Tuesday, June 28, 2005

So you know that I took this

to the hospital (among other things) to work on a Shapely Tank. The pain killers I've been on have made it difficult to knit, although with each day I can do a little more without getting dizzy.

But this yarn hasn't helped at all.

It looks innocent, doesn't it?

But look closer.

Do you see it? It's like knitting with I-cord.

Each little segment of yarn just begs to be snagged. If one weren't so giddy with drugs, one could get quite frustrated.

But when it's knit up, it's like the lightest, most fluid metal you could imagine. Gorgeous.

As seems to be this doctor's M.O. we got a call asking if we could come in and get my stitches out one day early. They did that, so I now look like the victim of an attempted garroting (which, really, isn't that how all knitters with pets and frustrated spouses think they'll end up going anyway?) They also said that I'll go in for radiation in two or three weeks, but that they think they got all of the tumor before it spread. The operation took longer than neccessary, partly because the tumor was so huge (a whopping 4.5 cm) and partly because my surgeon, who I seriously adore, wanted to be extra careful because of my voice. When we left his office, he leaned over, gave me a big hug and said "you're going to be fine" and he wouldn't lie to me.

And then there was a note on the door when we got home that these had been left at the neighbors for me -

from my work.

So we have to forgive them for at least that.


Blogger Lanea said...

I've clearly been in la-la land for the last month or so and had no idea about your diagnosis until it came up on KR today. I freaking hate cancer, and I want you kick it's butt immediately! My pal Tara and my aunt Charlene recently clobbered breast cancer together in a dark alley. Let me know if you want to learn some of the ninjitsu moves. Both swear that their pets were wonderful cancer-fighting sidekicks, so I'm glad you have a mess of assistants. I'll be sending you lots of warm healing thoughts.

4:01 PM  
Blogger vi said...

yup yup you will be fine
do they know for sure now it was malignant......?
feel better amie, every day a bunch better
( maybe come and help me steal .........ah I mean borrow an alpaca?)

4:10 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Glad it's been going so well for you since Friday. Glad they got all the tumor, glad you like your doctor, glad he's so confident, just all kinds of happy for you!

And very pretty knitting!

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad about the flowers from work. Here I thought it was the perfect excuse to treat them the way they deserve.
(By the way, you weren't here to hear me laughing off any number of body parts when I opened your blog yesterday. It really made my day. But is this my 15 minutes of fame?)

5:32 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Amie, I'm so glad to hear that you're doing ok. That percocet is some crazy juju, isn't it?? It works, though, and that's the most important thing. Just for future amusement, you might try jotting down your "insights" while in your drugged state.

I am ECSTATIC that they got it all!! Man, that's the DREAM!!! What a relief.

It's a big relief also to hear that you love your oncologist -- that's so important! I love mine too, but I frequently hear of folks who have fraught relationships with theirs.

I'm thrilled to pieces to hear that it all went ok and you're on the mend. When do you start radiation and how much are you getting? I'm sorry you have to go through that, but it sounds like your onc knows what he's doing and it's all for the best.

Sending you love,


12:37 AM  
Blogger Jensgalore said...

So glad to hear they got it all!

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Rose said...

I'm so glad to hear you have caring dr's. It's so important. Still sending positive thoughts your way. Keep up the good healing. Rose

10:10 AM  
Blogger xmasberry said...

well, even if it is a pain to knit, it does seem to create a nice texture/pattern.

glad you are home and recovering. aren't doctors that care great?!

11:01 AM  
Anonymous stephanie said...

Sounds like you're feeling better. Nothing like a little knitting to prove that you're bouncing back.
(I know it probably doesn't feel like it yet...but look at the knitting!)

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Brandy said...

I am so glad you are doing well. I read this last night, but my browser wouldn't let me comment. It really made my day to see that you are going to be fine and that your doctor is so good. Even though we haven't met, I consider you a friend and I am concerned for you and like to know you are well.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Elayne said...

All of your flowers are lovely but I love the colors of your humor most. The brightest colors also have a little black in them. Hang in there, we are all rooting for you. I care.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Oh, Amie! I love the yarn you're using for your Shapely Tank. It's going to be lovely!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Before it spread.... THOSE ARE THE WORDS I'M GLAD TO HEAR!!!! You can beat this... Way to go... and if your MD wouldn't lie... it's about time and patience. Knit away, dear one.

10:21 AM  

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