Monday, December 22, 2008

One step forward, One step back - and Cake!!!

On Thursday I felt as though I was returning to the land of the living and managed to finish sewing up this jumper for my 14 year old DS. He chose the yarn and described what he wanted. I got out the graph paper and duly obliged. I hope it has turned out just the way he wants :

On Friday it was my 40++ ish birthday and DH made me a chocolate sponge cake and decorated it himself with iced knitting. It looked and tasted wonderful !!!

On Saturday I was back in hospital but the second lot of antibiotics seem to be doing the trick and I can breathe properly - and without pain- for the first time in 2 weeks. I think I am going to survive - I have already booked my b & b at Woolfest so I had better get well LOL
Merry (insert appropriate felicitations depending on your personal belief system here) XXXXX

Thursday, December 18, 2008

On The Mend

First - a great big Thank You to the girls at the Coventry Knit-wits group. I woke up this morning to dicover that one of them had put a Get Well Soon card through my letterbox. It was lovely to read all the messages and good wishes from them all XXXXX

I am on the mend. The antibiotics have kicked in, I dont have a blood clot on my lung (phew) and the terrible pain when I breathe has gone. I envisage lots of sleeping over the next few days as I feel weak as a kitten, but very much better than I was. Does anyone know how long it takes to feel 100% again after Pneumonia? I go back to the hospital in 10 days.

I havent had the strength or breath to knit since this started, but have taken photos of the Christmas pressies I made. I am so glad I got them finished early : ) I will post the photos up etc in a week or two. Thank goodness for the Snooker to watch or I would have gone loopy today. I cant concentrate to read yet, but I hope to pick up my needles and do some knitting at the weekend.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I have spent today in the company of the NHS. I have been like the living dead for a few days and have never felt so ill in my life. I didnt want to bother the Doctor so I waited until I just couldnt take any more - which was this morning after 3 nights and days without sleep cos I cant breathe properly and it hurts so much to cough.

I got to the Doctors at 11.20 am. I was immediately sent to the Hospital for x-rays etc and, by 2.30 pm I was on antibiotics, pain relief and had a diagnosis of Pneumonia and pleurisy.

I dont know whether I am relieved to actually know that I wasnt being a coward but am really ill. I am quite scared cos it is so painful and overwhelming.

To add to the whole experience, they suspect a blood clot in my lungs too so I have had 2 injections of a blood thinner and have to go back tomorrow for a CT scan - apparently I have 'sticky blood', whatever that is.

The NHS people were fantastic, from my Doctor, to the consultant, nurses and everyone involved. I cannot praise them highly enough. Even the nurse taking all the blood samples was fast and gentle. Thank God for the NHS!!!

I'm off to resume dying and sounding like a consumptive on my sofa cos I cant breathe properly unless I sit up. I will catch up again when the antibiotics etc have kicked in : )

Thursday, December 4, 2008


I have learned that it is very hard to post on on ones blog when everything is a secret.

I have been knitting - but I cant show you because they are secret presents.

I have been crocheting - ditto

I have even been sewing - guess what - yep, its a secret : )

Oh well. I will have plenty to show and talk about in the new year LOL

Meanwhile, the workshop has been re-organised, tidied up and spring cleaned and I am learning to use a Morticer (it cuts square holes in wood) and a Circular saw (which is like one of those big round rotating saws with teeth that James Bond nearly gets sawn in half on in the Movies). I have dinky new ear defenders which I have customised with pink fur fabric, and a 13" high wooden box to stand on to reach the workbench which is set at DH's height. I'm quite enjoying myself. I have always used the Pillar drill and Band Saw etc, but not the bigger stuff. I will tackle the Planer/Thicknesser (the big daddy of tools with lots of fearsome blades and whirring things) after Christmas.

I notice nobody interrupts me when I am using them : )