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44 of 99

44 of 99Today’s Square: 44 of 99
Size: 8 inch
Pattern By: Anne Halliday
Hook: H
Yarn: Worsted weight acrylic mystery yarn cranberry, light blue. Caron Perfect Colour Slate Blue.
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: The first crochet I’ve managed since all my hospital adventures. I really like it! The picture doesn’t really show it well but it’s got a lot of texture and is very squishy! The rounded clusters are actually worked in front of the square so they stand up a little bit. It would be very easy to continue the pattern and make large squares or even one big blanket. From 99 Granny Squares to Crochet.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in 2015 Crochet Squares

 

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Ironic Anniversary

It doesn’t seem like a year since my dad passed away, but April 7 marked the day. In the first irony, that’s also my mom’s birthday. In the second irony I spent the anniversary once again back in the hospital one floor below where my dad was.

Luckily, my ailment was treatable, but so far they haven’t really decided what the deal is. In the space of a month I’ve had 3 liters of fluid drawn off my left lung. It’s frustrating because I’ve had stage 3 Lymphedema and possibly lipo-lymphedema for many years. And yet, most doctors won’t even consider that as a contributing factor. Some doctors don’t even believe it exists. Now there’s a bummer when you’re trying to get treatment!

But, for now I’m back home and doing all right. We’ll see how that lasts. Everybody basically threw up their hands and said “Ok, let’s just go with a low salt diet and see what that does.” Yes. I’m in hell.

But, as usual there’s always a story with my adventures. And this time was no different. I don’t usually list Benadryl as as allergy at the hospital because it’s an over the counter drug and I don’t expect to be given it. And it’s not so much an allergy as an oddity. It makes me higher than a kite! If I ever wanted to be high all the time I could do it very cheaply!

Anyway, I was about to have a cat scan which required me to drink a bottle of the most awful stuff I’ve ever put in my mouth. It took all I had to keep from upchucking. Just before I had to drink the stuff, the nurse popped some kind of medication into my IV and said “That’s your Benadryl.”

I made something akin to a horrified cry and said I had bad reactions to that stuff! She also looked horrified. Not only had I been given it, but in my IV to boot. It didn’t take long! I started feeling light-headed and my eyes started feeling like they just wanted to float around in their sockets. Then the thing that’s most annoying–the visual hallucinations. This time they were rather interesting. I saw writing appearing everywhere. I first noticed it on a picture frame on the wall. I pondered it, not remembering that the frame had been decorated. It was a black frame and the writing appeared red. Then the writing was everywhere. On the walls, the clock, the floor, the medical equipment. I couldn’t read it, but it was very artistic! I was still loopy during the scan but it had begun to wear off.

One of the people doing the scan wanted to know if I knew why they’d given me the Benadryl in the first place. I said no. She said it was for my iodine allergy. Er… what iodine allergy? Apparently, since I said I couldn’t eat shellfish without getting itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing, an iodine allergy was inferred. Yeesh.

I’m glad it wasn’t the bug hallucination this time…

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2015 in Random Life

 

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Adventures

IV handsMy crochet time has been greatly curtailed the last ten days as I languished in the hospital. The worst part of the whole ordeal was the IVs. I apparently have “bad veins” and they like to reject the IV after a day or two. At one point I had an IV assembly crowning the top of my right thumb. As a right handed person, this makes some basic life functions a bit difficult (TMI!!!).

Of course there always has to be some weird thing that happens on any sort of outing and this was no exception. The hospital I went to has remodeled and made all their rooms private, but they are about the size of a closet. One afternoon nurse #24 was installing IV needle #15 when she says “what’s that smell?” There was a definite electrical odor wafting about the room. It got stronger and suddenly smoke was roiling from one of the light fixtures on the wall.

Now there are seven people in my tiny room in a state of pandemonium. The IV nurse is shouting to all the other people to move me immediately since I’m in there for a respiratory issue to begin with. The people begin packing up everything. The room had a reclining chair that I had been sleeping in because the bed was so awful. One of the male nurses decided to just push me and the chair down the hall to the new room. The chair didn’t make a good substitute for a wheel chair and it veered wildly down the hall. Another nurse took to guiding it from the front. Other patients on the floor were perplexed by the whole scene.

The upside was the new room was about 4 times bigger than the old one, with a bathroom that one could actually get into while dragging an IV rig along. The previous bath required the IV to sit outside the door, making any sense of privacy non-existent.

This hospital uses a system of rotating staff so you have different people nearly every day, but after 5 days you start seeing some of the same ones again. Apparently the rapid room change was the talk of the floor and the joke was that I’d do anything to get a better room, even if it meant a fire.

I’m glad to be back home to my own bed and my own bath. I will never complain about my own bed again. Compared to the hospital, it’s like sleeping on a cloud!

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Random Life

 

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33 of 99

33 of 99
Today’s Square: 33 of 99
Size: 6 inch
Pattern By: Joan Beebe
Hook: H
Yarn: RHSS yellow, pumpkin.
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: Another fairly easy and quick square. I added a round of DC to bring it up in size. A little to airy for me, but some of those chain loops could be shortened I would imagine. From the book 99 Granny Squares to Crochet.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2015 in 2015 Crochet Squares

 

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Swap Box Goodies

Swap box goodies
I like to do swaps but I don’t often get the chance. Either the time line doesn’t fit in with my pay schedule, or the swappers expect a lot (EXPENSIVE yarn, NO acrylic, snobby snobby snobby). One swap I like to do is with the Red Heart Lovers group on Ravelry. Everyone is down to earth and there’s no stigma against those of us who actually LIKE to work with acrylic yarns.

My swap box from my partner arrived today. All eleven pounds of it! It may be the best box I’ve ever gotten. Yarn, crochet magazines, project bags, office supplies, candy. What more could one want? I’m still working on my handmade object for my return box, but today was spent reading crochet magazines and eating candy.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Random Life

 

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First Six of 27

first six

I’m working on a project for a swap. So I’m not going to go into too much detail until I finish it and send it off. But it requires 27 of these 4 inch squares. I’m not following any pattern. Just crocheting following the voices in my head. I hope those voices know what they’re talking about…

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in 2015 Crochet Squares

 

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Blue-Ribbon Afghans

Blue Ribbon Afghans

Another book gift! This one contains 40+ patterns for full-sized afghans as well as baby ‘ghans. It has patterns for both knitted and crocheted projects. Many of the afghans are worked in one piece, but there are several made with motifs. One, called “Blue Star”, uses basic granny cluster stitches to create something that looks like a quilt. One of these days I WILL make it. It’s one of those where you really need to use coordinated yarn so my scraps won’t do! All of the patterns are pretty and there’s something there for everyone–cables, southwestern flavor, argyle, colorwork. It’s another enjoyable book for my crochet collection for sure!

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Reviews

 

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