When I was first told I had to spend the next six weeks lying down, my first thought was “That’s crazy! I might be lazy, but I’m not THAT lazy!”
But, you know what? Maybe I am that lazy. I’m adapting. I’m getting into it. I’ve been writing, and I’ve had visitors and I’ve knit a Rat-Monkey. I have a stack of good books to read, and a book to plan. I signed up for Nanowrimo. My outrageous yarn splurge was delivered today (and for those of you who didn’t read the comments, it ended up costing only half as much as I thought, because Kellie pointed out that the Socks That Rock yarn has double the yardage of the yarn called for in the pattern. Yay!)
Besides, I don’t lie around all the time – I go to the Civic Hospital a lot too. I was there on Friday for incision complications. Then GC, MD, insisted last night that we go to Emergency and get my back incision checked out again because it had split open. (Sorry, I know that’s gross.) We sat around the ER knitting and doing crossword puzzles and freaking out because a) I’m not supposed to be sitting, and b) I felt like a sitting duck – the people we were sitting around with kept doing disgusting contagious things, and the nurses kept paging housekeeping to come clean up their bodily fluids, and finally I said “That’s it, we’re leaving,” and we left.
So today I called the Neurosurgery Unit, which is infinitely more civilized than Emergency, and nicer too, and cleaner, and they told me to come over right away and they’d take care of me. So I went over and had what felt like a mini-operation right there in the examining room. Dr. Lesiuk told me that what was happening with my back wasn’t my fault. Apparently there was a stitch that had abscessed because my body’s defense system didn’t like some of the foreign materials they’d put in my back. He took a swab to be cultured, and dug out the stitch and put in some gauze and put a great big compression dressing over everything and sent me home to lie down. But I have to go back at 9:30 tomorrow morning so they can check it again.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “What do you mean, you knit a Rat-Monkey?”
I’ll post pictures tomorrow, after I finish stuffing him and sewing him together.