Friday, October 09, 2015

Here we are. I'm sorry for the gap. My husband is back in hospital with a chest infection.

We were doing pretty well, with lots of help. On Tuesday afternoon, after his nap, he was a bit droopy. On Wednesday morning the diabetic nurse took his temperature and found it somewhat up. (No figures, because I still can't think in New Money, when it comes to body temperatures.) She phoned the practice and the GP came zipping around and prescribed a strong antibiotic, hoping to keep my husband at home.

He was well the rest of that day, but started vomiting in the night and by yesterday morning was very weak. Temperature even higher, and oxygen saturation poor. So they took him away.

I am finding the peace and quiet rather welcome this morning. And a good night's sleep has repaired the ravages of the night before. I'll phone the ward soon for more news.

Knitting

I had the wit to grab the Pakokku socks before we set out in the ambulance. I found I couldn't remember them at all. My electronic Filofax (Lotus Organizer, very second millennium) says that I started them in mid-March. I might learn something if I turned back to the blog. Hospital examination and admission is a tedious business, and I got quite a bit done.

And the day before, I got the underarm decreases for the back of the sleeveless vest nicely started. Mary Lou, it hadn't even occurred to me to resort to weighing to determine how much yarn I have used. Brilliant! Even more useful was the commenter who told me how many skeins of Whiskey Barrel I ordered in the first place – except that I can't find that comment, and would be glad to have it again to spare me trailing back through the blog myself.

Thanks to many of you for advice on heavyish v-neck sweaters. There's a real possibility at LLBean if I can sell my husband on a Henley neck (like Archie's). And I mean to explore the other excellent-sounding suggestions. I think lambswool is going to be too light and office-y.

Carol Feller's new book on short rows turned up yesterday – I must have pre-ordered it. I'm only a few pages in, and it looks interesting.


I keep getting letters from IK urging me to renew at once so as not to miss an issue. My address label seems to show that the subscription expires with the issue of Winter 2016. I had better examine my records and the old-IK-issue pile to make sure they don't mean 2015. Winter 2016 is far too far away to think of renewing now. I could be dead by then. Quis scit an adiciant hodiernae crastina summae/ tempora di superi?, as Horace has it.

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  1. How absolutely frustrating for both of you. Hope they can sort it out quickly.

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  2. Allison9:17 AM

    Life just doesn't get any easier, does it?

    I think you'll probably find that the next IK issue is Winter 2016. Winter 2015 was part of volume 19 of 2014 - here on Rav: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/interweave-knits-winter-2015

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    1. Makes good sense -- start knitting now, and it'll be ready for winter '16. But what happened to spring and summer and fall? Never mind -- I'll renew today, and thank you.

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  3. a while back interweave has changed the dates on some of their mags - and winter 2016 is actually what we'd call winter 2015 over here! so you're going to finish the sub with the next mag, winter 2015 was last year's winter issue....

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  4. Prayers for your husband and YOU.

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  5. Best wishes for your husband's speedy recovery.

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  6. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Hope the weekend is relatively calm.
    Rest up! Enjoy the knitting.
    LisaRR

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  7. How frustrating and difficult for your husband and you. Another way to find out is to look for your order receipt in your email, at least to find out how many you ordered in the first place. I have resorted to that, as well. I hope you both have a restorative weekend.

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  8. So glad to see you back albeit with not such good news. too bad that your husband had to return to the hospital. here's hoping that it will be a shorter stay than last time.

    Interweave has the following issues (based on Ravelry) winter, spring, summer, fall - in a calendar year.

    hope that helps! have a peaceful weekend... how is Perdita doing in all this excitement?

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  9. Oh dear. Prayers winging across the miles (no pun intended).

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  10. It looks as though you ordered eight skeins. Googling 'jean's knitting whisky barrel march' [sic] found it. About the eighth link down was 'jeanmiles.blogspot.com/2015_02_01_archive.html' -
    '28 Feb 2015 - I have ordered eight skeins of Whisky Barrel'. Google is often the best way of finding particular blog entries, so long as you can remember particular characteristic words that were used on that page and not many others. Then when you've got the page up, use Ctrl+F (or Mac equivalent) to find the word on the page without having to read the whole thing from top to bottom.
    Sorry to hear of the further setback and upset.

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  11. Oh dear, I'm so sorry to hear that your husband is back in hospital. Sorry that you both were unable to have more time to establish a new regime and sorry for him that he is poorly again and sorry for you in having to resurrect hospital visits.

    How confusing to have Winter 16, much better for the avoidance of doubt to have Winter 15/16 and Winter 16/17 but then that is a faff.

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  12. Oh, dear, how frustrating for your husband to just be home and have to return to hospital like that. Unfortunately, not too surprising, really.We will hope and pray that he recovers enough to come home soon. Meanwhile, it looks like you are making good progress on the knitting front.i, myself, am not a fan of sock knitting (my husband says hand knit socks are too hot) but they are a handy size to take with you everywhere. Please take care of yourself

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  13. I am sorry to hear your news, especially as the arrangements were working well. Let's hope his stay is short enough so that the care package can stay in place.

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  14. Wow, that stinks. I hope he gets better soon and can come back home (and that the care stuff stays worked out well). Hugs, get plenty of rest, and maybe a bit more Vitamin C (just in case)!

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  15. I'm sorry to see Mr M back in hospital. I hope they will be able to clear up his infection and have him come home soon.

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  17. Oh dear, just settling in at home with all the new arrangements and now back to the hospital. It does sound very trying. You sound like you are doing as Elizabeth Zimmermann advises: knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises.

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  18. Oh, Jean, how frustrating and discouraging for your husband and you. Just as you'd got all set up, too. I'm sorry, and hope that he will recover again and come home soon. Best wishes to you all--and do keep knitting! It's such a sanity-preserver.

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  19. Anonymous9:16 PM

    Sorry to hear that your husband is back in hospital. Hope he comes home soon. Weighing yarn is a great tool...a friend taught us about it about a year ago and I'm learning to rely on it as I prepare for projects. Take care - Joe-in Wyoming

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  20. Syd T.10:25 PM

    Very sorry to hear Hubby is back in the hospital. Hoping he is home soon. Knitting will help keep things in perspective. Happy you are OK.

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  21. I have a digital scale accurate to 3 decimal places that I use for weighing my yarn. One of the perks of being a pharmacist!

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  22. Quoting Horace??! Jean, you are so cool.

    Sending best healing wishes to you husband - so sorry about this set back.

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