Hospital Highs

It was recently reported that Prince died from a Fentanyl overdose. It’s sad, I think. But it gave me pause. During my five-month stay in the hospital, pain management was a big thing. At one point my doctor set me up with the Fentanyl Transdermal Patch in a very low dose. I can understand why people with pain would love the stuff. It works in small doses. But another part of my stay involved getting back on my feet and walking again after lying down for a few months.

The first therapy session after having the patch applied I did my usual thing of standing up using a walker which was about as far as I’d gotten in the process. On this day when I stood up, the room began to spin wildly around me. There were sparkly stars everywhere. The therapists began to have auras. I’ve never been able to see auras before even though many of my college friends had always insisted they’d seen some, usually after ingesting something mysterious…

Needless to say, back into bed I went while the stars and auras faded. And that was the last of the Fentanyl for me!! One of the therapists later said she thought I was looking decidedly high that day when she came in.

I guess I’m a stick in the mud. I never really understood the getting high thing, especially if that was an example. I was also given Dilaudid during staple pullings and wound treatments. There’s another one that’ll work on your head. If they gave it fast (via IV) there was a huge head rush but also an instant relief of pain. I hated that head rush. But some nurses said that people liked it.

Me, I think my own thoughts and peculiarities are enough wackiness for my brain. Or maybe I’ve just gotten old.

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Posted by on June 5, 2016 in Random Life


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Where the Heck Have I Been?

Didja miss me? I’m now back at home after being in the hospital since November 20th of last year. Yep. FIVE MONTHS in long term hospital care. Not a picnic let me tell you. And I’m still not ambulatory–my livingroom now looks like a hospital room. But at least I am home, which feels nice.

I’ve been doing crafty things while doing all that lying down though. A little crochet. And I’ve become obsessed with adult coloring books!

I’ll make a longer post with an overview of the last months later. Right now I’m just trying to get caught up with month’s worth of emails. :O


Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Random Life


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Tiny Treat Bowl

tiny pumpkin bowlToday’s Project: Crochet Pumpkin Treat Bowl
Size: 3 x 3
Pattern By: Meredith Crawford
Hook: H
Yarn: RHSS in pumpkin, hunter green
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: This cute little bowl was the October CAL in the Red Heart Group on Ravelry. It only took a couple of hours to make (at a leisurely pace, probably the only pace I have these days). It’s very tiny so it wouldn’t hold many treats but I think it’d be great filled with Hershey’s Kisses. I modified the lid just a tad by adding one extra decrease round, and one extra finishing round. For the stem I just did two rows of SC and attached it in some odd, convoluted manner that seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in Household Items


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Simply Squared Granny

Simply Squared Granny

Today’s Square: Simply Squared Granny
Size: 4.25 inch
Pattern By: AYYA Handmade
Hook: H
Yarn: Worsted weight acrylic mystery yarn in claret
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: This is a cute little square–I like the star shaped pattern in the middle. The pattern has both chart and illustrated written instructions. The chart actually came in handy when I got confused at one point!

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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in 2015 Crochet Squares


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Round Ripple Update

Round Ripple Progress
Here’s my progress on the round ripple blanket I started. It’s 34 inches across at this point. I’ve gone from five rounds between the black rounds to four because that’s all a single skein of Vanna’s Choice will do at this point. I have two more colors of green, two skeins of each, left. Then I’m going back to a burgundy color to finish. I have mountains of burgundy. I bought a boatload when I had grand plans of making a pull over. I’ve scrapped that idea…

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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Household Items


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17 of 99

17 of 99Today’s Square: 17 of 99
Size: 4 inch
Pattern By: Mary Ann Sipes
Hook: H
Yarn: Red Heart Classic emerald; mystery yarn teal, apple green.
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: I’m ambivalent about this square. It’s quick to make, but the front post split clusters in round 2 are fiddly. If you don’t place the FP stitches on the second leg just so, it looks twisted (as mine does). Not fantastic enough to go through the annoyance. I’m not a fan of FP stitches anyway! From the 99 Granny Squares to Crochet book.

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Posted by on September 9, 2015 in 2015 Crochet Squares


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Golden Shells 2015

Golden Shells 2015

Today’s Square: Golden Shells
Size: 6.5 inch
Pattern By: Jean Leinhauser
Hook: H
Yarn: Red Heart Classic emerald, RHSS Dark Thyme.
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: Another revisited square from the 50 Fabulous Squares to crochet book. I first did this one in 2012 and enlarged it to 10 inches for my pillowghan. This time I omitted the last round and did the corners in the last three rounds with a stitch-CH-stitch combo. It looks better in the smaller version.

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Posted by on September 5, 2015 in 2015 Crochet Squares


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