASAP. BTW, I’m really lovin’ Diana T’s bag! Take care. So many people are thinking of you!

Comment by LynnM 08.03.09 @ 11:05 pm

I love the scarf and will be praying for everything to go smoothly and a quick recovery:)(((Hugs))))Darcy

Comment by Darcy 08.03.09 @ 11:17 pm

Hang in there, Alison! It will be over soon, and you will be at home, getting better again!

Comment by Pegi 08.04.09 @ 4:39 am

I held your name in my heart during the prayers Sunday.

Ooh, are those your new, special needles lurking in the picture? Pretty!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 08.04.09 @ 5:28 am

That’s wonderful news! Prayer works.

Comment by Channon 08.04.09 @ 6:21 am

That’s wonderful news. Pre-surgery nerves are always there even when we know it has to be. Before you know it you will be recovering, the surgery will be a part of your past, and prayerfully your last:)

Comment by TripletMom 08.04.09 @ 7:03 am

A little bit of good news is always most welcome. This will soon be over and done.

Comment by sherry in idaho 08.04.09 @ 7:32 am

The scarf is very pretty and will be a wonderful gift to an unsuspecting nurse. I doubt they get many gifts…what a thoughtful idea! I’m so glad to hear you’re doing better and my husband and I are both holding you and your medical team in our thoughts and prayers…I hope all your speed knitting has been keeping your mind off of what’s ahead…and more toward the looks of surprise and delight of everyone getting your scarves!
Thinking of you and praying for you,
Please tell us stories about nurse reactions to scarf gifts! 🙂

Comment by Abby Baker 08.04.09 @ 8:33 am

Lots of prayers are heading your way from Portland! We will miss you big time and hope that everything goes well for the surgery. Lots of yarny hugs to you, Richard, your family and surgical team!

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 08.04.09 @ 8:57 am

Pretty scarf! ::hugs:: Before you know it, you’ll be post-surgery and well on the way to recovery!

Comment by Alicia 08.04.09 @ 9:18 am

I’m sending lots of good thoughts your way.

And may all the insurance folderol get sorted out before it gets to you after.

Comment by Leslie 08.04.09 @ 10:06 am

You are an inspiration, as you must know by now. I’m sure the nurse will be moved by your gift.

Seems like these days are filled with good news… I’ll say more thanks for the ones you have received already and will pray for more to come your way.

As someone else wrote: fight! Win!

I’ll add: breathe, smile. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 08.04.09 @ 10:07 am

Praying. . .as always. . .and sending much love. 😉

Comment by Pam 08.04.09 @ 11:07 am

Sending gentle healing thoughts your way…we’re thinking of you and Richard…

Comment by Betsy 08.04.09 @ 2:00 pm

lots of prayers and positive thoughts for you and yours for the coming week and beyond!! Be Well!!

Comment by grace 08.04.09 @ 4:53 pm

I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow. I wish you a smooth ride through the surgery and a speedy recovery. Take care!

Comment by Julie 08.04.09 @ 8:36 pm

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