She’s aliiiiive- no, really (aka blergh part 3)

Last time I dropped by here to chat, it was just a few days after my fun and exciting emergency gallbladder removal.

August was a hell of a month.

The leaking roof, the gallbladder- those you know about. But we had a few family issues that I’m not going to share here- you’ll have to trust me when I say that they were/are super sucky. While I was still working on physically recovering, our microwave decided to die (or rather, to only work on the popcorn setting, and also, to come on all by itself. Freaky!) And then, after I went back to work, my car battery died. Thank goodness the awesome facilities staff were able to give me a jumpstart so I could get to the shop and get a new one installed… That day, when I finally made it back home and to my bed, our satellite TV was out.

Speaking of going back to work, I didn’t pull that off very well. At one week post-op, I went in for 4 hours. And woke up in agony the next day. I stupidly went back anyway, and made myself worse.  Cue a 3 day stint in bed, the only pro being that I watched the final 2 seasons of True Blood in an epic binge. At least by this point I was able to knit again.

Speaking of knitting… this illness and knitting didn’t mix at first. Post 1st ER, pre 2nd ER/surgery, I tried to work on my Drogon socks. (Pattern from April Cookie A Sock Club, using my own yarn purchased many years ago.)

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I had one sock done, and was ready for the heel flap on the second. I diligently plowed thru the heel flap, perhaps while on Percocet. And the next day I realized I had counted my stitches incorrectly and had to rip the whole thing back. I was so frustrated, and worried about screwing up again, that I put it down. Apparently knitting on narcotics is way worse than knitting drunk, at least for me.

Then came the surgery, and the pain. Aside from the fact that for the first week, I was on some potent pain pills and was afraid to risk another heel debacle, it also hurt to hold my arms where I normally would when knitting. D’oh. I plowed through my entire Kindle backlog, averaging a book a day. Finally I felt like I could handle knitting again, but I was afraid to go back to the sock until I was significantly better. So I dug through my Ravelry cue and stash pages until I found a super simple project that I could make with yarn that I had on hand- and even better, yarn that didn’t need to be wound. I cast on the Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West on 8/18, and finished it on 8/24. (The pattern repeat is literally 2 rows until you get to the final border…) You don’t get any pics yet as I’m not feeling up to being in them, or letting you see me…

After I finished the shawl, I felt brave enough to go back to my socks. And now they’re done. 2nd time was a charm on that heel…

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The left and right socks are mirrored. The pattern is meant to evoke the scales of Drogon, the most fearsome of the dragons from Game of Thrones. I’d had this Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Korpii color way sitting around for literally years- and it worked perfectly in this pattern. Because the yarn is a bit thicker, and the yardage a bit shorter, I went down a size from normal for me. I also eliminated one pattern repeat… They fit perfectly and I finished with just a bit of yarn to spare.

So it’s a new month. I’m really hopeful that September will be kinder to me and my family. My recovery is back on track. I’m not sure if for some reason I’m having a rougher time than is normal, or if I underestimated the impacts of surgery, even if it was laparoscopic. Regardless, I am now taking it verrrrry easy. I am back at work. On try #2, I went back 3 hours on monday, 4 on tuesday, etc. Today I basically made it an entire work day! My pain is overall way more manageable, and in a week I’m allowed back in hot tubs. If only we owned a hot tub… My car is fine now that it has a shiny new battery, and we got a new microwave on sale over the weekend (bless the internet- we shopped and bought it online, with store pickup, done by my husband, and I didn’t even have to get out of bed.) The contractors should be starting the repair work next week- they would have started this week but I couldn’t handle it while still feeling lousy. They say it’s a one week job, so I’m thinking 2?

I’ve missed you all terribly. While I was feeling lousy, I didn’t even look at my bloglines feed. I’m hoping to start making the rounds and visiting you all again very soon.

Thank you again for all the kind comments and well wishes. They were a comfort when it felt like everything that could go wrong, was…

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17 responses to “She’s aliiiiive- no, really (aka blergh part 3)

  1. YAY! You’re alive! And sporting new awesome socks! I’m so sorry that August treated you so poorly. It’s never been my favorite month, so it’s bad behavior doesn’t surprise me in the least. Here’s to a happier September!

  2. So glad to read things are beginning to turn around. I was thinking about you last week, wondering how the recovery was coming along. 🙂

    • Recovery is coming along… just not as fast as i would have expected 😦 I’m thinking I might try some sewing this weekend… maybe.

      -Sam

      On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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      • I hope those minions of yours are helping you out in whatever ways they can. 😉 And if you’re not up to sewing this weekend, you can always make another pair of those cool socks. 🙂

      • somehow I forgot that this weekend we were having henry’s birthday party… so no sewing. Lots more knitting, though- I’m in the final stretch of another shawl!

        -Sam

        On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  3. andimc13

    Glad you can start knitting again! I feel like a liar saying gallbladder removal is a relatively easy surgery, but everyone’s experiences are different, kinda like childbirth. Here’s to a MUCH better September!!

    • The childbirth analogy is a good one. My first delivery was a very very bad emergency c section- and my recovery was terrible. I wondered about people who had elective c-sections that seemed to recover overnight, but then I remembered i’d been thru 20 hours of back labor and over an hour of pushing BEFORE the surgery (and I had a general, not just an epidural)- so of course I was a mess (worst of both worlds!). And with this gallbladder, I was a wreck going into the surgery. Two attacks in quick succession, a ton of pain, not being allowed to eat, etc. By the time they did the surgery I’d been on a complete fast for nearly 24 hours, and had only had broth and jello in the day before that. That had to have an impact on me, right?

      Or, equally possible, I’m just a big wuss.

      Probably some combo of the two.

      -Sam

      On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 3:12 PM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  4. The socks look awesome! Great color (of course)! So sorry that August was so bum, but I hope that means September will be so much better for you. Thanks for the update, and take it easy on yourself. We miss you, but we want you healthy, too!

  5. Awh I’m glad you’re starting to feel better – and wow August didn’t pull any punches did it! Hopefully September will be boringly uneventful in comparison!!

    • September has started off not too terribly. We got through the first week decently, and even managed to pull off a birthday party for my son with no catastrophe!

      -Sam

      On Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 7:56 AM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  6. Sounds like you’ve had a really rough time, but hopefully you are heading in a pain-free direction. Your socks are lovely – they look so warm and comfortable.

    • I am finally, nearly a month out from the surgery, starting to feel like myself again! I am very grateful, and I think it will be a while before I take being pain free for granted!! Thank you for coming by, and for the sock compliment!

      -Sam

      On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:13 AM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  7. How did I miss this? I think I check my WP feed twice a day. I’m so pleased that you’re still posting. I have been worried about you.

    Much love,
    Jane

  8. I hope September is starting to pick up for you!!

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