I suddenly realized that it’s been weeks since I’ve updated the blog! Yikes! I suppose that my limited brain power has sort of been consumed by other stuff recently, so I do have an excuse, but I really didn’t mean to let it go on this long.
So let’s get the health update out of the way. The 2nd opinion was very reassuring but the diagnosis was basically the same. At least this doctor said I did have the option of waiting for a bit if it wasn’t a good time for me to do this. I’m very much of the opinion that I would rather get it over with, so we’ve scheduled surgery for May 11th. For those of you keeping score, that’s after Maryland and 2 weeks before bassoon camp. The idea is that with a 2-6 week recovery ahead of me, we’re hoping that I’ll be ready to travel two weeks after surgery and I can complete my recovery at camp, because I honestly can’t think of a better place to heal. Hopefully I’ll be ready to go back to work when we get home. I’ll be having the surgery in NYC with one of the best doctors around for this condition. I think I’m in very good hands. I’m still nervous about it all, but I think I couldn’t have ended up with a better situation. And the fact that the doctor *just* started taking my insurance in February seems to be a good indication for me that the universe has led me to the right place.
So I’m feeling better about that situation. Of course, the drama couldn’t be over just yet. I had to find out last week that there is a very good chance that I will be laid off from my job by the end of the summer. Lovely, eh? I’m just counting my lucky stars that the surgery and recovery should all be over by then. I can go on HWJF’s insurance at any time, so that’s a good thing, but needless to say we’re going to be doing our best to save as much as we can until the time comes. As I explained to my Dad the other day, I think I only have so many “slots” for things to worry about right now and since they’re all kind of full, I’m just trying to take one day at a time and really just don’t feel that I can give this much mental energy at the moment. Of course that by no means indicates that I’m not doing a full blown freek out now and then (like when I started reading about nerve damage this week), but I’m trying to remain calm and realize that there are some things in life that I just do not have control over.
One other sad bit of news: If you are local and haven’t heard, Modern Yarn will be closing their doors June 1st. I’ve been attending the SnB there fairly regularly since we moved to Northern NJ last year and I just have to say that this will definitely be leaving a hole in my life and those of my fellow SnB compatriots. Kristin and Paige couldn’t be nicer people and the community that they’ve created will certainly be missed. I just want to wish them well in whatever the future holds for them.
In the meantime there actually is some good news floating about around here. Wedding plans are marching forward and I went dress shopping with my Mom and Annie a couple of weekends ago. I’m happy to say that it will also be the last time I go dress shopping because I found one! This experience was much less painful than I thought it would be I’m happy to say and that can definitely be credited to the wonderful staff at the shop. If you are local and looking for a bridal shop, definitely let me know and I’ll be happy to recommend the place I went (which I incidentally only went to because it was suggested by a fellow Raveler. Yay Ravelry!). I won’t be posting a link here for fear that a nosy boy might start poking around, but if you’re dying to know I’ll be happy to send you the link (if you aren’t HWJF! Sorry honey! Not happening!).
The other good news is that my surgeon gave me the ok to go back to my regular activities, so I’ve been doing some spinning and knitting again. The spinning has pretty much solely consisted of working on a blend of cormo (from the fleece I bought at the last MDS&W) and angora (yes, from Stitches) into a lace weight singles. Bet you can’t guess what might become of that.
It was 110 wpi at last count. I plan to ply it and I’m not sure what pattern I’ll end up using until I know how much yarn I’m going to have, but part of it will have the lily of the valley pattern.
I’ve also been working on a birthday gift for my Dad, which didn’t quite make it. I guess he got a kick out of opening a package with just one sock. At least it fits and I will hopefully be able to give him the complete pair when we go up for Easter.
That’s about it for now. I’ll try not to let it go so long between posts again. I’d really like to try to get back to some of the “normal” things while I wait to have my surgery. I think my sanity may depend on it!
Tags: health, life, Spinning, wedding
P.S. For those of you that may be wondering, plans for SOS’09 are up in the air at the moment. I’d like to do it again, but it will need to be *very* low stress for me and everyone else involved this time around. I’m working on ideas and will certainly make an announcement when the time is right. Thanks for your patience!