The other thing is…
Saturday February 14th 2009, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Crohn's flare,Friends,LYS

When I was at Purlescence Thursday night, I showed them some of the yarns and the hat and Jasmin’s cashmere mitts that they’d all gifted me with in a big basket left on my doorstep right before I went into the hospital.  Jasmin’s homegrown oranges were at the bottom.

I told them that with those yarns, they’d given me hope and a sense of looking to the future while things were at their worst: because with each new nurse that came into my hospital room, I would think, ooh, (formerly) No-Blog-Rachel’s Dream Baby would look so good on her!  The Moobui would look so good on that one! Ooh, Mari’s Lisa Souza yarn would be perfect for me to knit for her!

I had over 40 nurses, and most of them I would knit for in a heartbeat and I dearly wanted to.  More than I could ever do what I wish I could do for them.

But that sense of anticipation, that desire to knit for them to tell them thank you, having yarn that was shared with me to make me feel better with and wanting to use it to pass the goodwill along–it did make me feel better. It helped get me through it all.

And I told each nurse thank you every chance I got. That much, at least, I could reliably do.

(Yeah, the cameras are still hiding out under the medical supplies or some such. Organizing is for a little later in the process.)

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I’m glad the gifts lifted your spirits – that was the point!!

Kelli 🙂

Comment by Kelli 02.14.09 @ 6:24 pm

You are a marvel. And so lucky to have such wonderful LYS people near you!

Comment by karin 02.14.09 @ 6:46 pm

The folks at Purlessence sound pretty special. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could pass on the gift of knitting to everyone. It certainly has lifted my spirits many a time.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Comment by Joansie 02.14.09 @ 6:48 pm

Ah, yes, the “woolly will to live” cure! VBG! I love it!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 02.14.09 @ 6:58 pm

Happy Valentines Day.((((Hugs))))Darcy

Comment by Darcy 02.14.09 @ 7:45 pm

So…who could I knit for in your honor??
Be glad to be another pair of needles for your care….

Comment by AndiN 02.14.09 @ 8:05 pm

Hi Alison. I so understand wanting to give back to the nurses. The last time John was in the hospital I was making mini socks. I’d make them and lay them on the windowsill and the next nurse that came in would get it. He was there 9 days and I’d make 4 or 5 a day. All the nurses in that unit wore mini socks on their name tags. It would make John smile when they came in. Just a little thank you to them for all that they do. Pat

Comment by pat flores 02.15.09 @ 5:46 am

Something to look forward to gives hope. I know there are times when I really need something good to look forward too. Makes it so much easier to wake up on the morning. I can’t wait to see the wonderful things your hands will create.

Comment by sonya 02.15.09 @ 9:28 am

Yep, Knitting helps us get through most things. I am glad it made all the difference to you. Also glad you had wonderful nurses looking after you.

Comment by Vicki 02.15.09 @ 1:40 pm

After my kidney surgery, I made socks for the surgeon (since he’s on his feet all day) and bought really good local chocolates for the nurses’ station by my room with a thank you note. They all seemed to appreciate the chocolates. What if you did something like that?

Comment by Carina 02.15.09 @ 2:09 pm

Give yourself time. I know you would like to show your appreciation right away, but it will also be a wonderful surprise for these hard working nurses when you show your appreciation later.

Comment by LauraN 02.15.09 @ 4:10 pm

Allison, I would be honored if you felt well enough to turn that Linda Souza into something worthy of me to wear.
Take your time tough, and be well!

Comment by Mari 02.16.09 @ 10:05 pm

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