Monday, April 28, 2008

ok, even this is a little out there for me...

I was on my Google home page and saw this in the how to do things spot...I thought, well, I have knit a cat hat, I wonder what a crochet cat hat looks like.

Boy was I not thinking this. It did make me laugh out loud!

the crochet cat hat

Sunday, April 27, 2008

more knitting

I have been contemplating not watching the news any more because it is so negative, besides the fact that I am so tired of the campaign. However, when would I get any knitting in...Here are some news time knitted projects.

the international sign for breastfeeding washcloth.

cat face, hand sewn with no pattern, not sure I am happy with it

blanket buddy, originally a bunny, but why would 1crazycatlady do a bunny blankie??? so, i slightly changed the pattern and viola, cat ears!

Friday, April 25, 2008

battle scars!

About 3 weeks ago, on a friday, I started receiving Venofer IV. This is an iron preparation that is given intravenously. My hemoglobin has been low for a long time and so my doc suggested trying this.

Easy, right?


In the interest of saving time and multitasking, I thought it might be worthwhile to torture the nurses on my unit, whom I love dearly. After getting the ok from the powers that be, and registering as a patient, I got stuck by one of our lovely nurses.

After exclaiming that I had very few veins to choose from, she did choose one. It went right in. Not the most pleasant of experiences, but I did it without numbing...brave me!

So, the pump was running, the medicine was infusing, and I was making phone calls in the lactation office. It was late in the day, almost time to call it over for work. I thought, just a quick check of the email, work email--of course. When lo and behold, my hand started hurting. Now, I had been trying to ignore my vein with its protuberance of tubing attached to a pump on wheels, but, it was getting my attention. I watched it a bit longer, stared at it non-stop actually. The vein was getting inflamed and more sore. So, after a consultation with my official caregivers, out it came.

Then, the fun began. 3 sticks later, it was again flowing into my vein. The antecubital. Yipee. Who would have thought I would have bad veins...of course, my last IV was when William was born.

The following week, only 1 stick, in the hand, very slowly dripping in and NO phone calls or computer work. Just sitting in the chair in the nursery, watching, watching, watching.

This week, after a chat with the ACU folks, I am to get the other 2 doses down there. Well, they didn't like my veins either. Today, 2 sticks and the antecubital was once again the chosen vein.

I can hardly wait for next week...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

12 years ago...yesterday!

We ended out travels to our new home state of Maine.

Back then,

we didn't have a street address, now we do.
we didn't have a bathtub, now we do.
we didn't have a septic system, now we do.
we didn't have a deck, now we do.
we didn't have a pretty front door, now we do.
we didn't have completed bedrooms, now we do.

we have have many forms of heat: corn, propane, kerosene, and wood. still not sure what we like best.

we did have a boat in the yard, katie, now we don't.

we had snow in the yard then and we do now as well! not really much, but, hey....

progress continues on.

And for a southern cousin...

Auburn, where did all those birds come from???

Sleeping on the floor.

What is in that shovel???

Hope your birthday, April 12th, was all you hoped for!